17 Nov

Banquet 2016

The 2016 Newport Harbor Field Hockey Banquet was a huge success! It was a fabulous celebration of the 2016-2017 season and our ability to go with the flow. A big thank you to the Banquet Committee for all that you did to make it such a lovely evening.

We will have each team get together after the Thanksgiving holiday to reconnect and hand out memory books.


16 Nov

Hendrix Signs with ASU

Newport Harbor Field Hockey player Katie Hendrix took part in the Nation Letter of Intent Signing Ceremony to officially commit to playing lacrosse at Arizona State University. Congratulations to Katie and the Hendrix family! We can’t wait to cheer you on!

10 Nov

Banquet RSVP

This is a friendly reminder to make sure to get your RSVP in today by emailing vanessamachado07@gmail.com. We look forward to celebrating an incredible Newport Harbor Field Hockey season!


7 Nov

Banquet Invitation

We are excited to see everyone at the 2016 Newport Harbor Field Hockey Banquet next Tuesday night (11/15) at 6:00 p.m. at St. Andrew’s in the Student Center.

Please make sure to RSVP (by Friday, 11/11) to vanessamachado07@gmail.com so that we can make arrangements for the food. If you received banquet tickets with a Finish Strong Donation, please still be sure to RSVP.


7 Nov

Athlete of the Week

As seen in the Daily Pilot:

Daily Pilot High School Athlete of the Week:
Porteous propelled Sailors to title

Story – Barry Faulkner

Mckenzie Porteous will forever be known for scoring the game-winning goal in the biggest game of her Newport Harbor High field hockey career.

But driving a one-timer past a scrambling Edison goalie just 81 seconds into overtime of the Tournament of Champions final on Saturday at Westminster High, was only the first of two defining elements that those who know her best might summarize as merely doing what she does.

Scoring is, no doubt, Porteous’ most noticeable skill, as the senior led her team in goals. But just as she did by lifting the Tars to their first T of C crown in five seasons, Porteous also brought her teammates together.

Together the Sailors sprinted toward their diminutive heroine as she spontaneously leaped to her feet in post-goal celebration. Together, the Sailors glommed onto their 5-foot-1 go-to girl, screaming and crying and hugging and holding onto the very bond that Porteous worked so hard to nurture.

Together, the pack of champions frolicked and bounded around their nucleus, eventually falling to the ground in a euphoric pile of personified promise.

Together they will always remain, galvanized in glory and unified by the journey that included a season without an on-campus home game, while their field was being renovated. For that, Porteous is most proud.

“It was crazy,” Porteous said of the culmination of a two-year varsity career that included a T of C semifinal loss to Edison last season. “I didn’t see the ball go in. I heard the noise [of the ball smacking the wooden back of the cage] and I started jumping in the air. Then, it was just a huge mosh pit. I fell to the ground and I couldn’t breathe. Everyone was overcome by emotion, knowing we finally did it. It was an amazing experience that everyone had given 100% to achieve. It was really cool.

“I would consider it one of the highlights of my high school career, and I’m sure it’s the same for a bunch of my teammates,” said Porteous, who fell in love with field hockey largely because of the friendships it forged, then gave up pole vaulting after her first two years at Harbor, because it only allowed her to compete as an individual. “The girls on my team have been talking about getting that win since it happened. Every time I think about it, I start tearing up. We just worked so hard and we deserved it.”

Even as she candidly shared her recollection of her singular contribution, Porteous, again doing what she does, continually steered the conversation toward the collective.

“I don’t think me scoring that goal is the reason why we won,” she said. “Every person on that team could have scored that goal. I wanted the win more than anything in the world, and I would not have cared if anyone else scored the goal.”

Newport Harbor Coach Amanda Boyer was hardly surprised it was Porteous who struck the winning blow.

“I think this season [Porteous] stepped up as a leader on the field,” Boyer said. “She was a dominant forward and that was evident by the end of the season, when she became a target for double- and triple-marking [by opposing defenders]. Her intensity was contagious and she was an example to her teammates about how to be hungry to score. She was able to find the cage in a lot of critical situations, culminating in the T of C championship.”

Porteous’ intensity amplified her athleticism that included speed and quickness. And underneath it all flowed a fiery competitive nature chiseled by years of chiding by three sports-minded older brothers.

Porteous said her primary plan is to attend the University of Colorado in Boulder, where she will weigh whether or not to play for the school’s club field hockey team.

Regardless, she will look back with gratitude upon her sisterhood of Sailors.

“I’m going to miss it so much,” she said of putting on the Tars’ trademark plaid pleated skirt. “It has just been such a staple of my high school career. It feels like leaving family, but there is a necessary next step. I’m already thinking about playing in the alumni game. It will be cool to see everyone again.”

There was an inevitable next step when the T of C all-tournament honoree left the field after the championship victory.

“Everyone came back to my house and we ordered pizzas and had sparkling cider,” Porteous said. “We had fun and reminisced in the moment, then everyone went home and slept.

“I woke up with a huge smile on my face. It hit me that it all actually happened and we did it.”

They almost certainly would not have done it, without Porteous doing what she does.

Mckenzie Porteous

Born: Jan. 27, 1999

Hometown: Newport Beach

Height: 5 feet 1

Sport: Field hockey

Year: Senior

Coach: Amanda Boyer and Judy Schaefer

Favorite food: Steak

Favorite movie: “The Italian Job”

Favorite athletic moment: “It would have to be scoring the [game-winning] goal in the [Tournament of Champions final on Saturday].”

Week in review:

The senior forward helped the Sailors win three playoff games in five days, including scoring the golden goal 81 seconds into overtime of the final against Edison on Saturday at Westminster High.

30 Oct

Stix Weekly

This is the last Stix Weekly – what an amazing season! Thank you for your incredible support, participation, and for ‘going with the flow’ over the past few months.

– The Banquet Invitation will be posted online very soon, but be sure to save the date: Tuesday, November 15 at 6:00 p.m.

Monday – Banquet Video Day at 2:15 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Student Center in white uniform with sweaters.
Wednesday – Program Day and Uniform Turn In, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. at Harper. Uniform & Practice Pennie must be washed and clean to receive full deposit. You must be there for the entire time unless you are attending soccer tryouts.

Monday – Banquet Video Day at 2:45 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Student Center in white uniform with sweaters.
Wednesday – Program Day and Uniform Turn In, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. at Harper. Uniform & Practice Pennie must be washed and clean to receive full deposit. You must be there for the entire time unless you are attending soccer tryouts.

Monday – Banquet Video Day at 3:15 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Student Center in white uniform with sweaters.
Wednesday – Program Day and Uniform Turn In, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. at Harper. Uniform & Practice Pennie must be washed and clean to receive full deposit. You must be there for the entire time unless you are attending soccer tryouts.

30 Oct

TOC Champions


As seen in the Daily Pilot:

Porteous puts Tars on top

WESTMINSTER – After 61 minutes of tight-fisted ferocity, it was the power unleashed by one of the most accomplished finesse players on the field that ended the Tournament of Champions field hockey final on Saturday at Westminster High.

Newport Harbor High senior forward Mckenzie Porteous, whose petite physique usually prompts her to operate in space, used those instincts to put herself in perfect position to score the overtime game-winner in the 1-0 triumph over Edison.

The opportunity came about 81 seconds into the 10-minute seven-on-seven overtime period, after the Sailors (18-1-4) sent a ball from near midfield into the attacking zone, where Porteous usually wreaks havoc with her speed and ball-handling ability.

Porteous ran onto the ball and sent it ahead to senior tri-captain Katie Singer, who collected the pass in front, settled the ball onto her stick in shooting position, then began trying desperately to push the ball past Edison goalie Kaylie Thompson, who had come out to take away any comfort zone with which to attempt a shot.

After players from both teams entered the fray to try to move the ball, it popped backward toward the top of the circle, where Porteous was strategically positioned. The Sailors’ scoring leader drew back her stick and whacked a bullet into the lower right corner of the cage to end the scoreless deadlock and trigger a joyous celebration by the Sailors players and their fans.

The goal, just 81 seconds into the extra session, gave the Sailors their sixth T of C crown, their first since 2011, when they last made the final.

Newport Harbor, which lost to two-time-defending champion Edison in the semifinals the last two years, went 2-0-1 in three games against the Chargers this season.

Saturday’s win extended the Sailors’ unbeaten streak to 17 games (15-0-2) since they suffered their only loss, a 1-0 setback Sept. 20 to Sunset League champion Huntington Beach, past which Edison advanced via penalty strokes after a 2-2 deadlock in the semifinals.

Huntington Beach (18-1-3) defeated Harvard-Westlake, 1-0, in Saturday’s third-place game, thanks to a goal by sophomore Elle Saccacio with just more than six minutes remaining.

Newport Harbor, the Sunset League runner-up, took each of the five short corners awarded in regulation.

Thompson made two saves and Newport Harbor goalie Sara Sheldon had one, as the rare crosses that rolled in and out of the attacking area largely found only defenders’ sticks.

But Porteous, whose speed, skill and determination frequently allow her to create her own shots, as well as finish assists from her teammates, said finalizing on Saturday required patience.

“It was kind of hectic,” Porteous said. “I just kind of waited back [near the top of the circle] because I knew if the ball did come out, someone needed to be back there. When that happened, I just shot it and, luckily, it went in. That was the most important goal I’ve ever had; just winning the whole thing for my team and everything. Everyone running and celebrating after was just really special.”

Singer shared tournament MVP honors with Edison senior defender Riley Wester, while Porteous was joined on the all-tournament team by teammates Katie Hendrix, a senior defender, as well as senior midfielder and tri-captain Mollie Crook.

Crook and Singer scored goals in the Tars’ 2-1 semifinal triumph at Harvard-Westlake Thursday.

The Sailors’ third playoff win in five days gave Edison, the third-place team from the Sunset League, a 2-2 record in its four straight T of C final appearances.

“I told my players they have nothing to feel badly about,” Edison Coach Rebecca Antongiorgi said. “I’m so proud of this group. Honestly, they reached beyond themselves. I told them I’ve coached a lot of talented groups [in six seasons], but this is the group I’m most proud for, in terms of how hard they fought and the resilience they showed through all the injuries and distractions we had this season.

“That was a great follow-up shot [by Porteous], right to the corner and hard,” Antongiorgi said. “And, it was a great ball into the circle when we were in transition.”

Newport Harbor Coach Amanda Boyer said her team is always comfortable in the seven-on-seven format, a change from the 11-on-11 configuration in regulation.

“We always stress taking advantage in transition, and when you go seven-on-seven, the field really opens up,” Boyer said.

Newport’s defense was led by Hendrix, senior Hayden Allen, junior Rylee Warmington and sophomore Delaney Knipp.

Also noteworthy for the Sailors were midfielders Georgia Yokoyama, a senior tri-captain, sophomore Chloe Baglu, and senior forward Kendall Machado, as well as senior reserves Bridget Nolan, Katie Robinson, and junior Sam Kerrigan.

Senior defender Jordan Marcy, a co-captain along with Wester, as well as junior defender Gretchen Kirkreit and senior midfielder Corryn Cook were additional Edison all-tournament picks.

Huntington Beach seniors Sydney Beale and Lilly Mattes, as well as junior Lindsay Kenefick also made the all-tournament team.

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