By Frank Aronoff
Boys Basketball (6-2)
Laguna easily ran past host Beckman (4-3) 64-48 this past Tuesday, Dec. 17, at the Patriot’s gym in the opening round of the Irvine World Tournament. The host led briefly in the second quarter but Laguna finally started to hit their shots to pull away in the third period. Josh Adams and Alec Wulff led with 15 points each but the play of Bryan Ludloff (12 points) and Matt Jones (11 points) really helped take the pressure off Beckman’s defense on Noah Blanton, Wulff and Adams. Breakers faced Northwood on Dec. 18 and San Clemente on Friday, Dec. 20.
Last week Laguna traveled for a pair of non-league contests, dropping a 50-42 match to the county’s eighth-ranked Dana Hills on Wednesday, Dec. 11 and defeated Irvine (3-3) 55-44 on Friday, Dec. 13, at the Vaquero gym. Against the Dolphins, the Breakers dug an early hole on missed shots, rallied back late in the game, but too many passing errors proved to be their downfall. Alec Wulff scored 19 and Noah Blanton chipped in 12 in the loss. Josh Adams scored 19 to lead the Irvine victory.
After the conclusion of the Irvine tournament Saturday, Dec. 21, Laguna is off until Dec. 26 when they face Francis Parker in the Torrey Pines Tournament opening contest.
First D-4AA Poll: 1 – Bishop Montgomery, 2 – J Serra, 3 – Crespi, 4 – Serra, 5 – Oaks Christian, 6 – Notre Dame SO, 7 – Harvard-Westlake, 8 – Pacific Hills, 9 – Buckley, 10 – Laguna Beach, 11 – Mission Prep, 12 – Valley Christian/Cerritos, 13 – Maranatha & Morningside, 15 – Flintridge Prep, Riverside Prep, and St Genevieve.
Girls Basketball (5-4)
Laguna finished third in the Ocean View tournament last week defeating Dominguez 58-28 on Dec. 9, and Santa Ana Valley 62-14 on Dec. 11 with five players hitting double figures against the Falcons led by Jackie Cenan with 13 and Francesca Cecutti with 13 points. The following night, the eventual champion host Ocean View won 67-31 over Laguna as the Breakers never threatened the host Seahawks. In the third place game played on Dec. 12, Laguna held off Mission Viejo (4-4) with a 57-54 victory. Jackie Cenan with 18 points and Jane Wallin’s 11 rebounds paced the Breakers.
Laguna hosted Anaheim on Dec. 18 and travel to Sage Hill on Dec. 21. Play will resume after Christmas with the Max Preps Tournament in Palm Desert.
Boys Soccer (2-3-2)
Breakers split a pair of tough contests surprising Trabuco Hills 2-1 on Dec. 11 at Guyer Field with goals by Willy Wheeler and Harrison Gregory. The Mustangs scored late in first half on a penalty kick but the Breakers came back in the second half to win. On Dec. 16 Dana Hills proved too strong beating the visiting Laguna squad 4-2. Breakers goals were by Tommy Ressler and Willy Wheeler. The team completed their December play with a match at Aliso Niguel on Dec. 18 and at Santiago/Garden Grove on Dec. 20.
Girls Soccer (1-3-1)
Laguna completed their play in the Ocean View tournament last Saturday losing to host La Mirada 3-0 in the morning and tying Cypress 0-0 in their second match of the day. This past week, the Breakers had a pair of non-league games with Irvine on Tuesday and San Juan Hills this past Thursday, Dec. 19. Breakers will be in the desert on Dec. 27 at Xavier Prep and on Dec. 28 at Indio.
Girls Water Polo (3-0)
Makenzie Fisher returned this week after taking time off to compete with the Women’s National Team joining former Laguna standout Annika Dries in USA Water Polo action. Laguna hosted fifth-ranked Mater Dei (6-0) this past Wednesday, Dec. 18, and will be off until meeting San Clemente on Dec. 31. The Newport Holiday tournament is Jan. 3 and 4, a “don’t miss” event.
SSCIF Division 1 POLL # 2 (12-16): 1 – Laguna Beach, 2 – Newport Harbor, 3 – Foothill, 4 – Los Alamitos, 5 – Corona del Mar, 6 – Santa Barbara, 7 – Dos Pueblos, 8 – Edison, 9 – San Marcos, 10 – Irvine