IRVINE Villa Park and Newport Harbor have each won their first-round matches at the first-ever boys water polo Masters tournament here at a now sunny Woollett pool on Friday afternoon.
The left side of my face is getting baked but it feels great.
VP edged Harvard-Westlake, 5-4.
Newport handled Redlands, 10-1.
VP and NH play at 6 p.m. in a great second-round match for a berth in the semifinals Saturday.
The crowds are solid and now ALIVE thanks to the arrival of Murrieta Valley.
The folks from MV have been the loudest so far as they tangle with Montebello in the 1:45 match. There’s some great depth to this tourney when you have a D3 champ (Monty) vs. a D5 champ (MV).
Why have a Masters? Because it give these teams and their athletes a chance to show their stuff. And these teams are good.
Northwood is playing in the other pool vs. Cerritos but I’ve got get some lunch before the second round begins. The MV-Montebello winner should give Northwood a game tonight.
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