Andrew Palmer and Tim Peterson each shot 74 to finish second to defending league champion Jake Knapp of Estancia in the first round of the Golden West League individual finals, held this past Monday at Costa Mesa Country Club. The two players advanced to the league final round that was played this past Wednesday. In the final dual match standings, Estancia finished first at 14-0 followed by Laguna and Calvary Chapel at 11-3, Ocean View at 8-6, Costa Mesa 5-9, Loara and Orange at 2-9 and Westminster at 1-13.
Laguna (9-6, 4-3) continued to fight Godinez and Costa Mesa for the two remaining playoff spots for the Division V playoffs. Calvary Chapel (7-0, 16-5) appears unstoppable to capture their third straight league crown while the Breakers are hoping to be only the second Laguna softball team to advance to post-season play. Laguna played sharp defense to help their stellar pitcher Haley Putnam last week with a pair of 13-2 wins. On Tuesday, April 26, winless Saddleback visited Laguna with Putnam throwing a two-hitter striking out eight while on Thursday, the Breakers swept their series with Estancia with Putnam striking out five in the one-hit affair. This past Monday, Calvary proved too much for the Breakers, pounding out an 11-1 win.
Breaker Boys are hoping to win their third straight league meet yesterday while the girls were favored to capture their fourth straight title yesterday at Costa Mesa’s new pool.
League individual finals were this week at Laguna. CIF team playoffs start next week.
Track and Field
Breakers expect to see their league title streak end this past Thursday at Estancia. Godinez appears too strong for Laguna, which had won four straight boys titles and were defending girl’s champions.
Robbie McKnight and strong serving sent the Breakers (16-10, 9-0) to more sweeps of league foes this past week.
On Thursday, April 28, Laguna defeated Godinez 25-16, 25-12, 25-15 at the Grizzlies’ gym as McKnight pounded out 20 kills with Colin Ceithaml adding seven. Austin Hillemann had three aces and Laguna recorded seven blocks. Jack Winn dished out 34 assists.
On Monday, Costa Mesa was the next victim falling 25-7, 25-7, 25-7. McKnight went 12 kills for 13 attempts while Jack Winn had five aces and 18 assists. Alex Bekken came off the bench to dish out 10 assists. Nine different players recorded kills. Tyler Kesler celebrated his birthday with a long serving run against the Mustangs.
Breakers concluded the regular season this past Wednesday at Saddleback and host their Alumni tonight, 6 p.m. at Dugger Gym.
Playoff pairings will be out on Sunday and Laguna should open their 38th consecutive playoff run on Tuesday, May 10, 7 p.m. at Dugger Gym. Check the CIF website at cifss.org for the exact D-II volleyball schedule.