Defending CIF Southern Section Division II champion Corona del Mar High was ranked atop the division in preaseason boys' water polo polls released Monday by the Southern Section.
Newport Harbor is ranked No. 2 in Division I, behind defending champion Mater Dei.
Corona del Mar edged Murrieta Valley, 11-10, last November to win its Orange County-record 13th CIF title, its first in nine years. But CdM graduated nearly all of its top players from that team, including Daily Pilot Newport-Mesa Player of the Year Chase Watson (USC) and fellow Dream Team honorees Hayden Leach (Long Beach State) and Evan Ramsey (Harvard), as well as center Emery Molnar (USC).
One expected key contributor is senior-to-be center Ben Zepfel, who scored the game-winning goal in last year's Division II final.
Newport Harbor is led by first-year Coach Robert Lynn, the former coach at Harvard-Westlake and an assistant coach for the U.S. men's national team. Lynn has been overseas for much of the summer coaching the men's senior and junior national teams but is expected back the first week of September.