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

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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.

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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.

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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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