Laguna went 2-1 in pool play to open their 2013 season in the 30th annual Newport Elks Tournament play this past weekend. The season began on Friday, March 1 at Skipper Carrillo Field with a 11-2 victory over Jurupa Valley (2-1) a squad coming off a league title and deep playoff run last season. Breakers took advantage of four walks, three hit batters, and four errors to earn the victory on only six hits. Jackson Rees earned the win giving up only four hits with six strikeouts.
On Saturday, Laguna squandered a number of late inning opportunities to lose to the Segerstrom Jaguars 3-1. Steven Harrison picked up the lone run on his first home run of the season. On Monday, March 4, Breakers held on to edge Troy 5-4 in a contest played at Laguna. Steven Harrison added another home run blast for two runs with Robbie McInerny driving home two runs on two hits. Kurt Rebone went the distance for the win.
Breakers played at Valley Christian/Cerritos this past Wednesday in tournament play and conclude the event with a game on Friday, March 8. Breakers host San Juan Hills in a double header on March 12 and open league play with Saddleback on March 15.
Boys Golf (1-3)
John Grayden shot a 36 to led Laguna to a 189-194 win over Aliso Niguel at Aliso Creek Golf Course on Tuesday, March 5. Earlier in the season, Breakers lost to Tesoro 200-255 at Dove Canyon on Feb. 26, 188-212 loss to Tesoro on Feb. 28 at Aliso Viejo County Club, and a 192-206 loss to Dana hills on March 4 at Aliso Creek. League play opens March 18 with Calvary Chapel.
Laguna opened their season with a 29-0 win over Capo Valley Christian on March 1 then split their two Saturday games at the Costa Mesa tournament defeating La Quinta/Westminster 3-1 before losing 13-2 to Aliso Niguel.
Breakers swept Pacifica/Garden Grove in a dual meet with the boys scoring a 107-63 win and the girls 130-39. Abby Cohn (Fr) and Makenzie Fischer (So) were the only individual double winners in the meet composed of eight individual and three relay events for each team. Cohn won the 200 individual medley (2:26.64) and 100 backstroke (1:12.4) while Fischer captured the girls 200-meter freestyle (2:01.21) and the 100-meter freestyle (56.33). Laguna won all 11 events for the girls teams and six of the boys events.
Boys Tennis (0-3)
Corona del Mar defeated Laguna 16-2 on Feb. 28. Teague Hamilton went 2-1 losing to the Sea Kings’ top singles player 4-6 but taking their second and third-ranked players 7-5 and 6-3 for the Breakers lone victories. Morgan Lebby played tough at No. 2 singles, dropping three close matches. Laguna opens league play on March 12.
Boys Volleyball (2-0)
Laguna defeats Newport Harbor 27-25, 26-24, 25-17
Laguna outlasted the pre-season No. 4 ranked Orange County team in their first victory at Newport since 1997 which was also a three-set sweep. Breakers had gone 1-13 since then with a 3-1 2007 victory at Dugger Gym the lone home best of five-set match win in a series the Tars now lead 22-12. The first set Friday was tied numerous times but a late surge behind Jack Wyett and Weston Barnes secured the win. Laguna squandered a late lead in the second set but held on for the win. The third set seemed to match the other two for drama early on but the Breakers broke it open with five straight points to take a 15-9 lead to coast to the victory and the sweep. Weston Barnes led the team with 19 kills followed by Jackson Pries with six and Max McCarter with five kills. Jack Wyett led all servers with two aces with McCarter and Barnes the top blockers, Barnes, Pries , JP Wollam and Wyett led in digs. Grif Fair dished out 27 assists while Jake Hexberg added three. Laguna now ranked eighth in Southern California is off until March 13 when they travel to San Clemente (# 3 OC, # 5 So Cal).
Darren Utterback’s JV squad defeated Newport Harbor 27-25, 25-15 prior to the varsity match. At the Foothill tournament on Saturday, Breakers finished fifth: El Dorado 25-8, 25-14; Tustin 25-11, 25-16; Orange Lutheran 25-16, 25-14 in pool play and in the payoffs. Next match will be at San Clemente with an opportunity to settle the score with the Tritons.