Water polo: Locals playing on big stage

Monte Vista High’s Maggie Steffens is playing with the U.S. National water polo team in the FINA World League Super Final in La Jolla this week and USA water polo is streaming every match live on their website. You can check it out here.

Steffens, who will be a senior at Monte Vista this fall and is the team’s youngest player, scored in all three of the U.S.’ preliminary round wins. The team defeated Canada last night in the quarterfinals and today play against Greece in a 7 p.m. semifinal.

National team members Melissa Seidemann and Heather Petri also played high school water polo in the East Bay. Seidemann graduated from College Park in 2008 and is currently playing at Stanford. Petri, the team’s oldest player and one of two three-time Olympians on the squad, helped found the first girls team at Miramonte in the mid 1990’s.

The U.S. men’s team is in the middle of an exhibition series with Montenegro in southern California. The next match is Sunday (7 p.m.) and you might be able to catch recent Miramonte grad Jon Sibley in front of the cage. He’s one of 31 athletes on the training roster. The final game of the series, July 8, will air live on Versus at 4 p.m.

Stephanie Hammon