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Newport defends title

Girls' Water Polo

Sailors JV team, led by goalie Kapana, wins Costa Mesa varsity tournament for second straight year.

December 22, 2012|By Matt Szabo
  • Newport Harbor High junior varsity goalie Carlee Kapana blocks a penalty shot by Costa Mesa during the first half Saturday.
Newport Harbor High junior varsity goalie Carlee Kapana… (KEVIN CHANG, Daily…)

COSTA MESA — Newport Harbor High sophomore Carlee Kapana could be a varsity starter on the majority of girls' water polo teams in Orange County.

The Sailors have another great goalie playing on varsity, junior Cleo Harrington. Kapana plays on the junior varsity, and she said she's cool with it.

It makes sense. The Sailors also have a JV team that could beat the majority of girls' water polo teams in Orange County.

They beat two of them Saturday at Costa Mesa High. Kapana helped lead the way as Newport Harbor's JV squad beat Beckman, 14-6, to win the Costa Mesa Classic Lil' Pickle Showdown for the second straight year.

Earlier Saturday, Newport's JV beat Costa Mesa, 11-1. The Mustangs finished fourth in their host tournament after losing to Foothill's JV team, 12-3, in the third-place match.

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Newport Harbor's undefeated JV squad (12-0) won its second tournament in three weeks, as the Sailors captured the Estancia JV tournament last weekend. The team is full of girls with a bright future in the sport. Lefty Ellie Reid scored a game-high five goals in the title-game win over Beckman (10-3). Fellow sophomores Chanel Schilling and Kate Pipkin added four and three scores, respectively.

Reid did most of her damage on quick strikes from the perimeter. Schilling, who scored the game-winning goal in the tournament title match last year against Harvard-Westlake, was very effective at two meters. She drew three Patriots exclusions as well as two five-meter penalty shots.

Both Reid and Schilling have older sisters who have won CIF Southern Section Division 1 titles with Newport Harbor. Erin Reid helped the 2008 Sailors capture the crown, and current Harbor senior center Elissia Schilling helped last year's Sailors win the title.

The younger Schilling said she is more of a turner at two meters, while her sister prefers to take backhand shots. As Elissia watched from the stands, Chanel kept the Sailors in the game early, scoring four goals in the first half.

"I decided I needed to keep coming back and score another one," Chanel Schilling said. "It just kept going back and forth, and I really wanted to break open the score. That's really what fueled me."

But the Sailors broke it open after Beckman sophomore Nikki Daurio scored on a rebound to make the score 5-5 in the second quarter. Newport Harbor went on a 9-0 run. The defensive effort centered around Kapana, who made 15 saves and added three steals.

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