Newport quiets CdM

Boys' Water Polo

South, taunted by Sea Kings fans, scores four goals to help lead Sailors to victory in Battle of the Bay.

October 22, 2011|By Matt Szabo
(Kevin Chang / Daily…)

NEWPORT BEACH — A standing-room only crowd showed up for Saturday afternoon's Battle of the Bay boys' water polo game at Newport Harbor High.

Corona del Mar supporters packed the visitors' sidelines, most of them wearing T-shirts made just for the occasion.

A few of them brought signs, one of which even questioned the physique of Newport Harbor senior Farrel South.

South was injured earlier this year, but he's lost weight and is in shape. He made the sign look downright silly when he rifled in a shot from nine meters midway through the third quarter.

South scored a game-high four goals as the Sailors took the city championship game, 9-5.

"I felt like it was going to be a battle, and it was a battle," he said. "Even though we had a pretty solid lead, I still felt like it was pretty physical and we really needed to keep our guard up. But yeah, I thought it was a great game. It's competitive every year."


Fifteen total exclusions were called, but what each team did with those six-on-five opportunities also told the story. Newport Harbor went five for seven on the power-play, while holding CdM to just two for eight.

"It was the difference in the last game too," CdM Coach Barry O'Dea said, referring to the Sailors' 9-7 victory over the Sea Kings in the final of the S&R Sport Cup on Oct. 8. "We execute our shots here, we put shots in the back of the net like we can, then we're talking about a different ballgame right now."

Junior Curtis Fink had three goals for the Sailors. Senior Hank Lee and junior Preston Lee each scored once for Newport Harbor, and the younger Lee and Andrew Silvers each had three steals.

Senior goalie Koby Yokota had nine saves for Newport Harbor (17-1), which won its 10th straight game and avenged last year's Battle of the Bay loss at CdM.

South had six goals in that game last year but suffered through a rough shooting night. This time the Sailors went ahead early and kept the lead.

"I just think we're getting stronger as a team," South said. "With the coaching that we're getting, this is only the beginning."

Newport Harbor, ranked No. 2 in CIF Southern Section Division I, opened up a 3-1 lead in the first quarter. Two of the goals came on six-on-five, but CdM's Wes Sherburne converted a penalty shot drawn by Colby Watson to keep the Sea Kings close. They could have had the lead, if two shots didn't careen off the crossbar in the opening quarter.

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