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By Matt Szabo | October 12, 2013
IRVINE - The CIF Southern Section Division 1 boys' water polo playoffs are still about a month away, but it's never too early to start thinking about them. Perhaps more accurately, it's never too early to start thinking about avoiding Mater Dei in the semifinals. Newport Harbor took a big step in doing just that late Saturday afternoon at Woollett Aquatics Center. The Sailors defeated Long Beach Wilson, 7-5, in the third-place match of the 20th S&R Sport Southern California water polo tournament.
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By David Carrillo PeƱaloza | May 22, 2013
COSTA MESA - One of the first questions Shea Buckner asked three dozen kids at the Costa Mesa Aquatics Center was if they had ever seen a professional water polo game. "Yeah, they played [one] here," one kid responded. "Yeah, I played in it," Buckner said with a smile. The kid didn't remember seeing Buckner, but the 6-foot-5 attacker was in the pool at Costa Mesa High a couple of years ago as a member of the U.S. men's national team. Back then, the Americans played Canada in the school's new 50-meter pool prior to competing at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
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By Matt Szabo | November 7, 2012
CORONA DEL MAR - The Corona del Mar High boys' water polo team has been swimming a longer course in practice this week. "We've been swimming 30 meters all week," senior Reid Chase said Wednesday night. "We're in the best shape of our lives right now; we're just swimming really well. " CdM assistant coach Ryan Bailey, the former UC Irvine All-American and a four-time Olympian, chimed in as he sat nearby. "Don't give away our secrets," Bailey said to Chase. The Sea Kings are not a secret to the other teams in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoffs.
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By Matt Szabo | February 23, 2013
IRVINE - They were given pink crowns as they entered Woollett Aquatics Center on Saturday night. They waved white and purple and pink pompoms, the team colors of the Corona del Mar High girls' water polo team. For the Sea Kings and their fans, this was a victory that was seven years in the making. That crown? It finally fits just right. Senior Ally McCormick scored four goals and CdM held on to defeat rival Newport Harbor, 6-5, to capture its first CIF Southern Section Division 1 title.
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By Matt Szabo | August 31, 2013
Four Newport Beach girls' water polo players went to Argentina this week to compete in the UANA Youth Pan American Championships. In terms of experience, the "youth" part certainly rang true. For three of them, it was their first international water polo tournament, first time representing their country on the world stage. Yet Mater Dei High incoming senior Brianna Daboub, Corona del Mar incoming sophomore Maddie Musselman and Newport Harbor incoming juniors Rachel Whitelegge and Carlee Kapana all rose to the challenge in the end. As a result, they got an experience on Saturday that they'll never forget.
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By Matt Szabo | February 12, 2014
In and out of the pool, Corona del Mar High senior Bobbi Hoose is affected by tremors in her hands and arms. Hoose, a senior captain for the CdM girls' water polo team, has dealt with her condition of having essential familiar tremors her whole life. "It always happens," she said. "I can't hold coffee, and it's hard for me to write sometimes ... I don't think about it in the game. " In the game, the tremors sometimes make it difficult for her to make fast movements. But visiting Santa Margarita couldn't tell the difference Wednesday in a key nonleague game at CdM. Hoose led CdM with three goals as the Sea Kings edged the Eagles, 8-7. Corona del Mar (22-4)
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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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