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By Matt Szabo | January 2, 2014
There are some changes when it comes to this weekend's Holiday Cup girls' water polo tournament. The tournament is being played after New Year's Day, for one. And Corona del Mar High is not hosting, as new locker rooms are being installed at the Sea Kings' pool. Newport Harbor and Santa Margarita are the hosts for the two-day tournament, which begins Friday morning. What has not changed, however, is that the 16-team tournament is stacked and provides a good early-season measuring stick for the top programs in the CIF Southern Section.
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January 3, 2014
GIRLS' WATER POLO Holiday Cup Newport Harbor advanced to the semifinals with a pair of wins Friday at Newport Harbor High. The Sailors beat Corona Santiago, 10-2, then got past Rosary, 9-6. Christina O'Beck had three goals against Santiago, and Kate Pipkin and Ellie Reid each scored twice. Heidi Fults led the scoring against Rosary, with four goals. Goalies Cleo Harrington and Carlee Kapana combined to make 30 save in the two games for Newport Harbor. The Sailors (6-1)
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By Matt Szabo | December 27, 2012
The Newport Harbor and Corona del Mar girls' water polo teams co-host the Holiday Cup tournament every year. But, in recent years, they have perhaps been too generous in hosting for the two-day tournament. The Sailors have not win the tournament since 2005. The Sea Kings haven't captured the title since 2008. The local teams will look to end those winless streaks when the tournament begins Friday at both pools. Corona del Mar (3-0), the top-ranked team in CIF Southern Section Division 1, probably is the favorite for the 16-team tournament.
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By Matt Szabo | December 31, 2008
NEWPORT BEACH — The outside shot has been there for Margot Money. On Wednesday, in the Holiday Cup title game, it was just up to the Corona del Mar High junior to put it in the back of the net. Money delivered, scoring three goals to help CdM defeat Back Bay rival Newport Harbor, 5-3, at Newport Harbor High. Coach Aaron Chaney said Money has been making the perimeter shots in practice, but they came up big at just the right time in a game situation to help the Sea Kings (10-0)
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December 29, 2007
Two down, two to go. With a pair of wins Friday, both the Newport Harbor High and Corona del Mar girls’ water polo teams have advanced to today’s semifinals at the annual Holiday Cup tournament. The Sailors (7-0) will play against Dos Pueblos of Goleta in the first semifinal at 10:40 a.m. at Newport Harbor High. Defending tournament champion Corona del Mar (5-3) will face defending CIF Southern Section Division I champion Foothill in the second semifinal, at 11:45 at the same venue.
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By Steve Virgen | December 31, 2009
For a photo gallery, click here. NEWPORT BEACH — Star goalie Sami Hill says that when she plays road games she likes to silence the crowd. It sure seemed rather quiet at Newport Harbor High after the senior’s peformance Thursday, when Dos Pueblos of Goleta won the Holiday Cup. Hill’s 17 saves silenced the Sailors, who lost, 7-4, in the championship game. She said she was happy the Chargers earned the title in her final year at Dos Pueblos before going on to UCLA.
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By Matt Szabo, matthew.szabo@latimes.com | December 31, 2010
NEWPORT BEACH — The drop got dropped, and the press was impressive. The Newport Harbor High girls' water polo team is known for that press defense, and the Sailors went back to it Friday afternoon at the Holiday Cup tournament. It showed in the pool as the Sailors took fifth in the tournament by beating Santa Barbara, 5-2. Earlier in the day, they bested Palos Verdes, 14-6, in a fifth-place semifinal. The game against Santa Barbara didn't feature much offense. Defensively, though, the press obviously worked, as the Dons couldn't get on the scoreboard until Charlotte Hendrix skipped in a goal with 5:18 left in the contest.
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By Matt Szabo, matthew.szabo@latimes.com | December 30, 2010
NEWPORT BEACH — Foothill High senior driver Kelli Boling said her team deserved the win. Newport Harbor Coach Bill Barnett knew his Sailors didn't. The Knights hung on Thursday to post the upset of the first day of the Holiday Cup, topping the Sailors, 8-7, in a wild quarterfinal game at Newport Harbor High. Newport Harbor fails to make it to the semifinals of its host tournament for the first time since 2001. Instead, the No. 4-seeded Sailors (4-1) will play in a fifth-place semifinal game today at 8:30 a.m. against Palos Verdes.
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By Matt Szabo | December 29, 2007
CORONA DEL MAR — As the clock ran down, the Long Beach Wilson girls’ water polo team got one last shot off in the Holiday Cup quarterfinal Friday at Corona del Mar. The Sea Kings goalie reached for the ball and made the save, denying the Bruins a last-second goal as the crowd cheered. But the goalie was CdM backup Amy Youngman, not starter Kate Baldoni, because the Sea Kings had already secured their 8-3 win. The victory moves CdM into the tournament semifinals, where the Sea Kings will face Foothill today at 11:45 a.m. at Newport Harbor High.
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By Matt Szabo | January 24, 2014
Laguna Beach High girls' water polo coach Ethan Damato is well aware of the numbers. In his first several years as head or assistant coach of the Breakers, the girls had beaten Newport Harbor just one time. It hurt to Damato, a Laguna Beach alumnus who was a two-time All-CIF player in 1999 and 2000. "We're tired of losing to Newport," Damato said. "That is a fact, for sure. We talked about it this year with this group of girls; we don't want to lose to the CdMs and Newports anymore.
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By Matt Szabo | January 23, 2014
Get Newport Harbor High senior Cleo Harrington and junior Carlee Kapana together out of the water, and they are prone to fits of giggling. They play off each other well, which certainly is also true in the water for the Sailors' girls water polo team. The consensus in the water polo community is that they're the top two goalies in the CIF Southern Section, which by extension could make them the top two prep girls' goalies in the country. It's a nice problem for Newport Harbor Coach Bill Barnett to have, except that it's not a problem at all. Last summer, Barnett started instituting a very simple rotation.
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By Matt Szabo | January 11, 2014
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.
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By Matt Szabo | January 8, 2014
Corona del Mar High girls' water polo coach Ross Sinclair was greeted by Jason Lynch following Wednesday afternoon's nonleague game against Foothill. Lynch, an assistant coach with Foothill, is the former Newport Harbor High boys' water polo coach. He coached Sinclair during his playing days with the Sailors. "I'm trying to teach these girls about playing the game mentally, being a student of the game," Sinclair said. "I learned that from [Lynch]. I think I naturally have it, but I also learned more of it from him. Preparing is so crucial.
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By Matt Szabo | January 8, 2014
Newport Harbor High girls' water polo coach Bill Barnett only needed two fingers to count the positives after Wednesday night's Sunset League opener against Edison. Number one, Barnett praised the play of junior goalkeeper Carlee Kapana. She played the whole game and made seven saves as senior Cleo Harrington, with whom Kapana usually splits time, was out sick. Number two, Barnett was happy that his team earned the 3-1 victory at home. Other than that? "Other than that we stunk, especially on offense," Barnett said.
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By Matt Szabo | January 4, 2014
A shocking development took place Saturday afternoon at Newport Harbor High. For the first time in three years, the Newport Harbor and Corona del Mar girls' water polo teams did not meet each other in a high school tournament. The teams that have met in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 title match the last two years did not face off in this weekend's Holiday Cup. Yet the Sailors and Sea Kings each found positives to the first tournament of their season, after winning three out of four games.
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January 3, 2014
GIRLS' WATER POLO Holiday Cup Newport Harbor advanced to the semifinals with a pair of wins Friday at Newport Harbor High. The Sailors beat Corona Santiago, 10-2, then got past Rosary, 9-6. Christina O'Beck had three goals against Santiago, and Kate Pipkin and Ellie Reid each scored twice. Heidi Fults led the scoring against Rosary, with four goals. Goalies Cleo Harrington and Carlee Kapana combined to make 30 save in the two games for Newport Harbor. The Sailors (6-1)
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By Matt Szabo | January 3, 2014
RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA - Corona del Mar High sophomore Maddie Musselman managed to score a key goal, get a key steal and frustrate her head coach - all within the final minute of the game. The first two actions were key in helping the Sea Kings earn an 8-6 victory over host Santa Margarita in the Holiday Cup quarterfinals on Friday. Even the third ended up providing a unifying moment for the Sea Kings. Musselman dumped the ball with seven seconds left on the shot clock. CdM Coach Ross Sinclair, who ended up a bit aggravated by this, said after the game that she was looking at the scoreboard and saw a "one," which she thought indicated the shot clock but actually indicated that CdM had one timeout left.
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By Matt Szabo | January 2, 2014
There are some changes when it comes to this weekend's Holiday Cup girls' water polo tournament. The tournament is being played after New Year's Day, for one. And Corona del Mar High is not hosting, as new locker rooms are being installed at the Sea Kings' pool. Newport Harbor and Santa Margarita are the hosts for the two-day tournament, which begins Friday morning. What has not changed, however, is that the 16-team tournament is stacked and provides a good early-season measuring stick for the top programs in the CIF Southern Section.
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