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Boys' water polo preview: Title Chase now on at CdM

Senior Chase Watson will be the man at two meters this year for Corona del Mar.

August 27, 2010|By Matt Szabo, matthew.szabo@latimes.com

Outlook: After graduating 14 seniors, including Sunset League Player of the Year Blake Kelly, Lynch said the expectations are a bit lower this year for the Sailors. He wants his team to be among the top four in Division I. Last year, the Sailors had a goal of going undefeated, which they didn't accomplish but they still made it to the Division I final before losing to El Toro. Lynch does return a pair of talented players in Whitelegge and South, who played with the U.S. men's junior national team in Italy over the summer. Lynch also lost last year's talented freshman Jon Walters, who transferred to Mater Dei. Walters was initially declared ineligible to play for the Monarchs, now in Division I, but the school is appealing. Either way, Lynch said the transfer happened in March and the Sailors have put it behind them. Lynch said he expects his team to hold off Los Alamitos for the league title and be right in the mix in Division I along with El Toro, Loyola and Mater Dei.

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SAGE HILL

Coach: Tom Norton (fifth year)

2009 record: 11-8, 3-1 in the Orange Coast League (second)

Returning starters: Eric Hallett (Sr.), center; Kevin Miller (Sr.), utility; Eric Fish (Sr.), defender

Key newcomers: Thomas Lubowe (Sr.), goalie; Matt Dollett-Hemphill (Sr.), driver; Jeremy Dorne (So.), driver; Ryan Sung (Fr.), driver

Key dates: Costa Mesa tournament, Sept. 24-25; Costa Mesa (home, at CdM), Oct. 13; Estancia (home, at CdM), Oct. 20.

Outlook: The Lightning are coming off a big year as they earned their first playoff victory, 11-7 over Schurr of Montebello in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division III playoffs before falling to eventual champion Murrieta Valley. Norton said he thinks second place in league is again attainable, even as Sage lost its top goal-scorer, Andrew Dorne, and goalie Jake Blitzer from a year ago. Lubowe, a backup goalie last year, starts this year. Dorne's younger brother, Jeremy, should contend for playing time as a sophomore. The Lightning were dealt a blow when Alex Manolakas decided he was sticking to tennis, but this is a fairly veteran group and Norton said they had a good summer.

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