Sky’s the limit for Spartans

Elyse Koe shoots the ball.

The Spartans have tantalizing talent. Rio Mesa High’s girls’ water polo team can score in flurries, features half a dozen players with league MVP talent and possesses a voracious desire to win. The Spartans, ranked No. 3 in the newest CIF-Southern Section Division 5 coaches’ poll, have visions of celebrating their first section crown in […]

Spartans Shine in Fall PVL Play

Spartans Spike Competition.

Rio Mesa’s athletic teams are flexing their muscles during the fall season in the newly-configured Pacific View League. Currently, no Spartan team is ranked lower than second place in the PVL, and several have already sewn up League Championships! The Girls’ Tennis wrapped up a League title last week with a spotless 8-0 record. Coach […]

Rio Mesa boys’ water polo team, No. 1 in CIF, wants to silence critics

Jake Hunter and Zach Morris work on defensive drills.

The Spartans are fueled by disappointment. Rio Mesa High’s boys’ water polo team didn’t win a sixth straight Pacific View League championship. Rival Camarillo won the league title last year, shattering the Spartans’ league sovereignty. “It was an awful feeling not being league champions,” Rio Mesa driver Reece Koe said. “To make it worse, Camarillo […]

Spartan heading to hall of fame

The man is smiling.

Keith McKnett, a veteran aquatics coach at Rio Mesa High, will be inducted into the Ventura County Sports Hall of Fame. McKnett will be honored with fellow Hall of Fame newcomers Jessica Mendoza, Ruth Guthrie, Mari Holden and Fred Nagelschmidt during a banquet at the Ventura Beach Marriott Hotel on Sunday. “It’s humbling to be […]

Rio Mesa beats El Rancho 10-5 in first round

Girls are shouting with excitement.

Rio Mesa High girls water polo coach Keith McKnett wasn’t sure what kind of a performance he was going to get from his young team in the CIF-Southern Section Division 4 wild-card match against El Rancho. He was pleased when he got an upbeat effort from his Spartans in a 10-5 victory at home. “I […]

Oxnard ends Rio Mesa’s PVL streak

Oxnard High School Logo.

Oxnard High handed Rio Mesa its first Pacific View League loss in eight years with a 8-7 victory in triple overtime. “It was a great win,” said Oxnard coach Rick Garcia. “We’re a young team.” Oxnard is 5-0 in league and 12-8 overall. Top players are senior driver Kimber Sanchez, senior driver Audrey Neilan and […]

Rio Mesa girls’ water polo seeks eighth straight league title

Girl is holding a ball.

The Rio Mesa High girls’ water polo team is the frontrunner to win the Pacific View League championship for the eighth straight season. The Spartans have earned the right to be favorites. Rio Mesa hasn’t lost a league match since 2005, and the program won the last seven Pacific View titles, but Spartan head coach […]

Scorpions find ways to smile through adversity

Boy is holding a ball.

It’s not easy being a member of the Camarillo High boys’ water polo team. The Scorpions don’t walk to practice after the last school bell of the day rings. Instead, the players hop on a bus to Rio Mesa, the rival campus and home to the team that’s captured four straight Pacific View League championships. […]

Water Polo Report Rio Mesa Spartans

Boy's ready to catch the ball.

The 1-8 record doesn’t rattle Derrick Timmons. Yes, the Rio Mesa High boys’ water polo team has struggled in the pool. Yes, the Spartans have experience and chemistry issues. Yes, Rio Mesa—which has won four straight Pacific View League championships—appears vulnerable for the first time this decade. Timmons remains composed, just like the Redcoats who […]