CORONA DEL MAR — Will Havercroft pumped his fist in the first quarter after scoring two quick goals.
Chase Watson put his index finger up on each hand after scoring, six times in all.
In the Battle of the Bay, the Corona del Mar High boys' water polo team was fired up. And, as Watson's gestures would suggest, the Sea Kings earned the right to be called No. 1 after they shocked Newport Harbor, 13-10, on Saturday night at CdM.
"We went into this game with nothing to lose," Watson said. "We're not in their division anymore, but we know this is going to hurt their rating in Division I. It's all about pride with Newport … We had a great game plan and we executed it to a 'T.' "
CdM came out fired up and never backed down. The heroes were many, from Watson's dominance at set to Havercroft's two early goals on extra that gave the Sea Kings momentum. Then there was senior defender Nick Treadaway and the job he did guarding Newport Harbor junior Farrel South, as well as a stellar game in goal from CdM senior goalie Bruce Bearer (11 saves).