Rare Honor in Girls Soccer
Marina Paul, Laguna’s Georgetown-bound senior, picked up all-CIF honors this week being named to the 23-player honor roll for Division IV. She led Laguna to their first league title in the 31- seasons of the sport at the high school as the team’s leading scorer, earning team captain, MVP and league MVP honors. The talented player helped Laguna to three CIF post-season appearances in her four-year varsity career.
Baseball (3-3, 0-1)
Estancia scored four runs in in the top of the eighth inning to sink Laguna 10-6 in the opening Orange Coast League contest on Friday, March 16, at Skipper Carrillo Field. The Eagles (6-1, 1-0) had 11 hits against Laguna but the Breakers pounded out 13, including two solo home runs by Robbie McInerny and a solo shot by Steven Harrison. Harrison Williams had three hits, Grant Wilhelm two to help the locals. Larry Stewart pitched two innings in his return to action, striking out three.
Breakers played two non-league matches last week, losing 8-3 to Saddleback Valley Christian on Wednesday, March 14, and defeating Oxford Academy 7-0 on Friday, March 16. Non-league play continued this past week with games against Anaheim and Santa Ana. League play opens on March 27 with Estancia (2-9)
Boys Golf (1-6, 1-1)
Laguna lost three dual matches last week, on March 12 against Calvary 184-201, and March 13 and 15 to Tesoro 195-244 and 188-222, respectively.
Boys Tennis (1-5, 1-0
Breakers cleared the bench in an easy 12-6 victory over Estancia (7-2, 1-1) in their opening league match on March 13. Wins were picked up by Teague Hamilton, Morgan Lebby, Matt Meisberger, Zach Pratto and Andrew Koumas in singles, and by Loomis/Nasiell and Heussenstamm/Kimball in doubles.
On Wednesday, March 14, Laguna lost 14-4 to Mater Dei, last year’s Trinty League champion. Teague Hamilton won two matches (6-0, 3-6, 6-1) as did Morgan Lebby (6-3, 2-6, 6-2).
Boys Volleyball (10-5)
Laguna finished third in the 39th annual Orange County Tournament played at Fountain Valley and Edison high schools. Laguna opened tournament play last Friday, March 16, defeating Fountain Valley 25-21, 25-22 at their gym but lost again to Dana Hills in the nightcap 25-13, 25-22. On Saturday, March 17, the Breakers qualified for the gold division playoffs with a 25-22, 25-19 win over Marina. Weston Barnes with nine kills and Maxx McCarter with eight led the way. Freshman Nick Rieckhoff came off the bench with some solid serving against the Vikings.
In the playoffs at Edison High School, Breakers stopped a talented Los Alamitos squad 26-24, 25-23 in a very tense high-level match. Weston Barnes had 10 kills while Austin Hillemann added nine kills and eight digs. Also contributing big were setters Grifan Fair, Jack Winn, libero Jake Hexburg, middles Noah Blanton and Maxx McCarter.
In the semifinal, eventual champion Newport Harbor held off Laguna 27-25, 25-17. In the first set, the Tars led 24-22 before Laguna rallied to lead 25-24 before Newport pulled out the win. In the second set, Laguna was down 20-17 before Newport scored the last five points for the match victory. Outside hitter Austin Hillemann was selected to the all-tournament team.
Track & Field
Boys varsity defeated Estancia 89-17 in the opening league dual meet held at Guyer Foeld/Eric Hulst Oval on Thursday, Match 15. Breaker event winners were Stone Riff, 1600M; Tyler Davidson, shot; Tyler Nichols, 200M, dash and 400M run; Avery Crowl, long jump; Nathan Lancaster, 100M; Spenser Anderson, 110 and 300 hurdles; Mike Lee, 800M; Nico Bevilaqua, triple Jump; and Jeff White, 3200M run.
The girls squad took Estancia 81-32 with the following Laguna event winners: Audrey Rodriguez, 1600m;
Lesly Aguilar, disc and shot put; Marlee Grosher, long jump; Janie Crawford, triple jump; Natlie Kimball, 400m; Brielle Budroe, 800M; Grace Clark, 3200 M.
Defending champion Breakers swept Estancia in their opening league dual meet on Wednesday, March 14, at the local pool. Breaker boys won 133-26 while the girls scored a 117-42 victory. The showdown with their biggest league roadblock is Wednesday, March 28, with Godinez to be held at the Santa Ana Valley High School pool.
Girls Water Polo All-CIF Honors
Laguna players continued to earn post-season honors from their stellar 23-7 season in the All-CIF awards released last week. Laguna lost in sudden-death in the semifinals to eventual champions, Newport Harbor, and have reached at least the semifinals in the past six seasons.
1st Team: Yoshi Anderson (Sr) – Harvard
Melena Masson (Sr) – Stanford
2nd Team: Makenzie Fisher (Fr)
3rd Team: Lexie Del Toro (Jr)
Photos by Robert Campbell