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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 | 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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By Matt Szabo | February 7, 2014
Twenty-eight goals is a season's worth for some players. For Corona del Mar High sophomore girls' water polo player Maddie Musselman, it's been all in a week's work. Musselman continued her recent hot play Friday night in an Irvine Southern California Championships quarterfinal match at CdM. She scored five goals, helping the Sea Kings beat Santa Barbara, 8-5. Fourth-seeded CdM (19-3) will play top-seeded Laguna Beach in the semifinals at 10 a.m. Saturday at Irvine's Woollett Aquatics Center.
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By Matt Szabo | February 7, 2014
Corona del Mar High senior Marina Coskinas is the only returning starter for one of the top girls' water polo programs in the country, a program that is coming off winning its first CIF Southern Section Division 1 title. It's something that Coskinas doesn't take lightly. There is the responsibility of being one of four senior team captains this year. There is the responsibility of scoring goals, much more than last year, when her primary offensive focus was often just to hold position at two meters.
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By Matt Szabo | January 29, 2014
Matt Sherburne had to carry a lot of the load this past fall for the Corona del Mar High boys' water polo team. One of four team captains, Sherburne was counted on to get things done from the center position. He usually met that challenge. Sherburne will continue his journey at the next level too. He has verbally committed to play water polo at Cal, he said Wednesday. "I like the fact that there's a football team," Sherburne said. "A couple of the schools that I was looking at didn't have that, and I think that contributes a lot to school spirit.
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By Matt Szabo | January 24, 2014
Laguna Beach High girls' water polo coach Ethan Damato is well aware of the numbers. In his first several years as head or assistant coach of the Breakers, the girls had beaten Newport Harbor just one time. It hurt to Damato, a Laguna Beach alumnus who was a two-time All-CIF player in 1999 and 2000. "We're tired of losing to Newport," Damato said. "That is a fact, for sure. We talked about it this year with this group of girls; we don't want to lose to the CdMs and Newports anymore.
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By Matt Szabo | January 19, 2014
SANTA BARBARA - Two of the best junior girls' water polo players in CIF were just a couple of feet apart late Saturday afternoon at Santa Barbara High, and it was fun to watch. Newport Harbor goalie Carlee Kapana had an answer to back-to-back shots from point-blank range from Laguna Beach junior Makenzie Fischer. Kapana made two impressive stops, blocking each one late in the third quarter. The problem was, the Breakers already were up by four goals. And when Fischer scored on a perfectly executed lob from the left side a quarter later, all Newport Harbor Coach Bill Barnett could do was pull half of his regulars from the game.
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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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