Laguna Beach Breakers resume play of volleyball, water polo, and tennis

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Boys Sand Volleyball’s four-man squad defeated Edison 28-21 last Wednesday. (Left to right) Riley Gapp, Oskar Hingel, and Gavin Zaengle. Trey Ovens not in photo. Photo courtesy of Laguna Beach High School Athletics

Football, indoor volleyball, water polo, and basketball teams have seen a flurry of lawsuits against the State over the uneven sports shutdown that singled out high school squads but allowed clubs, college and professional teams to compete. San Diego groups involved in the action anticipate a settlement that will ease the rules governing water polo and football as well as allow indoor sports to return. Basketball is expected to run April into June. Return-to-play litigation is also taking place in the Bay Area.

Football Schedule Released

Hoping to meet the strict COVID-19 rules imposed on the sport, Football plans to return this weekend with a five-week games schedule over the following six weeks including a league season.

Game time is 7 p.m. but no word if any parents or fans will be allowed to attend.

March 13 at Garden Grove (Series: 10-14-0)

March 18 at Segerstrom (2-3-0)

March 26 at Marina (1-1-0)

April 2 at Ocean View (2-5-1)

April 16 at Westminster (0-2-0)

# Pac 4 Game (Godinez is not playing football)

Cross Country Splits with Corona del Mar

Breaker girls once again defeated rival corona Del Mar in Cross Country with a 20-39 victory on Feb. 27 at Central Park in Huntington Beach. Melanie Falkowski took top honors with a 17:58.2 mark for the three-mile course. Coco Reed was second at 18:24.7 and Grace Wilson third at 18.30.1. Also scoring for Laguna was sixth place Audrey Sutton and eighth place Sydney Schaefgen.

The Sea Kings defeated the Boy’s squad 25-30 despite Christopher Drews taking the race with a 16:27.2 time and William Goodwin taking second at 16:54.2

Remaining Schedule

March 5 against Los Alamitos at Central Park in Huntington Beach

Boys Sand Volleyball

Laguna Beach 4- Edison 3

Feb 24. at Newland Street Courts in Huntington Beach

Oskar Hingel and Trey Ovens lost 11-21, 17-21

Jake Mauro and Gavin Zaengle won 21-16, 21-16

Riley Gapp and Blake Draper lost 14-21, 18-21

Trent Gilles and Laird Garcia won 9-21, 21-14, 15-11

Gavin Campbell and Henry Miller lost 26-28, 18-21

Four-man squad of Zaengle, Ovens, Hingel, and Gapp won 28-21

The seventh season opened with a victory on the sand in in Huntington over Edison and this past weekend the team found out that they are no longer homeless as the Laguna Beach became the last Orange County community to finally allow the volleyball nets to go up on the city courts. Next scheduled match was this past Wednesday with Newport Harbor. Breakers will face Los Alamitos on March 18 at the Newland Courts in Huntington Beach.

Girls “Sand” Volleyball Now Underway

Coach Shawn Patchell announced the “2020” Laguna varsity team this week, the school’s 49th season since CIF assumed sponsorship: senior Sophie Black, senior Luisa LoFranco, senior Mikayla Smith, senior Ella Tyus, junior Natalia Hagopian, junior Sophie Reavis, junior Sydney Freeman, junior Eva Gardner, junior Lucy Loughlin, senior Alessandra Nitoglia, junior Dempsey Sadler, junior Jacqueline Witteman, and sophomore Brooklyn Yelland make up the talented team.

The team begins their six on six outdoor competition this past week meeting Marina on the Newland Courts on March 3 and will host Corona del Mar on March 5 at Laguna’s Main Beach. Competition will also include JV.

Water Polo Returns

Boys Water Polo opened their season this past Wednesday under very strict protocols at Huntington Beach and will travel to Newport on Saturday, 3:30 p.m. for another Sunset Surf League contest. The Girls team opened their season on Thursday at the new Los Alamitos pool. They will also face Newport on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the sailors’ pool.

Girls Tennis 2-0 after a trip to Dana Hills

Girls Tennis swept singles to power the squad past the Dolphins 12-7 on Feb. 25 on the loser’s courts. Sara MacCallum won 6-0-, 6-1, 6-0, her sister Jessica prevailed 6-0, 6-4, 6-2, while Katelyn Smith also won.

In doubles, the team of Chloe Gagne and Kendall Beresford took two matches 6-3, 6-4 dropping one 7-5.

The Ladies returned to action this past Thursday hosting Mater Dei on the Park Avenue courts.

Boys Tennis Opens Friday

The Breakers will open their 87th season this Saturday hosting Sage Hill on the local courts at 3 p.m.

Remaining Spring Sports

The Spring Sport season in California will begin in late March for basketball, soccer, softball, baseball, track, swimming, and boys volleyball.

Email Breaker sports notes to Frank at [email protected]

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