By Frank Aronoff | LB Indy
FALL SPORTS UPDATE
After a bye week, the healthier Breakers will take on winless Lakeside/Lake Elsinore this Friday, Sept. 22 at Guyer Field. The Lancers are ranked #281 in the Southern Section out of the 373 schools playing 11-man football. Breakers are currently #109 and will host #102 Charter Oak on Friday, Sept. 29. The Chargers are the highest ranked team remaining on the Laguna schedule and will be the most challenging opponent to visit Laguna in some years.
Game recaps and video highlights are posted on the football page at the Laguna Max Preps within a few hours of the game concluding. It’s a great way to see the top plays of the evening.
The 112-page Football Record Book is posted in PDF format at www.lbhsathletics.com in the Football section under Alumni/history. The book contains records, scores and historical photos – all you need to know about Laguna football. Current statistics are posted at the Max Preps site.
Sydney Sydney led the girls cross country team with a 18:23 time on the 3-mile Great Park course in the 42nd Annual Woodbridge Invitational. Laguna finished 25th out of 31 teams in the rated team division won by South Pasadena. Also scoring for the Breakers were Yolo Javier, Hayden Joseph, Karina Pitz and Kiara Flores.
SSCIF D4 Girls XCC Rankings:
1 – JSerra, 2 – La Canada, 3 – Oaks Christian, 4 – South Pasadena, 5 – Palos Verdes, 6 – Harvard-Westlake, 7 – Laguna Beach, 8 – Rim of the World, 9 – Covina, 10 – Flintridge Sacred Heart.
GIRLS FLAG FOOTBALL (0-4, 1-4)
Laguna dropped two more Sunset League games, falling 37-7 to Corona del Mar (11-3) on Sept. 13 at Guyer Field. On Sept. 18, the squad lost to Huntington Beach 36-0 at the Oiler’s field.
Up next: Laguna faced Edison on Sept. 20, Marina on Sept. 25 and at league-leading Newport Harbor on Sept. 27.
GIRLS GOLF (2-2):
Laguna received a forfeit win on Sept. 14 as Marina (4-4) could not field a team for the scheduled match.
This past Tuesday, Sept. 19, Laguna played a Sunset Conference cross-league match against Huntington Beach (6-2) at the Huntington Club, par 36. The Oilers won the contest 212-285, with Huntington Beach’s Kayla Nguyen shooting 38 for medalist honors for the match.
GIRLS TENNIS (7-1):
Sept. 14: Laguna 13, Capistrano Valley 5
Laguna easily defeated the D2 Cougars on their courts. Laguna won 7 of 9 singles sets, and the doubles team of Kendyl Beresford/Ryan Levine swept their sets 6-1, 6-0, 6-3.
Sept. 19 at Corona del Mar 10, Laguna 7
The final score could have been 9-9, but Laguna was clearly outscored on games won/lost and would not have won on the tie-breaker formula. Rebecca MacCallum (Fr) lost two tough games, 7-5, 6-7, that could have tied the team score. Jessica MacCallum swept her sets 7-5, 6-2, 6-0, and the doubles team Isabella LoBosco/Ryan Levin won two sets 6-4, 6-4. The teams will meet in Laguna on Sept. 28.
Up Next: at Fountain Valley on Sept. 21. Laguna returns home on Sept. 26 hosting Los Alamitos. SSCIF has yet to release rankings for D2.
GIRLS VOLLEYBALL (6-15, 2-0)
Laguna continued their quest for a league title, the program’s 42nd title in 51 seasons of league competition under the CIF. On Tuesday, Sept. 19 they held off Marina (13-9) 25-15, 21-25, 25-22, 21-25, 15-9 at Dugger Gym.
The first set was won with little resistance, which allowed the Vikings to steal the second set from a complacent host. Breakers led early in set four, but sloppy play gave Marina the narrow win, forcing the deciding fifth set. Laguna scored the first five points and were never threatened in the deciding game. Overall Kyra Zaengle had 18 kills, two blocks and 15 digs, while Meg Gardner added 11 kills and 13 digs. Gardner made the dramatic match-ending kill to the delight of the crowd. Also contributing to the victory were Chantelle Andronesi with some sharp serving, Coco Black with her 16 digs and Ava Steris with nine kills. Sara Johnson and Sadie Holmes were solid in their blocking, as was Baylie Bina, who added nine kills and two blocks.
Breakers played league co-leader Corona del Mar this past Thursday and will start the second round of league play on Oct. 3, hosting Fountain Valley.
Last week, on Sept. 13, Laguna lost a non-league match at Newport Harbor 25-22, 25-18, 25-15 in the 51st meeting with the Sailors. Sara Johnson was a bright spot for Laguna with six blocks.
You can catch all the video match highlights on the team’s Max Preps page.
BOYS SAND VOLLEYBALL
9/14 at Main Beach: Laguna 4, Crean Lutheran 2
#1 Ryan Laughlin/ Ryan Halloran 21-13, 21-15 WIN
#2 Kai P Patchell/ Dylan Sirianni 19-21, 14-21 LOSS
#3 Ben Rowan/ Chase Bryan 21-13, 21-18 WIN
#4 Luke Singer/ Parker Gapp 21-16, 22-20 WIN
#5 Leo Pardun/ James Vermilya 25-23, 19-21, 9-6 (forfeit) WIN
#6 Luca Laveaud/ Truman Smith 17-21, 16-21 LOSS
NO 4 Man Match time constraints.
Up next: league matches with Newport Harbor on Sept. 20, Capo Valley Christian on Sept. 27. 3:30 p.m. start at Main Beach.
BOYS WATER POLO (6-2)
Seeded 15th, Laguna ended 14th in the 32-team South Coast Tournament held every year since 1976, excluding the 2020 COVID season. The event featuring most of the State’s top programs in California was dominated by private schools, with JSerra defeating Harvard-Westlake for the title. The only public schools ahead of Laguna were Newport Harbor (3rd), Corona del Mar (4th), Miramonte/Orinda (6th), and Huntington Beach (13th).
On Thursday, Sept. 14, at the Newport Harbor pool, Diego Audebert scored in overtime to give Laguna a 15-14 win over Campolindo/Moraga from Northern California. Cade Anderton had six goals, while Tyler Swensen had 11 saves in the cage. Later that day, the Breakers lost to host Newport 19-7 in a contest they never led. On Friday, they lost to San Diego’s #2 team, Cathedral Catholic 13-7 in a game also played at Newport.
On Saturday at Corona del Mar, the Breakers split their games with league rivals, defeating Los Alamitos 19-14 in the morning game but falling to Huntington Beach 12-8 in the afternoon contest.
Laguna is currently ranked 7th in Orange County but is tied for 10th in the D-1 SSCIF Poll. The top 8 SSCIF teams will be in the “Open Division” with the next 16 in the D-1 playoffs. Water Polo is divided into seven divisions with Laguna in the most competitive group. Brackets will post on Oct. 28. Due to the undersized pool facilities, all league games will be played at the other league schools; however, the Breakers will host a non-league contest with Carlsbad on Saturday, Sept. 30 at the Laguna Community Pool. Game time is 10:30 a.m., and admission is free.
Have a note/question on Laguna sports/correction/update? E-mail Frank at [email protected]. Looking for the 2023-24 High School schedules and scores? Check Laguna Beach High School on the Max Preps website.