Baseball (12-7, 5-4)
Laguna took a 1-0 victory over Estancia last Friday, April 20, at Skipper Carrillo Field as Grant Wilhelm scored off a Blake Hester double in the first inning for the lone score in the game. Jackson Rees went the distance giving up only four hits, one walk, striking out four. Breakers faced Calvary Chapel this past week for two games and have their final series with Godinez next week for the final playoff spot. Breakers host the Grizzlies on May 1.
Boys Golf (4-11, 3-3)
Breakers faced Calvary on Tuesday, April 24, for second place in the Orange Coast League. The season concludes with the league tournament on April 30 and May 2.
Softball (11-6, 3-2)
Breakers continued to hold on to third place with an easy 13-1 win over Costa Mesa last Friday, April 20, at the Thurston field. Jordan Hartman hit two home runs and Kennedi Gheradini also blasted one. Eight different Laguna players collected hits in the rout that ended after five innings due to the mercy rule. Haley Putnam collected her sixth win on the season. Next week is the key games with Calvary on Tuesday and Godinez on Friday both at Thurston.
The big dual meet with Costa Mesa was on Wednesday, April 25, and the league meet is scheduled for May 3 at Costa Mesa. The weighted formula for determining the official league champion puts the emphasis on the league finals over dual meets.
Boys Tennis (7-8, 6-0)
Laguna completes the league team season this past week with matches against Costa Mesa (3-4, 3-8) and Saddleback (0-6, 1-9). The league tournament is next
week and CIF Division 4 pairings will be posted on Monday May 7 at the Southern Section web-site.
SSCIF Poll for April 23: 1 – Viewpoint, 2 – Laguna Beach, 3 – Cate, 4 – Santa Ynez, 5 – Paramount, 6 – Garden Grove, 7 – Segerstrom, 8 – Buckley, 9 – La Quinta/Westminster, 10 – Estancia Other: Linfield Christian
Boys Volleyball (6-0, 16-8)
Laguna continued to roll through the Orange Coast League, blasting Estancia last Thursday 25-14, 25-11, 25-15 at the Eagles gym. Lucas Capobianco led the team with 10 kills and three aces while Jake Hexberg and Jack Winn each had 10 digs. Breakers now lead the series against Estancia, 45-4.
On Friday, April 20, Laguna traveled to fourth-ranked Dana Hills but were unable to pull off the upset falling 26-24, 25-18, 28-26. Breakers were in playoff form as Weston Barnes recorded 17 kills, Austin Hillemann adding 10 kills and 9 digs. Jake Hexberg and Jack Winn added 11 digs each on defense while Grifan Fair dished out 37 assists.
This past week Laguna was trying to wrap up their sixth straight Orange Coast League title with home matches with Calvary Chapel (5-1, 10-5) and Godinez (1-5, 5-14) Breakers are advancing to the playoffs for the 39th consecutive season. Breakers have made it to the finals the past two seasons and have advanced to at-least quarterfinals 31 times.
SSCIF Poll for April 23: 1 – Oak Park, 2 – Corona del Mar, 3 – Laguna Beach, 4 – Valencia/Valencia, 5 – Capistrano Valley, 6 – San Juan Hills, 7 – Trabuco Hills, 8 – Aliso Niguel, 9 – Oaks Christian, 10 – El Toro, Others: Paloma Valley, Irvine.
The 29th annual alumni match will be next Friday, May 4, at 6 p.m. at Dugger Gym.
Two players from last year’s baseball team, the most successful in 73 seasons, have gone as starters for their college teams as freshmen. Chris Paul is the starting shortstop for California (22-15) while Keaton Jones has the same spot for Texas Christian University 23-14). Both programs are considered among the elite collegiate D-1 baseball programs.
In Tennis, Rex Miller, a member of the 2009 squad that advanced to the Division 4 finals, has continued his career at Orange Coast College where he has earned all-conference honors the past two seasons in both singles and doubles. Miller is playing in the 112th Ojai Tournament this weekend.
Photos by Robert Campbell