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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 | 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, matthew.szabo@latimes.com | December 30, 2010
CORONA DEL MAR — The Corona del Mar High girls' water polo team was a young team with a first-year coach and a 1-3 record entering the Holiday Cup. None of these three facts worry Coach San Bailey and the Sea Kings. They know they're among the elite teams in Division I. On Thursday afternoon, they turned to an old CdM standby — the counterattack — to defeat Santa Margarita, 13-3, in a quarterfinal of the Holiday Cup at CdM. CdM (3-3) advances to the semifinals, where the Sea Kings will play Laguna Beach at 11:45 a.m. today at Newport Harbor High.
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By Matt Szabo | December 11, 2013
SANTA ANA - Kaleigh Gilchrist is about seven months removed from winning the top prize in college women's water polo. Last May, the Newport Harbor High alumna helped USC win the NCAA Division 1 title. But now, Gilchrist is playing at an even higher level. Last weekend she played in her first tournament with the U.S. senior women's national team, and Team USA won gold at the Canada Cup. This week Gilchrist, a senior at USC, is continuing play with the senior national team at the Holiday Cup at Foothill High.
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By Matt Szabo, matthew.szabo@latimes.com | January 6, 2011
The Corona del Mar High girls' water polo team gets out of the pool during the fall season. From time to time, the Sea Kings play dodgeball. It's a good team bonding exercise and brings out the competitiveness in some of the players. Run for cover if Pippa Saunders has the ball. "It's funny, you always have certain athletes out there who sort of love to step up in certain moments," CdM Coach Sam Bailey said. "Pippa's one of those athletes. She's fearless, as far as going for a loose ball, moving out of the way, very passionate about stepping up and trying to make the hit. You definitely see Pippa's leadership, her competitiveness.
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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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By Matt Szabo, matthew.szabo@latimes.com | December 31, 2010
NEWPORT BEACH — If Friday afternoon's Holiday Cup title match was a case of David vs. Goliath, Corona del Mar had its collective slingshot aimed at Dos Pueblos and ready to fire. The Sea Kings are too good to play the David role. But as the game went on, the Chargers proved why they remain giants of the CIF Division I girls' water polo scene. Dos Pueblos survived a scare and rallied to defend its tournament title, 9-7. The top-seeded Chargers kept intact their 46-match winning streak, which dates back nearly two years to when CdM defeated them in February, 2009.
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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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