NEWPORT BEACH — It's an easy call for Jason Lynch.
The team he likes his Newport Harbor High boys' water polo teams to scrimmage resides just on the other side of the Back Bay.
Yes, it's rival Corona del Mar.
"It's great," Lynch said after the teams scrimmaged for five periods Wednesday at Newport Harbor. "Why drive 100 miles, when you can drive one mile and get great training? We're trying to work together more frequently, I think, in the future."
The Sailors didn't have to drive at all for the scrimmage at their home pool. But they spent plenty of time during the game swimming, working their counterattack to unofficially post a 14-9 win.
The varsity teams played for five periods, with junior varsity periods also interspersed throughout the two-hour scrimmage.
At the top of the Newport Harbor scoreboard, it said "Battle of the Bay — the annual classic," but the contest definitely had an early season feel. A couple of Newport parents got on the referee as the white cone representing midpool was actually closer to the CdM side, initially making it easier for the Sea Kings to win sprints.