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High School Sports Update

Laguna Sets League Win Streak

Boys Basketball (17-5, 6-0)

Caption: Senior Noah Blanton led all scorers with 25 in Laguna’s 81-53 home win on Wednesday, Jan. 29.  Photo by Robert Campbell

Caption: Senior Noah Blanton led all scorers with 25 in Laguna’s 81-53 home win on Wednesday, Jan. 29.
Photo by Robert Campbell

Breakers continue to roll through the Orange Coast League smashing a 60-year old school record for consecutive league wins and ran the current string to 19last Friday, Jan. 31, with a 76-42 rout of Estancia at the Eagles gym. Noah Blanton scored 23 while Josh Adams and Alec Wulff each added 13 points. Estancia still leads the all-time series 33-27 but the Breakers are 13-3 since 2007.

On Wednesday, Jan. 29, Laguna extended their dominance over Costa Mesa (4-2, 16-7) with their 19th straight victory over the Mustangs in an 81-53 conquest at Dugger Gym. Josh Adams had a hot hand in the first period scoring 15 points as the visitors tried to shut down Blanton.  Blanton responded as Adams cooled off and scored 25 points over the final three periods including going 10 for 11 from the line.

Breakers will conclude the regular season on Friday, Feb. 13, with a hotly contested 7 p.m. game at the Costa Mesa gym. Laguna is currently ranked eighth in the SSCIF D-4AA poll, the highest ranked public school in the division. Playoff pairings will be posted on the www.CIFSS.org web site on Sunday, Feb. 16 at about 2:20 p.m.

Senior Alec Wulff goes up for shot against Costa Mesa in Laguna’s 81-53 home win on Wednesday, Jan. 29.

Senior Alec Wulff goes up for shot against Costa Mesa in Laguna’s 81-53 home win on Wednesday, Jan. 29.

 

 

Senior Josh Adams works inside for two of his 19 points in Laguna’s 81-53 home win on Wednesday, Jan. 29.

Senior Josh Adams works inside for two of his 19 points in Laguna’s 81-53 home win on Wednesday, Jan. 29.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Girls Basketball (14-8, 4-2)

Estancia 3-Pointers Sink Laguna

The defending league champion Estancia Eagles hit eight, three-point shots to power a 51-37 victory over Laguna on Thursday, Jan. 30 at the Eagles gym. When the two teams previously met on Jan. 14, the Eagles escaped with a 48-47 win making only six, three-point shots while Laguna hit two. This time the Breakers failed to score outside the arc while Estancia (5-1, 19-3) seemed unstoppable. Jackie Cenan led the Laguna players with 15 points, Jane Wallin added 12, and Francesca Cecutti was exceptional with eight points. Nicole Davidson added two points to complete the Breaker scoring.

: Sophomore Jackie Cenan drives around two Estancia defenders on her way to two of her game high 15 points in Laguna’s 51-37 road loss on Thursday, Jan. 30.

: Sophomore Jackie Cenan drives around two Estancia defenders on her way to two of her game high 15 points in Laguna’s 51-37 road loss on Thursday, Jan. 30.

Breakers will still be tested when they host Godinez (3-3, 6-16) on Feb. 6 and next week at the regular season finale on Feb. 12 at Costa Mesa (4-2, 12-9).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boys Soccer (7-5-4, 4-1-1)

: Sophomore Willy Wheeler battles for a loose ball during Laguna’s 4-2 home win against Costa Mesa on Wednesday, Jan 29.

Sophomore Willy Wheeler battles for a loose ball during Laguna’s 4-2 home win against Costa Mesa on Wednesday, Jan 29.

Laguna Moves Into 1st Place

Last week Laguna boys soccer surprised long-time rival Estancia with a 1-0 victory Friday, Jan. 31 to move ahead of the Eagles and Godinez in the standings with four matches remaining. Edward Willette delivered the deciding goal in the first half as the Breakers held on for victory.

Coach Daniel Richards said, “players all the way through the team had very strong and mature performances, making sure we would leave the game with our heads held high no matter the result.”

The impact of the victory put the Breakers into the D-V coach’s poll for this week at No. 6. Breakers tied the current top-ranked Santiago 2-2 on Dec. 20.

The Rankings: 1 – Santiago/GG, 2 – Granite Hills (Apple Valley), 3 – Monrovia, 4 – Silverado(Victorville), 5 – Marshall(Pasadena), 6 – Laguna Beach, 7 – Pioneer Valley (Santa Maria), 8 – El Monte, 9 – Godinez, 10 – Arroyo Grande & Hemet (tied)

Also last week, Laguna rallied past Costa Mesa 4-2 as Edward Willette, Willy Wheeler, Harison Gregory, and Tommy Ressler scored. Laguna led 3-1 at the half after trailing 1-0 and gave up the second goal to the Mustangs late in the game.

This week the Breakers faced their toughest competition remaining as they hosted Saddleback on Wednesday and Godinez this Friday, Feb. 7 at Guyer Field.

Standings thru 1-31-2014

BOYS VARSITY SOCCER

 League Standings

Overall Standings

Team

W

L

T

Pct

pts

W

L

T

Pct

Laguna Beach

4

1

1

0.750

13

7

5

4

0.563

Godinez

3

0

3

0.750

12

9

0

6

0.800

Estancia

3

1

2

0.667

11

10

4

4

0.667

Saddleback

3

1

2

0.667

11

3

9

5

0.324

Costa Mesa

1

5

0

0.167

3

1

11

2

0.143

Calvary Chapel/SA

0

5

0

0.000

0

0

8

1

0.056

 

3 Points are awarded for a win, 1 for a tie

Remaining games (Feb 5, 7, 11, and 13)

Laguna plays Saddleback, Godinez, Calvary and Costa Mesa

Godinez plays Calvary, Laguna, Estancia and Saddleback

Estancia plays Costa Mesa, Saddleback, Godinez, and Calvary

Saddleback plays Laguna, Costa Mesa, Estancia, and Godinez 

Girls Soccer (9-5-3, 4-1-1)

Breakers Surprise Estancia

Laguna completed the week with a pair of key wins defeating winless Costa Mesa 3-0 on Tuesday, Jan. 28 then surprising host Estancia 1-0 on Thursday at Scott Field. Katelyn Carballo scored the lone goal at the 30-minute mark of the first half when a corner kick by Regan Caraher was punched clear by the Estancia keeper only to be returned via Carballo. The victory at Estancia moved Laguna into a tie with the Eagles for first place with four matches remaining

Standings thru 1-31-2014

GIRLS VARSITY SOCCER

League Standings

Overall Standings

Team

W

L

T

Pct

pts

W

L

T

Pct

Estancia

4

1

1

0.750

13

8

5

4

0.588

Laguna Beach

4

1

1

0.750

13

9

5

3

0.618

Godinez

3

2

1

0.583

10

4

9

5

0.361

Saddleback

2

2

1

0.500

7

8

5

2

0.600

Calvary Chapel/SA

0

3

3

0.250

3

5

7

6

0.444

Costa Mesa

0

3

3

0.250

3

5

7

8

0.450

3 Points are awarded for a win, 1 for a tie

Remaining games (Feb 4, 6, 10, and 12)

Girls Water Polo (18-1, 2-0)

: Sophomore Holly Parker collects one of her five saves during Laguna’s 17-7 home win against San Marcos on Friday, Jan 31.

: Sophomore Holly Parker collects one of her five saves during Laguna’s 17-7 home win against San Marcos on Friday, Jan 31.

19th Annual So Cal Championships This weekend

Breakers hope to become only the third school to sweep the three major in-season tournaments when they tackle Southern California’s top 32 squads at the oldest interscholastic girl’s water polo tournament in Southern California. Foothill won the Newport, Santa Barbara and the So Cal tournaments in 2003 while Dos Pueblos did it in back-to-back seasons in 2010 and 2011.  Laguna is seeded No. 1 and should the seeding hold would play in the finals this Saturday, Feb. 8, 3:15 p.m. at the Woollett Center at Irvine’s Heritage Park/Irvine High School.

Last week Laguna hosted SSCIF D-1 No. 8 San Marcos (13-5) at the Laguna Community Pool on Friday, Jan. 31 and handed the Royals their sixth loss with a 17-7 victory. Laguna scored on their first exclusion as Bella Baldridge returned to action with a goal at 5:02 remaining in the first period. With just two minutes remaining in the opening period it was 5-0 as Cora Borkovic scored, Aria Fischer added a score, Taylor Julson got one off a Baldridge pass, and Fischer added a second to complete the quarter.  Breakers were leading 6-0 before San Marcos got on the scoreboard with a lob shot that Holly Parker just missed. Breakers outscored San Marcos 8-6 in the sloppy second half.

Next week, the regular season concludes with a home match on Wednesday, Feb. 12 with Costa Mesa at 3:15 p.m. and a trip to El Toro for a 3:15 faceoff on Friday, Feb. 14.  Playoff pairings will be posted on Sunday, Feb. 16 at 9 a.m. Laguna will host the opening game on Wednesday, Feb. 19. Finals will be at the Woollett Center in Irvine on Saturday, March 1.

SSCIF D-I Poll: 1 – Laguna Beach, 2 – Newport Harbor, 3 – Foothill, 4 – Corona del Mar, 5 – Santa Barbara, 6 – Los Alamitos, 7 – Edison, 8 – San Marcos, 9 – Dos Pueblos, 10 – Irvine.

 

 

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