Another banner year

The 2010-11 Laguna sports season included a CIF title in boys' water polo and a Southern California crown in boys' volleyball.

June 30, 2011|By Mike Sciacca,
  • Laguna Beach's Nolan McConnell reacts after scoring a goal against Mira Costa during the CIF playoffs. McConnell eventually led the Breakers to a CIF Southern Section Division 3 championship and earned Player of the Year honors.
Laguna Beach's Nolan McConnell reacts after scoring… (SCOTT SMELTZER,…)

The 2010-11 sports year for Laguna Beach High started out with a bang and ended with more firepower. There was a CIF championship won (boys' water polo) in the first half of the year. In the closing months of the school year, two other teams (boys' tennis, boys' volleyball) captured CIF runner-up honors and another (baseball) enjoyed a historic season.

Below are some of the highlights during the school year.



Laguna Beach senior Taylor Pitz won the Open Women's division of National Scholastic Surfing Assn. (NSSA) Southwest Open Season series season opener.

By mid-October, the Laguna girls' golf team had earned a share of the 2010 Golden West League championship by winning its final three regular-season matches. The Breakers have won or shared three of the last four league crowns. Senior Christianne Kinder was one of four athletes from the league to qualify for the CIF Southern Section Girls' Golf Southern Individual Regional tournament.


In late-October, the Laguna girls' tennis team and boys' water polo team both wrapped up Orange Coast League titles. A few weeks later, the boys' and girls' cross-country teams also had earned league championships.

November began with the Laguna girls' volleyball team improving to 50-0 all-time in Orange Coast League play by winning at league newcomer Saddleback. A sweep of the Roadrunners gave the Breakers their fifth consecutive league championship.

By defeating fifth-ranked Mira Costa, 5-2, in a CIF Division 3 semifinal game at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatic Center in Irvine in mid-November, Laguna's top-ranked boys' water polo team advanced to play for a Southern Section championship for the first time since 1996. Three days later, the Breakers would reap a bigger a prize: the program's first CIF championship. The top-ranked Breakers did so by defeating No. 2 Damien, 11-9. Junior Nolan McConnell was named Player of the Year and Ethan Damato was Coach of the Year in Division 3. Seniors Spencer Dodson and Jack Clark and junior Erik Henrikson also were named to the D-3 All-CIF team.

"I really can't put into words what this means," Damato said after his postgame jump into the pool with his players and coaching staff following the big win over Damien. "I would have belly-flopped into the pool for these guys. They are a great team."

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