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High School Sports Update

Boys Volleyball (8-3, 4-0)

Outside hitter Jake Hexberg goes for the kill against Costa Mesa in a league match at Dugger Gym on Tuesday, April 8.

Outside hitter Jake Hexberg goes for the kill against Costa Mesa in a league match at Dugger Gym on Tuesday, April 8.

Laguna continued to roll through the Orange Coast League, sweeping Costa Mesa (4-7, 1-3) 25-13, 25-17, 25-21 for the program’s 52nd straight league match win Tuesday, April 8.  From 1990 to 1995 Laguna won 53 straight league matches. They were required by CIF to forfeit an April 7, 1995, win over Laguna Hills for using a JV player in both JV and varsity sweeps to break the streak. On the court, Laguna actually won 93 straight league matches from 1990 to 1999.

Against the visitors, Jack Burgi led the attack in set one with six kills while Noah Blanton had three kills on three swings. Breakers used a balance attack in the second set as Troy Thomas, Jack Wyett, Ben Jones and Burgi led the attack. Eleven players were used in the final set. Overall, Jack Burgi led with 13 kills, Alec Wulff dished out 25 assists, and JP Wollam had 14 digs.

Breakers traveled to Calvary on Thursday, April 10, for the league showdown. The Eagles 12-2, 2-0 are the only team capable of challenging the Breakers for the league title this season.  Breakers will be off until April 22 when they return to action hosting Saddleback on April 22.

Baseball (13-2, 5-0)

Laguna extended their league win streak to 24 with a 14-4 victory over Costa Mesa last Friday, April 4, at Skipper Carrillo Field. Grant Wilhelm pitched the initial four innings, facing only 14 batters and striking out seven. The senior now has 16 career wins, just four short of the school record. His 139 career strikeouts tie Ethan Oliver (1964-67) for third on the all-time Laguna list.

Against the Mustangs, the Breakers scored early as Steven Harrison hit a two-run home run in the first to take a 2-0 lead. Laguna added two more in the second and fourth innings before a five-run outburst in the fifth sealed the win. Dante Faicchio and Zak Kovacic provided some clutch hitting and overall the Breakers batted .548 for the day, fifth best in school history. The win was the 50th in the series with Costa Mesa dating back to 1961, the 96th meeting and most for any opponent.

Breakers hosted Capistrano Valley Christian (10-6) this past Wednesday at the local field. The Eagles are ranked second in D-6 and will give Laguna a real test. The Breakers will then conclude their regular season meeting each league member twice. Up first will be Saddleback on April 18 at 3 p.m. and April 19 at 10 a.m. at the Roadrunner field.

Statistical Leaders through April 4  (15 games)

Batting Average:                         .455          Richie Nunis, .431 Grant Wilhelm,

Hits:                                                25           Richie Nunis, 22 – Grant Wilhelm, Preston Grand Pre

Runs Scored:                                23           Preston Grand Pre

RBI’s :                                             22           Richie Nunis

Doubles :                                                           7            Richie Nunis, Steven Harrison

Triples                                              2            Grant Wilhelm, Dante Faicchio

Home Runs:                                    2            Steven Harrison, Richie Nunis

Slugging %                                   .710          Steven Harrison

Stolen Bases                                  20          Preston Grand Pre

Pitching Wins:                                 5           Grant Wilhelm

ERA:                                              0.47          Will Mcinerny, 1.17 Grant Wilhelm, 1.27 Zak Kovacic

Team ERA                                     1.80

Team Batting Average:               .392          (12 of 13 players hitting above .300)

 

Updated detailed individual baseball statistics are posted on the MaxPreps web-site:

http://www.maxpreps.com/high-schools/laguna-beach-breakers-(laguna-beach,ca)/baseball/home.htm

SSCIF D-4 Rankings for April 7: 1 – Kaiser, 2  – Oaks Christian, 3 – San Dimas, 4 – Sonora, 5 – South Torrance, 6 – Laguna Beach, 7 – Torrance, 8 – San Marino, 9 – California, 10 – Nogales. Others: Don Lugo, Burroughs/Ridgecrest, Victor Valley, La Sierra.

Boys Golf (2-8, 1-3)

Golf appears to be on track for a third place finish in the Orange Coast League. Calvary Chapel continued to be the team to beat out shooting Laguna 210-228 on Wednesday, April 2 at Mile Square Golf Course. Breakers and the Eagles met again on Wednesday, April 9, in their final league encounter. The golf team will be off after that until April 22 when league play resumes with Estancia.

Girls Sand Volleyball (2-2)

Laguna returns to action on Saturday, April 12, with sixth-ranked Saddleback Valley Christian at 11 a.m. and El Toro at 1 p.m. on the Huntington Beach courts # 4, 5, and 6. For more information see the IBVL website at: http://www.ibvl.org/. 

Softball (2-13, 0-1)

Laguna surprised Newport Harbor 7-4 on Tuesday, April 1, at Thurston for only their second win of the season. Breakers had to hold off a Tar three-run rally to preserve the win for new coach Nicole LeMotte-Dale, who took over for Andre Lorenz just after the Estancia game on March 25. Breakers returned to action this week at the league’s top team Calvary this past Tuesday and are off until April 22. 

Swimming (Boys 3-0 League, Girls 3-0 League)

Varsity Boys: Laguna Beach 137, Estancia 32

Varsity Girls: Laguna Beach – 130, Estancia 37

Top times:

Boys: Erik Juliusson – 100 Back 53.40 (CIF qualifying time)

Girls: Aria Fischer – 500 Free 5:25.10 (CIF qualifying time)

Next meet is April 23 vs Godinez (2-0, 2-0) at Santa Ana Valley High School.

Boys Tennis (5-5, 4-0)

Outside hitter Jake Hexberg goes for the kill against Costa Mesa in a league match at Dugger Gym on Tuesday, April 8.

Outside hitter Jake Hexberg goes for the kill against Costa Mesa in a league match at Dugger Gym on Tuesday, April 8.

Laguna defeated Costa Mesa (1-9) 14-4 on Tuesday, April 1, and faced El Toro in a non-league match on Tuesday, April 8. League play resumed on April 10 with Saddleback then the Breakers are off until April 22 when they travel to second place Estancia (7-3, 4-1). Breakers defeated the Eagles 12-6 on March 20. 

Track (Boys 4-0, Girls 4-0)

Breakers defeated Calvary and Estancia in a double dual meet held on April 3 at the local Eric Hulst Oval at Guyer Field. Laguna Boys took Calvary 103-22 and Estancia 100-13 while the Girls won 94-11 and 83-23. In the battle of the sprinters – baseball’s Preston Grand Pre edged Nathan Lancaster in the 100 while Lancaster took the 200.

Laguna winners in the 13 individual events contested:

Boys Events:

1600 M run             Nathan Sweet                          4:58.44

110M Hurdles        Charles Warner                        18.40

400M run                 Andrew Humpries                   55.58

100M dash              Preston Grand Pre                   11.49

800M run                 Cameron Zuziak                      2:08.68

300M Hurdles        Charles Warner                        45.20

200M dash              Nathan Lancaster                    23.01

Long Jump               Mike Santana                          19-03

Triple Jump              Mike Santana                          41-11.5

High Jump                Kailer Pike                                  6-02

Shot Put                    Oliver Cracknell                       42-04

Girls Events:

1600 M run             Callista Helms         5:55.80

400M run                 Coco Putnam          1:00.60

800M run                 Malia Helms           2:38.93

300M Hurdles        Coco Putnam          52.16

3200M run              Annie Brown           12:58.81

Long Jump               Marlee Grosher     14-09

Triple Jump              Page Vitolo              31-09

High Jump                Kayla Baskevitch   4-06

Shot Put                    Jackie Cenan           31-05

Final dual meet is on April 24 when Laguna hosts Godinez. The Grizzlies won the dual meet title the past three seasons for Boys and the 2011 and 2012 Girl’s titles. The hotly contested meet will be at Hulst Oval on the Laguna campus.

 

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