Fults a speedy standout for Sailors

Daily Pilot High School Athlete of the Week

Newport Harbor senior, in her first year in a starting role, stepped up at Holiday Cup.

January 11, 2014|By Matt Szabo
  • Newport Harbor High senior Heidi Fults is the Daily Pilot High School Athlete of the Week.
Newport Harbor High senior Heidi Fults is the Daily Pilot… (KEVIN CHANG, Daily…)

Newport Harbor High senior girls' water polo player Heidi Fults can't seem to stay away from the water.

It makes sense when one considers her family. Her mother, Suzanne, was a sailor growing up, while her father, Greg, was a water polo player. Heidi's older brothers Kyle and Cory also both played water sports during their time at Newport Harbor, water polo for Kyle and surfing and outrigger paddling for Cory.

'We're definitely all the water," said Heidi Fults, who enjoys taking trips to Catalina as often as possible aboard the Fults' sailboat, "Lemuria."

But last year, her junior year, Heidi said she wasn't in the water as much as she hoped for the Sailors. She was a key reserve off the bench as the team advanced back to the CIF Southern Section Division 1 title game, but she wanted more.

"I had a lot of trouble during the season, just because of everything that was going on," she said. "I wanted to play more, and I wanted to be more involved. I feel like I just didn't really get much of a chance last year, but maybe I did. Maybe [Coach Bill Barnett] just didn't think I was ready, which is fine."


Fults said she questioned whether she wanted to continue to play water polo in college. But she stuck with it, and this year's Sailors can be grateful for that decision.

Now Fults has signed with the University of Hawaii, a destination that's not surprising for the blonde-haired water child. What may be more surprising is just how much Fults has excelled in her first year as a starter.

The attacker is third on the team with 17 goals. Seven of those came in last weekend's Holiday Cup, when Fults helped the Sailors (9-2) finish a strong second, pushing Laguna Beach in the championship match. She scored a season-high four goals against Rosary in the quarterfinals, and three more in the final.

Even more than that, the Daily Pilot Athlete of the Week showed her versatility. Fults also drew five exclusions in a semifinal victory over Foothill.

"She's a good athlete," Barnett said. "She's fast, she's quick and she throws the ball with a lot of speed and accuracy."

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