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Sports Year In Review:

Year of achievement

Laguna Beach High sports teams again enjoyed success at the CIF, state levels, led by the girls’ volleyball squad.

December 28, 2007|By Mike Sciacca

The 2007 prep sports season ends this weekend with various tournament activity for several Laguna Beach High winter sports teams.

Below is a listing of key highlights that were reported to the Coastline Pilot during the past year:

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Laguna boys’ basketball enjoyed one of the most successful seasons in school history. The Breakers reeled off a school-record 23 wins during the regular season, won the school’s first league title in nine years and its No. 5 seeding in the CIF playoffs was the program’s highest since Laguna was seeded No. 1 entering the 1999 playoffs.

The Breakers were just the eighth team in school history to win a league title.

Senior guard Cheyne Martin, who averaged 28.3 points per game — the second-best single-season average in school history — was named to the Southern California Interscholastic Basketball Coaches’ Assn. Division IIIA team.

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“I just have a great feeling about his group of seniors,” he said. “I said in their eighth-grade year, before they were to begin high school, that they’d be the best basketball class to walk into this high school. That held true. I’ve had teams in the past win a lot but never win championships. This team won a few tournaments and a league championship, and those are things to be proud of. These kids had several championship moments this year. Those are hard to come by.”

Laguna’s girls’ water polo team marched all the way to the CIF-SS Division II final at Belmont Plaza Pool in Long Beach on Feb. 26. In a match that went to the wire, the top-seed Breakers were edged by No. 2 Agoura, 11-10.

“They just pushed in one more shot than we did,” Laguna assistant coach Ethan Damato said. “Up until that last second of the game, our girls thought we would win. They played hard the entire way and that’s a testament to the character of this team and their season. They played tough, played hard, against everybody.”

Five days after playing for the CIF-Southern Section Division II championship, Laguna nearly put an end to Division I champion Foothill’s 26-match win streak but fell to the Knights, 7-6, in the final of the inaugural CIF Masters Tournament.

Seniors Jessica McKee and Breanna Duplisea both made the first-team All-CIF, junior Erin Reid and sophomore Annika Dries were second team picks and goalie Celia Huling was a third team selection.

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