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Spring Sports Update

Boys Golf (3-3, 3-0)

The squad shot a season low 196 on Monday, March 7, led by Andrew Palmer’s 33 to earn their third league victory this season. Breakers face their two toughest league rivals this coming week with Estancia on Tuesday and traveling to Calvary on Thursday.

Swimming (2-0)

On Thursday, March 10, the Breakers hosted San Clemente in a duel meet and based on results, Breakers look like a team that can repeat as league champions. Laguna boys were edged 89-80 but the girls took the Lady Tritons 103-67. A number of swimmers turned in excellent CIF caliber times:

Girls:

200 Free Relay: (Taylor Capobianco, Lila Vera, Yoshi Anderson, Melina Masson) 1:59.97

200 Free: Lexie Del Toro 2:08.42, Jessie Holechek 2:09.97

200 IM: Yoshi Anderson 2:21.9

50 Free: Melina Masson 26.61, Taylor Capobianco 27.76

100 Fly: Lila Vera 58.14

100 Free: Yoshi Anderson 57.35, Jessica Shusko 59.17

500 Free: Melina Masson 5:30.17, Taylor Capobianco 5:41.35, Mackenzie Baldridge 5:54.88

200 Free Relay (Jessica Shusko, Jessie Holechek, Lexie Del Toro, Paige Watroba 1:49.93

100 Backstroke: Lila Vera 1:00.60

400 Free Relay (Lila Vera, Melina Masson, Taylor Capobianco, Yoshi Anderson) 3:48.86

Boys:

200 Free: Nicky Brunner 1:56.69

200 IM: Billy Wild 2:04.96

100 Fly: Billy Wild 55.76

100 Free: Nile Koegel 50,58

200 Free Relay (Nile Koegel, Erik Henrikson, Nicky Brunner, Billy Wild) 1:35.04

400 Free Relay (Nile Koegel, Erik Henrikson, Nicky Brunner, Billy Wild) 3;30.50

Boys Tennis (1-2)

Breakers defeated Newport Harbor 12-6 on March 10, then dropped a 13-5 match at San Clemente the following day. Jake Michaels and Teague Hamilton swept their singles matches against the Tars while Benito Romeo won on a tie-breaker against Newport’s Troy Arnold for a key set win. Each of the Breakers three doubles squads picked up a win to help the Breaker victory.  Jake Michaels continued his winning ways against San Clemente winning 6-1, 6-4, 6-1 against the Triton singles players. The tough schedule continued this week, with matches against Dana Hills and Corona del Mar. League play begins next Tuesday at Estancia as Laguna looks for their fifth consecutive league title.

Division IV Southern Section CIF Rankings for March 14: 1 – Viewpoint, 2 – Laguna Beach, 3 – Linfield Christian, 4 – Cate, 5 – La Quinta/Westminster, 6 – Segerstrom. 7 – Orange, 8 – Santa Ynez, 9 – Heritage, 10 – Alhambra

Track & Field Trophy Meet

The 42nd Laguna Trophy meet is tomorrow at Guyer Field with running events starting at 10 a.m. The meet  will feature teams from Trabuco Hills, Corona del Mar, La Sierra,  ML King,  Servite, Godinez, Oxford, Calvary Chapel, Santa Margarita,  Laguna Beach, Costa Mesa, La Quinta,  Santa Ana Valley, Estancia, St. Margaret’s. Sage Hill, J Serra, Edison, El Dorado, and Northgate. The feature event is the Eric Hulst 3200 named for the late Eric Hulst, state champion from Laguna.

Back in the mid 1930s, Orange County consisted of only 12 high schools with the two largest, Santa Ana and Fullerton, participating in leagues with the larger out-of-county high schools while the remaining 10 were lumped into the Orange League regardless of school size. Laguna coaching legend Red Guyer recognized this inequity and the lack of any high school competition for the county’s smaller rural schools. Laguna hosted the first “minor” division track meet in 1937 and thus began the annual Trophy meet, held almost every year until 1983. Until the latter years, participation in the meet was limited to small schools with an enrollment ceiling of 750 students and finally growing to 1,000. It all changed in the ‘70s as from 1973 through 1976, Laguna’s state champion, Eric Hulst, attracted elite runners for special 1, 2 and 3-mile races featuring So Cal’s top long-distance high school runners. Girls events were added in 1974 and by the late ‘70s the two-day meet annually attracted athletes from over 60 schools. The Breakers revived the meet last season and hope to rekindle this local tradition.

Boys Volleyball (7-2)

Nationally ranked Laguna split a pair of non-league matches last week, falling to Huntington Beach 25-16, 25-17, 25-17 in a very lack-luster performance on Wednesday, March 9, at Dugger Gym. The Oilers sweep has now given them a 14-13 edge in the long series history. On Friday, the Breakers bounced back to edge Dana Hills 20-25, 25-14, 25-23, 15-25, 15-13 in a thrilling win at Dugger. Troy Donenfeld was all-over the court with 28 digs while Robbie McKnight had 33 kills on over 70 attempts.  Breakers appeared to find their late-season form not letting anything drop from the Dolphin attack. Laguna still dominates this series at 35-6.

This week Laguna traveled to San Clemente on Wednesday and are in the 38th Annual Orange County Championships this weekend in an event that features all the top ranked OC teams.

This coming week, Laguna hosts Corona del Mar on Tuesday and Newport Harbor on Thursday. Varsity action should start about 5:30 right after JV, which begins at 4 p.m. Breakers hold the series edge over the Sea Kings at 29-21 but trail the Newport Sailors 20-11 in the series.

 

Troy Donenfeld. Photos by Bill Darnall

Division II Southern Section CIF Rankings for March 14: 1 – Laguna Beach, 2  Corona del Mar, 3 – Valencia/Valencia. 4 – Oak Park, 5 – Trabuco Hills, 6 – Aliso Niguel, 7 – Oaks Christian, 8 – Beckman, 9 – San Luis Obispo, 10 – El Toro.

No. 11 Colin Ceithaml last Friday against Dana Hills. Breakers rallied for a thrilling five set win over the Dolphins.

 

 

 

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