The four-day event culminated with a final match for the Sailors against SoCal Water Polo club on July 18. The Daily Pilot reported that after securing back-to-back CIF Southern Section titles over the past two years, the team decided to form its own club in order to qualify for the tournament made up of well-known regional competitors.
Newport Harbor boys water polo coach Ross Sinclair said the squad has formed a tight-knit bond that is key to their success.
“These guys are best friends, and that’s, I think, the most important part of the culture that they embody every day and something that I think every team would love to be a part of,” Sinclair told the Pilot. “I think it’s a coach’s dream to have these guys in the program.”
The tournament MVP title went to Newport Harbor senior Finn LeSieur, who led the team with four assists and scored a goal in the championship game.
“I guess this was the last dance for this really special group,” Finn said in an interview with the Pilot. “To end it with a big win, something we haven’t done before, was really special and a good way to put the cherry on top.”
Here are the other stories we’ve been following this week:
The 14th annual Safe Schools Conference, organized by former state Secretary of Education Dave Long in collaboration with OCDE and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, brought together community leaders, educators and law enforcement representatives to spotlight their efforts and strategies for improving campus safety and security.
Since adopting a cultural proficiency plan in 2020, the Capistrano Unified School District shared a report Wednesday noting efforts to make school materials more accessible by translating public messages into Spanish and providing interpreters at board meetings.
Starting July 24, students age 4 to 11 can spend time in nature, learn about local animals and take part in hands-on activities at a summer educational program at the Ladera Ranch Library.
After purchasing the K-5 Social Studies Alive! textbook, Governor Newsom announced plans to send copies to the Temecula Valley Unified School District along with a $1.6 million bill for its cost. Meanwhile, proposed legislation would reaffirm and build on an existing process for the public to file a complaint against a school district for insufficient textbooks, EdSource reports.
In order to help students alleviate their stress and anxiety, two Gen Z entrepreneurs created the SoundMind music therapy app, which utilizes audio and visual beats to aid young people in regulating their emotions.