January 8, 2014
Water polo standout Jon Walters, of Newport Beach, died of a heart attack Wednesday, the Orange County Register reported. Walters, who played at Newport Harbor High as a freshman and transferred to Mater Dei, was 19. Walters, who played for USC, had been in the hospital since he fell into a coma Jan. 1, his father, Bill said, according to the Register. USC head water polo coach Jovan Vavic said on the school's website: "Jon was a great Trojan, and an outstanding young man from a wonderful family.
April 27, 2001
A Newport Harbor High School water polo player awaits the OK from doctors before he can get back in the water. Nathan MacLaine, a sophomore and backup goalie for the varsity water polo team was hurt in an accident over the weekend, said his coach Brian Kreutzkamp. The athlete was reportedly wrestling around with friends on the beach when he was knocked over and hit his head, Kreutzkamp said. "His mom came and talked to me," the coach said. "He, according to her, fractured his skull.
September 19, 2002
John Vargas is Ted Newland's friend. Vargas, the head coach of the top-ranked Stanford men's water polo team, used to live at Newland's house. Vargas, the former Corona del Mar High coach, played at UC Irvine under Newland in the early '80s. However, when Irvine faced the Cardinal in the championship match of the Southern California Tournament Sunday, friendship was hardly on Newland's mind. "I'm a very competitive human being," Newland said. "It's harder because we both like each other a lot. But, in college polo, I'm going to try to kick his (backside)
October 13, 1999
SAN MARCOS - Jeff Pratt had three goals to lead Orange Coast College to a 12-4 nonconference win over host Palomar College Tuesday in men's water polo. With the game still close at 7-4, the Pirates (14-3-1) scored five unanswered goals in the fourth quarter to put the game away. Eric Kim, Doug Jacoby and Kevin Becker each scored twice for the Bucs. Next up for OCC is a road trip to Cypress to take on the Chargers Thursday at 3 p.m. NONCONFERENCE Orange Coast 12, Cypress 4 Orange Coast 2 4 1 5 - 12 Palomar 2 1 1 0 - 4 Orange Coast: Pratt 3, Kim 2, Jacoby 2, Becker 2, Butler 1, Lancelotti 1, Alcarado 1. Saves: Oliver 8.
February 1, 2003
The UC Irvine women's water polo team has been ranked 12th in the nation by the Collegiate Coaches Water Polo Poll. Coach Julie Swail's Anteaters finished last season ranked 14th in the country. Teams in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation make up 10 of the top 13 teams in the country, with top-ranked Stanford, leading the way. UCI, which will face 14 schools ranked in the preseason top 20 this year, will open the 2003 season Sunday at the university of Redlands Invite.
November 17, 1999
Tony Altobelli PLEASANT HILL - Orange Coast College men's water polo team will have to go to bed early Thursday night in order to be prepared to face West Valley College in the opening match of the Hyundai-California Community College Water Polo State Championships Friday. Game time is set for 7 a.m. and Coach Chris Oeding's squad will have to open the match against No. 1 Northern California team after a disappointing fourth-place finish at the Southern California regional tournament.
August 18, 2008
BEIJING — Former UC Irvine All-American Jeff Powers scored two goals as the U.S. Olympic men’s water polo team defeated Germany, 8-7, Monday in China to advance to the medal round for the first time since 1992. Ryan Bailey and Tim Hutten, two other previous UCI All-Americans, scored one goal each as Team USA won Group B with a 4-1 record. The U.S. earned a bye into the semifinals and will face the winner of the Spain-Serbia quarterfinal. The U.S. men’s water polo team is scheduled to play its semifinal Friday at 7:40 p.m. in Beijing (2 a.m., PST)
May 15, 2008
Newport Harbor High senior Erin Reid has made a verbal committment to play water polo at UCLA next year. Reid said she was almost headed to Santa Clara, but then UCLA Coach Adam Krikorian called and told her she got in. ?I switched plans really quickly,? said Reid, whose parents Scott and Jill also both went to UCLA. Reid, a left-handed driver and transfer from Laguna Beach High, scored 44 goals for the Sailors this year in helping them win the CIF Southern Section Division I title over Back Bay rival Corona del Mar. Reid, a second-team All-Sunset League selection, added 23 steals.
October 10, 2001
PRINCETON, N.J. - Newport Harbor High product Jon Pharris, a senior co-captain for the Princeton University men's water polo team, has been named the Collegiate Water Polo Association Southern Division Player of the Week. Pharris, the Tigers' goalie, capped a busy weekend with 15 saves in Princeton's 8-2 victory over Navy. He also recorded 15 saves in a 9-5 win at Bucknell, as the Tigers have opened the CWPA season with four straight victories. Last year, Pharris earned first-team CWPA All-Southern honors and was named to the American Water Polo Coaches Association's all-academic team.