Before her girls' water polo games, Kailyn Obenauer finds herself on the Newport Bay with her father, David.
Father and daughter have a tradition of enjoying a pre-game "good luck" meal at the Balboa Bay Club.
When it comes to the Battle of the Bay, though, the younger Obenauer definitely creates her own luck.
The Newport Harbor High senior did it again Feb. 4 in an Irvine Southern California Championships quarterfinal. The Sailors were playing rival Corona del Mar for the third time of the season, and they were without their top scorer Maddy McLaren.
Obenauer did what a captain might be expected to do — she stepped up. Big-time.
The center scored a game-high three goals. In the fourth quarter, with fellow seniors Catherine Carpenter and Mary Rose Wight in foul trouble, Obenauer also guarded set. It worked out, as the Sailors won, 7-4, to advance to the semifinals.