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Girls Water Polo Highlighted MVHS Awards Night as Coach Kavanagh Wins "Coach of the Year" and Girls Water Polo wins First ever CIF Championship for School

Jun 13, 2016 02:34AM ● By Paul Spear

Girls Water Polo Highlighted the 2016 Mar Vista High School Awards Night as Water Polo Coach Kavanagh Wins "Coach of the Year" for second straight year and MVHS Girls Water Polo Team brings school its First ever CIF Championship for Team Sports.

With the MVHS Girls Water Polo Team bringing the school its first ever CIF Championship for 
 Team Sports they highlighted the 2016 MVHS Athletic Awards Night. Boys and Girls Water Polo Coach Chad Kavanagh Won "Coach of the Year" for second straight year and co-captains of the CIF Championship Girls Water Polo Team Isabelle Hastings and Stephanie Morales seemed to be coming up all nigh to receive one award or another.

Boy's and Girls Water Polo Coach Chad Kavanagh received the Coach of the Year Award for the second straight year. This year for coaching the Girls Water Polo team to the School's first CIF Team championship in the School's 65 year history.

2016 Mar Vista Athletes of the Year
Isabelle Hastings
 the Girls Water Polo's Team MVP also received the 2016 MVHS Female Athlete of the Year. On the Boys side the 2016 MVHS Athlete of the Year was Elroy Rodriguez. The 2016 Scholar MVP'S were Anais Guanin for the girls and the 2016 Boys Scholar Athlete of the year was Jerry Hara.

Isabelle Hasting racks up the Awards
Senior Isabelle hastings rack up the awards that Wednesday night, they include:
MVHS 2016 Female Athlete of the Year


  • MVHS 2016 MVP Girls Water Polo
  • MVHS 2016 MVP Girls Swim Team
  • 2016 CIF Sportsmanship Award for Girl's Water Polo
  • Mesa League MVP Girls Water Polo 2016 & 2015
  • 2016 Tri Sport Award for Water Polo - Swim Team - Volleyball
  • Tri Sports Athlete 4 years - 3 years Varsity (maximum possible)
  • Union Tribune Scholar Athlete of the Year
  • And Isabelle holds the MVHS Female Record in the 100 Freestyle at 56.61
Elroy Rodriguez racks up the awards as well:
Elroy rodrigues racked up a lot of awards as well. Some of his included:
  • MVHS 2016 Boys Athlete of the Year
  • 1st Team South Bay League - Roller Hockey


  • 1st Team South Bay League - Boys Lacrosse
  • 4 Year Letter Award - Roller Hockey
  • 4 Year Letter Award - Boys Lacrosse
  • 2016 MVP Boys Lacrosse
  • Captain Boys Lacrosse
  • Nicoloff Sports Leadership Award - Roller Hockey
Another Big Winner on the night was the other co-Captain of the CIF Championship Girls Water Polo Team was Stephanie Morales. 
Stephanie Morales kept finding herself on stage at the 2016 Mar Vista High School Awards Night.
Stephanie won awards for the following:
  • Girls Water Polo 1st Team/ Mesa All-League Awards
  • Four Year Letter Awards - Girls Water Polo
  • SD UT Scholar Athletes - Girls Volleyball, Water Polo, Girls Swim and Dive
  • Tri-Sport Athlete - Girls Volleyball, Girls Water Polo, Girls Swim and Dive
On top of all that Stephanie played on the 2016 CIF Championship Girls Water Polo Team 
  which was the first MVHS Team to ever win a CIF Championship in team sports in the schools 65 year history.
It was quite a year for the senior who brought her grandfather Bill along with her to watch the awards ceremony.

Now Stephanie is moving on with a fully paid athletic Scholarship to La Salle University. Their she will be a La Salle's first ever Girl's Water Polo Team. La Salle, in Philadelphia has never had a girls water polo team before and they will be counting on Stephanie to build the foundation for the very prestigious university.

I had a chance to speak briefly about everything at the end of awards night and she told me she is looking forward to the challenge of building up the team and then when done with her 4 years at LaSalle hopes to do some advanced studies at UC Irving.

So this next year, while following college sports, you might want to check in on Stephanie and see how she is doing. I have a hunch, she and LaSalle will be both doing great in Woman's Water Polo.

The exciting thing about awards night is that there aew always lots of stories coming out and as coach,citizens and other athletes contact me with information we hope to have more articles for you!
Paul spear, Editor,


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