It's only summer, yet Bret Fleming placed the bar high.
For the past month, the Laguna Beach High boys' basketball program has been immersed in summer league play, from incoming freshman to the varsity level. Numbers wise, it was a strong turnout. Performance wise, not up to the standards Fleming would have liked.
"We've kind of struggled, really," he said. "Maybe my expectations were too high. I was expecting us to be further ahead. But, hey — it's summer. We'll get there."
Laguna Beach put a young team — the Breakers started just two seniors — on the floor during the 2009-2010 season that ended with a fourth straight Orange Coast League championship and a trip to the CIF playoffs. In mid-June, three starters from that team, and a few others who got in significant minutes, were out on the court again during the summer session.
The transition from spring to summer wasn't so smooth, however, as a few players, including all-league starting point guard Tyler Masukawa, were hit by the injury bug.