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Sea Kings still undefeated

WATER POLO: Sea Kings frustrate Foothill and beat Knights for the second time this season to improve to 11-0.

January 10, 2009|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza

CORONA DEL MAR — The wind can drive you crazy.

Playing Corona del Mar High in girls’ water polo and having to go against the wind in the second half proved too maddening for Foothill to handle Saturday.

The Sea Kings ran away with a 9-1 nonleague home victory to improve to 11-0 on the season.

CdM, which is expected to be the top-ranked team in CIF Southern Section Division I when the new poll is released, turned it on after leading 3-1 at halftime.

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Margot Money said it had been 10 days since CdM last played a match. The Sea Kings were itching to continue where they last left off on New Year’s Eve.

CdM throttled Foothill and showcased a balanced attack, seven players scoring goals from the perimeter.

It seemed everything went the Sea Kings’ way.

Midway through the fourth quarter, Foothill Coach Dave Mikesell had enough. An official earlier warned him for yelling.

Mikesell continued and he paid for it, receiving a yellow card.

“I’m just not in a good mood,” said Mikesell before laughing. “Going into a game like this and knowing full well that [we’re] already overmatched, and we’re already down, [8-1], at the time, and I’m not getting [calls for my girls] … I’m going to say something.

“I try not to scream at the officials. That’s the first yellow card I’ve had like in five years.”

Picking up yellow cards might be a rarity for Mikesell, but seeing his Knights drop another one to CdM is becoming a habit.

For the second time this season, Foothill (5-5) was blown out by the Sea Kings. Dating back to last season, Mikesell said the recent setback makes it five straight losses to CdM and the Knights have nothing to pout about.

CdM, the Division I runner-up last season, is the team to beat. Coach Aaron Chaney won’t admit it at this stage of the season because there’s a lot of water polo left.

Next week is the Santa Barbara Tournament of Champions, an event where all the section powers meet.

No team will be as loaded as the Sea Kings are with NCAA Division I talent. And that’s something Chaney recognizes, saying goalie Kate Baldoni is headed to Stanford, Heather Van Hiel to UCLA, Victoria Kennedy to Stanford and Elise Molnar to Harvard.

Chaney said two other players, Erica Wheeler and Kate Berry, have been accepted to Michigan, and Leslee Kaczmarek is deciding between UCLA and UC Santa Barbara.

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