The squads travel to Fresno this weekend for their first try on the Woodward Park course they hope to eventually run on in the state finals next month. Last week:
Varsity finished 8th out of 22 schools in the Temecula Twilight race held on Oct. 5 at Galway Downs in South Riverside County. Mateo Bianchi led the squad with a 15:45 time for the three-mile course with Tanner Burton, Mael Metis, Christopher Drews and William Goodwin rounding out the Breaker scorers.
Girls: The varsity quad did not participate in the Temecula event but they did send runners to the two-mile Palos Verdes Invitational on Friday, Oct. 4. The JV finished 4th out of 13 teams led by Jessie Rose taking a break from the pool with a 12:55 course time. Also scoring were Morgan Zevnik, Lynsye Mendez, Kate Maddux and Abagail Williams. The frosh team finished third behind Mira Costa and Long Beach Poly.
This week’s SSCIF Poll – Oct. 8:
Boys D4: Foothill Tech, 2 – Laguna Beach, 3 – Cathedral, 4 – Wilson/HH, 5 – Oaks Christian, 6 – Fillmore, 7 – JSerra, 8 – South Pasadena, 9 – La Canada, 10 – El Segundo
Girls D4: 1 – Foothill Tech, 2 – Covina, 3 – Harvard-Westlake, 4 – Orange Lutheran 5 – Laguna Beach, 6 – El Segundo, 7 – Mayfield, 8 – La Canada, 9 – South Pasadena, 10 – Portola
Girls Golf (2-11, 0-3)
Laguna continued to take their lumps in the Sunset, dropping a 274-233 match to Newport Harbor on Oct. 7. No word if their match with Corona del Mar (0-8) will be rescheduled. The Sea Queens are having an even tougher time on the links this year.
Girls Tennis (5-5)
Breakers appear to be finally healthy as league play opened this past week. Laguna, still missing players, defeated Fountain Valley 13-5 on Oct. 3 but dropped a close 10-8 contest to Corona del Mar on Oct. 8. Against Corona, Sarah MacCallum swept her singles matches and the doubles team of Ella Pachl/Natalie Cenan did the same. Breakers lost two sets 5-7 and 4-6 that could have gone either way. Huntington Beach (10-4) is the Breakers roadblock this season in the Sunset Wave League and could snap Laguna’s shot at 15 straight conference titles. Last year Laguna split with the Oilers in league but lost in the D3 SSCIF Finals. Huntington was bumped to D1 while the Beakers are in D2 this season. Edison (5-5) also looms as a very difficult league competitor as they took a match from Huntington last year in league play
SSCIF D2 Poll for Oct. 8: 1 – South Torrance, 2 – Woodbridge, 3 – Claremont, 4 – Los Osos, 5 – Los Alamitos, 6 – Santa Barbara, 7 – Laguna Beach
Girls Volleyball (25-9, 4-0)
Breakers clinched at least a tie for their 15th straight league title (40th since 1972) with an easy 25-14, 25-16, 25-20 sweep of Marina this past Monday at Dugger Gym. Sophie Reavis and Cambria Hall led the team with 10 kills each, while Halle Carballo added 13 digs. Breaker servers recorded 16 aces led by Soren Patchell with four.
Last Friday, Oct. 4, the squad swept defending D2 champs Los Alamitos (19-9) for the second year in a Sunset non-league crossover match. The Breakers rallied in all three sets to win 25-19, 28-26, 28-26. Sophie Reavis had 13 kills to lead the team, while Piper Naess added 9 kills and 29 digs. Breakers also recorded 10 net blocks for the match.
On Wednesday, Oct. 4, the Breakers lost a tough crossover non-league match to Corona del Mar 25-21, 25-23, 24-26, 28-26 at Dugger Gym. The red-hot Sea Queens (16-5) had not beaten the Breakers since 2016. Piper Naess led Laguna with 19 kills and 18 digs while Sophie Reavis added 11.
Breakers completed their first round of league play on Sept. 26 undefeated, but not without some stressful moments on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at Fountain Valley. Breakers have never lost a best-of-five set match to the Barons, but suddenly found themselves on the ropes after losing number one setter, Soren Patchell to illness and Natalia Hagopian struggling in the warm humid gym. Breakers prevailed 25-20, 23-25, 25-27, 25-13, 15-8.
Top marks for the day were a record 38 digs by Halle Carballo, 25 by Piper Naess and 23 by Sophie Reavis. The team total of 122 was the most recorded for a five-set match. Naess had 18 kills, Ella Tyus 16 and Reavis 15. Natalia Hagopian dished out 51 assists, two blocks, three aces and four kills under very difficult circumstances.
The Thursday, Sept. 26, match with Newport Harbor turned into an easy 25-17, 25-12, 25-20 sweep with Piper Naess leading the way with 17 kills.
NEXT HOME MATCHES: The LBHS Girls Volleyball team will be hosting their annual Alumni Match on Friday, Oct. 11, at 6 p.m. in the Dugger Gym. This is a free event where LBHS alumni players from all eras come together to compete against the current Varsity players.
CIF playoff schedule will post at cifss.org on Friday, Oct. 18, and hopefully home fans will get one more chance to see this talented team. Breakers are at Newport Harbor on Oct. 15 and Sage Hill on Oct. 16 to close out the regular season. D1 single elimination playoff matches will be held at 5 p.m. on Tuesday Oct. 24, Qtrs on Wednesday, Oct. 30, Semi’s on Saturday, Nov. 2, and Finals on Nov. 9.
You can follow the team on Instagram at lbhsvarsitygirlsvb and statistics are posted on Max Preps.
SSCIF D1 Poll Oct. 8: 1 – Redondo Union, 2 – Marymount, 3 – Mater Dei, 4 – Sierra Canyon, 5 – Mira Costa, 6 – Foothill, 7 – Vista Murrieta, 8 – Long Beach Poly, 9 – Aliso Niguel, 10 – Laguna Beach, 11 – Corona del Mar, [Top 16 in final poll – released next week will be D1 – playoff seedings will post Oct 18.
Boys Sand Volleyball (3-1)
The Varsity defeated Mater Dei 7-0 while JV suffered a tough 4-3 loss to the Monarchs on Oct. 8 at Laguna’s Main Beach courts. #1 Andrew Reavis-Charlie Pillsbury won 21-7, 21-12; #2 Geste Bianchi-Jett Rocha won 21-8, 21-14; #3 Josh Meiswinkle-Brooker Frith won 21-8, 21-14; #4 Tanner Mauro-Lucas Kravitz won 21-8, 21-12; #5 Trent Gilles-Oskar Hingel won 23-21, 21-15. The 4-Man won 28-14. JV winners were Wyatt Gillespie-Mack Pardun, Jake Mauro-Gavin Campbell, and Chase Cuevas-Blake Draper. The JV 4-man lost 28-24 to decide the contest.
Last week at Main Beach the Breaker Varsity finished off Santa Margarita 6-1 while the JV swept the Eagles 7-0
Newport Harbor narrowly defeated Laguna 4-3 on Sept. 26 at the Grant Street courts in Newport.
# 1 Geste Bianchi – Andrew Reavis lost 21-18, 17-21, 9-15; # 2 Charlie Pillsbury – Jett Rocha lost 12-21, 19-21
# 3 Tanner Mauro – Lucas Kravitz lost 18-21, 10-21; # 4 Booker Frith – Josh Meiswinkel won 21-10m 25-23
# 5 Trenton Gilles – Oskar Hingel lost 12-21, 16-21; The Breaker 4-man team of Geste Bianchi, Andrew Reavis, Tanner Mauro and Jet Rocha won 28-20
Tuesday, Oct. 15, Laguna will host Tesoro on the Main Beach courts.
Boys Water Polo (10-7, 0-3)
Laguna suffered a tough 9-4 loss to #4 Huntington Beach on Oct. 2 at Newport. Will Kelly and Toby Bumgardner each scored in the third period to close the gap to 5-3, but the Oilers outscored the Breakers 4-1 in the final period to ice the game. On Saturday at Vista Hermosa Pool in San Clemente, the Tritons pulled out the contest with an 11-8 win. This past Monday, #2 Newport Harbor jumped out to a 4-0 lead and were up 10-0 before Laguna scored late in the third period. Aidan McDennon and James Nolan scored for the Breakers in a contest played at Corona del Mar’s pool.
Laguna captured the Villa Park Tournament Sept. 26-28 going 5-0 and taking down then D1 #18 Damien 11-9 in the finals on Saturday at the Spartan’s pool. Tournament started on Thursday at the Capo Valley pool, where Laguna defeated Sunset Wave teams Fountain Valley 21-0 and Edison 13-6. On Friday, the Breakers beat Carlsbad (San Diego CIF) 9-6 in the Capo pool to advance to the semifinals Saturday morning at Villa Park. Breakers took care of Central CIF’s Righetti’s of Santa Maria 13-6 to advance to the finals. Breakers had not played in this tournament since 2007 and had only appeared in the finals once back in 1996.
On Wednesday, Sept. 25, Laguna opened league play losing a 10-9 heartbreaker in overtime to then #8 Corona del Mar in a “home” game played at the full-size Newport Harbor High School pool. Breakers jumped out to a 3-1 lead on goals by Toby Baumgardner, Michael Pinto, and William Kelly. The Sea Kings battled back to lead 8-7 midway through the final period before a score by Pinto sent the contest to overtime. All the scoring from there took place in the initial three-minute period with no scoring in the second three-minute overtime.
UP NEXT: Breakers are at Dana Hills on Oct. 11, face Newport again on Oct.16, then travel to Northern California for a non-league game with Monte Vista (Danville) on Oct. 17 in Orinda, and then will be in Atherton on Friday and Saturday Oct. 18-19 for the North-South tournament at Sacred Heart Prep and Menlo Atherton. Representing the South this year are Harvard-Westlake, Loyola, Mater Dei, Oaks Christian, San Clemente, Santa Margarita, Woodbridge, and Laguna.
SSCIF D1 Poll for Oct. 8: 1 – Harvard-Westlake, 2 – Newport Harbor, 3 – Loyola, 4 – Huntington Beach, 5 – Oaks Christian, 6 – Santa Margarita, 7 – Orange Lutheran 8 – Mater Dei, 9 – Palos Verdes, 10 – Woodbridge, 11 – San Clemente, 12 – Foothill, 13 – Corona del Mar, 14 – Laguna Beach (Top 8 will be D1, balance in D2)