Chase Watson went into the Battle of the Bay game on Oct. 23 fired up, just like his teammates on the Corona del Mar High boys' water polo team.
The 6-foot-7 senior center gave a performance to remember, scoring six goals in the Sea Kings' 13-10 victory over Back Bay rival Newport Harbor.
After the season was over, Watson looked back on the big victory that sparked CdM's season. He said he remembered someone else on that special day.
It was his grandfather, Jess, who would have been celebrating his 90th birthday. Jess passed away last year.
"I went to lunch with my grandma the day before," Chase Watson said. "My dad was really emotional the day before."
Chase Watson made all parties proud. He made plenty of people proud in a season that ended with a Pacific Coast League crown and, ultimately, the CIF Southern Section Division II title.