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By Matt Szabo | February 28, 2014
Getting three sevens can be enough to win a sizable amount of money on a slot machine in Las Vegas. For the Newport Harbor High girls' water polo team, three upset wins as the No. 7 seed equals the jackpot. The Sailors indeed entered the CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoffs as the No. 7 seed after late-season losses to Foothill, Corona del Mar and Los Alamitos. But after beating No. 2 Foothill, 5-4, in the quarterfinals and No. 6 Santa Barbara, 11-10, in the semifinals, the Sailors find themselves in the Division 1 title match for the third straight year.
By Matt Szabo | February 22, 2014
After a hot shooting start, Newport Harbor High junior Ellie Reid hit the wall about halfway through the girls' water polo season. The left-hander was battling fatigue, sickness and a nagging shoulder injury. She stopped scoring as many goals, not looking as confident with her shot. "I kind of lost my groove a little bit," Reid said. "I kind of cracked a little bit in midseason. " How did Ellie get her groove back? It took just one shot on Saturday. She scored the winning six-on-five goal with 2:24 left off a pass from Kate Pipkin, helping Newport Harbor upset Foothill, 5-4, in a CIF Southern Section Division 1 quarterfinal match Saturday at Newport Harbor High.
By Len Bose | February 21, 2014
After interviewing Gino Morrelli for my column last week, I had a chance to ask the same questions of his partner, Pete Melvin, of Morrelli & Melvin Design and Engineering Inc. Morrelli and Melvin are best known for their catamaran designs and their work in writing the class rules for the 34th and 35th America's Cups. I have known about Melvin from the first time I picked up Yacht Racing & One Design magazine, now called Sailing World. He was sailing for Boston University, where he was named an All-American, in the 1980s.
By David Carrillo PeƱaloza | February 21, 2014
SANTA ANA - For the second straight season, the Newport Harbor High boys' basketball team faced one of the top two seeds early in the CIF Southern Section playoffs. Last season in Division 2A, the Sailors played host to No. 1 Westlake in the second round and lost by nine points. They opened the Division 2AA playoffs at No. 2 Foothill on Friday and they did not do as well, losing 82-55. "We got to talk to our guys about having a better regular season," said Newport Harbor Coach Bob Torribio, whose team finished 14-14 overall for the second season in a row. "We got to take care of some business early on so we don't have to play these tough teams early on [in the postseason]
February 14, 2014
GIRLS' WATER POLO Newport Harbor 12, Riverside Poly 6 RIVERSIDE - Christina O'Beck had a team-high three goals for the Sailors in their nonleague regular-season finale Friday at Riverside Poly. Rachel Whitelegge (four steals), Heid Fults and Chanel Schilling each scored twice for Newport Harbor, while Kate Pipkin, Isabel Leveque and Ellie Reid each tallied one goal. Carlee Kapana had nine saves and Cleo Harrington eight saves for Newport Harbor (20-7), which awaits the release of the CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoff pairings Sunday morning.
By Matt Szabo | February 8, 2014
IRVINE - Every tournament, Corona del Mar High girls' water polo sophomore goalie Heidi Ritner seems to get better and better. There are some other, more well-publicized goalies out there in CIF this year, including two across the Back Bay. But that's fine with CdM Coach Ross Sinclair. "She's right in the mix with them," Sinclair said. "We're happy to have her. " The girls across the bay aren't going to argue that point, either. "I think it's kind of a bummer that she's almost flying under the radar," Newport Harbor senior Christina O'Beck said.
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