Day takes league MVP, Beringer selected to All-CIF team —

The Southwestern League water polo coaches and Darin Mott, athletic director of Murrieta Valley High School, recently announced the selections for the First and Second All-League teams. The first-place team always hosts the meeting with their school’s athletic director, which, again, went the way of the Nighthawks for the girls’ teams. Garnishing an undefeated Southwestern League record, Murrieta Valley has not been challenged for a league title since before 2014.

Murrieta Valley senior Autumn Day was named the Southwestern League MVP for girls’ water polo from the 2022 winter season. Valley News/Courtesy photo

Based on where the SWL team placed also determines how many selections that team will get. For the girls’ team, Murrieta Valley showcased senior Autumn Day as the league MVP, and by coming in first place, was granted five selections overall: three First Team, two Second Team. Vista Murrieta (second place) and Murrieta Mesa (third place), who scored the most goals as a team this season (118), got four selections each: two First Team, two Second Team, and Temecula Valley, Chaparral and Great Oak high schools got one First Team and two Second Team each.

According to Murrieta Valley head coach Chris Boyer, Day was selected as MVP because she was the leader in stats from MV in the following criteria: goals, steals, field blocks and “x-factor” (used when someone helped back or did something helpful that is undefined).

“She also was the team leader in her scoring percentage, with 54%,” Boyer said.

Southwestern League girls’ water polo MVP Autumn Day will be attending and playing next season at Cal State University Monterey Bay. Valley News/Courtesy photo

The complete list of girls’ water polo players selected as All-League for the SWL are as follows:

GIRLS’ MVP: Autumn Day – Murrieta Valley – 12


Murrieta Valley: Jaden Soto (11), Mackenzie Wood (10), Kristin Alexander (11); Murrieta Mesa: Taylor Orellano (12), Savannah Sollie (12); Vista Murrieta: Kennedy Guidizi (12), Reese Beringer (12); Temecula Valley: Daniella Alpert (12); Chaparral: Katrina Bobrova (12); Great Oak: Larissa Mendiburo (10).


Murrieta Valley: Elizabeth Hernandez (11), Elsa Borgerding (10); Murrieta Mesa: Kirstin Maag (11), Seryn Stites (12); Vista Murrieta: Raven Walton (12), Aleira Valenzuela (10); Temecula Valley: Kennedy Cross (12), Kelsey League (11); Great Oak: Cristina Scott (11), Paige Ellinger (11); Chaparral: Natalia Ferrette (10), Julia Neal (10).

Vista Murrieta’s All-CIF Division 3 selection, Reese Beringer, was the only local selection announced. Valley News/Mark Fitzpatrick photo

As for All-CIF selections, Reese Beringer (12) of Vista Murrieta was the only local selection, which was announced in Division 3. Beringer helped Vista Murrieta get to the quarterfinal round of the CIF Southern Section Division 3 playoffs, where the Lady Broncos fell to Bonita, 6-4.

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JP is an award-winning multimedia journalist, and head of the Sports Department for the Valley News. Over his time in the Temecula Valley, JP, a former Southwestern League head baseball coach, was also an on-air radio personality at Q103.3, KATY 101.3, Hot 103.9, and was a television host for the Outdoor Channel. When not covering local, or national sports, JP also serves as an Associate Baseball Scout with NSR.