| Dec 11, 2013
| 11:27 PM
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...
| Oct 5, 2013
| 11:15 PM
Luca Cupido is something of a rock star at Newport Harbor High this fall, from the water polo fans who enjoy his electrifying game to the, ahem, high school girls who enjoy his 6-foot-4 frame in a Speedo.
The loudest cheers during introductions at...
| Oct 17, 2013
| 9:53 PM
Jocelyn Manderino wrote a telling quote on her Twitter account, @flip612, before the big game.
"Never give up; for even rivers someday wash dams away," Manderino posted, the quote attributed to Arthur Golden. She added two hashtags, "#gameday" and "#...
| Oct 25, 2013
The high-water mark of the UC Irvine men's water polo season was Sept. 18, after the Anteaters trounced Chapman to improve to 9-0.
Then, the deluge began.
The No. 9-ranked 'Eaters collapsed after taking a 5-4 halftime lead to absorb a 9-6 loss to...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 8:16 PM
IRVINE — This was not how Matt Sherburne wanted the last regular-season game of his high school career to end.
The Corona del Mar High senior center was excluded twice in the first quarter of Tuesday's huge Pacific Coast League finale at...
| Nov 6, 2013
| 11:32 PM
Newport Harbor High senior Luca Cupido is the water polo equivalent of Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry.
Fans watch Cupido, the exuberant transfer from Italy, closely every time he gets the ball. Don't take your eyes off him, or you might...
| Nov 13, 2013
| 12:58 AM
From the sound of things in the locker room, Coach Justin Taylor figured his Costa Mesa High boys' water team was ready for revenge. The Mustangs were about to play host to Temecula Chaparral in the wild-card round of the CIF Southern Section Division 2...
| Nov 14, 2013
| 12:32 AM
A fuse in the shot clock blew 30 seconds into the second period at Corona del Mar High. The teenagers working the scorer's table called for help and CdM Coach Barry O'Dea obliged.
From the other side of the pool deck, O'Dea walked over. When he arrived,...
| Nov 15, 2013
| 8:07 PM
Matt Sherburne grew up playing basketball and baseball, but his father Rick always wanted him to try water polo.
Rick was certainly successful in the water. He played water polo for Sunny Hills High and UCLA in the 1970s. While in Westwood, he was...
| Nov 16, 2013
| 11:31 PM
In the first half on Saturday, the Corona del Mar High boys' water polo team did not give an inch.
The underdog Sea Kings were playing inspired defense in their home pool, killing off five-on-six after five-on-six. They also were stepping up offensively,...
| Nov 16, 2013
| 11:43 PM
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...
| Nov 20, 2013
| 11:11 PM
IRVINE — The last instructions Newport Harbor High boys' water polo coach Robert Lynn gave to his team coming out of halftime were crystal clear.
"Keep it under control, guys," Lynn told his players as they waited along the lane line. "Keep...