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Water polo notes: All-time great visits Newport Harbor
Newport Harbor and Foothill had a legendary water polo player attend their nonleague match Friday. Olympic great Manuel Estiarte of Spain attended the match at Newport Harbor. The six-time Olympian was on vacation but stopped by the pool, said Paul Fink, a Newport Harbor parent.
Estiarte was acknowledged by the game announcer and the crowd. Some consider Estiarte the greatest water polo player. He played at 5-foot-8, 145 pounds.
He guided Spain to the gold medal at the 1996 Games and retired after the Sydney Games in 2000.
TUESDAY'S MATCH OF THE DAY
The boys water polo season will start to pick up steam Tuesday with seven teams from the county Top 10 heading to the competition pool. One of the best matches could be at Newport Harbor as the Sailors play host to Long Beach Wilson in a Division 1 tilt.
DANA HILLS MAKES STATEMENT
No. 5 Dana Hills backed up its lofty preseason ranking by defeating host Harvard-Westlake, 9-6, in a Division 1 duel Friday.
The Dolphins impressed despite playing without sharp-shooter Marko Asic, who served a one-game suspension for a major misconduct.
Dana Hills coach Matt Rosa praised Grady Williams for his defense. Williams racked up five steals to go along with a goal. Rosa also said Cade Montgomery scored a clutch goal in the fourth on the power-play.
SUNNY HILLS' NIGHSWONGER WINS 400th
Veteran Sunny Hills water polo coach Keith Nighswonger collected his 400th career boys victory in the Lancers’ 9-8 triumph against Webb of Claremont at the Ayala tournament on Friday.
Nighswonger also has coached at Workman of City of Industry (1983-84) and his alma mater, Montebello (1985-88). He has coached at Sunny Hills since 1989. Nighswonger’s career record is 402-304.
HUNTINGTON BEACH BEATS STAR GOALIE
Huntington Beach defeated Granite Hills of El Cajon, 7-5, in the final of the Poway tournament on Saturday. The Oilers faced standout goalie Kevin LeVine, who played in the summer for the U.S. junior team. LeVine recorded 13 saves but the Oilers still finished 5-0 in the tournament.
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