Baseball (15-12, 3-5)
Injuries sink breakers, playoff hope dim.
Breakers lost top hitter Kolton Freeman (.389, 28 hits) to an injury and the team lost 12-5 to league champion Marina on April 18 and 6-0 to Corona del Mar on April 23. Breakers need to beat CDM (17-8-1, 4-4) on April 25 and for Newport (16-9, 3-5) to upset Marina (18-10, 6-2) for a chance at the playoffs. Check the updated player statistics on maxpreps.com.
Boys Golf (4-10, 0-5)
On April 24, Laguna faced Fountain Valley at Aliso Viejo Country Club, par 35. Barons won the match 184-217 with the co-medalists for the match, Josh Vo and Justin Dang, from Fountain Valley, shooting a 34 (-1).
Scores for Laguna: Chase Gioffredi – 35 (even), Gus Morck – 39 (+4), Aiden Svenson – 42 (+7), Hayden Myers – 49 (+14), Tai Diggins – 52 (+17), Cade St. Clair – 56 (+21)
Earlier on April 23, in a Sunset Wave league match with Marina at Meadowlark Golf Club, par 35, the Vikings won 197-215. Medalist was Justin Quan from Marina, who shot a 37 (+2).
Laguna player scores: Gus Morck – 40, Chase Gioffredi – 41, Aiden Svenson – 42, Trent Ralston – 44, William Keary – 48, Hayden Myers – 53
Season concluded with a match on April 25 with Marina. League individuals will be held next week.
Laguna Boys (1-11, 0-5) edged El Modena 3-2 on April 19 for their first win of the year but dropped an 8-7 contest at home on Tuesday to Tustin as the Tillers scored with six seconds remaining to take the win.
The Girls team (0-10, 0-4) will complete the non-league portion of their season with less than a full squad.
Softball (7-13, 1-8)
Laguna scored two runs in the sixth inning to upset Corona del Mar 7-6 on Tuesday, April 23, on the Thurston field in the final game of the 2019 season. Breakers had lost to the Sea Queens 12-4 the previous day and 10-0 to Fountain Valley on April 19. Newport Harbor (17-8, 8-1) was the Sunset Wave League champion.
League finals were April 25 at Golden West College. The Laguna Divers participated in the league dive meet this past week. Results next week.
Track & Field
Sunset Wave League Finals were held at Laguna on April 25. Results next week.
Boys Volleyball (13-13, 0-6)
Breakers went 3-6 over six days as the last-minute league schedule change forced the Breakers to play a third of their season with only one day off. On April 18, the Breakers lost to #1 Newport Harbor 20-25, 26-24, 13-25, 15-25 at the Newport Gym. Geste Bianchi had 20 kills in the losing effort. Newport is 32-1 on the season.
The following day, Laguna traveled to Redondo for the 49th Annual Varsity Classic. On Friday, they defeated West Torrance 25-10, 25-11, lost narrowly to Oak Park 21-25, 25-23, 12-15, and to #2 Redondo Union 25-16, 12-25, 9-15.
In the playoff on Saturday, Breakers fell to Westview (Poway) 23-25, 17-25 before defeating Oak Park 25-23, 25-23 and #16 Palos Verdes 23-25, 25-19, 16-14 to finish ninth. Palisades Charter defeated Redondo for the title 3rd – Westview & Mira Costa, 5 – La Costa Canyon & San Clemente, 7 – Sage Creek & Peninsula, 9 – Laguna and Saddleback Valley Christian, 11 – Palos Verdes & Simi Valley, 13 – Burroughs, Oak Park, Calabasas, and Santa Monica.
On Monday, Breakers lost the Surf League third place battle to Huntington Beach 25-23, 23-25, 22-25, 20-25 at Dugger Gym. The Oilers (24-8, 2-4) will make the playoffs. The following day, League co-champion Corona del Mar defeated the tired Laguna squad 25-17, 25-19, 25-13 in the final regular season match. Bill Christiansen was the referee, holding the distinction of being a head coach at both schools, coached many of the parents of both teams and was Laguna’s first all-CIF selection.
Laguna’s chance to make the playoffs for the 46th straight year depends on the final D1 rankings to be released on Friday, April 26. If the Breakers make it, they will be in the grueling 16-team top division playoff.
Friday is also the 34th Annual Alumni game at Dugger Gym and will include Senior Night and a tribute to honor the late Rolf Engen, who was instrumental in the success of the program in the 1970s. Program should start about 5:30 p.m.
Girls Sand Volleyball (13-0)
Varsity and JV both played Mater Dei in Huntington Beach at the Newland Street Courts on April 17.
Varsity got a 7-0 win:
1s: Kylee Matheson & Piper Naess won 21-12, 26-24
2s: Peri Brennan & Jackie Strawn won 21-10, 21-6
3s: Soren Patchell & Hallie Carballo won 21-9, 21-11
4s: Cambria Hall & Bella Mullin won 21-8, 21-8
5s: Mikayla Smith & Ella Tyus won 21-6, 21-9
4v4: Matheson, Naess, Brennan, Strawn, Patchell, Carballo won 28-18
JV (3-4) lost another close one:
1s: Emma Bladergroen & Luisa LoFranco lost 15-21, 21-19, 11-15
2s: Lucky Hauer & Alessandra Nitoglia lost 18-21, 21-16, 10-15
3s: Madison Rogers & Annabelle Kieswetter lost 12-21, 17-21
4s: Sophie Black & Lucy Loughlin won 21-14, 23-21
5s: Sydney Freeman & Nikki Ruch lost 24-26, 22-20, 12-15
4v4: Bladergroen, LoFranco, Nitoglia & Rogers won 28-18
Varsity players will be in the IBVL Pairs tournament this weekend. The IBVL playoffs begin April 29. Breakers will face the winner of Archer – Newbury Park on May 1 at Dockweiler Beach. Should Laguna win, they would face either Redondo or Westlake on May 4 at Dockweiler State Beach.
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