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By Matt Szabo | February 12, 2014
The Los Alamitos High girls' water polo team seemed to be full of surprises Wednesday night. Coach Dave Carlson surprised some at the game, publicly saying for the first time that he plans to step down as Griffins girls' coach after 15 years. In the water, the Griffins also surprised host Newport Harbor by staying in a hard press defense virtually the whole time. And Los Alamitos used it to produce another surprise, a 6-5 upset victory that gives the Griffins their first Sunset League title in three seasons.
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By Matt Szabo | January 3, 2014
RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA - Corona del Mar High sophomore Maddie Musselman managed to score a key goal, get a key steal and frustrate her head coach - all within the final minute of the game. The first two actions were key in helping the Sea Kings earn an 8-6 victory over host Santa Margarita in the Holiday Cup quarterfinals on Friday. Even the third ended up providing a unifying moment for the Sea Kings. Musselman dumped the ball with seven seconds left on the shot clock. CdM Coach Ross Sinclair, who ended up a bit aggravated by this, said after the game that she was looking at the scoreboard and saw a "one," which she thought indicated the shot clock but actually indicated that CdM had one timeout left.
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By Matt Szabo | December 5, 2006
Not many coaches have a track record like Corona del Mar High girls' water polo coach Aaron Chaney. Chaney has coached the Sea Kings for five full years. Over those five years, CdM has accumulated a 124-31 record that would make Phil Jackson blush. And, for five consecutive years, Corona del Mar has held up the CIF championship hardware at the end of the season. "I feel fortunate," Chaney said. "I've got a good group of kids who work hard and are dedicated. They make sacrifices to the team and work hard."
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By Matt Szabo, matthew.szabo@latimes.com | May 24, 2011
Robert Lynn has been offered the job to become the Newport Harbor High boys' water polo and boys' swim coach, according to a source who requested anonymity. He is close to deciding, the source said. Lynn declined to comment on questions dealing with coaching jobs. Newport Harbor Principal Michael Vossen said Tuesday night that he could not comment on the situation. Lynn, a 2000 Olympian and an assistant coach with the 2008 silver-medal winning U.S. men's Olympic team, has been the coach at Harvard-Westlake, where he was hired as boys' and girls' water polo coach in 2009.
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December 18, 2012
Newport Harbor High senior Curtis Fink has committed to play for Princeton University, he announced in an email Tuesday. Fink led Newport Harbor with 56 goals and 50 steals to go with 22 assists. He helped Newport Harbor (21-7, 5-0 in league) win its third straight Sunset League title and advance to the CIF Southern Section Division 1 quarterfinals. Newport Harbor also won the S&R Sport Cup, defeating league rival Los Alamitos in the championship match. Fink earned his second straight first-team all-league selection in senior season.
NEWS
September 25, 1999
NEWPORT BEACH - Mike Whitmore scored six goals to lead Costa Mesa High over Sunny Hills, 20-3, in Friday's action of the South Coast Water Polo Tournament at Newport Harbor High. Other offensive stars for the Mustangs included Brian Dunn, Mike Vaillancourt and John Volt with three goals apiece. Single tallies were added by Chris Biron, Jason Cabico and Joey Comfort. Goalie Chris Dolloff had four saves for the Mustangs. SOUTH COAST TOURNAMENT Costa Mesa 20, Sunny Hills 3 Costa Mesa 5 6 6 3 - 20 Sunny Hills 1 0 1 1 - 3 Costa Mesa - Whitmore 6, Dunn 3, Vaillancourt 3, Volt 3, Sarris 2, Comfort 1, Biron, 1, Cabico 1.
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June 29, 2004
The U.S. men's water polo team, which includes former UC Irvine standouts Ryan Bailey, Omar Amr, Dan Klatt, Genai Kerr and Jeff Powers, will be returning close to home to compete in a pair of matches against Australia Wednesday and Thursday at the Charter All Digital Aquatic Centre in Long Beach. With 44 of the last 50 days spent overseas, the sixth-ranked U.S. squad will compete in the FINA World League on its home turf. The U.S. men's water polo team has not played an international game at home this year.
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By Matt Szabo | December 12, 2012
COSTA MESA — Estancia High senior team captain Alexis Paul is a rarity in high school water polo: a player who has been the starting varsity goalie for all four years. There also aren't too many left-handers who play goalie. Paul is one of those, too. But more than anything, she is one of a group of determined seniors for the Eagles. They want to improve upon last year, when they finished fourth in the Orange Coast League and missed the CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoffs.
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By Matt Szabo | November 16, 2013
Newport Harbor High senior Mitchell Mendoza is usually pretty reserved, but not on Saturday. After walking the ball in from the right side, he scored cross-cage. He then violently splashed the water, in the direction of some of his friends on the east side of the Sailors' pool deck. Mendoza's goal early in the third quarter of the CIF Southern Section Division 1 quarterfinal game gave the Sailors a one-goal lead on Dana Hills. He celebrated again after scoring on a counterattack on Chad Sheldon's pass, then again after scoring near-side on a six-on-five chance later in the quarter.
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