CORONA DEL MAR — Do not ask Newport Harbor High Coach Bill Barnett what his record is in the Battle of the Bay in girls' water polo. He has been a part of so many against Corona del Mar that it is hard to keep track of the wins and losses.
The longtime coach is sure of one thing every time the Sailors and Sea Kings meet in the pool.
"[It's] always a one-goal game," Barnett said with a grin.
Barnett could smile on Friday night because he was on the winning side of another nail-biter with the Sea Kings.
On a rainy night at CdM, the Sailors squeaked out a 6-5 victory in overtime, keeping them undefeated four games into the season. Newport Harbor can thank Elissia Schilling, who recorded the game-winner 59 seconds into the first of two three-minute overtime periods.
Schilling got her first taste of the intense rivalry on the varsity level. She made a big splash at the start and at the end for the Sailors, ranked No. 3 in the CIF Southern Section Division I coaches' poll.