8 locals are All-CIF honorees in boys’ water polo

Newport Harbor High senior attacker Makoto Kenney, shown shooting against Oaks Christian on Nov. 13, 2019, was a repeat All-CIF Southern Section Division 1 honoree.
(Tim Berger / Staff Photographer)

Newport Harbor High’s Ike Love, Makoto Kenney and Blake Jackson, and Huntington Beach’s Cooper Haddad and Chase Dodd have earned All-CIF Southern Section Division 1 honors in boys’ water polo.

Corona del Mar’s Tanner Pulice and Laguna Beach’s Caden Capobianco each earned All-CIF Division 2 honors, while Edison’s Dane Howell was an All-CIF selection in Division 3.

Love, a senior center bound for Stanford, earned his second straight Surf League MVP award and also is a repeat All-CIF selection, as is the UCLA-bound senior attacker Kenney. Along with Jackson, a senior goalkeeper bound for USC, they helped Newport Harbor (28-5) go 6-0 in the Surf League for the second straight year and win its third straight league title overall.


The Sailors advanced to the CIF Southern Section Division 1 title match before losing to Studio City Harvard-Westlake for the second straight year, 6-4. Newport Harbor also advanced to the CIF Southern California Regional Division I final, where the Sailors lost 11-10 in overtime to Harvard-Westlake.

The No. 2-seeded Sailors come up short against the No. 1 Wolverines, who beat Newport Harbor in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 final for the second straight year.

Long Beach State-bound senior attacker Haddad and Dodd, a junior attacker, each scored 33 goals during Surf League play, helping Huntington Beach (19-11, 4-2 in league) finish second. The Oilers placed fourth in Division 1, losing 10-7 to Harvard-Westlake in the semifinals and 10-9 in overtime to Los Angeles Loyola in the third-place match. Huntington Beach also advanced to the CIF Southern California Regional Division I semifinals before losing 10-9 to Harvard-Westlake.

Pulice, a senior attacker bound for UCLA, was a repeat All-CIF selection for CdM (19-11). He scored a team-best 129 goals, adding 34 assists and 31 steals. Pulice helped the Sea Kings finish third in the Surf League at 2-4 and advance to the quarterfinals of the Division 2 playoffs, where CdM lost 9-8 to eventual champion Foothill.


The season ends for the Sea Kings, who lose to the Knights in the playoffs for the third straight year. Foothill moves on to the semifinals with Saturday’s 9-8 overtime win.

Capobianco, a senior goalkeeper bound for the U.S. Naval Academy, helped Laguna Beach also qualify for the postseason. The young Breakers went 15-13 overall and 0-6 in the Surf League, advancing to the Division 2 playoffs before falling 7-1 at Riverside Poly in the first round.

Howell, a senior utility player, led Edison (13-16) to another successful season. The Chargers finished 4-2 in the Wave League, good for second place, and advanced to the Division 3 quarterfinals before losing 10-6 at Santa Barbara.


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