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Breakers have lucky 13

High School Roundup

Laguna Beach has 13 athletes commit to four-year schools on National Signing Day.

February 02, 2012|By Mike Sciacca
  • Laguna Beach's Melena Masson puts pressure on Newport Harbor's Madison McLaren during a girls' water polo game at Newport Harbor High School on Jan. 27.
Laguna Beach's Melena Masson puts pressure on Newport… (SCOTT SMELTZER,…)

Thirteen Laguna Beach High student-athletes took a big step in their educational and athletic futures by committing to universities on National Signing Day on Wednesday.

Laguna athletes will compete in the future in conferences such as the Pac-12, Big West, West Coast, Centennial, Big East and Ivy League.

"We are very proud of these student-athletes who have excelled on the playing field and in the classroom," Laguna Athletic Director Mike Churchill said. "We wish them all the best of luck in their college careers."

Players who committed and/or signed letters of intent on Wednesday were: Allison Palmer (women's volleyball, Arizona State); Marina Paul (women's soccer, Georgetown); Melena Masson (women's water polo, Stanford); Samer Alkateb (men's water polo, UC Santa Barbara); Nolan McConnell (men's water polo, Long Beach State); Katherine Barton (rowing, Harvard); Yoshi Andersen (women's water polo, Harvard); Caroline Holte (women's volleyball, Harvard); Lauren Michaels (women's tennis, Cornell); Tommy Renner (men's water polo, Johns Hopkins); Erik Henrikson (men's water polo, Johns Hopkins); Rachele Killian (women's volleyball, Brown); Avery Bush (women's volleyball, Loyola Marymount).

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Ethan Damato, boys' and girls' water polo coach at Laguna, coached several of the athletes who committed on Wednesday.

"I couldn't be more proud of our kids and the work they have put in over the years," he said. "They have each worked so hard to get to this point, both in the water and in the classroom. We talk every year about trying to provide a program for our student-athletes that can help them be successful at the next level and this year is a fine example of that. I am very proud and humbled to be a part of it all."

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Girls' Water Polo

The Laguna Beach girls' water polo team clinched another Orange Coast League championship Wednesday by routing host Godinez, 26-3, at Santa Ana Valley High.

The Breakers (3-0 in league) were led in scoring by Sydney Saxe's six goals. Makenzie Fischer had five goals and five assists and Yoshi Andersen scored four goals.

Laguna must have felt déjà vu when it played a nonleague game Jan. 27 at Newport Harbor.

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