Andrew Palmer fired a 154 to finish third at the 2011 Golden West League Individual Tournament played last week, May 2 and 4. Jake Knapp of Estancia repeated as champion with a 136 followed by Nolan Troy of Ocean View at 153. Tim Peterson of the Breakers finished fifth at 157.
Breakers’ hope for a CIF playoff spot comes down to last Tuesday’s game with Costa Mesa that was played at Thurston. The Mustangs and the Breakers entered the contest both with 4-4 league marks, two games behind second place Godinez. The Mustangs (6-15) close out their schedule with Estancia (5-18, 2-6) while Laguna finishes with Saddleback (0-11, 0-8). Mesa edged Laguna 8-7 back on April 25.
If a playoff game is necessary, it will be played today, Friday, May 13, to determine the league’s third place representative to the Southern Section Division V playoffs. Last week Laguna lost a pair of games losing to Calvary 11-1, and Godinez 8-4. The program’s only CIF playoff game was a 4-0 loss to Torrance in 1990. Laguna has lost two league playoffs for third place dropping a 6-5 contest to Orange in 1987 and 3-1 to University in 1996. The 2011 Breakers are a young squad, hoping to start a new era this season with a playoff bid.
Laguna Dominates League Meet
Once again Laguna dominated the Orange Coast League meet held last Thursday at Costa Mesa High as the Breaker boys took their third straight title while the ladies won the program’s fourth straight title.
Costa Mesa finished second followed by Godinez, Estancia, Saddleback, and Calvary. Godinez took the JV titles.
Breaker Champions (Distances in Yards):
200 Medley Relay – Nolan McConnell, Tommy Renner, Billy Wild, Erik Henrikson 1:44.26
200 Free – Spencer Dodson 1:50.08
200 IM – Billy Wild 2:06.33
50 Free - Nile Koegel 22.64
100 Fly – Billy Wild 54.07
100 Free – Nile Koegel 49.74
200 Free Relay – Nile Koegel, Erik Henrikson, Nolan McConnell, Billy Wild 1:30.87
100 Backstroke – Nolan McConnell 57.36
100 Breaststroke – Spencer Dodson 1:04.96
400 Free Relay – Nile Koegel, Nicky Brunner, Samer Alkateb, Spencer Dodson 3:25.25
200 Medley Relay – Jessie Holechek, Lila Vera, Yoshi Anderson, Melina Masson 1:59.12
200 Free – Taylor Capobianco 2:01:55
100 Fly – Lila Vera 57.27
100 Free – Taylor Capobianco 56.41
500 Free – Melena Masson 5:27.22
200 Free Relay – Yoshi Anderson, Melina Masson, Taylor Capobianco, Lila Vera, 1:44.85
100 Backstroke - Lila Vera 59.18
400 Free Relay – Taylor Capobianco, Jessie Holechek, Paige Watroba, Jessica Shusko 3:57.28
Breakers are in Division III of the four CIF divisions. Prelims will be May 12 and the finals are May 14 at Belmont Pool in Long Beach.
Breakers Poised For Title Run
Breakers are second seed in the Southern Section Division IV playoff announced on Monday and opened play this past Wednesday facing the wild-card winner between Lompoc (8-9) and Orcutt (12-6). Second round is scheduled for today, Friday, May 13, and the quarterfinals on Tuesday, May 17. Last year, Laguna lost to this year’s top seed, Viewpoint, 10-8. Breakers hope to see the Patriots in the finals on June 1. Overall, Laguna is 71-38 in playoff matches earning titles in 1973, 1980 and 1982.
Last week at the Orange Coast Individual League Championships it was another all-Laguna final as Jake Michaels defeated Teague Hamilton 6-3, 6-1 for the singles title while Hutton McKenna and Morgan Lebby took the doubles crown with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Taylor Davidson and Nick Le.
Track and Field
Girls Shock Godinez to Repeat as Champs
The Breakers girls’ track and field squad edged the dual meet champion Grizzlies 141.2 to 134.4 to capture the fifth annual Orange Coast League Track Championships held at Estancia’s Scott Field. Costa Mesa finished third at 76 followed by Estancia (57), Saddleback (43) and Calvary (7.4). Laguna won only four of the 15 contested events with Natasha Strickland capturing the 1600 meter (5:24.03) and the 3200 meter run (11:37.68), Christianne Kinder the high jump (4-10) and Samantha Garner in the shotput (31-04). The key event was the 1600 where Laguna runners took the top five spots, outscoring Godinez 30-1. Brielle Budroe finished second followed by Marisa Merchant, Grace Clark, and Kayla Baskevitch.
The boys saw their string of four consecutive titles snapped as Godinez prevailed with 183.3 points followed by Saddleback at 99, Laguna with 90.6, Calvary – 56, Costa Mesa -30, and Estancia with 4 to round out the scoring. Ricky Delatorre was the lone boys varsity champion taking the shot with a throw of 44-7. The Grizzlies also won the JV level.
CIF track is run on enrollment-based divisions with Laguna competing in D-IV. Prelims are Saturday, May 14, at Carpinteria High School with the finals on May 21 at Cerritos College.
Photo by Robert Campbell
Breakers’ Natasha Strickland, running in an earlier meet, won the 1600 and 3200 meter runs at last week’s league championship in Costa Mesa.