Varsity Girls Water Polo

Girls water polo started out the season strong with their first game on December 5th at Newport Harbor. First year varsity sophomore, Kaela Whelan, described being on the team as "a very fun and different experience. Girls are very strong and fast so I knew that I needed to step up my playing to be able to stick with them." In order to bring the team together and go forth stronger, varsity bonded by "get[ing] food a lot. Sometimes [they] will see movies together, go to the beach, or just hang out at a teammate's house and relax," said Whelan.
Their most recent game was the Battle of the Bay against Corona Del Mar on December 18th. Kaela Whelan said going into the game, "Our team came in with a determined mindset to play to the best of our abilities and  play as hard as we can for all four quarters." Altogether, they played a strong game and the stands were packed with roaring fans as they cheered them on throughout the entire game.
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Kaela concludes that so far her favorite part of varsity water polo has been "learning new skills everyday and becoming a better player. And also becoming closer with my teammates. They are all amazing my girls who are like my sisters." Come and support Kaela and the rest of girls water polo before the season ends! Schedule and roster posted below.image2

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CIF Individuals Varsity Tennis: Jenn Kingsley

Tennis wraps up their season and finishes off CIF Individuals with incredible results. Varsity Tennis takes back the title of Sunset League Champions after beating Los Alamitos in season, and they also ranked #2 in Orange County. With confidence, Kendall Cosenza, Anna Burke, and Jenn Kingsley headed into CIF Individuals. Jenn Kingsley, senior, is #1 singles on Newport’s Varsity Tennis team. Kingsley was a finalist in CIF and won the first set 6-4 but lost the second 5-7 and had a score of 7-10 in a super tie breaker. Despite the loss, she is “proud of [her] accomplishment,” and it was “one of the best [matches she has] ever played.” unnamed-2 Jenn Kingsley is Sunset League Singles Finalist. Anna Burke and Kendall Cosenza are Sunset League Doubles Finalists.Jenn is one of five senior captains. Others are Kendall Cosenza, Anna Burke, Olivia Zehnder, and Elle Zielinski. Besides leading by example as shown through Kingsley’s success, she “leads [her team] with a competitive mindset but yet still keeping the teams well-being in mind. [She] pushes people to their full potential because [she] knows everyone involved in the Newport Harbor Tennis program is capable of such success.” Being a captain not only entails her to lead varsity, but also the other teams, Junior Varsity and the Freshman/Sophomore, who look up to her and desire to follow her footsteps. unnamed-1 Anna Burke and Kendall Cosenza are Sunset League Doubles Finalists. Jenn is one of five senior captains. Others are Kendall Cosenza, Anna Burke, Olivia Zehnder, and Elle Zielinski. Besides leading by example as shown through Kingsley’s success, she “leads [her team] with a competitive mindset but yet still keeping the teams well-being in mind. [She] pushes people to their full potential because [she] knows everyone involved in the Newport Harbor Tennis program is capable of such success.” Being a captain not only entails her to lead varsity, but also the other teams, Junior Varsity and the Freshman/Sophomore, who look up to her and desire to follow her footsteps. Newport Harbor says farewell to those five senior captains as they head off to college next fall. Kinsley will continue her tennis career in college. Jenn describes what she will miss most about the season which is “the unity [they] have and how [they] are all like sisters, there is not one girl [she] would hesitate to call if [she] needed anything and vice versa.” She will take Coach Kristen Case’s advice with her through life. She has learned to “keep working toward goals no matter how far away the deadline is” and “give 100% in everything.” Kingsley also was taught “what the heart of a competitor truly resembles.”unnamed

Girls Varsity Tennis Team
Top Row: Taryn Anderson, Kendall Cosenza, Coach
Kristen Case, Hannah Blower, Eva Newsom
Middle Row: Jenn Kingsley, Olivia Zehnder, Elle Zielinski
Bottom Row: Anna Burke, Misha Pokusa, Lily Walkow
In December, Tennis off season will commence and therefore begins the preparation for the 2016 season. Returning Varsity, Taryn Anderson, Hannah Blower, Eva Newsom, Misha Pokusa and Lily Walkow will lead the incoming players next year.
***Picture Credit: Tennis Page (on school website)

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2015 Sunset League Champions

IMG_1844Varsity Tennis finishes off the season with an incredible win against Los Alamitos on Tuesday, October 20th. One senior captain, Kendall Cosenza, said, “It felt amazing because we haven’t done it in five years so being on the team to do it was a really great feeling.” Kendall Cosenza and her partner, Anna Burke, played #1 doubles and had a clean sweep (6-0, 6-4, and 7-5). During their last round, Kendall and Anna were losing 2-5, yet they came together and said, “We don’t want to lose this match,” and decided, “[They] were going win that match, but it was going to be a mental battle.” With that determination, “[They] came back and won five straight IMG_1854games in a row and beat the team 7-5,” said Kendall with a smile on her face. With that they clenched the title of 2015 Sunset League Champions and “finished with a bang” as Kendall put it. Overall, the Varsity squad is 20-1 and 9-0 in league. They are now ranked #2 in OC and #5 in CIF Division 1. Varsity will be confidently going into CIF Individuals this coming week. Good Luck, Varsity Tennis!

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Practice Pays Off

Beacon 275Beacon 260 All of our sports teams kept up their practicing over the summer break. For football, all their hard work paid off with a 44-0 blowout against Eisenhower at Davidson Field on September 3rd. Senior and wide receiver/defensive back, Jack Rapillo, described practices preparing for the season as “really intense” and it involves “a lot of conditioning and working on technique.” Jamie McNeil scored the first touchdown giving Newport Harbor a lead. Rapillo scored twice in the first quarter increasing Newport’s lead to 21-0. He claimed, “it was really, really fun.” Rapillo is looking forward to “just doing really well and getting into Sunset League.” Our stands were filled with cheering fans. That spirit was kept up by our Pep Squad. Senior and Pep Squad Captain, Kendall Burnand, described her role as “very difficult” and “a lot of responsibility.” She kept her team in shape over summer by preparing for football season, rallies and competitions. Cheer summer practices “can be very tiring and time consuming, but they help build our team, and it allows us to bond before school even starts,” said Kendall. Their routines and cheers at the game displayed all of their hard work. Kendall is looking forward to the Battle of the Bay and Homecoming games, but “is also really excited for competition season, because [she] really loves [their] routine. Marcus (the Pep Squad’s professional choreographer0 put together a really great one this year.”  

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