Breaker Boys Collect Medals at Jr. Olympics

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Barry Greenough, left, with is dad, Jeff, with the third place trophy and medal from the 18-open division. Greenough’s Manhattan Beach squad finish third in the top division of the Junior Olympics. Greenough returns to Laguna for his senior season next spring.
Barry Greenough, left, with is dad, Jeff, with the third place trophy and medal from the 18-open division. Greenough’s Manhattan Beach squad finish third in the top division of the Junior Olympics. Greenough returns to Laguna for his senior season next spring.

Cole Paxson made it back from Havana in time to collect a gold medal as his club team, Balboa Bay 17-1, took top honors in the USA Volleyball Junior Olympics in Dallas.

He joined five other Breakers with hardware from the annual volleyball event held June 29 through July 6.

Earlier on June 29, the USA Volleyball boys under 19 squad lost to Cuba 25-22, 21-25, 19-25, 25-23, 11-15 in the finals of the NORCECA championships, but still earned a bid to the World Championships next year.

The USA team defeated Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, and Mexico to reach the finals. Cole was singled out by the USA coach for his exceptional play.

How Laguna Beach HS players did at JO’s (Class year):

Boys (Dallas Texas)

18-Open:                 Barry Greenough (‘17), Manhattan Beach Surf                 3rd Bronze

Tyler Alter (‘16), 949 18 Black                                                  9th

Pete Obradovich (’17), Balboa Bay 18-White                     25th

17-Open:                 Cole Paxson (‘17), Balboa Bay 17-Blue                                  1st Gold

16-Open:                 Sam Burgi (’18), 949 16 Black                                                  1st Gold

15-Open                                     George Knapp(’19), Balboa Bay 15-Blue                              1st Gold

Ayrton Garcia (’19), Balboa Bay 15-Blue                              1st Gold

Enzo Sadler (’19), 949 15 Black                                               5th

14-Open                                     Bryce Dvorak(‘20), Balboa Bay 14-Blue                                1st Gold

 

Girls (Indianapolis, IN)

18-Open:                 Sage Patchell (’16), T-Street 18 Shawn                                10th

Jamie Robbins (’16), T-Street 18 Shawn                               10th

18-USA:                    Aspen Rocha (’16), Prime 18 Asics                                         31st

18-American:         Aleya Post (’18), T-Street 18 Randy                                       27th

16-Open:                 Lexi McKeown (’18), Laguna 16-1                                          9th

16-American:         Chloe Edep (’18) A4 Volley 16-Purple                                    33rd

: Laguna Beach boys Patrick Vorenkamp, top, second from left, and Sam Burgi, top, second from right, among the 949 Volleyball players who came home with gold from a Dallas tournament. They are coached by Kari Pestolesi, top far right, and Tom Pestolesi, top far left.
 Laguna Beach boys Patrick Vorenkamp, top, second from left, and Sam Burgi, top, second from right, among the 949 Volleyball players who came home with gold from a Dallas tournament. They are coached by Kari Pestolesi, top far right, and Tom Pestolesi, top far left.

The 16-year-old boys in the 949 Volleyball team from San Juan Capistrano won gold at the Junior Olympic championships in Dallas last week, their second consecutive title.

“The kids and coaches are really close and the family support is amazing,” said Lori Kahn, mother of Laguna Beach native Sam Burgi, who plays for the club and the Laguna Beach High School varsity team. Justin DeBlasio and Brandon Taliaferro started the club in 2009.

USA Volleyball is the national governing body for the sport and recognized by the U.S. Olympic Committee.

 

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