NEWPORT BEACH — One San Clemente High volleyball player walked onto the Newport Harbor court with a helmet. The helmet did not have a facemask, but it looked like one used in the 1930s in football.
The player was not the only one from his team who needed protection Thursday night in the second round of the CIF Southern Section Division I playoffs.
In the third set, Scott Hair raced toward the stands to get to a live ball, but a Newport Harbor football player sitting in the first row grabbed Hair and then pushed him. San Clemente Coach Ken Goldstone raised his hands in objection and Newport Harbor Coach Dan Glenn understood why. He saw it all happen.
Glenn called it an unfortunate incident. The Sailors were on their way to easily sweeping San Clemente until the referees stopped the match to find out what happened, and then to toss the football player.