Water Polo Signs Two High-Scoring HS Seniors

    Kimber Methvin of Porterville (Calif.) High and Sophie Snook of Laguna Hills High in Laguna Beach, Calif., who both led their water polo teams in scoring, have signed a National Letter-of-Intent to attend San Jose State University beginning in the 2009 Fall semester. Lou Tully, head coach for the Spartans, made the announcement.

    “Both players have good fundamentals and very good ball skills. I believe that Kimber and Sophie can contribute right away,” says Tully, now in his 14th season as San Jose State’s head coach.

    Methvin just completed her senior season in water polo for Porterville High and led the Panthers to back-to-back 20-win seasons. Porterville was 27-2 in 2008 and advanced to the Central Section Division II championship game. A two-time East Yosemite League Most Valuable Player and a 2007 All-San Joaquin Valley pick by the Fresno Bee, Methvin poured in 96 goals as a junior. The two-sport athlete also is a member of the Porterville High swim team and set a school record in the 200 freestyle as a junior.

     “Kimber is a really outstanding player. She has very good speed, is a good counter attacker and understands the game well,” the Spartans’ head coach says about the high-scoring 2-meter player.

      Since the Southern California high schools have a split semester format for girls water polo, Snook is just beginning her senior season. In 2007-08, she helped Laguna Hills to a second-place finish in the Pacific Coast League. Her 48 goals in 17 games ranked among the top-25 players in per game average in the talent-rich Orange County water polo hotbed.

     “Sophie is very similar in size to Kimber (at 5-foot-8). She is a very good player with good speed and we’re looking forward to Sophie joining us next fall,” says Tully.

      San Jose State begins its 2009 season, January 24, at the University of Michigan Tournament in Ann Arbor, Michigan.