High School Roundup: Newport, Laguna girls’ water polo teams advance to Bill Barnett Holiday Cup semifinals

Taylor Smith, shown shooting the ball against Laguna Beach in March, scored five goals for Newport Harbor.
Taylor Smith, shown shooting the ball against Laguna Beach in March, scored five goals for the Newport Harbor High girls’ water polo team in the quarterfinals of the Bill Barnett Holiday Cup on Wednesday.
(Raul Roa / Staff Photographer)

The Newport Harbor and Laguna Beach high school girls’ water polo teams have both advanced to the semifinals of the first major tournament of the season.

Both the Sailors and Breakers earned two wins Wednesday in the first two rounds. Top-seeded Newport Harbor beat Edison 22-3 before getting past Studio City Harvard-Westlake 16-3.

Senior Taylor Smith scored five goals for the Sailors in the quarterfinal win. Morgan Netherton, Bia Diaz and Makaelee Hansberger each scored three goals, while goalkeeper Anna Reed made seven saves.

No. 2-seeded Laguna Beach beat Corona del Mar 12-3, and Santa Barbara 18-6. Charlotte Riches scored four goals in the first-round match for the Breakers, and Ava Houlahan added three. Jillian Schlom scored a pair of goals for CdM.

Ava Knepper led Laguna Beach with six goals in the quarterfinal victory.

Newport Harbor (6-0) will play in the first semifinal Thursday at 10:40 a.m. at Newport Harbor High, while Laguna Beach (10-0) plays in the second semifinal at 11:45 a.m. The championship match is scheduled for 4:05 p.m., also at Newport Harbor.


San Jose Harker 56, Corona del Mar 55: Makena Tomlinson scored 26 points to lead the Sea Kings Tuesday in the North Torrance Tournament.

Haley Esquino had 14 points for CdM (5-8). Dorothy Schwenck added nine points, all of which came from beyond the arc.

Edison 52, Laguna Hills 30: Kat Rumsey had a team-high 17 points for the Chargers in Tuesday’s game of the Christina Mauser Memorial Tournament.

Mia Cassel added 13 points and eight rebounds, and Gwen Ontiveros had eight steals for Edison (5-11).

Claremont 52, Edison 33: Gwen Ontiveros drained a trio of three-pointers to account for all of her team-leading nine points for the Chargers on Tuesday in the Christina Mauser Memorial Tournament.

Mia Cassel also had six points and six rebounds.

Cerritos Gahr 29, Los Amigos 15: The Lobos dropped to 0-10 overall following Tuesday’s defeat.

Eastvale Roosevelt 76, Newport Harbor 63: Chase Dionio paced the Sailors with 25 points and five assists Tuesday in the Ayala Tournament.

Emma Fults contributed 15 points and 12 rebounds for Newport Harbor (11-4). Cydney Jover added nine points and three assists, while Emma Coatsworth provided four points, eight rebounds and three assists.

The Sailors also got six points from Aissa Grum, and Kate Bland chipped in with four points and five rebounds.

San Marcos Mission Hills 68, Sage Hill 53: Isabel Gomez had 21 points, five rebounds and three steals for the Lightning in Tuesday’s game of the SoCal Holiday Prep Classic in San Diego.

Emily Eadie added 12 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists, and Kat Righeimer also had 12 points and eight rebounds for Sage Hill (11-4).


Los Angeles Loyola 73, Costa Mesa 40: The Mustangs dropped their fifth game in a row on Tuesday in the Orange Holiday Classic.

Edison 64, Beaumont 51: Tyler Hampton had a team-high 16 points for the Chargers in Tuesday’s game at the Palm Desert Tournament.

Dylan Hugues added 15 points for Edison (13-3), which has won eight games in a row. Kaz Hampton made four three-pointers in the contest.

Temecula Rancho Christian 48, Fountain Valley 43: The Barons fell to 3-6 overall after Tuesday’s game in the Classic at Damien.

Laguna Beach 49, Mission Viejo 40: Jackson Sirianni and Kai Gillies both scored 16 points for the Breakers on Tuesday in the Tustin Holiday Classic.

Laguna Beach is now 9-5 overall.

Newport Harbor 80, Century 25: Jake Read led the Sailors with 19 points on Tuesday in the Century Elks Holiday Classic.

Adam Gaa also scored 12 points for Newport Harbor (11-5).

Long Beach Millikan 60, Ocean View 57: The Seahawks fell to 8-6 overall with a narrow loss to the Rams on Tuesday in the Tustin Holiday Classic.

Pacifica Christian Orange County 52, Bakersfield Independence 44: The Tritons earned their first win of their appearance at the Classic at Damien on Tuesday.

Pacifica Christian (6-7) has won three of its past four games. Tanner Deal had a team-high 12 points, and Riyaan Jiwani added 10 points for the Tritons.

Logan Stewart and Alex Stewart scored eight points apiece.

Sage Hill 71, Pebble Beach Stevenson 62: The Lightning ended their five-game losing streak with Tuesday’s win at the Tri-City Christian Tournament.

Sage Hill evened its record at 7-7 overall.


Segerstrom 2, Costa Mesa 1: The Mustangs had their three-match unbeaten streak snapped in Tuesday’s nonleague match at home.

Gabriel Garcia scored on a free kick for Costa Mesa (3-7-4).

Buena Park 2, Marina 0: The Vikings dropped to 1-6-1 overall following Tuesday’s result in the Marina Holiday Classic.

Fullerton 8, Ocean View 0: The Seahawks (0-9-1) dropped their opening game in the Marina Holiday Classic on Tuesday.

Yorba Linda 2, Ocean View 0: Parker Dalton had a goal and an assist for the Mustangs, who shut out the Seahawks on Tuesday in the Marina Holiday Classic.


Etiwanda 1, Edison 1 (Etiwanda wins 4-3 on penalty kicks): Nikki Scott scored in regulation for the Chargers in a ninth-place semifinal match of the Excalibur Tournament of Champions on Tuesday.

Edison (7-4-2) opens Sunset Conference play at home against Laguna Beach on Jan. 4.


The Newport Harbor wrestling teams had several wrestlers place at the Blackwatch Tournament at Upland High School this week.

Senior Giovanni Sabatasso finished fifth at 126 pounds in the boys’ competition, which wrapped up on Tuesday.

Additional top performers for Newport Harbor were freshman Demian Pryima (seventh, 106), junior Caleb Wheeler (sixth, 120), sophomore Matthew Pinon (eighth, 132) and Anthony Manno (eighth, 138).

After the final day of action in the girls’ tournament, Newport Harbor had two more wrestlers place on the leaderboard.

Junior Melanie Saldivar was the runner-up at 143 pounds, and sophomore Skyler Gassel placed third in the 131-pound weight class.


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