Laguna Sports Update: Week of Aug. 11

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SUMMER NOTES – Fall Sports Underway

FOOTBALL

Next Thursday, the historic 89th season will open at Chino High School when the Breakers will face the Cowboys to start the season. Chino is one of the oldest high schools in Southern California, opening in 1897. The Cowboys were 6-6 last season, losing in the second round of the D-11 playoffs, and they compete in the 4-team Sierra League with Pomona, Rowland and Covina. The Breakers met Chino only once, with a 42-21 Laguna win in 2021.

Why you should see this Laguna team:

In 89 years of football for Laguna, this is the highest-rated team to start a season. Breakers are ranked #102 out of 375 teams, and for the state, Laguna is ranked #204 out of 1,046 teams. CIF will use the CalPreps ranking system from actual 2023 results for post-season placement.

For more information, including the Football Record book, visit the team website at www.lbhsathletics.com. SSCIF rankings can be found at www.calpreps.com 

Breakers Football Schedule

Date

Opponent

Series History

Enrollment

2022 Record

SSCIF Rank

Aug. 17

At Chino

1-0-0

1900

6-6

179

Aug. 25

At Dana Hills

10-11-1

1987

6-5

163

Sept. 1

At Northwood

5-8-0

2341

14-2

110

Sept. 8

Santa Ana

1-2-0

3018

8-4

146

Sept. 15

Lakeside

1-0-0

1738

3-7

234

Sept. 22

Charter Oak

First Mtg

1334

10-1

55

Sept. 29

At Garden Grove

10-14-0

2330

10-2

164

Oct. 13

Ocean View

4-6-1

1271

2-8

328

Oct. 20

Godinez

9-5-0

1993

1-9

346

Oct. 27

At Westminster

2-3-0

2639

10-2

177

  

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

The summer pre-season concluded with Laguna participating in the 14th annual Queens Court Tournament last weekend, with the Breakers playing in the 16-team elite division won by Mater Dei. The Breakers were missing several starters but were competitive, facing La Canada, San Clemente, J Serra, Santa Margarita, Aliso Niguel and Santiago/Corona. Meg Gardner was the team kill leader, while Madeline Rootlieb led, serving with seven aces. Gardner also led in digs with other strong defensive performances from Coco Black and Morgan Saunders. As expected, Sadie Holmes led in blocking.

The team will scrimmage Aliso Niguel on Aug. 10 and should be at full strength when they open the season at home on Tuesday, Aug. 15, against a strong JSerra squad. Dana Hills is here on Wednesday, Aug. 16 and San Clemente on Aug. 22.

Coaching the lower levels are Laguna alumni Beau Bianchi and Tyler Alter with the JV and Cliff Amsden with the Frosh-Soph. 

OTHER FALL SPORTS – FIRST EVENTS

Cross Country 

Tommy Newton-Neal returns for his second season with the boys, while Steve Lalim is back for his 16th season directing the girls’ program. The 2023 season starts after Labor Day, with the Sunset League finals starting on Oct. 28.

Girls Flag Football

The inaugural season starts Sept. 6 at Fountain Valley. 

Girls Golf

Sean Quigley returns for season two with Girls Golf, and play starts this month with scrimmages against Estancia. The season starts on Sept. 12, hosting Fountain Valley at Ben Browns. 

Boys Sand Volleyball

Lance Stewart will be back for his fourth season with the Boys Sand squad, celebrating their tenth season at Laguna (46-22). Play begins in September.

Girls Tennis

Robert Klugman is back at the helm for Girls Tennis after a rough season last year where Laguna went 1-15, missing the playoffs for the first time in 34 seasons. The season opens with JSerra on Sept. 5. 

Boys Water Polo

Cade Anderton (right) and Diego Audebert (above), Laguna’s top two scorers in 2022, return this season and expect to lead the Breakers back to the playoffs and another top-10 ranking. The 60th season of boys water polo at Laguna opens on Tuesday, Aug. 22, against Palos Verdes at the Laguna Community Pool. Game time is 4:30 p.m. Admission is free. Photo/Laguna Boys Water Polo

Camron Hauer is back for his second year at the helm with another strong season expected from boys’ water polo as they shoot for their 32nd consecutive trip to post-season play.

Laguna returns their top two scorers from 2022: Cade Anderton (74 goals) and Diego Audebert (67 goals). The season opens Tuesday, Aug. 22, with Palos Verdes at the Laguna Community Pool. Game time is 4:30 p.m., and admission is free.

Looking for the 2023-24 High School rosters, statistics, schedules and scores? Check Laguna Beach High School on the MaxPreps website.

Have a Breakers High School sports note – You can reach Frank at [email protected].

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