This was a season when everything fell into place for the Sacred Heart Prep boys water polo team.
The Gators won the Central Coast Section Division II championship and were acknowledged as the top team in the section. They were loaded with talented seniors such as Stanford-bound Michael Holloway and Princeton-bound Bret Hinrichs.
But it was junior Harrison Enright who is the Mercury News player of the year, an indication of just what a special performer Enright was this season.
"Everything we ran was through Harrison," Sacred Heart Prep coach Brian Kreutzkamp said. "When other guys were getting goals, it was because teams were trying to take Harrison away."
Enright, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound two-meter man, earned numerous ejections.
"He's big, strong and fast," Kreutzkamp said. "And he's got great stamina. He can play the whole four quarters, which is unusual for a two-meter man."
Sacred Heart Prep went 25-3 with all three of its losses in tournaments to teams from Southern California. The Gators also had some wins against the top Southern California teams, such as Division I champion Wilson of Long Beach.
They beat CCS Division I champion Bellarmine College Prep twice. In the CCS playoffs, they defeated three opponents by a combined 52-10.
"It was a fantastic year, everything I could've wanted," Enright said. "We were really fortunate. We had five of six starters returning, real good team chemistry. I'm lucky I played with a lot of amazing players.''
"Harrison was a real quiet, shy, introverted junior on a team with a whole bunch of seniors," Kreutzkamp said. "He let his play do the talking."
Next year will be a different story. With all those senior standouts departed, Enright will be a marked man.
"It will be harder, but our goal is always to win CCS," Enright said.
Enright is a distance freestyler in swimming, specializing in the 200 and 500.
"Water polo is my main sport, my favorite sport," Enright said. "I love the quick pace, the team chemistry. Swimming is an individual sport. But we all treat swimming as very important. It greatly helps with our conditioning."
Enright has a strong background in aquatics. His parents met as members of the swimming team at UC Santa Barbara. He started swimming at the age of 5.
As for the future, Enright said his number one goal is to play college water polo, which his coach says is destined to happen.
"He'll play someplace like Stanford or at an Ivy League school," Kreutzkamp said. "He's an all-star in the classroom, too.''
BOYS Water Polo
Harrison Enright, Sacred Heart Prep, Jr.
John Raineri, Bellarmine, Sr.
Cory McGee, St. Francis, Sr.
Michael Holloway, Sacred Heart Prep, Sr.
Anthony Buljan, Serra, Sr.
Morgan Olson-Fabbro, Menlo-Atherton, Sr.
Bret Hinrichs, Sacred Heart Prep, Sr.
Michael Blach, Bellarmine, Jr.
Will Runkel, Sacred Heart Prep, Sr.
Braydon Curry, St. Francis, Sr.
Michael Magee, Mountain View, Sr.
Ian McColl, Los Altos, Sr.
Nick Bisconti, Menlo School, Soph.
Harrison Holland-McCowan, Menlo-Atherton, Sr.
Reilley May, St. Ignatius, Jr.
Matthew Bucter, Leland, Sr.
Jack Turner, Bellarmine, Jr.
Riley Quinlan, Bellarmine, Sr.
Joe Kmak, Serra; Andrew Carlisle, Menlo School; Sam Lisbonne, Los Altos; Michael Hoefling, Valley Christian; Russell Blockhus, Mountain View; Shawn Welch, St. Francis; Reid Lazzarini, St. Francis; Rishabh Hedge, Lynbrook; Joe O'Brien, Pioneer; Rico Burke, Bellarmine; Brendan Duffy, Monta Vista; Rey Castillo, Mountain View; Evan McClelland, Menlo-Atherton; Steven Olujic, Serra; Zach Churukian, Sacred Heart Prep; Eric Baker, Burlingame; Zoltan Lazar, Sacred Heart Prep; Paul Bergerin, Los Altos; Max Schaum, St. Ignatius; Karan Das-Grande, Harker; Chris Xi, Menlo School; John Wilson, Menlo School; Brian Roush, Valley Christian.