Back in January, Corona del Mar High boys' water polo coach Barry O'Dea didn't know what to think of his team.
The Sea Kings had graduated eight seniors who were key players including Max Bergeson, a two-time Daily Pilot Dream Team Player of the Year now at Cal.
Then came two double-digit losses to rival Newport Harbor during club play. O'Dea never became discouraged about the future however. He kept telling his players it was part of the process, not necessarily a rebuilding process, but a method of attaining success.
Back then he told them, "We're training for November."
So how is it now?
"We're pretty excited about where we're at," O'Dea said.
The Sea Kings (19-8) earned the No. 2 seed in the CIF Southern Section Division II playoffs when the pairings were released Sunday.
CdM, the Pacific Coast League champion, will play a home game Thursday at 3:15 p.m. against Tuesday's wild-card winner between host Schurr (14-9) and El Modena (16-12).