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Sailors bounce back

Newport Harbor has disappointing semifinal loss, but beats CdM in battle for third place in South Coast tourney.

September 25, 2010|By Matt Szabo,
(Kent Treptow / Daily…)

NEWPORT BEACH — The second Battle of the Bay in less than 24 hours took place Saturday afternoon at Newport Harbor High.

The attendance was a fraction of what it was the night before, and there was maybe not as much on the line. Still, the result was the same and a good one for the hosts.

Sailors win.

The Newport Harbor High boys' water polo team came out strong just like the football team had Friday night. It enabled the Sailors to outlast Corona del Mar, 9-7, in the third-place game of the South Coast Tournament.

Mater Dei won the tournament by edging El Toro, 11-10.

Newport Harbor (7-1) had a disappointing 10-4 semifinal loss earlier Saturday to the Monarchs, but on Coach Jason Lynch's second day back from a two-week suspension, the Sailors turned to something that was familiar enough — beating CdM.

The Back Bay rivals usually play at least a couple of times a year. In the past six years, Newport Harbor has won all of those games but one.


This time, they did it at least partially for their coach, who was suspended when it was discovered the Sailors used an academically ineligible player last year.

"We wanted to rebound," said sophomore center Dan Stevens, who scored three times against CdM. "We wanted to prove to coach how hard we've been working while he was gone."

Newport Harbor showed him against a CdM (3-4) team that had appeared strong in losing to top-seeded El Toro by just a single goal, 6-5. But the third-place game wasn't as close, as the Sailors came out hot.

Stevens and junior Farrel South both opened the scoring in the first quarter, the latter goal coming when Newport Harbor was awarded a penalty shot on a CdM illegal substitution.

The Sailors ended the first half with a 7-2 lead. South added two more penalty-shot goals, both coming after strong drives by sophomore Curtis Fink earned the fouls.

South had four goals in the game, Stevens three and junior Ryan Fowler two. Davy Jorth and Benton Carpenter each had assists and Andrew Duhoux collected two steals.

"Having our coach back, it really fired us up for this tournament," Stevens said. "It was a really great team effort all the way around."

Corona del Mar rallied in the second half but couldn't get closer than two goals. Wesley Sherburne and Emery Molnar each scored twice to lead CdM, and Coach Barry O'Dea also highlighted the improved play from senior Nick Treadaway, who had a steal.

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