Editor's note: The Coastline Pilot looks back on the 2011-2012 high school season. Below is the first of two parts and focuses on events from September through December. The second part will appear in the June 29 issue.
The 2011-12 sports season at Laguna Beach High opened with a bang. Records were set, league titles and a repeat CIF championship were won and one team — football — reached unprecedented heights.
In football, the Breakers became just the third Laguna team to win 10 games in a season. The last Laguna team to accomplish the feat was the 10-2 1987 squad. They also became the first Laguna team since 1964 to reach the CIF semifinals.
The Breakers, who finished third in the Orange Coast League, lost in the Southern Division semifinals in November to second-ranked Corona del Mar, which went on to win the division title. In the postseason, the Breakers walloped Anaheim, 49-13, and outlasted third-ranked Segerstrom 51-40, to become the third Laguna team in school history to win two CIF games. The 1946 and 1962 teams also won two postseason games.