They will be on opposing sides Saturday in the Battle of the Bay for boys' water polo.
Corona del Mar High seniors Ben Zepfel and Charlie Howarth, as well as Newport Harbor juniors Dan Stevens and Curtis Fink, will be trying to lead their respective high school teams to victory in the rivalry match, at Newport Harbor at 2 p.m.
But before they split sides for high school, the four players were just part of Club Split OC.
They were part of a powerful 14-and-under age group team for the club, now called Orange County Water Polo Club. Also on the team were such current high school standouts as Newport Beach residents Jon and James Walters, now at Mater Dei, as well as Max Merrill and goalie Luke Weiser from Los Alamitos and Eric Silcock from El Toro.
The team was impressive. It won a Speedo Cup title in November, 2006, in Missouri, and finished second the next year. The team took bronze at the Junior Olympics in San Jose in 2007. Though Howarth played in older age group due to his Dec. 31 birthday, much of the core of the team also won the title at the U.S. Club Water Polo Championships in July, 2008.