Boca Raton High senior Levente Varga turned out a breakout year in leading the Bobcats to just their second district championship in boys water polo.
The team captain and two-time MVP had 43 steals as a utility player and scored a career-best 88 goals, including 9 goals and two assists in a 12-8 victory over rival St. Andrew's School. Boca Raton defeated the Scots twice this year after beating them only three previous times in school history.
"The difference this year is that I felt I got the grasp of the game and I reached my full potential," said Varga, the Sun Sentinel Boys Water Polo Player of the Year, who is headed to St. Francis College (Brooklyn) to play in the fall. "It is the first time the boys and girls won districts in same year. I expect a lot of challenges in college and I am ready to take them on."
Said Bobcats coach Cody Sherman: "[Levente] took on a lot of responsibility for us this year, playing every position in the field at an elite level on both sides of the ball. It's hard to replace a player that's so creative on offense and reliable on defense, but I'm excited to see the next chapter of his career."
St. Andrew's senior Kate Cassidy didn't get the district title she had hoped for, but for the fourth straight season she has been named the Sun Sentinel Girls Water Polo of the Year. Cassidy is headed to Arizona State to continue her career.
"I just wanted our team to get better," said Cassidy, who finished the season with 97 goals, 66 Steals, 47 assists and earned 37 kick outs. She holds the school record with 16 goals in a game against Hagerty in an 18-13 win and holds two other school records for most steals in a game (11) and goals in a season with 117.
"Of course I wanted to win districts champs, especially since it was my senior year," Cassidy said, "but I knew we had to work on our team. That was fine because it was a building year. I'm happy I was there to help guide a young team and help them find their footing."
Coach Kurt Predmore said Cassidy was the face of St. Andrew's girls water polo for the past four years.
"She became a more complete player, coaching, teaching and playing at a much higher level that she had in the past," Predmore said. "The accomplishment of this team to return to the district title game and to almost win was nothing short of Kate Cassidy and her leadership and play."
*** Other top players in Palm Beach County this season included:
American Heritage-Delray: Quinn Lacousiere, Spencer Lacoursiere; Boca Raton: Tyler Friedman, Lucas Razzano, Jared Collin, Max Pachter; Palm Beach Central: Matt Caplin, Tanner Ramseyer; St. Andrew's: Seth Berke, Marko Ivanovic, Will Oliver; Suncoast: Alex Hansen, Jared Ingram, Christian Jacobson, Liam McGuire, Gavin Smith.
Boca Raton: Lexi Fernandez, Marissa Francis, Lauren Lampi, Addy Lauro, Bailey Warren; Palm Beach Central: Darianliz Cruz, Angel Rosario-Perez; St. Andrew's: Jordan Brady, Libby Oliver, Emily Treischman, Hannah Treischman; Suncoast: Nicole Giblin, Alexandra Giblin, Remedy Ryan, Juliette Levet, Rachel Jennings.