Aquatic teams earn high marks

Year In Review

Laguna's girls' water polo team reaches CIF semifinals and swimming programs finish second (boys) and third (girls) at CIF final.

June 28, 2012|By Mike Sciacca
  • Laguna Beach High's Lexie Del Toro helped the Breakers reach the CIF Southern Section Division 1 semifinals.
Laguna Beach High's Lexie Del Toro helped the Breakers… (KEVIN CHANG, Coastline…)

Editor's note: The Coastline Pilot looks back on the 2011-2012 high school season. This is the second of two parts and includes highlights from the winter and spring seasons.



The Laguna Beach High girls' water polo team completed another undefeated run through Orange Coast League competition and entered the CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoffs with a No. 3 ranking. The Breakers scored postseason wins over Beckman and Santa Barbara to reach the semifinals. There, they fell against Newport Harbor for the fourth time this year, this time by a 7-6 score.

Seniors Yoshi Andersen and Melena Masson were named to the All-CIF Southern Section Division 1 first team.

In girls' soccer, Laguna turned in a record season. Coach Bill Rolfing's Breakers (10-7-6) put together a 14-game unbeaten streak midway through the season and didn't lose a Orange Coast League match in winning its first league championship. Laguna had its season end in a first-round loss to Santa Monica in the Division 4 playoffs.


Senior midfielder Marina Paul was selected to the All-CIF Division 4 team. The team's leading scorer, Paul also was named the OCL MVP.

In boys' soccer, Laguna entered the CIF Division 4 playoffs as a wild-card entry. The Breakers won a wild-card road game at El Segundo and then played third-ranked Crescenta Valley to overtime in a first-round road game before falling, 3-2. Laguna ended the year 9-7-3.

Senior forward Joe Rousseau and junior forward Reece Barton, made the first-team All-Orange Coast League Team.

Laguna's boys' basketball team won the Orange Coast League title for the sixth straight year and reached the CIF Southern Section Division 4AA playoffs. The Breakers ended the year 16-11 after dropping a first-round game to JSerra.

Juniors Cole Kesler and Jake Dalke were named co-MVP for the All-Orange Coast League.

In girls' basketball, Laguna nearly broke into the win column on several occasions, but ended the season 0-18.



The boys' and girls' swimming teams nearly rose to the top of Division 3 at the CIF Southern Section Swimming and Division Championships at Riverside Community College in May. The boys' team finished runner-up to the division title, and the girls' team placed third.

"I am very proud of what our teams accomplished this year," Laguna Coach Kari Johnson said. "We had the best combined finish at CIF in our school's history. Every member of our team did an excellent job. We all did our best and it paid off."

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