Locals capture crown

Three from Newport Harbor, two from Corona del Mar help SoCal Black win boys' 18U title at the Junior Olympics Tuesday.

August 03, 2010

Recent Newport Harbor High graduates Matt Russell, Jack Yeager and Blake Kelly, as well as recent Corona del Mar High graduate Max Bergeson and CdM senior-to-be Chase Watson helped lead SoCal Black to the boys' 18-and-under championship at the S&R Sport USA Water Polo National Junior Olympics Tuesday.

The five local players helped SoCal defeat Los Angeles Water Polo Club Red, 14-9, to win the title at the Miguel Contreras Learning Complex in Los Angeles.

The Newport Water Polo Foundation 18-and-under boys' team lost to Shore Aquatics, 8-7, at the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center, finishing 12th.


Newport went 4-3 during the four-day tournament. After winning its first three games, Newport went 1-3 the rest of the way.

Newport's 16-and-under boys' team placed 13th after defeating Clovis A, 6-5. Newport went 5-3 in its division.

Newport's 14-and-under boys' team finished 21st, while the 12-and-under boys placed 22nd.

The girls' teams from Newport and Corona del Mar are slated to compete at the S&R Sport USA Water Polo National Junior Olympics on Thursday.

Newport has teams in the 12- , 14- , 16- and 18-and-under divisions, and CdM in the 18-and-under division.

— From staff reports

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