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Breakers keep rolling, advance to semifinals

Boys' tennis team, ranked No. 2 in division, easily handles Alhambra, 14-4, to advance to CIF Division 4 semifinals.

May 19, 2011|By Mike Sciacca, michael.sciacca@latimes.com
  • Laguna Beach's Jake Michaels returns a shot during the CIF Southern Section Division 4 quarterfinal match against Alhambra on Wednesday.
Laguna Beach's Jake Michaels returns a shot during… (KENT TREPTOW, Coastline…)

The Laguna Beach boys' tennis team is headed to the CIF Southern Section Division 4 semifinals.

The second-ranked Breakers earned a spot among the final four after defeating visiting Alhambra, 14-4, in a quarterfinal match Wednesday. Laguna travels Tuesday to play at third-ranked Santa Ynez in one of two semifinal matches that day. Top-ranked Viewpoint will host fifth-ranked La Quinta/Westminster in the other semifinal.

Laguna received sweeps in singles from No. 1 Jake Michaels and No. 2 Teague Hamilton and from the No. 1 doubles team of Benito Romeo/Hutton McKenna and No. 2 team of Morgan Lebby/Owen Weber.

"We have a deep and solid team and are looking very tough," Laguna Coach Peter Davidson said.

The Breakers had breezed past host Lynwood, 16-2, in a second-round match May 13. In singles, Michaels and Hamilton were dominant as each won three sets by 6-0 scores.

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Swimming

The Laguna girls' team finished second and the boys' team was fifth at the CIF Southern Section Division 3 Swimming & Diving Championships on Saturday at Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool in Long Beach.

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The girls' team scored 192 team points and finished behind Mark Keppel, which won the team division title with 212 points. Laguna Coach Kari Johnson said that the Breakers scored the most points in the swimming portion of the finals, but Mark Keppel had four divers finish in the top 16, which garnered 50 points for the Aztecs.

Laguna's boys posted 158 team points in a division also won by Mark Keppel (258).

"I am proud to coach such an amazing group of young men and women at Laguna Beach High School," Johnson said. "Laguna Beach Aquatics has made history yet again and I feel privileged to be a part of it. Boys' water polo won their first CIF title ever, girls' water polo placed second at CIF, girls' swimming placed second at CIF for the second time in three years and boys' swimming placed fifth at CIF, the highest they've ever placed."

Both Laguna teams placed 15th at last year's CIF final.

"Many factors played into us placing much higher this year," Johnson explained. "We had the most depth at CIF on both sides than we've ever had in years' past. We took 19 swimmers to CIF prelims and 15 swimmers qualified for finals. Placing so high was truly a collaborative effort.

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