High School Roundup: Newport Harbor boys’ water polo finishes perfect in Surf League

Newport Harbor's Eli Liechty (4), pictured scoring against Huntington Beach on Oct. 16, helped the Sailors defeat Laguna Beach 12-8 in Wednesday's Surf League match.
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Eli Liechty scored four goals as the Newport Harbor High boys’ water polo team capped an undefeated Surf League campaign with a 12-8 win over Laguna Beach on Wednesday night at Corona del Mar High.

Makoto Kenney added three goals for the Sailors (23-3, 6-0 in league). Gage Verdegaal, Sam Allen, Ike Love, Tommy Kennedy and Ben Liechty each had one goal.

James Nolan had four goals for Laguna Beach (14-12, 0-6), which finished fourth in the four-team league.

Newport Harbor, ranked No. 2 in CIF Southern Section Division 1 and 2, hosts San Diego Cathedral Catholic on Friday in its regular-season finale, while No. 15 Laguna Beach is at home against Los Alamitos.

Edison 17, Fountain Valley 5: The Chargers finished second in the Wave League after Wednesday’s win at Corona del Mar High.

Edison improved to 12-15 overall and 4-2 in the league. Fourth-place Fountain Valley finished 0-6 in league play.

Los Alamitos 13, Marina 4: The Vikings finished third in the Wave League after Wednesday’s match at Corona del Mar High.

Marina finished the regular season 13-13 overall and 2-4 in the league.


Wave League tournament: Two players from Marina and Huntington Beach advanced to the singles semifinals during the first day of the two-day tournament Wednesday at Marina High.

Top-seeded Mika Ikemori of Marina will play No. 4 Cindy Huynh of Huntington Beach in one semifinal. In the other, No. 2-seeded Kaytlin Taylor of Huntington Beach will face No. 3 Makenna Livingston of Marina.

In doubles, Edison’s Daniella Chan and Cassey Hitch will play No. 4-seeded Chargers teammates Zoe Coggins and Kailee You in the semifinals. In the other semifinal, Shannon Stolaruk and Katie Kerley of Edison will play No. 3-seeded Ella Pachl and Sarah MacCallum of Laguna Beach.

The tournament resumes Thursday at 1 p.m. at Marina.

San Joaquin League tournament: Sage Hill claimed all four spots in the semifinals after Wednesday’s opening rounds at the Webb School in Claremont.

Top-seeded Karina Grover and Miya Stauss will play fourth-seeded Michele Zheng and Courtney Davis. In the other semifinal, Sage Hill’s No. 2-seeded Maddie Dao and Julia Yuen will play No. 3-seeded teammates Kimi Reddy and Lauren Avenatti.

The semifinals will be held Tuesday at Sage Hill, with the finals on Nov. 7.


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