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Clovis West alum Mary Brooks leads U.S. to world junior water polo gold

Mary Brooks, a two-time Bee All-Star while at Clovis West, scored four goals to help the United States to a 13-10 win over Spain for the FINA Junior World Championship.
Mary Brooks, a two-time Bee All-Star while at Clovis West, scored four goals to help the United States to a 13-10 win over Spain for the FINA Junior World Championship. Fresno Bee Staff Photo

Former Clovis West High water polo star Mary Brooks scored four goals, including the go-ahead tally that helped Team USA win the gold medal at the FINA Junior World Championships with a 13-10 victory over Spain on Sunday in Greece.

With the teams tied 5-5, Brooks scored her second goal of the game as the Americans took the lead for good with 3:52 remaining in the second period.

The U.S. went ahead by as many as five with Brooks, a two-time Bee Player of the Year, and Alexis Liebowitz each scoring two goals in the third period. Aria Fischer scored four goals in the final and was named tournament MVP.

Brooks, entering her sophomore year at UC Irvine, had 23 goals at the junior worlds as Team USA went 7-0 in Volos, a port city north of Athens.

UC Irvine coach Dan Klatt, also of Fresno, was an assistant for the USA women’s senior national team that won gold earlier this month in Kazan, Russia.

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