Southern Section CIF playoff pairings for the winter season post on Sunday, Feb. 10 for basketball and water polo. Soccer playoffs will be post on Monday, Feb, 11 all at www.cifss.org
Boys Basketball (19-6, 8-0) LEAGUE CHAMPS !
Laguna 61, Saddleback 26
Breakers had no trouble with the Roadrunners (0-7, 1-20) on Jan. 30 at the loser’s gym. Noah Blanton led the squad with 15 points as nine different players scored.
Laguna 46, Godinez 30
In the showdown for the league title, Breakers held off the upset-minded Grizzlies who led at the half. Cole Kesler’s 17 points and Alec Wulff’s 12 were top scorers for the league champion squad.
Laguna has now won seven straight Orange Coast League titles and 14 in the 79 seasons of boys basketball. Only two other teams have made it through league play undefeated, 1953 (10-00 and 2009 (8-0). Entering the final week, the 2013 edition of Laguna basketball had a 25.6 scoring margin in league games. The school record is 23.4 set by the 2009 squad. Other top marks were recorded by 1962 (21.6), 1953 (19.0), 1963 (18.5) and 1965 (18.3).
SSCIF D4 AA Poll for Feb 4: 1 – Bishop Mongomery (#1 in So Cal All schools), 2 – Price, 3 – J Serra, 4 – Serra, 5 – Lutheran/La Verne, 6 – Windward, 7 – Crespi, 8 – Harvard Westlake, 9 – Maranatha, 10 – Laguna Beach, 11 – Oaks Christian, 12 – Sierra Canyon, 13 – Muir, 14 – Workman, 15 – Paraclete, 16 – La Salle.
Girls Basketball (18-4, 6-3)
Godinez 40, Laguna 36,
Breakers dropped a heartbreak contest for second place in a loss Thursday, Jan. 31 at the Grizzly Gym. Defending league champion Godinez was on fire in the first-half leading 26-9 after outscoring Laguna 11-1 in the second period. In the second-half, Breakers slowly chipped away to tie the contest at 34 with less than three minutes remaining. Laguna could not seal the victory as Godinez rallied for the win. Jane Wallin led the team with 12 points, six rebounds, and five blocked shots while Jackie Cenan added 11 points and Kyra Humphries six rebounds. Free throw shooting continues to plague the team, making only 12 of 31 attempts
Laguna 61, Calvary Chapel 29.
Jackie Cenan scored 19 and Jane Wallin added 11 as the Breakers easily defeated the Eagles (1-8, 3-20) on Monday at Calvary in Santa Ana.
Boys Soccer (8-3-5, 3-3-3)
Saddleback 4, Laguna 0
The Roadrunners (11-3-3, 4-2-2) played an inspired match in the defeat of Laguna on Jan. 30 at the Saddleback field.
Laguna 0, Godinez 0 (TIE)
Breakers kept their slim playoff hopes alive with a scoreless tie with first place Godinez (11-2-3, 5-1-2) on Friday, Feb. 1 at Centennial Park.
Laguna 5, Calvary Chapel 2
Laguna blasted last place Calvary on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at Centennial Park. Breakers are currently in fifth place and need to win on Wednesday against Costa Mesa to have a chance for post-season as a wild-card selection.
Girls Soccer (6-8-5, 3-3-3)
Laguna 1, Godinez 0
Johana Abarca’s header off a Sarah Hewlett pass scored in the 70th minute to lift the Breakers to a 1-0 victory over the first place Grizzlies (11-1-3, 5-1-2) in a contest played adjacent to the Godinez campus at Centennial Park in Santa Ana. The Jan. 31 event featured some solid goal keeping by Kylie George credited with 10 saves on the day,
Laguna 2, Calvary Chapel 0
Breakers resurgence continued with a 2-0 victory on Monday, Feb. 4 at Centennial Park. Summer Stanaland scored both goals at the 30th and 70th minutes in the match. Breakers have gone 3-0-2 in the past five matches and still have a chance to earn a playoff spot entering the final regular season match this past Wednesday.
On Tuesday, Godinez announced they were forfeiting all league wins/ties due to a player violating SS CIF rules on participating on a club team during the high school season. The forfeits affect five teams in the six-team league; its impact was unclear until the season’s final matches were played this past Wednesday.
Girls Water Polo (16-9, 3-0) LEAGUE CHAMPS!
Laguna concluded the regular season this past week with Godinez (1-2, 13-14) on Wednesday and a non-league match at El Toro on Friday, Feb. 8. Last week Laguna finished sixth at the 32-team Southern California Championship at Irvine. Breakers defeated Esperanza 18-4 and Murrieta Valley 11-8 on Thursday at Irvine. In Friday’s quarterfinals, Laguna lost 6-4 to eventual champion Santa Barbara. On Saturday morning, Laguna defeated Agoura 8-7 in overtime with Brighid Burnes’ three goals pacing the Breakers. The Chargers are the top team in Division II this week. In the fifth-place game later that day, Laguna never threatened as Los Alamitos easily won 11-4. Makenzie Fischer was selected to the 15-player all tournament team.
Photos by Robert Campbell