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Script remains the same for Laguna in league

High School Roundup

Boys' water polo team dominates another Orange Coach League foe, opening the league portion of its schedule with a 25-4 victory against Saddleback.

September 27, 2012|By Mike Sciacca
  • Laguna's Max McCarter stops a shot at point-blank range.
Laguna's Max McCarter stops a shot at point-blank… (DON LEACH, Coastline…)

The Laguna Beach High boys' water polo team passed its first test in Orange Coast League play Wednesday and took its initial step in an attempt to maintain its stranglehold on the league title by routing visiting Saddleback, 25-4.

The Breakers had the game in hand by the end of the first quarter, where they took a 7-0 lead. They extended their advantage to 15-1 by the half. Thirteen Breakers scored, with Riley Thomas leading the way with four goals. Camron Hauer and Caleb Scott both scored three goals and Connor Hauer, Jack Dodson, Nolan Del Toro, Aki Andersen and Rian Atherton each scored twice.

"We looked sharp in our opener," Laguna Coach Ethan Damato said after his team, ranked fifth in CIF Southern Section Division 2, squared its overall record at 6-6.

Laguna last weekend finished play at the prestigious South Coast Tournament. The Breakers went 2-3 and finished in 15th place. They beat Santa Margarita in their opener Sept. 20 to move into the Top 16 bracket. The Breakers lost consecutive games to Los Alamitos (No. 3, Division 1), Santa Barbara (No. 3, Division 2) and El Toro (No. 9, Division ), but finished the tournament with a 7-6 win against University.

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"That was really a tough tournament with a lot of really, really good teams in it," Damato said. "We lost some close games. We've played a brutal schedule, but we're right there in so many of our games. We've had a lot of close losses, but I feel good in regards to how we've progressed at this point in the season."

Laguna faces another challenge at 1 p.m. Saturday when it hosts Coronado. The Islanders are the defending CIF San Diego Section Division III champion.

The Breakers return to league action Wednesday hosting Sage Hill at 3:15 p.m., and host Dana Hills in a 4 p.m. nonleague match Thursday.

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Cross-Country

The Breakers' boys' and girls' varsity runners did not compete at the Dana Hills Invitational on Saturday.

Boys' Coach Scott Wittkop said he "rested" his varsity runners for Saturday's Stanford Invitational at Palo Alto. The boys' frsoh/soph team ran the Dana Hills Invitational, and won its division.

Girls' Coach Steve Lalim said the junior varsity runners turned in some "good performances" at Dana Hills, led by Natalie Kimball finishing in 20 minutes, 39 seconds..

The Laguna girls also will compete Saturday at the Stanford Invitational.

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Girls' Tennis

The Breakers went to 2-0 in Orange Coast League play Sept. 20 by winning 108 of 129 games to blank host Estancia, 18-0.

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