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South emerges as Sailors' go-to guy

Newport Harbor junior has a powerful shot, but he's been improving other aspects of his game too.

October 15, 2010|By Matt Szabo,

South has always had the big shot, ever since he started playing water polo when he was 9. He got into the sport when his father, Ken, who played polo at Newport in the late 1970s and later at USC, brought him to a match.

"He got me into playing polo and it kind of grew on me," said Farrel South, who before playing water polo used to play basketball at the Boys & Girls Club.

He has put in the work. South is more patient now on offense, Lynch said, and that helps open things up for the Sailors.


"When I was in age-group, anyone who could shoot the ball could really shoot it from anywhere and probably score," South said. "I was living in that mindset until freshman year, and then [Lynch] started getting on me about it."

Lynch got on the Sailors on Thursday, too, after not being too satisfied with their narrow 4-3 victory over Huntington Beach the previous night. That meant 90 minutes of straight sprinting in the pool Thursday morning, and stadium running in the afternoon.

South is honest about that game, saying the Sailors' offense was "just terrible." It is clear the team's game, like his own, has even more room for improvement.

Honesty is a mature approach that he even finds when talking about his birthday, which falls on New Year's Eve every year.

"When I was younger, I hated it, because I didn't really think anyone cared about my birthday," South said. "Everyone was always gone. Now it's just, 'Whatever.' It's just a birthday."

Lynch and the Sailors are glad their emerging star doesn't have the same attitude toward polo.

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