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Chargers get healthy, win

With Abby Oshiro back in the lineup, Edison girls' water polo team is back at full strength and handily defeats Huntington Beach, 16-5.

January 26, 2011|By Mike Sciacca, michael.sciacca@latimes.com
  • Edison's Alys Williams, right, defends against Huntington Beach's Hana Lambur during Wednesday's game at Newport Harbor High School.
Edison's Alys Williams, right, defends against… (KENT TREPTOW, HB…)

Having played most of the month without one of its key players, the Edison girls' water polo team was at full-strength Wednesday for its Sunset League game against Huntington Beach.

With Abby Oshiro back in the lineup, the Chargers, ranked eighth in CIF Division 1, used a pressing defense to jump on the Oilers and eventually scored a 16-5 victory at the Newport Harbor High pool.

Edison bolted to an 8-0 first-quarter lead to improve to 2-1 in league and 10-8 overall.

Oshiro, who had been out with a dislocated knee cap and saw limited playing time in each period to "ease her back into the game," Edison Coach Diggy Riley said, scored the first time she touched the ball and ended up with two goals.

Haley Kunert led the Chargers in scoring with five goals. Oshiro was one of four Chargers to score twice, along with Melissa Balding, Jessica Becker and Alys Williams. Natalie May, Ashley Dorman and Risa Burke all scored once and Sydni Estrella registered 11 saves.

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In another Sunset game Wednesday at the Newport Harbor pool, 10th-ranked Fountain Valley took down Marina, 15-3.

Sunset League action resumes Wednesday at the Newport Harbor pool. The key game in the tripleheader is the nightcap (7:10 p.m.) between Edison and third-ranked Newport Harbor. The schedule begins with Marina taking on second-ranked Los Alamitos at 5 p.m. and Fountain Valley and Huntington play in the following match (6 p.m.).

"It is a huge game for both teams and possibly second place in league is on the line," Riley said of Edison's showdown with the Sailors. "We still have a very tough Fountain Valley team the week after that, so we have our work cut out for us over the next three weeks. Throw in the Southern California Championships at Woolett (Center) Feb. 3 to 5 and you can see we have an intense month ahead of us."

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Edison, the top-ranked team in CIF Division 1, maintained its perfect record Friday by scoring a 3-0 shutout over visiting Marina. Jake Little scored all three goals and assists went to Mitchel Alvarez, Tyler Bigenho and Tyler Smith. Scott Campbell had three saves.

Two days earlier, the Chargers took charge of the Sunset race by shutting out Los Alamitos, 3-0, on Jan. 19. Bigenho, Bajj Chela and Drew Parrish all scored in the second half, Alvarez and Little each had an assist and Scott Campbell three saves.

Edison is 19-0 and 6-0 in league.

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