Laguna Sports Update: Week of November 11th

AUTUMN SPORTS UPDATE

CROSS-COUNTRY

The girls will compete in the SSCIF D-4 heats on November 12 at the Mt. SAC course in Walnut. The top 16 teams from Division 4 then advance to the finals, held on November 19 at the same course. Only the top seven teams from the finals then advance to the State Meet, which takes place on November 26th. On the boys’ side, Christopher Drews qualified as an individual to stage the SSCIF D4 Prelims as the sole Laguna Boys representative.

For more information, go to www.lbxc.org for girls’ cross country and www.lagunabeachcrosscountry.com for boys.

SOCCER (8-3, 3-0)

LAGUNA STOPS WARRIORS – NEXT CIF QUARTERFINALS

Aidan Mulkay’s (#4) interception late in the fourth quarter ended West’s last possession and secured Breaker the win. Photo/Debbie Vellmure

Laguna rebounded from a 14-0 deficit to defeat the West High School Warriors of Torrance 24-21 in a contest that ended in a thrilling fourth quarter as the home team claimed victory at Guyer Field last Friday night. With the win, Laguna advances to face off against La Quinta (7-4) on Friday in the desert town south of Palm Springs. The Blackhawks are No. 1 in D-9 but are only 1-point favorites according to the SSCIF ranking system. Unlike most of Laguna’s opponents, La Quinta is primarily a running team, led by Aiden Nsubuga (154-1511 yards 16 tds), who is #3 back for a sophomore year.

West High School’s game began with Laguna kicking off to the Warriors (a 2,000-student school that opened in 1962), with the ball bouncing out of bounds. West then executed a smooth seven-play 65-yard drive and scored on a clean 13-yard touchdown pass.

Breakers were stiff on their first possession and had to go deep into their own territory. Wasting no time, the Warriors streaked for 56 yards in six games, capped off with a big 27-yard TD pass play for a 14-0 advantage. Things were looking bleak for the Breakers until Nick Rogers electrified the crowd and team on the ensuing kick-off that went 86 yards on goal.

Myles Freeman’s (No. 2) 12-yard pass reception set up Laguna’s first scrimmage touchdown early in the second quarter. The senior also caused a key fumble in the second half that stopped a West Torrance Drive. Photos/Debbie Vellmure

The defense then stopped the Torrance school in four games forcing a punt. Nine games later, Jackson Kollock ran for the last yard to tie the contest after Nico Viduaurri-tucker made the PAT. Key plays on the drive were a 45-yard pass to Ryner Swanson and a 12-yard throw to Myles Freeman.

Nico took over the pedaling duties because Jackson pinched Rodriguez on his shoulder during the breaker drive.

Laguna again held West to five games, forcing another Warrior punt. In Laguna’s possession, a tipped pass from Kyle Cascalenda was snatched and returned by West High for the final points.

After that, the teams exchanged brief possessions until the break. Laguna then received the kickoff to start the second half, with Nick Rogers returning the ball to breaker 26. A couple of short passes and a 5-yard penalty from West set up Jackson Kollock’s big 62-yard bomber on Ryner Swanson to level the game. Swanson’s speed picked up after the reception and the west defenders were never able to catch him.

West High’s only possession in the third quarter was an 11-play drive to Laguna’s 3-yard line, but an inspired goal-line stand with pressure from Micah Chavez and a pass break from Marcus Heins ended the attempt. Laguna then ended the quarter with nine games of long possession and was content with the winning score when Nico Vidaurri-Tucker kicked a 26-yard field goal.

Both teams had three possessions in the final period. West got her first end when Myles Freeman forced a fumble from a pass reception that Noah Landa recovered. West’s second try lasted 14 plays, but Laguna’s superb pass defense, including a dramatic pass block from Sam Garwal, turned the ball around. The last West attempt ended with Aidan Mulkay’s interception for a touchback. Laguna’s first two possessions ended in four losses in the West Territory, while the last attempt came in the last minute to run out the clock.

Individual statistics

Rush: Rogers 12-62, Kollock 7-(4), Team 2-(14)

Pass: Kollock 32-23-1 239 yards 1 TD

Reception: Rogers 6-22, Swanson 8-141, Garrwal 2-14, Mulkay 3-29, Donaldson 3-21, Freeman 1-12

Interruptions: Mulkay

Fumbling: 1 – caused by Miles Freeman, recovered by Noah Landa

Punt Returns: none

kickoff return: Rogers 3-112, Landa 1-12

poke: Rodriguez 1-43, Rogers 1-41

Boys Water Polo (18-10, 0-6)

Laguna advanced to the D1 semifinals, held last Wednesday night at the Woollett Center in Irvine.

Should the Breakers defeat Foothill (19-11) for the second time this season, they would advance to Saturday’s championships in Woollett against Orange Lutheran (18-10) or Corona del Mar (22-8). Laguna last appeared in a group final in 2016 when they lost a 6-4 contest to Santa Margarita. In total they have played in six finals and won three titles.

Previous games:

Laguna 13, Redlands East Valley 7, Nov 2 @ Citrus Valley HS, Redlands

Wildcats never stood a chance as Laguna took the lead early in the early stages and drove to victory on the opening lap.

Sai Bassett scored four goals, Cade Anderton had three and Coleman Judd scored twice. Tyler Swensen had 15 saves.

Laguna 10, Servite 8, November 5 @ Corona del Mar High School

The Breakers played their “home game” in Corona del Mar’s regular pool last Saturday, defeating the brothers. Laguna never fell behind and took control behind Sai Bassett’s four goals. Laguna led 5-3 at the break and 8-4 after three periods. Brady Bumgarner’s two goals and another 15 saves from Tyler Swensen also contributed to this.

Scoring leader of the season to date: 72 – Cade Anderton, 66 – Diego Audebert, 39 – Sai Bassett, 35 – Coleman Judd, 22 – Eli Taub.

AUTUMN SIGNING DAY

Breaker athletes participated in the traditional Fall College Engagement Day on November 9th in the High School Quad. The following people were expected to commit:

Jana Jocic – UC San Diego, swimming

Colin Kidd – New Jersey Institute of Technology, Baseball

Griffin Naess—Cal Poly SLO, baseball

Cadence Peery—Cal Poly Humboldt, Spur

Jordan Schneider – University of Michigan, water polo

Lauren Schneider – University of Southern California, water polo

Lauren Short – Villanova, water polo

Katelyn Smith – UC Davis, tennis

Eva Travis – UC Santa Barbara, volleyball

Cleo Washer – Brown, water polo

Brooklyn Yelland-Boston College, volleyball

Girls Volleyball Fall Awards:

Girls’ volleyball hosted its annual team banquet at Three Arch Bay Tuesday night to celebrate the fiftieth season of CIF-sponsored high school indoor volleyball. In addition to the team awards presented, Eva Travis was selected to the First Team’s All-SUNSET SURF LEAGUE as an outside hitter, while Brooklyn Yelland was selected to the Second Team as a sweeper. Both players will continue their careers in college.

University:

Best Teammate: Dempsey Sadler

Coach Award: Grace Christian

Most Improved: Sadie Holmes

MVP: Brooklyn Yelland

Junior Uni:

Best Teammate: Madeline Rootlieb

Coach Award: Amy Metri

Most Improved: Eden Shonfeld

MVP: Hayes Frith

fresh-soph

Coach Award: Lucy Rowley

Most Improved: Marina Villalobos

Captains: Ayla McManus and Slenna Brown

Looking for the 2022-23 high school schedules and results?

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