| Jan 18, 2014
| 10:07 PM
SANTA BARBARA — Corona del Mar High girls' water polo coach Ross Sinclair was not exactly happy after watching his team give an uninspired effort early Saturday afternoon in the Santa Barbara Tournament of Champions semifinals.
Losing by four...
| Jan 24, 2014
| 10:20 PM
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...
| Dec 28, 2013
| 11:13 PM
LAKE FOREST — The message was not exactly new, but Newport Harbor High girls' water polo coach Bill Barnett gave it to his girls anyway before Saturday's nonleague game at El Toro.
Barnett told his players that he wanted to see them play good...
| Dec 20, 2013
| 11:08 PM
When does one stop using adjectives like "young" and "inexperienced" to describe a team?
That time already may have passed for the Corona del Mar High girls' water polo team.
Other CIF Southern Section Division 1 squads better start using words like...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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 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 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 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 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...