Fall Sports Underway
School start dates for instruction are all over the calendar this year, from Anaheim (Aug. 6) to Newport-Mesa (Sept. 3). Competition begins this Friday for some football teams and girls volleyball opens on Saturday. The remaining fall sports start through the end of the month.
Breakers went 4-3 in the 16-team Elite Division at the 10th Annual Queens Court Tournament hosted by Foothill High School at the 34-court American Sports Center in Anaheim. Breakers opened play on Saturday, Aug. 10, defeating James Logan from Alameda County 13-25, 25-12, 16-14. The Colts were 32-8 last season where they captured the D1 title in the North Coast Section of CIF. Returning the core of their team, they are expected to be a top Nor Cal squad. Key to the win were 9 kills by Sophie Reavis and Ella Tyus ply great defense from Piper Naess, Olivia Nitoglia, and Tyus. Natalia Hagopian dished out 21 assists. Laguna ran out of steam losing their next two matches – to Aliso Niguel and Beckman to finish in a three-way tie for second place in the pool. In the next round, Laguna defeated highly regarded St Joseph’s/Lakewood 21-25, 25-4, 15-10 as Kendall Fraser went on a long serving run to blow open the second set. Ella Tyus led the team with 10 kills while she and Piper Naess each recorded 16 digs.
Round two concluded Sunday with Laguna defeating Santiago (Corona) 25-23, 25-22 and JSerra 25-21, 25-17. The final match of the day was a re-match with James Logan where the Colts won 25-23, 16-25, 15-12.
For the weekend, Piper Naess and Sophie Reavis led with squad with 46 kills while Cambria Hall and Ella Tyus each had 33 kills. Top servers were Kendall Fraser and Ella Tyus while Naess led in digs, Luisa LoFranco in blocks and Natalia Hagopian in assists. Laguna was missing two seniors with Soren Patchell playing only partially on Saturday due to illness and Hallie Carballo sidelined with an injury from summer beach play.
Final Standings: 1 – Mater Dei, 2 – Foothill, 3 – San Juan Hills, Mira Costa, 5 – Ontario Christian, 6 – Aliso Niguel, 7 – Beckman, San Clemente, 9 – James Logan, 10 – Tesoro, 11 – Laguna Beach, Santiago/Corona, 13 – St Joseph’s/Lakewood, 14 – Corona del Mar, 15 – JSerra, William S Hart.
Laguna’s JV squad battled in the 64-team Varsity division finishing 45th and ahead of the Mater Dei JV.
This Saturday, the 48th varsity season under CIF sponsorship begins with the first event the Tesoro Tournament.
Stats and scores will be posted on the Max Preps site.
Season scrimmage is at Portola High School on Friday, Aug. 16 – 7 p.m. with the opening game on Thursday, Aug. 22, in Leonardtown, Maryland. Frosh-Soph plays St Mary’s Ryken High School at 4 p.m. followed by the contest between Baltimore’s Green Street Academy and the Breakers on the St Mary’s field.
Home Games -7 p.m. Kickoff @ Guyer Field (Series history)
Fri Sep 6 Big Bear (0-2-0)
Fri Sep 27 Estancia (16-14-0)
Fri Oct 4 Marina (HC) (1-0-0)
Fri Oct 18 Godinez * (6-5-0)
Fri Oct 25 Western * (0-1-0)
*GWC – Pac 4 League Game
Regular Fall Practice begins Tuesday, Aug. 20, with the first event Saturday, Aug. 31, at Cerritos Regional Park.
First match is Tuesday, Aug. 27, with Crean Lutheran at Ben Brown’s.
Rick Conkey is back for his third year at the helm hoping to extend the program’s 14 consecutive league title streak. Breakers scrimmaged Rancho Mirage on Aug. 16 and will practice against Beckman on Aug. 22. Season opens after Labor Day weekend at JSerra on Sept. 5.
Boys Sand Volleyball
Sport will be entering their sixth season, second under coach Doug Mauro. Breakers are 33-9 all-time in competition. The season starts after Labor Day weekend.
Boys Water Polo
Practice opened this past Monday for the program’s 56th season with the first contest on Aug. 27 at Santa Margarita. Sunset Surf league play opens Sept. 25 with Corona del Mar at Newport Harbor’s pool.