Boys Basketball (3-1)
Laguna captured the consolation title for the seventh annual La Quinta Shootout last Saturday night with a 53-44 victory over Whittier’s Pioneer. Breakers trailed in the first half but took control with an 18-7 scoring run in the third period to defeat the Titans. Jake Dalke had 14 points, Tyler Kesler and Brandon Lewis, both 12, and Jack Pillsbury 10 to lead Laguna. The Breakers lone loss in the tournament was to San Clemente, which advanced to the tournament finals falling to Downey. After their loss to San Clemente on Nov. 29, the Breakers defeated Rancho Alamitos 49-33 on Nov. 30 and took league rival Costa Mesa 50-26 on Dec. 2.
Against Rancho, Tyler Kesler had a season high 16 points with Brandon Lewis adding 10 points. The meeting with Costa Mesa on Dec. 2 provided the Breakers with their 11th straight win over the Mustangs as Laguna held a commanding 34-13 halftime edge. Cole Kesler with 11 points, Brandon Lewis and Derek Reigel with 10 points each led all scorers. Breakers now hold a series edge at 43-21.
Breakers have a pair of home games this week with Dana Hills visiting this past Wednesday and Irvine tonight, (Friday) 7 p.m. at Dugger Gym. Next week Laguna is in the Orange Optimist Classic hosted by Westminster HS.
Girls Basketball (2-2)
Breakers got off to a strong start this season, the best since 2005, splitting their four tournament games last week at the Corona del Mar Girls Basketball tournament. Play opened on Tuesday, Nov. 30 when Laguna dropped a 55-36 contest to Los Amigos in a game played at Northwood HS. Emily Writer scored 14 points while Sam Garner and Lola Cowie each added 6 to lead Laguna’s effort. The following day, Laguna defeated Santa Ana Valley 55-36 with Writer scoring 35 points, her ninth 30 point plus scoring performance of her career.
On Friday, Laguna dropped a 49-34 game to Western with Writer scoring 18 points and Lola Cowie adding 10 in the losing effort. Sam Garner recorded 13 rebounds and 16 blocked shots.
In Saturday’s finale, Writer scored 26 points, Garner 13 and Cowie 11 as Laguna rolled past Santa Ana 52-39. Breakers broke the contest open by outscoring the Saints 16-0 in the second quarter.
This past week Laguna hosted a single non-league game with Fullerton on Tuesday and next week they start a five game road swing opening at San Juan Hills next Thursday. Breakers do not return to Dugger gym until Jan. 8 when they host Vaughn International Studies Academy of Pacoima.
Boys Soccer (1-0-1)
Breakers opened their season Dec. 1 with a 4-1 rout of Sage Hill at the loser’s field. Lightning scored in the opening minutes and held the 1-0 lead until Reece Barton scored late in the first half. Sage had chances in the closing moments prior to the Intermission to score but just could not execute the easy shot.
Breakers came out in the second half on-fire. The score does not reflect the Breakers’ dominance of play. Joseph Rousseau made it 2-1 and scored again to give the Breakers a 3-1 advantage. Sam Stinnett added the last score.
On Friday Laguna traveled to San Juan Hills where the Breakers and Stallions ended in a 0-0 draw. Laguna is off until next Friday when they host Dana Hill, 6:30 p.m. at Guyer Field.
Girls Soccer (0-1-2)
Breakers opened their season last Thursday battling San Juan Hills to 1-1 tie. Johana Abarca scored for the Breakers with an assist from Sophie Shane. On Saturday, Laguna dropped a 2-1 match at Huntington Beach. Melissa Chapman had the lone Breaker score in the opening match of the Ocean View tournament. Play continued this past Monday with the Breakers battling Fullerton to a 0-0 tie.
Girls Water Polo (0-0)
Breakers 14th season of girls water polo opened this past week at Mater Dei. Laguna is ranked fourth in Orange County and sixth in SS-CIF D-I pre-season polls to start this season. The first home match this season is Tuesday when Laguna host Edison at the local community pool. Match time is 3:15.