If you could write the script for a CIF CHAMPIONSHIP it would read..., "CORONA DEL MAR vs NEWPORT HARBOR, the BATTLE OF THE BAY"
If you grew up in this town there is one thing that matters, that is talked about throughout the year, whether settled on the field, in the pool, on the track, in a gym or on a court, it's who has the "Bell" or who owns the "Bay" on that day or for an entire season.
The rivalry runs deep, pitting student, parent and families on two sides of an outcome they so desperately want. These kids, these family show much respect, they are neighbors, co-workers, friends, buds, pals & chums. Yet for that moment, for the history book, nothing matters more, no game nor event than beating your rival. Sea King
, who rules the "Bay"
Newport Harbor has stood as the academic and athletic beacon since 1930. It wasn't till 1962 that a little upstart school in Eastbluff on the opposite side of the bay was built. A school for the most part always with half the enrollment was nothing more than a JV team in most sports to Harbor. Newport Harbor owned Newport and the "Bay".
Growing up a CDM kid in the 60's and 70's usually meant attending or playing in games and getting the routine whooping by the Sailors. In my 4 years at CDM not once did we win the "Bell" in football. It was a time when in most sports enrollment dictated and tiny CDM just could not field the teams that Harbor could assemble. The occasional victories in certain sport could just never remove the cloud over CDM as the second best school in Newport Beach.
Much has transpired since those days. In recent decades the table has turned, standing on equal ground if not on higher. CDM Athletics have settled many a score. And if there are two sports that this town claims to be their own it is Water Polo and Volleyball. The talent pool here is deep and many a player make up the NCAA in both sports.
Tonight at Cerritos College for the CIF DIVISION 1 CHAMPIONSHIP it is the Sea Kings and Sailors for all the marbles. Newport harbor is undefeated this season at 34-0 and the #1 ranked team in the country. CDM has dropped 4 matches this year and two are to the Sailors. So they say it is harder to beat a good team twice let alone three times, will Harbor hold serve once more and sweep their way to the title? I think coach Conti of CDM may have said it best about this showdown,A Battle of the Bay final
is incredibly special. It'd
be like USC and UCLA for a national
championship. This is a
big deal, and it's pretty cool.
CORONA DEL MAR COACH STEVE CONTI
This is that script you could only write. It is just not another epic "Battle of the Bay" non league game, not another high stakes tournament match, this is for the CIF CHAMPIONSHIP, this is the #1 and #2 teams in the NATION settling a score, who owns this "Bay". This is the sport that matters, a sport not even the Trinity League can convince these kids to not play for their respected home teams. This is loyalty to school, family, friends and a community. For two and a half hours tonight every point will seem like the one that could turn the tide to your side of the "Bay".
With all due respect, good luck Sailors. With all my heart, "BEAT THE TARS"!Back Bay bragging rights on the line in Division 1 boys’ volleyball finalhttp://www.latimes.com/socal/daily-pilo ... story.html
more great reads on tonight....,https://www.ocregister.com/2018/05/18/b ... mpionship/https://www.ocregister.com/2018/05/18/b ... mpionship/Corona del Mar sweeps Loyola, advances to fourth straight CIF boys' volleyball finalhttp://www.latimes.com/socal/daily-pilo ... story.html
Kevin "THE SKYWALKER" Kobrine for the KILL...
"They have a chance to defend last year's championship," Sea Kings coach Steve Conti said of the motivation for his senior-laden group. "To have a chance to play a team that has beaten you twice, a chance at redemption on this kind of stage … is pretty special."
CdM boasts a loaded lineup. Senior outside hitter Brandon Browning (USC)
, junior outside hitter Adam Flood (USC)
, senior setter Patrick Paragas (UCSB)
, senior middle blockers Brandon Hicks (UCSB)
and Tyler Flood (NYU)
, and Kobrine (UCLA)
have committed to play volleyball at the next level.
Senior outside hitter Cole Pender (UCLA)
and senior middle blocker Ethan Talley (Ohio State)
have secured college commitments for the Sailors.
::CIF Southern Section Division 1 boys' volleyball championship
Where: Cerritos College (11110 Alondra Blvd., Norwalk, CA 90650)
Fan info: Newport Harbor and CdM will play in the Division 1 final at 6:30 p.m. General admission is $12. Tickets are $5 for students with school ID and children (ages 5-13).