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By Frank Aronoff | LB Indy

Junior Carter Monacell runs back the first Laguna kickoff return after Calvary scored on their opening drive.
Junior Carter Monacell runs back the first Laguna kickoff return after Calvary scored on their opening drive.

Decision Coming on Southern Section Playoff Teams

Pairings will be posted at www.cifss.org

Football                                       Sunday, Nov. 9 8 a.m.

Girls Volleyball                           Friday, Nov. 7 – 2 p.m.

Boys Water Polo                        Sunday, Nov. 9 – 9 a.m.

Matt Hayes cuts upfield, running for 39 yards on 12 carries in the game. Photos by doug Landrum.
Matt Hayes cuts upfield, running for 39 yards on 12 carries in the game. Photos by doug Landrum.

 

Football (1-8, 0-4)

Laguna failed to capitalize on a number of opportunities and in an overtime loss to Calvary Chapel/Santa Ana last Friday, Oct. 31, at Guyer Field. Fans that missed the game due to a threat of rain or Halloween activities missed an exciting contest that went to an extra period.

After an exchange of opening touchdowns, both teams settled into a defensive battle that appeared over in the second period when the Breakers drove 58 yards in 10 plays only to stall on the one-yard line as Matt Hayes was stopped short on fourth down.

Calvary came right back for their own 58-yard try in 10 plays, but were forced to punt with just three minutes remaining.

Breakers got a break when Jack Simon connected with a wide open Brett Tracy for a 64-yard play to the Calvary 19. Four plays later Nick Krantz scored and with Max Casper’s kick the Breakers were up 14-7 at the intermission.

Laguna took the second half kickoff and appeared poised to add to their lead but stalled after 11 plays and just missed a 40-yard field goal attempt as the ball bounced off the left inside of the goal post.

During Calvary’s ensuing possession, Brett Tracy was hurt and the Laguna defense seemed unsettled after play finally resumed. Two plays later Calvary took advantage of a confused Laguna team scoring on a 49-yard run.

Breakers went only 28-yards on their next possession still not recovered from the Tracy injury and timeout. Calvary again took possession and closed out the quarter on a 40-yard pass play to go up 21-14.

Quarterback Jake Simon ran for 75 yards on 11 carries.
Quarterback Jake Simon ran for 75 yards on 11 carries.

Breakers finally regrouped and took the kickoff to start the fourth period to the Calvary 12, where they then executed an 88-yard drive culminating in Nick Krantz’s third touchdown of the evening to tie the game at 21. Once again Calvary struck with a big play, taking the kickoff 93 yards to the Laguna three. Three plays later, Breakers were down 7.

Still the Breakers came back. Matt Hayes returned the kickoff 35 yards and Laguna runners pounded out the yards in seven runs, but then caught a break with a dead-ball penalty from the Eagles that gave them possession on the 15. Jack Simon found Kyle McCombs open in the end-zone and the contest was tied with 2:56 remaining.

Calvary tried to get into field goal range, but the Breakers forced three straight incomplete passes to turn the possession over to Laguna in the midfield with just under a minute remaining.

Breakers moved 28 yards in the final seconds, but Max Casper’s field goal attempt was blocked and Calvary ran the errant ball back over 60-yards towards the Breaker goal-line only to finally be caught by a sprinting Jack Simon at the Laguna nine-yard line as time expired.

In the OT, played like college rules, Calvary scored in seven plays giving Laguna a chance to tie.

Breakers moved 13 yards to the Calvary 12, but Jack Simon’s pass to the end-zone was intercepted ending the game.

Laguna has one more try to avoid a winless league season when they host Godinez on Friday, Nov. 7 at Guyer Field. The Grizzlies are 0-9 on the season and like Laguna have had a number of close games.

 

1st 2nd 3rd 4th OT
Calvary Chapel/SA 7 0 14 7 7 35
Laguna Beach 7 7 0 14 0 28

C – 7 pass (kick) 10:11 1st Q

L – Krantz 11 run (Casper kick) 4:04 1st Q

L – Krantz 7 run (Casper kick) 1:32 2nd Q

C – 49 run (kick) 5:23 3rd Q

C – 40 pass (kick) 0:00 3rd Q

L – Krantz 16 run (Casper kick) 8:38 4th Q

C – 1 run (kick) 7:10 4th Q

L – McCombs 15 pass from Simon (Casper kick) 2:56 4th Q

C – 1 run (kick) 1st OT

 

LB CC
1st Downs 22 16
Rush/Yds 66-346 24-74
Pass Yds 106 275
C-A-I 5-12-1 23-34-0
Plays/TYG 78-346 58-349
Fumbles/Lost 0-0 3-0
Return Yds 0 86
Punts/Ave 3-42.0 3-51.3
Penalties/Yds 5-36 9-89
TOP: 31:47 16:13

 

Rushing: Krantz 37-192, Simon 11-75, Monacell 1-3, Hayes 12-39, Tracy 3-22, French 2-15

Passing: Simon 12-5-1 106 yards 126.7 rating

Receiving: Tracy 2-76, Krantz 1-9, McCombs 1-15, Monacell 1-6

Kickoff Returns: Krantz 1-13, Monacell 4-90

Punting: Simon2-84 42.0 average

Milestones:

Jack Simon season totals 1,036 yards ranks #20 , 11 TD passes ranks 11th

Nick Krantz 772 season rush totals ranks 15th

Brett Tracy 610 season receiving yards ranks 13th, 34 catches ranks tied for 20th

 

Boys Sand Volleyball (9-1) LEAGUE CHAMPIONS

Tyler Alter in action Oct. 30 against Newport Harbor with teammates Jack Burgi (center right) and Reed Donenfeld. Along with Cole Paxson, the team won 23-21, 21-18 over the Tars. Photo courtesty of Jeff Alter.
Tyler Alter in action Oct. 30 against Newport Harbor with teammates Jack Burgi (center right) and Reed Donenfeld. Along with Cole Paxson, the team won 23-21, 21-18 over the Tars. Photo courtesty of Jeff Alter.

Breakers rallied in some very tough matches to surprise Huntington Beach for the inaugural Orange County Beach League Sand Volleyball title this past Tuesday at Grant Street in Newport Beach. The windy conditions affected both teams and the Laguna victory was in doubt until the four-man squad rallied for the 15-10 set victory.

County Sand Volleyball Champs! Breakers rallied in the team finals to revenge their only season loss with a victory over Huntington Beach.  Back, from left: Jack Burgi, Adam Lythgoe, Dane Olson, Cole Paxson, Nick Rieckhoff, Tyler Jackson and Pete Obradovich; front, Liam Christiansen, Reed Donenfeld, Tyler Alter and Coach Darren Utterbac Photo by Frank Aronoff
County Sand Volleyball Champs! Breakers rallied in the team finals to revenge their only season loss with a victory over Huntington Beach.
Back, from left: Jack Burgi, Adam Lythgoe, Dane Olson, Cole Paxson, Nick Rieckhoff, Tyler Jackson and Pete Obradovich; front, Liam Christiansen, Reed Donenfeld, Tyler Alter and Coach Darren Utterbac
Photo by Frank Aronoff

At nearly the same time, Tyler Jackson and Liam Christiansen rallied from a second set deficit in their match to force a third set and an eventual victory to cap the successful day on the sand.

Liam’s father, Bill Christiansen was a member of Laguna’s first indoor team in 1972 and was there Tuesday to witness Laguna’s historic sand victory.

(2-man is scored at 1 point per match win, 4-man at 1.5 points per match victory)

 

 

 

QTRS : Laguna Beach 6.5 -0.0 vs. Marina Wed 10-29-2014 @ Colton Street Courts, Newport Beach

1) W-Dane Olson & Cole Paxson 19-21, 21-16, 15-10

2) W-Nick Rieckhoff & Jack Burgi 21-19, 21-19

3) W-Ty Alter & Reed Donenfeld 22-24, 21,19, 15-11

4) W-Liam Christiansen & Adam Lythgoe21-9, 21-4

5) W-Pete Obradovich & Tyler Jackson Marina Forfeit

4-Man W Dane Olson,  Cole Paxson, Nick Rieckhoff, Jack Burgi – Marina Forfeit

 

SEMI’s: Laguna Beach 5.5 , Newport Harbor 1.0 – Thursday October 30, Grant Street

1) W-Dane Olson & Cole Paxson 21-16, 21-13

2) L-Nick Rieckhoff & Jack Burgi 10-21, 20-22

3) W-Tyler Alter & Reed Donenfeld 21-12, 16-21, 15-7

4) W-Pete Obradovich & Adam Lythgoe 21-16, 21-16

5) W-Liam Christiansen & Tyler Jackson 21-8, 21-9

4-Man W Jack Burgi, Cole Paxson, Tyle Alter and Reed Donenfeld 23-21, 21-18

 

FINALS: Laguna Beach 5.5, Huntington Beach 1.0 Monday, Nov 3, 2014, Grant Street

  1. L – Jack Burgi & Reed Donenfeld 13-21, 18-21
  2. W – Dane Olson & Cole Paxson 21-8, 21-19
  3. W – Tyler Alter & Nick Rieckhoff 21-17, 21-19
  4. W – Pete Obradovich & Adam Lythgoe 21-7, 21-12
  5. W – Liam Christiansen & Tyler Jackson 20-22, 22-20, 15-6

4-Man W – Dane Olson, Cole Paxson, Jack Burgi, & Reed Donenfeld 15-21, 21-18, 15-10

 

Dana Hills won the other league – AAU’s 23-school IBVL defeating Mira Costa on Oct. 11. Their format consists of three two-player teams in contrast to the Orange County League’s five two-man teams plus a four-man. Dana is slated to join the OCBL in 2015.

 

This year the Breakers defeated Edison 6.5-0.0, Servite 6.5 -0.0, Los Alamitos 5.5-1.0, Corona del Mar 5.5 to 1.0, Orange Lutheran 6.50 to 0.0, Mater Dei 6.5 to 0.0 losing only the match to Huntington on October 7, 3.5 to 3.0.

 

Girls Golf (12-5, 12-0) LEAGUE CHAMPIONS

Breakers concluded their post-season with a tough run at the 20-team Southern Division Team Championships held on Oct. 30 on the Mesa Linda course at Costa Mesa Golf Club. Bella Rose Robinson led the Breakers with an 18-hole score of 93. Beckman won the team title with Cerritos and Corona del Mar also qualifying to advance.

 

Girls Volleyball (16-10, 10-0) LEAGUE CHAMPIONS

Breakers captured their 10th straight league title and their 90th consecutive league match victory with a 25-12, 25-13, 25-15 sweep of Godinez (11-9, 3-7) this past Tuesday, Nov. 4, at Dugger Gym. Cameron Dorn continued her hot hitting streak with 10 kills while Sage Patchell, Kelsey Paul, and Sabrina Stillwell each added five kills. Briana Boyd recorded five service aces to lead the squad that recorded 15 aces in this match and set a rally scoring era (since 2003) team record averaging 16.5 aces per league match.

 

Laguna concluded their regular season this past Wednesday, Nov. 5, at Sage Hill, the top D-3AA team. Laguna will enter the D-2AA playoffs next week with a chance for an opening bye. Upcoming playoff dates are next Tuesday, Nov. 11, Thursday, Nov. 13, Saturday, Nov. 15. Laguna will be home for their first match either on Tuesday or Thursday at 7 p.m. This will be Laguna’s 41st appearance in the post-season with a 99-35 record in section playoff matches. Breakers were 2AA champions in 2006 and 2007

 

SSCIF D-IIAA Poll for Oct 27: 1 – Village Christian, 2 – South Torrance, 3 – Laguna Beach, 4 – Brea-Olinda, 5 – Pasadena Poly, 6 – North Torrance, 7 – Chadwick, 8 – Arroyo Grande, 9 – So Pasadena, 10 – Valley Christian/Cerritos, others: Mayfield, Downey

 

 

 

SSCIF D-IIAA Poll for Oct 27: 1 – Village Christian, 2 – South Torrance, 3 – Laguna Beach, 4 – Brea-Olinda, 5 – Pasadena Poly, 6 – North Torrance, 7 – Chadwick, 8 – Arroyo Grande, 9 – So Pasadena, 10 – Valley Christian/Cerritos, others: Mayfield, Downey

 

Girls Tennis (16-4, 10-0) LEAGUE CHAMPIONS – SSCIF Division II

Breakers opened their 35th trip to the team tennis playoffs this past Wednesday, Nov. 5, facing the wild card winner between two third place teams, Trabuco Hills and Vista Murrieta. If the third-seed Breakers prevailed, they would play Friday, Nov. 7, against the winner of Santiago/Corona vs. Carpinteria match, which was also played on Wednesday. Friday’s winner will move on to quarterfinals this Monday with the semifinals next Wednesday and the championship on Friday.

Breakers advanced to quarter’s last season and to the D-2 semifinals in 2012. Overall, Laguna has won 11 team CIF titles, the last one, the 2005 D-I crown. Breakers hold an all-time 88-23 record in CIF playoff matches.

 

SSCIF D-II FINAL Poll: 1 – Valencia/Valencia, 2 – Murrieta Valley, 3 – Laguna Beach, 4 – Beverly Hills, 5 – William D. Hart, 6 – Santa Monica, 7 – St Margaret’s, 8 – La Reina, 9 – Arroyo Grande, 10 – Sage Hill

 

Last week, Laguna captured the Orange Coast League individual singles and doubles titles in the ninth annual league tournament. Summer Dvorak won the title without ever losing a single game in the entire event. Kira Hamilton was her last victim. In doubles, second-seed Ashley Shelton and Madeline Loomis edged top seed teammates Baily Jaeger and Kelly Keller for the title.

 

Boys Water Polo (19-6, 5-0) LEAGUE CHAMPIONS

Laguna completed their league season with a 24-4 win over Saddleback on Oct. 29 in the local pool followed by a 21-8 win over second place Costa Mesa at their pool the following day. Against the Roadrunners (1-19, 0-5) on Wednesday, 12 different Laguna players scored led by Sean Whitlock with four goals while Cade Baldridge and Jakob Colliday added three each. Laguna rolled up 20 assists and 14 steals in the game and led 14-0 at the half.

Thursday’s contest with the Mustangs (18-7, 4-1) was for the title as Laguna led 12-4 at the half and was up 17-5 before clearing the bench. Jackob Colliday (a junior) scored eight goals to pace the Breakers while Aki Anderson recorded six of the teams 20 steals off the hosts.

Laguna closed out the regular season this past week at D-2 # 5 Capo Valley on Nov. 6 and travel to Santa Margarita Saturday, Nov. 8 for a match with D-I Santa Margarita.

 

Breakers have now won nine straight league titles, 45 consecutive league matches and are going to the playoffs for the 24th consecutive season in the sport’s 51 years at Laguna. Ethan Damato, a 2000 Laguna grad, is now 150-63 in seven seasons as head coach.

 

SSCIF D-III Poll for November 3: 1 – Laguna Beach, 2 – Murrieta Valley, 3 – Montebello, 4 –Trabuco Hills, 5 – Capistrano Valley, 6 – Aliso Niguel, 7 – La Canada, 8 – Yorba Linda, 9 – Royal, 10 – Moorpark, others: Chaparral, Costa Mesa

 

 

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