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Alessio Brunochelli: Rio Hondo League MVP

Brunochelli (‘11) prepares to attempt a shot. MAYA AL-SOUFI/Titan Shield
Brunochelli (‘11) prepares to attempt a shot. MAYA AL-SOUFI/Titan Shield

This contribution is from our friends at San Marino High School’s Titan Shield.

By Maya Al-Soufi (17’)

Varsity Water Polo attacker, Alessio Brunochelli (11) has been playing the game for nine years and started when he was only 8 years old. He started when one of his parent’s friends told him that it was a “great sport, and I am sure you will be awesome at it.” Alessio’s favorite aspect of water polo is “the adrenaline that rushes through me. I am hyped throughout the entire game and whenever I make a shot it’s like I just won the world over.”

Alessio was instantly good at the game. He was a starter the minute he joined, and has never been anything less since. “I fell in love with the game and showed up to practice everyday. I truly believe that the reason why I have improved so much is just because I gave it my 100 percent all day everyday. But, I am not perfect and I know that. I am not as fast as I should be and I am working on that. But, my strengths include all aspects of offense.”

Alessio didn’t make the national team and that had always been a his goal. “My current goal is to win the junior olympics this year.” Alessio’s biggest achievement so far is being the MVP for the Rio Hondo League.

Alessio’s numbers consist of 120 goals, 90 steals, and roughly 90 assists over this past season at San Marino. He plans to play in college, and his top choice schools include University of California, Irvine (UCI) and University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). He has received offers from Whittier College, UCI, UCSB, and Pepperdine.

Alessio admits that he does not plan to play water polo throughout his life, and that after college he will be done because he wants to pursue a more lucrative career in buisness.

Alessio commits to three hours of practice, five days a week to his outside of school team which practices at the Rose Bowl acquatic center. His  parents are his biggest supporters and they come to “almost every game”

Alessio’s role model is his coach from the Rose Bowl, Jason Feelez. “Once, in high school, he scored 26 goals in one game. That is amazing, and so is he. He has taught me so much.”

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