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REVIEW:Year of domination

2006-07 YEAR IN

Laguna Beach High won nine league titles this past season in newly formed Orange Coast League.

June 15, 2007|By Mike Sciacca

A new move took the Laguna Beach High athletic program to new heights during the 2006-07 school year.

Gone were the days of competing in the six-team Pacific Coast League. What followed was a down-sized move to the newly-formed, four-member Orange Coast League. Breakers athletic teams dominated their new digs by winning league championships in nine sports: football, girls' tennis, girls' and boys' volleyball, boys' cross-country, boys' and girls' water polo, boys' basketball, and boys' track and field.

Below are some of the year's highlights, as reported to the Coastline Pilot:

September-December, 2006In football, Laguna won its first league title in 19 years. In addition, the Breakers hosted their first playoff game since 1987. They lost a first-round game to Valencia of Placentia.

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"Undisputed, undefeated, outright Orange Coast League champions. No one can ever take that away from our boys," Laguna Coach Jimmy Nolan said after the Breakers clinched the league title with a win at Costa Mesa on Nov. 9. "The boys never quit. Never. All 10 games they worked hard."

Laguna's girls' golf program came up with a second-place finish at the Orange Coast League championships at El Prado Golf Club in Chino Hills. Breakers Coach Barbara Williams said the placement was the best in school history.

Senior Sasha Speare did something that no other Laguna girls' golfer had done before: win an individual league championship.

"I'm just so happy for the team and for Sasha," Williams said. "Sasha basically went up against the entire Estancia team in the final. What she accomplished is unreal. She single-handedly beat an entire team. She's pretty awesome."

Laguna's girls' tennis team went undefeated in Orange Coast League play and advanced to the second round of the playoffs, where the defending Division I champion Breakers were eliminated by Troy.

In the pool, the boys' water polo team, a top-five fixture in the CIF Southern Section Division II poll throughout the season, went undefeated in league play but lost a first-round playoff game to San Clemente. Senior Peter Phelps, a utility player, was named to the 2006 All-Southern California Water Polo Coaches' Assn. Boys' Division II team.

Laguna's boys' and girls' cross-country programs had another successful run.

In girls' action, the Breakers finished second in CIF Division IV and 12th in the Division IV State meet in Fresno. Senior Alex Crawley earned All-CIF honors.

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