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By Matt Szabo | January 12, 2013
SANTA BARBARA - On Friday night at the Santa Barbara Tournament of Champions, Corona del Mar High girls' water polo Coach Sam Bailey said his squad played like individuals instead of a team. On Saturday afternoon, Bailey saw the opposite. In fact, during a fifth-place semifinal against Los Alamitos, he saw what he said was a defining moment for his team. The player who provided the moment during a break in the action was senior Ioanna Haralabidis. "I felt that all of [my teammates]
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April 12, 2012
BOYS' GOLF Tournament of Champions INDIO - Corona del Mar High finished sixth out of 38 schools with a four-player score of 911 in the two-day 54-hole tournament that concluded Thursday at the Golf Club at Terra Lago. Chase Wheatley (73-77-73 - 223) and Hale Furey (74-77-72 - 223) shot the low on the par-72 course for the Sea Kings. The tournament had teams of five players and used the score of the top four from each team. CdM shot 300 as a team in the final round, which was the second lowest score of the day behind Diamond Bar. Mike Moorhead (78-78-77 - 233)
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By Matt Szabo | January 17, 2014
SANTA BARBARA - The pool deck at Santa Barbara High is fairly cramped, so it's pretty easy to see the different girls' water polo teams playing or getting warmed up. Colors also can provide a cue, especially when it's Back Bay rivals Newport Harbor and Corona del Mar facing off. "There's kind of that tension when you walk on the same pool deck," Sailors junior Kate Pipkin said. "You see the lighter blue, you see the white, you see the pink. You're kind of like, 'Oh, they're here.' We have nothing against them; they're just our rivals.
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By Matt Szabo | June 12, 2012
HUNTINGTON BEACH - For more than a decade the Oakland Athletics have been known as a baseball team that has been successful by getting the most out of scrappy, lesser-known players. No sabermetrics here, but this season in Costa Mesa American Little League Minor B Athletics Manager Mark Ingram perhaps had his own version of "moneyball" that might have made Billy Beane proud. "We drafted the youngest team," Ingram said. "We had the only two 7-year-olds in the whole league, and four 8-year-olds.
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By Matt Szabo | January 13, 2012
GOLETA - The first time the Corona del Mar High girls' water polo team played Dos Pueblos this year, the Sea Kings snapped the Chargers' 68-game winning streak. Another streak was on the line when the teams met Friday night. Dos Pueblos had won the Santa Barbara Tournament of Champions three years in a row. In its home pool, Dos Pueblos wasn't going to go down without a fight. Turns out, neither was Corona del Mar. The third-seeded Sea Kings owned the fourth quarter to knock off the Chargers, 7-6, at Dos Pueblos High.
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By Matt Szabo and By Matt Szabo | January 12, 2013
SANTA BARBARA - It is really an unexplainable statistic. The Newport Harbor High girls' water polo team has never won the Santa Barbara Tournament of Champions title. Newport assistant coach Brian Melstrom questioned Santa Barbara Coach Mark Walsh about it, so the two men looked at the tournament program. And indeed, they discovered that the Sailors had finished in second place seven times since 2003. "I said, 'I think [Coach Bill] Barnett likes to lose the last game and maybe make the girls hungry for the rest of the way,' " Walsh said.
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By Matt Szabo | January 13, 2012
GOLETA - As of Friday night, the favorite Twitter account of the Newport Harbor High girls' water polo team stood at 44 followers. "Things Schil Says" (@thingsschilsays) is an account where the Sailors post tweets, often colorful in nature, that are quotes from their junior teammate Elissia Schilling. "Six more followers and we're at 50," senior Maddy McLaren said. "That's our goal. The goal will consistently be rising, but right now it's set at 50. " Talk of Schilling and goals isn't just reserved for cyberspace.
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By Matt Szabo | January 12, 2012
The Newport Harbor High girls' water polo team has never won the Santa Barbara Tournament of Champions. The Sailors have lost in the championship game six different times since 2003. It's a statistical oddity that does not bother Coach Bill Barnett, whose teams have won three CIF Southern Section Division I titles in that span. "There is not an explanation for it," Barnett said. "Better to be first at the end of the season than second in the middle. " Still, Barnett said he feels the Sailors have been playing well lately.
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By Dominic Perrone | June 15, 2006
FOUNTAIN VALLEY ? Nothing shifts young boys' thoughts from negative to positive faster than video games and food. So after a 13-2 loss to the White Sox of Ocean View Wednesday at Mile Square Park that ousted the Costa Mesa National Little League Majors Phillies from the District 62 Tournament of Champions, it was not a surprise when the hands shot up and voices grew loud in the post-game meeting. The baseball season may have been over, but it was time to party with friends.
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By Steve Virgen | September 3, 2012
For the past two weeks, the Newport Harbor High field hockey team has been preparing for the season with two-a-days. The Newport girls went through rigorous conditioning in the morning and worked on technique and team aspects in the afternoon. It's a traditional process for them at this time of the year, but there seems to be much more at stake this season. When it comes to field hockey, Newport Harbor is a dynasty. Last year, the program won its fourth straight Los Angeles Field Hockey Assn.
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By Matt Szabo | January 17, 2014
SANTA BARBARA - The pool deck at Santa Barbara High is fairly cramped, so it's pretty easy to see the different girls' water polo teams playing or getting warmed up. Colors also can provide a cue, especially when it's Back Bay rivals Newport Harbor and Corona del Mar facing off. "There's kind of that tension when you walk on the same pool deck," Sailors junior Kate Pipkin said. "You see the lighter blue, you see the white, you see the pink. You're kind of like, 'Oh, they're here.' We have nothing against them; they're just our rivals.
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By Matt Szabo | January 16, 2014
Sure, the drive up Highway 101 is scenic, but this weekend's prestigious Santa Barbara Tournament of Champions girls' water polo tournament is far from a vacation. Fifteen of the 16 teams entered are ranked in CIF Southern Section Division 1 or Division 2. For Corona del Mar and Newport Harbor, the tournament provides a chance to move up in the Division 1 rankings. CdM is ranked No. 3, and Newport No. 4, behind Foothill and Laguna Beach. But if the seedings hold, it will be the Back Bay teams meeting in the tournament semifinals on Saturday.
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April 20, 2013
BOYS' VOLLEYBALL Santa Barbara Tournament of Champions SANTA BARBARA - Corona del Mar High finished fourth in the tournament after losing to Esperanza in the third-place match, 25-14, 25-21, 25-20, Saturday. Joey Martino had 10 kills to lead CdM (15-9). Manhattan Beach Mira Costa beat the Sea Kings in a semifinal, 25-17, 25-12, 25-20. Tommy Brooks led CdM with seven kills. - Santa Barbara Tournament of Champions SANTA BARBARA - Peirce Ward had 13 kills to help lead Newport Harbor to a 25-17, 25-21, 25-20 win over San Marcos and a ninth-place finish in the tournament Saturday.
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By Matt Szabo and By Matt Szabo | January 12, 2013
SANTA BARBARA - It is really an unexplainable statistic. The Newport Harbor High girls' water polo team has never won the Santa Barbara Tournament of Champions title. Newport assistant coach Brian Melstrom questioned Santa Barbara Coach Mark Walsh about it, so the two men looked at the tournament program. And indeed, they discovered that the Sailors had finished in second place seven times since 2003. "I said, 'I think [Coach Bill] Barnett likes to lose the last game and maybe make the girls hungry for the rest of the way,' " Walsh said.
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By Matt Szabo | January 12, 2013
SANTA BARBARA - On Friday night at the Santa Barbara Tournament of Champions, Corona del Mar High girls' water polo Coach Sam Bailey said his squad played like individuals instead of a team. On Saturday afternoon, Bailey saw the opposite. In fact, during a fifth-place semifinal against Los Alamitos, he saw what he said was a defining moment for his team. The player who provided the moment during a break in the action was senior Ioanna Haralabidis. "I felt that all of [my teammates]
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By Matt Szabo | January 11, 2013
GOLETA - Maybe they should build a statue of the fictional boxer Rocky Balboa on the pool deck at Newport Harbor High. The Sailors girls' water polo team has shown time and time again that it doesn't mind being considered the underdog. The team relishes that role. Maybe now is the time to stop using such labels for the defending CIF Southern Section Division 1 champions. Junior Christina O'Beck scored the game-winning six-on-five goal with 2:15 left in the match as Newport Harbor stunned Corona del Mar, 7-6, in a Santa Barbara Tournament of Champions quarterfinal match Friday night at Dos Pueblos High.
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By Matt Szabo | January 10, 2013
It's looking like it may be one of those years, the ones where the Corona del Mar High and Newport Harbor girls' water polo teams meet a handful of times during the season. Last year they met five times, including in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 title match. This year they've already met twice, and the third time appears likely this weekend at the Santa Barbara Tournament of Champions. CdM (8-2) and Newport Harbor (9-3) are both in Group C. Should they both win their tournament openers, they'd meet in a tournament quarterfinal at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Dos Pueblos High.
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By Steve Virgen | September 3, 2012
For the past two weeks, the Newport Harbor High field hockey team has been preparing for the season with two-a-days. The Newport girls went through rigorous conditioning in the morning and worked on technique and team aspects in the afternoon. It's a traditional process for them at this time of the year, but there seems to be much more at stake this season. When it comes to field hockey, Newport Harbor is a dynasty. Last year, the program won its fourth straight Los Angeles Field Hockey Assn.
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By David Carrillo PeƱaloza | June 14, 2012
HUNTINGTON BEACH - The Costa Mesa National Little League team played almost three hours on Wednesday and it left the field without a win or loss. Darkness called the Tar Heels' game against Ocean View after the two Minor A Division teams were even through eight innings. Play resumed on Thursday and it took just two innings in 31 minutes to decide a winner. Ocean View hung on for a 10-9 extra-inning victory in the District 62 Tournament of Champions. The team's reward came right away, another game in the tournament on the same field at Wardlow Park.
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