CORONA DEL MAR — For the first time in recent memory, the Corona del Mar High boys' water polo team held a 50-50 raffle at Tuesday's key nonleague game against Long Beach Wilson.
CdM team parent Jeff Ong won the $225 prize. Ong's pockets might have been fatter, but he was still as nervous as anyone else throughout the game.
At the start, CdM's chances of winning its home opener looked considerably less than 50-50. But the Sea Kings battled back to claim a wild 10-7 overtime victory over the Bruins in a matchup of the top two teams in the CIF Southern Section Division II coaches' poll.
Top-ranked Corona del Mar (2-0) is the defending CIF champion, but returns with a bunch of new players after nearly every contributor from last year's team graduated. The biggest piece was center Chase Watson, the Newport-Mesa Player of the Year who's now at USC. But the Sea Kings still appear to be fine at two meters.