The Edison High boys' water polo team won a team championship and an all-you-can eat feast Saturday by winning the in the inaugural Newport Rib Co. Classic at Costa Mesa High's new pool.
The Chargers defeated University, 11-5, in the semifinals and in the title game beat arch-rival and Sunset League foe Fountain Valley, 10-9, in sudden death overtime.
Junior Brent Bazzell scored with 10 seconds remaining in the first overtime on a shot that hit the inside of both posts to lift Edison to the title. Senior goalie John Mroch had three of his 11 saves in overtime.
By winning the 16-team tournament, the Chargers were treated to all-they-could eat rib feast outside the pool deck after the title game, Edison Coach Diggy Riley said.
The boys played a really good University team in the semis and put together one of their most complete games of the year on both ends of the pool," Riley said. "Our press defense was the key to our success as it really fueled our counter attack. Beating Fountain Valley, while nice, really means nothing because it wasn't in league. Neither of the teams wanted to show too much. Our game on Nov. 3 will decide who advances to the postseason in CIF this year.