Laguna Sports Update: Week of November 4th

CROSS-COUNTRY

Girls second and boys third at the Wave League Meet

The Breaker Girls cross country team ran a team time of 1:40.06 and finished second to wave champion Corona del Mar at the league cross country meeting held Oct. 29 at Central Park in Huntington Beach. Laguna was led by Yolo Javier and Brighton Welch, both of whom received all first-team league honors. Kira Flores, Sydney Sydney, Karina Pitz, Hayden Joseph and Anoua Carrie all earned Second Team All-League.

On the boys’ side, senior runner Christopher Drews ran a 16:21.0 3-miles to finish fifth and earn an All-League first-team selection. Theo Drews and Enzo Casolari were awarded second team. Huntington Beach won the boys’ meeting, followed by Corona Del Mar, Laguna and Marina.

CIF: The girls in 9th place have qualified and will compete in the prelims on November 12th. The top 16 teams from Division 4 advance to the finals on November 19th at Mt. SAC. Only the top seven teams from the finals will advance to the state on November 26th. Christopher Drews qualified individually for the SSCIF D4 Prelims as the sole representative of the Laguna Boys.

For more information visit www.lbxc.org for girls cross-country and www.lagunabeachcrosscountry.com for boys.

SOCCER (7-3, 3-0)

Breakers League Champions! – Hosts West Torrance in CIF

James Golden (#9) eyes a fumble forced by Aidan Mulkay (#4). Golden returned loose ball 26 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter in Laguna’s win over Ocean View. Photo/Debbie Vellmure

After 75 years, Laguna finally clinched back-to-back league titles with a 40-0 win at Huntington Beach’s Ocean View last Friday night. Laguna has not established a two-year league dominance since the days of Vern Dugger and the Breakers will be favorites next season, with Westminster their main obstacle. Laguna was rewarded with a home game to open the SSCIF D9 playoffs this Friday, November 4 at 7 p.m. at Guyer Field for their 21st postseason run in 88 seasons of varsity football at the school.

The Breakers meet West Torrance (5-5), the third-placed Pioneer League team. The Warriors have victories over Santa Monica, Peninsula, South Torrance, El Segundo and Torrance with a ranking of #151, just behind the Breakers, and appear to be a very similar team to Laguna. The breaker connection to West High dates back to Dennis Haryung, Laguna’s head coach in 1974-77 and 1982-84. Dennis joined the Artists after ten seasons with the Warriors. Haryung was the physical education teacher at Thurston.

The new CIF rating system introduced last season takes division placement after the conclusion of the regular season. The 16 schools in the assigned playoff division are all ranked in a cluster, so there are no easy competitions. D9 schools rank between No. 141 and No. 162 of the Southern Section’s 372 schools that play football. Two of Laguna’s opponents in 2022 were ranked higher than the Breakers — Crean Lutheran is #126 (Breakers lost 35-27) and Northwood is #130 (a Breakers win 35-31). They are in D8 while four other opponents also made the postseason – Capo Valley Christian and Segerstrom in D11, Dana Hills and Westminster in D10.

Who to watch at West Torrance: #8 QB Jackson Sharman, #1 receiver Kyle Cascalenda and #4 running back Brett James.

Last Friday at Ocean View, Laguna’s defense made four passes and three key fumble recoveries. The Sea Hawks had their opening possession ended when Sam Garwal picked up a pass for a 35-yard interception return for the original score. Next, the hosts netted a 1-yard net, and Laguna responded after the punt with a 7-play 50-yard drive for the second. Ocean View’s third attempt with the ball went minus 8 yards, and that punt resulted in Laguna going nine plays for a touchdown early in the second quarter. The Breakers made frequent rotations thereafter, with quarterback Jackson Kollock completing passes to 11 different receivers for 343 yards — the sixth-best in school history. The Sea Hawks still lead the all-time streak 6-4-1.

Individual statistics

Rush: Rogers 4-38, Kanter 1-7, Kollock 5-(41)

Pass: Team 1-0-0 o Kollock 47-29-1 343 yds 3 TDS (Overtaking shipyards in a game takes 6th place)

Reception: Donaldson 5-68, Rodriguez 5-41, Rogers 4-54, Freeman 4-40, Vellmure 4-50, Landa 2-26, Tyus 1-5, Tyson 1-20, Lamas 1-10, Lynn 1-12 , Mendelovich 1-6

Interruptions: Garwall 1-35 TD, Landa 1-0, Kanter 2-0

Fumbling: Golden 2-26, Garwal 1-0

Punt Returns: none

Kick off return: none

poke: Rodriguez 1-48 (within 2nd

BOYS SAND VOLLEYBALL

Boys (3-3 league, 3-5 agg) lost their opening game of the playoffs 3-4 to Santa Margarita on October 26 at Main Beach. Laguna lost their last league game on October 19, 6-1 to Edison. The league playoffs took place last week with Newport-Edison and Huntington Beach-Tesoro the last four teams still alive.

In JV action, the Breakers lost to Newport Harbor in the finals on Tuesday, November 1st in windy conditions at Grant Street Courts in Newport:

#1 Silas Richland/ Ben Goodwin. Lost 17-21, 12-21, No. 2 Leo Pardun/ Luke Singer Lost 6-21, 20-22, No. 3 Chase Benson/ Luke Tankersley Lost 17-21, 20-22, No. 4 James Vermilya/ Dylan Sirianni lost 15-21, 21-18, 15-6 and #5 Sam Schaffer/ Jonah Goldstein lost 21-23, 10-21.

Boys Water Polo (16-10, 0-6)

The Laguna Beach Breakers water polo varsity team defeated the San Juan Hills 14-8 at home on October 28. Photo/Mitch Ridder

Laguna Seeded 1st in the D1 Playoffs

Laguna finished the regular season 9th overall and secured first place in the D1 playoffs that opened on November 2. The top eight teams were placed in the Open Division like last season, but only three public schools made it, all from the Sunset Surf League. Los Alamitos faced No. 1 seed J Serra and Newport faced Huntington in their single-elimination match.

In D1 with Laguna, Corona del Mar is seeded at No. 2, Orange Lutheran at No. 3, and Foothill at No. 4. None of Laguna’s 10 losses this season went to teams outside the Open Division.

Laguna opened the single-elimination playoff on November 2, facing Redlands East Valley (13-13) at Citrus Valley High School. Should the Breakers progress, they will host either Servite (18-8) or Santa Barbara (25-6) on Saturday, November 5th. Not a word on the game page. The semifinals are scheduled for November 9th and the championship on November 12th at Irvine’s Woollett Center. 2022 marks the 39th time Laguna has advanced to the playoffs, their 31st straight playoff.

Laguna has won three titles: D3 in 2010, 2011 and 2014. Overall, the program is 47-35 in the postseason.

Last week, on Wednesday, October 26, Laguna lost to #7 Huntington Beach 16-9 as the Oilers opened play in the second period. Sai Bassett scored five goals for Laguna while Tyler Swensen had 13 saves in the cage. On Friday, October 28, the Breakers defeated San Juan Hills 14-8 in a rare home game, with Sai Bassett scoring six goals against the Stallions (11-15). Eight different players scored in the Senior Day Contest.

AUTUMN SIGNING DAY

A number of breaker athletes will be returning from college at the high school square on Wednesday, November 9 at 1:00 p.m. We will print the list next week.

Do you have a note about a former Breaker athlete? Please send this to Frank Aronoff at [email protected].

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