Hokkanen, Stiling named to USA national teams

The two players, both from Southridge, win berths to USA national teams for the second straight year

Two Beaverton water polo players were recently named to USA Water Polo National Teams for a second consecutive year following their success at the Olympic Development Program National Youth Team Training Camp in Los Alamos, Calif., May 25-28.

Southridge High School sophomores David Stiling and Blake Hokkanen competed against athletes from across the US for spots on the US National teams and were selected for the elite National Team training squads.

Stiling made the Cadet (10th grade and under) Team, while Hokkanen made the Youth (12th grade and under) Team. Both were players on Southridge High School's 2011 state championship team and members of the Tualatin Hills Water Polo Club.

'We are very proud of Blake and David for their hard work and dedication,' said Scott Brucker, Chairman for the Pacific Northwest Water Polo Zone. 'They are following in the footsteps of Elsie Windes and Lisa Gibson with excellence in ... water polo.'

Windes, a 2003 Beaverton High School graduate, plays on Team USA and won a Silver Medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Gibson, a Southridge High School grad, plays on the the Great Britain Women's National Team, hosts of the 2012 Olympics, in Manchester.

Windes will be the only Northwest player to represent Team USA Water Polo this summer in London, and is one of only two players to hail from outside California.

A training camp will be held June 29-July 3 in Southern California, for selection to participate in international competition later this year.

"Blake and David are exceptional players, and making the National Team showcases their talent and hard work,' Brucker said. They 'have shown tremendous growth as a result of their hard work and dedication."