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Harryman comes up big for Sea Kings

Daily Pilot High School Athlete of the Week

CdM senior, who scored game-winning goal at Memorial Cup, has blossomed in first year as varsity starter.

November 02, 2012|By Matt Szabo
  • Corona del Mar High senior boys' water polo player Jack Harryman is the Daily Pilot High School Athlete of the Week.
Corona del Mar High senior boys' water polo player… (SCOTT SMELTZER,…)

When Jack Harryman was about 9 years old, he had a little talk with one of the best boys' water polo players that Corona del Mar High has seen.

The conversation wasn't by accident. Harryman lived across the street from Jacob Murphy, the 2005 Pacific Coast League Most Valuable Player who went on to star at center for UCLA. Growing up, Harryman was pretty good friends with Murphy's youngest sister, Diana, who graduated from CdM this year.

Jacob Murphy told Harryman that he should try water polo. Nobody in his family had played the sport, but Harryman tried it and loved it, starting with longtime CdM youth coach Ted Bandaruk.

That was about half a lifetime ago for Harryman, who is now a senior at CdM. He has come a long way in the sport with some of his good friends. Thirteen of CdM's 14 varsity players this year are seniors.

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"I loved it right when I started playing," Harryman said. "I've been playing with these guys forever. It's just such a good team sport."

Harryman, the Daily Pilot Athlete of the Week, certainly came up big for the Sea Kings last weekend at the Finis Memorial Cup. Harryman scored the game-winning goal, on a cross pass from Jake Wyatt, in the final minute of CdM's 11-10 comeback victory over Long Beach Wilson.

The rally at Bellarmine Prep in San Jose was impressive, considering the Sea Kings trailed their rivals, 8-3, at halftime. Harryman stepped up for three goals in the match — all in the second half — to share the team lead with Wyatt.

"What I was thinking was, 'Let's get this going,'" Harryman said. "I was worried, I'm not going to lie. They're a good team ... [but] we got fired up. [Coach] Barry [O'Dea] told us that it was our last tournament together, and we wanted to go out with a win. One of our goals before the season started was to get a win in a tournament, and this was our last one. We all came together."

The Sea Kings played probably their best water polo of the season. It helped lift them from the No. 6 spot in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 poll to a three-way tie for third, with Newport Harbor and Wilson.

CdM also topped Newport Harbor, 11-6, in a Memorial Cup semifinal. O'Dea has said he feels like CdM deserves the No. 3 seed in Division 1, and Harryman said he agrees. The playoffs start next week, and the brackets will be released Sunday.

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