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Senior Standout Ryan Chalupnik Ready to Shine in Season Opener


The anticipation for Newport Harbor High School’s water polo season opener against Murrieta Valley High School has reached new heights, fueled by the powerhouse trio of the Verdugo sisters, Sophia and Valery, and senior leader Ryan Chalupnik. As the team gears up for the upcoming match, the combination of experience, skill, and leadership promises to make waves in the pool.

Valery Verdugo steals the ball. SD cup 2023
Sophia Verdugo
Sophia Verdugo makes a key pass

Sophia Verdugo, a returning sophomore with a stellar track record, is set to lead the team with her strategic play and goal-scoring prowess. Alongside her is Valery Verdugo, an incoming freshman who has already earned the title of “All American,” showcasing her exceptional talent and dedication to the sport.

Adding to the team’s strength is senior standout Ryan Chalupnik, a seasoned player who commands the set position. Chalupnik’s leadership and experience in this critical role make her a key player in Newport Harbor’s pursuit of success this season. As a senior, Chalupnik’s wealth of experience will be invaluable in guiding her teammates and contributing to the team’s overall performance.

Not only is Chalupnik a force to be reckoned with in the pool, but she also has her sights set on a bright future. The senior standout has committed to attending UCLA next season, a testament to her dedication and skill both academically and athletically. Her presence on the team adds another layer of motivation for the Sailors as they aim for victory in the season opener.

Under the coaching expertise of Coach Ross Sinclair, the Newport Harbor High School water polo team is ready to face the challenges posed by Murrieta Valley High School. The collective efforts of the dynamic trio, along with the entire varsity squad, promise to make the season opener an exciting and competitive affair for fans.

The match against Murrieta Valley High School is scheduled for 3PM November 28, 2023, at Newport Harbor High School. Fans are encouraged to come out and support the Sailors as they embark on the 2023-2024 water polo season, witnessing the skill, teamwork, and determination of the Verdugo sisters, Ryan Chalupnik, and the entire team as they aim to make a splash in pursuit of victory.

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