Laguna’s 83rd sports season concluded with a number of accomplishments, including capturing 15 league titles out of 24 varsity teams.
Girls water polo went 31-0 to capture their third Division 1, Southern Section title in four seasons and are clearly the nation’s top program.
Boys volleyball finished strong ranked fifth in the county, shocking Trinity League champ Mater Dei but ultimately losing to the top team in a thrilling five set Division 1 match at Corona del Mar.
Boy’s water polo also finished among the county’s top 10, advancing to the Division 2 semifinals in section playoffs.
Big surprises this season were football (8-5), finishing second in the Orange Coast League and advancing to the Division 13 semifinals.
Girls soccer (20-3-2) went 10-0 in league play and made it to the Division 4 section quarterfinals, where they lost at home in a shootout.
Boys swimming lost the dual meet to Costa Mesa and then defeated the Mustangs at the league meet.
Baseball (22-9) surprised everyone in the ultra-competitive SS CIF Division 2. The team upset highly ranked Newbury Park before falling to eventual champion and nationally ranked Etiwanda in front of a standing room only crowd at Skipper Carrillo Field.
The co-ed surf team also took home a league title, taking the overall team title in the six-school OC Scholastic Surf Series.
Laguna will add wrestling as a winter season sport next season and will compete in the Orange Coast League.
Also new to the lineup will be boys and girls lacrosse in spring in an as yet undetermined league. No other current OCL school plays lacrosse, a SS CIF-approved sport since 2002. CIF will not hold a playoff until 20 percent of the membership – or 100 schools — fields a team. In the 2017 season, 90 schools participated in the sport.
CIF also recognized co-ed cheer as a sport.
Laguna Beach now fields 28 teams with wrestling, football, cheer, and surf as co-ed squads. Boys sand volleyball and co-ed surf are not official CIF regulated sports.