Freshmen Win First Round: Tennis

At this year’s Battle of the Bay match, the Varsity Tennis Team came in ready to compete. Although the team didn’t reach their goal of beating CDM, they came out with fire and passion that will continue until they get revenge next year.

All pumped and ready to go, Freshmen doubles team, Amra Barton and Lauren Lipkowski, headed to the courts to start in their first Battle of the Bay Match. They knew this match wasn’t going to be easy, and Lipkowski admitted, “It was a little intimidating, but once [she] knew [she] had to do it for the team, [she] blocked everything out and just played [her] game.” Barton agreed and added how exciting it was. Although many believe that tennis is a single person sport, it is actually a team sport as Lipkowski had mentioned above. Everyone has a role to play in making the win happen. Even though the team fell short the first round 1-5, the Freshman duo pulled through gaining one win for the team. Going into that match, Barton described their mindset as focussing on “giving 100% and never stop being on [their] toes” because they “wanted to show those [CDM] girls just how bad [they] wanted it,” and they certainly accomplished that. During a match, Lipkowski loves having Barton as a partner because “[she] feels like [she] has no worries and always have each other’s backs.” Barton repeated the same for Lipkowski in saying, “[she] is so grateful for such an amazing partner [because] Lauren is able to pick [her] up on days that [she’s] struggling, and [she] is able to pump Lauren up when she needs it.” Barton admits that one of their secrets to success is that their “their friendship that continues off the court.” After the match, the pair came off the courts “not believing it but knowing [they] could do it” (Lipkowski) and “feeling overjoyed” (Barton). Although this win gave hope for Newport Harbor that they were beatable, the team knew it was going to be a tough battle ahead if they could pull it off. Barton explained that even though they had just won an amazing match that “[she] was going to go out there and grind for the next one because they were playing the #1 seed.” Unable to catch CDM, Harbor settled knowing that they are going to work harder next year and learning from the match to play their best in league.

In their last match before league, Barton and Lipkowski played phenomenally against Sage Hill last Wednesday, September 28th. They played as the #2 doubles team winning their first round in a tiebreaker and finishing off the day with a passionate celebration of their hard but well earned win against the Sage’s #3 team.

Harbor continues to fight on as they are 2-1 in league, winning to Marina and Edison but losing to Los Alamitos. More information about the Battle of the Bay match and about league are below.


Line-Up for BOTB Match:


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  1. Taryn Anderson and Eva Newsom

  2. Megan Carey and Ally Harano

  3. Lauren Lipkowski and Amra Barton (Pictured to the right)



  1. Hannah Blower (Pictured playing to the right)

  2. Elise Rimland

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Sage Match from Daily Pilot:

Varsity Tennis Schedule:






Oct. 4



Var @ Fountain Valley

3 PM

Oct. 6



Var @ NHHS

3 PM

Oct. 11



Var @ Marina

3 PM

Oct. 13



Varsity @ NHHS

3 PM

Oct 18



Varsity @ NHHS

3 PM

Oct. 20



Varsity @ NHHS

3 PM

Oct. 24



Varsity @ HB

2:30 PM

Written By: Rachel Davis

Girls Volleyball BOTB

Sea Kings Take the Win But the Sailors Will Be Back Stronger Than Ever
At this year’s Battle of the Bay Girls Varsity Volleyball game, although not pulling through with the win, Newport Harbor was extremely enthusiastic andsupportive of the team. Even though it was an away game, many students and family members came to watch, decked in blue and white, ready to cheer on the team. Delaney DeCinces number 15, said that “the energy made the game so much more exciting and competitive.”
The girls started the match by scoring several points, but CDM caught up with them, ending the first of five sets with a close score of 20 to 25, going to CDM. Number 4, a Junior named Vivian Donovan, stood out with her powerful overhand serves, which often challenged the other team. Donovan said that scoring so many points in a row “felt amazing and built momentum and energy for [the] team, which was something [they] needed.” The girls began the second game behind CDM, but they didn’t stop fighting for the victory and ended the set with a score of 25 to 11 points, again going to CDM. Number 13, a Freshman named Jasmine Amirie, was another star player in the game and took the court multiple times throughout BOTB. She made several important hits and saves, helping to keep the team strong and motivated. “When the other team is pulling ahead, we try and focus on limiting their long streaks of points, and we try to limit our errors and keep the momentum on our side,” shared Delaney DeCinces on how they stay focused and motivated in a game when the other team seems to be winning.
The third game went to CDM, ending Battle of the Bay for the Sailors, but the team fought hard to the end without giving up, and our students’ sportsmanship shined through the loss. Donovan keeps positive with plans to “work so much harder every day in practice from now on, so [the team] will be ready to fight when [they] step out onto the court with [CDM] again.” Though the Sea Kings triumphed this year, the Girls Volleyball team will be back again next year to take back the crown and show them who really rules the bay!
Written By: Jillian Birt-Russell & Casey Church

Pep Squad Takes Las Vegas

Last month, Newport Harbor’s very own pep squad traveled to Las Vegas to attend the SHARP International Competition where they went against many other schools and dance teams around the country. The team was very successful at the event and took home the Spirit Award for Best Overall Performance! Varsity Cheer and Varsity Song came in second place in their division and Varsity Baton took first. JV Cheer won first in their division and were proclaimed National JV Champions. db3e4a14-d435-4d58-8a7d-25c1cb5f1563After the competition was over, the team spent the evening celebrating their victory with dinner and even got to see a musical and comedic show performed by the famous Blue Man Group. The girls also had the chance of staying in a hotel all weekend and bonding with roommates over movies and snacks! Though they were only in Vegas for three days, it was such a great experience to go vacation with friends and compete! Karoline Shannon (Freshman) said that her favorite part of the trip was "staying up watching a movie after a great day of winning the competition." Libby Larner (Sophomore) also had a lot of fun on the trip and "loved how close [she] got with [her fellow teammates] in [their hotel] room” while "watching Fired Up and eating ice cream and chips.” All in all, the pep squad had a wonderful time on their trip and went home champions! Written By: Jillian Russell

Track & Field- Record Breaker Emma Kratzberg

It is not everyday that a student breaks a track record here at Newport Harbor. Senior Varsity track runner and hurdler, Emma Kratzberg, has broken the 400 record and continues to try to break more of them. Kratzberg described how it felt to accomplish something so great as “amazing because I honestly didn’t expect to do it.” She is “actually working towards the 100 and 300 hurdle records as well and [is] 0.16 seconds away from the 300 record and 0.07 seconds away from the 100 record.” The record breaking athlete keeps positive as she attempts to create more history as she says, “There’s still 4 weeks left in my season so I can still do it!” Track has changed Kratzberg’s high school experience because it “made [her] feel a sense of purpose in high school and made [her] motivated, passionate, and the driven individual that [she] is.” Having an inspiration to compete is essential to the success of athletes and Kratzberg finds that from her “humble roots that started [her] career”. “I decided one day that I wanted to do hurdles kind of randomly and I started out okay, but not great. And slowly but surely I worked my way to the top and now am currently ranked 3rd in California. I wasn’t born a runner/hurdler and I had to work very hard to get where I am. So I stayed motivated by seeing where I was, where I am now, and where I want to be,” says Emma Kratzberg about how she has gotten to where she is today and what motivates her to keep putting in hard work. Not everyone can become an statewide ranked athlete, and those who do achieve this have put in that extra time or practice to get to where they are. For Kratzberg a big part of her success is the “amazing coaching from both in school and outside of school.” Also her dedication to the sport can be seen through the “weightlifting which [she didn’t] think any of her teammates did [...and the] practice between two and four hours a day.” After all her achievements at Newport Harbor, what is next for record breaking runner/ hurdler? Kratzberg shares that “track will play a big part in [her] future, [she] is going to Colorado State University on a scholarship for track and field, and will be a 400 hurdler in college. [Kratzberg] has the next four years ahead of [her] at least” regarding her track career future. Written By: Andie Lee


The baseball team had an exciting season nearly making CIF playoffs an impressive feat in the Sunset League while enjoying their season. The Sunset League is a very impressive league with Huntington Beach and Marina who are two of the top teams in the nation. The sailor boys played amazing against both those teams taking a victory against Huntington and Marina. The boys in blue tried their best finishing with a record of 7-8 and finishing 4th place in the sunset league. All the boys had smiles on their faces at the end of the season as the future looked bright for the young men in blue. Varsity players Junior Cade Seabold and Senior Luke Genova, a Santa Clara University commit, are all-league first team and Freshman John Olmstead is Sunset League rookie of the year. Our Tars finished the season with their heads held high as they poured their hearts out into every game no matter the score. In the end, of all the hard work the boys made a realization that winning isn’t everything and the brotherhood that they developed and shared was the most important lesson their coach could teach them. The JV tars also had an eventful season while finishing an impressive 6th place. They finished 3-11 while beating Huntington, Edison and Fountain Valley. Andrew Wolfe, an occasional starter on the J.V. squad, told us “the most memorable moment for me, was when we beat Huntington by an impressive margin” he continued on to say “it was fun!” Written By Eann McKasson

Boys Varsity Volleyball

Newport Harbor’s Varsity Boys Volleyball team is in the midst of a phenomenal season and they are looking for not only a Sunset League victory but a section title as well. The last time the Sailor boys won the Division I title some of the people on the team were not born yet; it was 17 years ago in 1999.

Currently, the Sailors are tied with the Huntington Beach Oilers for first place (each 7-1 in league). If both teams win their remaining two games, the league’s top seed would go to Newport Harbor who has more points in their match ups. The Sailors and the Oilers are battling it out this season. At their first meeting, the Sailors snapped Huntington Beach’s unbelievable national record 121- match winning streak by defeating the Oilers in four sets. In their next meeting, the Oilers, who are reigning section champions, beat the Sailored21627b-ec71-46c0-b1e9-772a15ac3ae6s also in four sets. Making the rivalry even more interesting is that second year Sailor Coach, Rocky Ciarelli, previously coached the Oilers for 24 years. Despite the loss, the expectations are still high for the Sailors,51bc6d47-7870-4b37-b475-4a782a486b7d as they believe they will win the remaining games of the season. The Sailors look forward toward the bright future, as they are a very young team with six underclassmen and only one senior. Cole Pender, a sophomore outside hitter, has led the team along with freshman outside hitter Dayne Chalmers, sophomore middle blocker Ethan Tally, junior opposite Landon Monroe, junior middle blocker Spencer Lawrence, junior setter Carlos Rivera and junior libero Max Toffel. All starters have multiple years left in their high school careers; so fans at Newport Harbor should be expecting great achievements from their volleyball team in the years to come.a765a170-61fa-43be-87ff-d04010515214 Written By: Eann McKasson

JV Girls LAX

53913451-1d20-42f2-a834-283d2d3f553cThe 2016 girls JV and JV Blue teams have found the season so far to be very successful, both teams have seen positive results from the effort they have put into playing the game this year.The girl’s lacrosse teams have been doing very well all season and it comes from the teams putting in all the time in practice, carrying out the drills, finishing parfait fitness days, and runs through the back bay. The Junior Varsity team’s record is 13-1-1 and the JV Blue team had a 14-0-0 record going into the last few weeks of the season that they have left. Beginning new sports in high school offers a variety of opportunities and lacrosse is no exception to that.d89f19dd-41b3-430f-bcf6-a28511ff6aec JV Blue player, Delaney Knipp says, “Lacrosse has completely changed my life. By joining my team I have become friends with a group of girls I never would have seen myself with otherwise. Everyone is incredibly supportive and through the team my confidence has spiked upwards. Also my favorite part of playing lacrosse is that you get to run fast and that it is a speed game. ” When asked about what contributes to the JV wins, 7215db5c-6767-45bd-9bd4-a3217e7bebfaSarah Sheldon said, “I believe our wins reflect how much work we put into our practices. We are constantly improving. Also as a team we are friends so playing together is natural. The reason why I play lacrosse is because it is fun!” Another player of the JV Blue team, Jade Rettig, shares that her favorite part of joining the lacrosse team this year is “getting to know my team and playing the games.” Lacrosse combines the mental and physical strength of every player on the field because strength in those areas are key to finishing out the fifty minute game. The development of this part of the game along with the actual skill of playing lacrosse can be thanks to the coa5e5455ad-eb62-47e2-83b8-2103179c19bcches and dedication of the players. Written By: Andie Lee  

Diving to Success

IMG_2771.JPGFrom 6 am practices to dry land workouts, our waterpolo team has trained vigorously for this year's season. The team ended victoriously winning 20 games out of the 25 they played. Erin and Maddie Ross have been playing for 5 years, and as freshmen they played their first year on the Newport Harbor team. Erin was very proud with the teams progress and also with how strong and close the team was, as she tells us “I loved it. The whole team became very close from all the morning practices and the afternoon practices.” IMG_5421Her good experience also extends to how she loved that “Everyone is so kind to each other and everyone bonded. Even the freshmen and seniors.” Ending the season with success, swim season has just started for spring. IMG_5267It is during this time that swimmers begin diving in Newport Harbor’s pool, and Waterpolo continues training. As polo players and swimmers train together this season, we wish that swim season will also have great success. Go Sailors! Written By: Solange Pinon

Captains Ready To Wrestle

c1088537-b58c-4783-be76-1f4be18b27df The Newport Harbor wrestling team had a great season this year under their two senior captains, David Santos (left) and Harrison Reich (right)! I even had an opportunity to interview David who went to the CIF finals and heard about his experience as a wrestler. He told me that being picked for captain "felt really great" because "[he] wasn't expecting it" and "[he] was glad his teammates chose him out of all of the seniors." David also told me that his favorite moment of the season was when he and his team "[woke] up at nine o'clock in the morning to go to a fundraiser" and that they "had a lot of fun bonding at the beach" together. Lastly, after being on the wrestling team for all four years of high school, he said that he learned that "it was really tough until [he] let [himself] think [he was] able to do it" and that the key to success "is all about mentality." David and Harrison did a wonderful job in leading their team to many victories this season and one day their fellow teammates will take on the positions as captains, following in their footsteps. Until next season wrestlers! Picture: Senior captains, David Santos (left) and Harrison Reich (right). By Jillian Birt-Russell

Boys Basketball Season

IMG_0657 The Basketball experience Newport Harbor’s Varsity Boys Basketball’s 2015-2016 season can be described as thrilling. When they beat Huntington Beach in overtime in early February, they became the seventh Newport Harbor team to record 20 wins. When they defeated Edison 61-51 at home, they ended a 15-game losing streak to the Chargers. It was an awesome season but it came to a disappointing finish with the first round playoff loss to Perris High School 52-44. In the words of sophomore six foot seven inches center Josh Phillips, “it was a quick playoff experience.” The Sailor boys finished 6-4 in league and 21-7 in the entire season, the team felt “pretty good” about the direction their season went. The highlight of the varsity season was definitely the win over Edison at home. It was the first victory for the Sailors against Edison since the 2007-2008 season and, as they split the season series in a tie for 2nd place, a coin flip determined the league’s No.2 entry into the CIF Southern Section Division 2AA playoffs. The Sailors lost the coin toss and ended up having to face a more difficult playoff opponent than Edison. It was the 4th year in a row that the Sailors have made the CIF Playoffs. The Newport Harbors Junior Varsity Basketball team also had a good season that ended as the boys finished second in league with a 6-4 league record and an all around record of 21-6. IMG_0656 “We started off good at first but [we] did not finish well,” said JV starter RJ Haskell. Haskell described his JV experience as all round “good support from the guys.” The highlight of the JV season came as they defeated cross-town rival Corona Del Mar in the Battle of the Bay game. The Newport Harbor Freshmen Basketball team had an epic season finishing 10-0 in league with first place and 24-0 in the entire season. This was thought the first undefeated boys basketball at any level ever. In the words of freshman James McConnaughey, “it was fun winning” and their coach, Coach Offer “an amazing coach and he helped us be prepared for every game.” Pictures: Left- JV Team, Right- Charlie Stassel on Varsity Written by Eann McKasson