NEWPORT BEACH — Newport Harbor High senior Kailyn Obenauer smiles when asked about sophomore Elissia Schilling.
Obenauer is the Sailors' senior returning starter at two meters. Schilling, a sophomore center herself, might be considered a secret weapon.
Well, not so secret anymore after she scored three goals to help Newport Harbor top Foothill, 10-6, in a nonleague game between the Division I powerhouses Friday at Newport Harbor High.
Sailors Coach Bill Barnett was not in attendance. Assistant Brian Melstrom, who was the head man Friday, said the Sailors' legendary coach needed to stay off his feet after experiencing some back issues.
Melstrom said Barnett isn't expected to be sidelined long. The Sailors didn't skip a beat, in part because of their talented centers who combined for half of the team's 10 goals.