IRVINE — On a rainy Saturday morning, the Corona del Mar High boys' water polo team spent time in the CdM gym.
The Sea Kings listened to a message from Spencer Pirdy and Bryan Riblett, two members of the program when CdM last won a CIF title in 2001.
Coach Barry O'Dea also had his players walk around to all four corners of the gym, with senior center Chase Watson reading off all the CIF title banners.
Finally, the Sea Kings reached the place where their banner would be placed.
"They were pretty pumped," O'Dea said. "We had a big morning."
The afternoon wasn't so bad either.
No. 2-seeded Corona del Mar captured its Orange County-record 13th CIF title after outlasting top-seeded Murrieta Valley, 11-10, in the Division II championship match at the Woollett Aquatics Center.
Junior Ben Zepfel scored the game-winning goal with less than three minutes left and senior Hayden Leach made a couple key steals in the final minute, helping the Sea Kings (23-8) emerge as champions in their first year back in Division II.