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By Patrice Apodaca | January 7, 2012
Turning a dream into reality is seldom a smooth course. That's what members of the Afghanistan National Water Polo Team are learning in their quixotic quest to come to the United States to train and prepare for their unlikely bid to compete in the Olympics. When I wrote about the team last fall, plans were underway for a visit to Southern California so players could learn from the deep reservoir of water polo talent in the region. Their itinerary was to include a lengthy stopover in Newport Beach, where they planned to practice at the Corona del Mar High School pool, and learn from local players and coaches.
By B.W. Cook | June 1, 2012
The social and sports crowd came together last weekend in Newport Beach for an Olympic water polo exhibition featuring the American team and squads from both Croatia and Hungary. The three-day event, which ended Monday evening, attracted overflow crowds at the Newport Harbor High School swimming pool. Attendance reached numbers of more than 1,500 guests for the Saturday evening match between the USA and Croatia. Team USA coaches, including head coach Terry Schroeder , assistant coach Robert Lynn , who also serves as the head coach for the Newport Harbor men's water polo program, and assistant coach Marco Palazzo were front and center for the weekend competition and exhibition.
By Patrice Apodaca | October 22, 2011
Cue the heart-stirring music, and imagine the following set-up: An adversity-stricken group of young people from an impoverished, war-ravaged nation yearns for a source of meaning and accomplishment for themselves, and a point of pride for their countrymen. An idealistic military man from a far-off land dedicates himself to bringing the group together and giving wing to its unlikely dream. Half a world away, another military man hears of the intrepid group, and rallies a community to lend support.
By Steve Virgen | December 31, 2012
There were several valuable lessons to learn for young athletes at a water polo clinic at Costa Mesa Aquatic Center Saturday afternoon. There so many messages to keep tucked away, or perhaps write them down, stick them onto a wall. Some of the advice coming from Olympians Courtney Mathewson and Shea Buckner really stuck out. Mathewson wanted the young players to believe in themselves. Self-confidence can be the most important asset for any person in any profession, she said.
November 14, 2013
The Newport Harbor and Corona del Mar High boys' water polo teams each won coin flips and will play host to CIF Southern Section Division 1 quarterfinal matches on Saturday. No. 3-seeded Newport Harbor plays host to Dana Hills at 11:30 a.m. CdM plays host to top-seeded Mater Dei at 1 p.m. The Sunset League champion Sailors (22-4) used seven goals from senior Luca Cupido and got past Long Beach Millikan, 16-4, in a first-round match Wednesday. They have not played Dana Hills, the South Coast League champion, this season.
August 16, 2012
The Newport Beach Water Polo Club's 14-and-under boys' team captured the gold division title at the Junior Olympics at Sacred Heart Prep in Atherton earlier this month. Goalie Joseph Ferraro, Ethan Clayton, Gavin Kunkle and captain Ben Morrison are Newport Harbor High incoming freshmen on the team. The rest of the squad included: Presley Boyd, Barron Banta, Cole Brosnan, Hannes Daube, Oscar Goodell, Robert McCracken, Nicolas Rimlinger, Nakua Olotoa, Ryan Hurst and Patrick McNamara.
By Matt Szabo | October 16, 2013
In February, Marina Coskinas helped the Corona del Mar High girls' water polo team win its first CIF Southern Section Division 1 title in program history. Last weekend, she committed to the defending NCAA Division 1 champions. Call it a win-win situation for Coskinas, a senior center who said Wednesday night that she has verbally committed to play water polo at USC next year. "I went on an official visit a few weeks ago, and I really liked how everything was very organized," said Coskinas, who plans to be a pre-med student at USC. "The whole idea of the Trojan family was very appealing to me. " Coskinas will be a prominent returning player this winter for a young CdM team.
July 24, 2012
The Costa Mesa Aquatics Club youth water polo team went three for three to win the Northwood tournament. CMAC continues to make a name for itself in the youth club scene with victories over SOCAL, United and San Clemente Saturday. In the Northwood summer series the young club faced tough opponents in each of its games and played to win, and win it did. In the first game of the tournament CMAC faced SOCAL, one of the top clubs in Orange County. The CMAC team had a special-guest coach in two-time Olympian Jeff Campbell, who was on the U.S. Olympic Water polo team in Seoul, Korea in 1988 when it won the silver medal and again in Barcelona, Spain in 1992 when Team USA finished fourth.
By Matt Szabo | June 5, 2013
Estancia High did not need to look far to fill its girls' water polo coach opening. The Eagles have turned to a program alumna, someone who has already been an Estancia swimming assistant coach for the past three years. Amber Peters has been hired as Estancia's girls' water polo coach, girls' Athletic Director Jessica Perry confirmed. Peters, who played at set in high school, was a four-year varsity player for the Eagles before graduating in 2009. In her junior and senior years she played under former coach Jennifer Broderick, who resigned in April after six seasons.
By Matt Szabo | December 20, 2013
A young Costa Mesa High girls' water polo team is even younger right now. The Mustangs have both of their senior starters out due to injury. The inexperience showed Wednesday night in the Lil' Pickle Classic tournament that Costa Mesa hosts each year. The Mustangs fell to Tesoro, 15-2, at their home pool after beating Etiwanda, 6-2, in their tournament opener. Costa Mesa (6-7) finished second in Pool B of the 15-team tournament. Coach Tim Postiff's club will play in a fifth-place semifinal match at 11 a.m. Saturday, back at Costa Mesa.
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