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Barnes, Rees, Harrison among those named to All-CIF teams in respective sports.

June 13, 2013|By Mike Sciacca
(Rick Lang )

Weston Barnes turned in an outstanding season on the volleyball court.

Jackson Rees and Steven Harrison both did the same on the baseball diamond.

On Tuesday, the three were rewarded for their play by being named All-CIF Southern Section in their respective sports.

Barnes was named to the CIF Southern Section Division 2 boys' volleyball team. Both Rees (first team) and Harrison (second team) were named All-CIF Southern Section Division 4 in baseball.

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All-CIF Boys Volleyball

Barnes encountered plenty of success at Laguna. During his three years playing on varsity, two as a starter, the Breakers never lost in 30 (90-0 in sets) Orange Coast League matches and repeated as league champions.

This spring, he led the Breakers in total points (336), while averaging 4.1 per set, led the team in kills (294) and averaged 3.6 per set, was second in aces (20) and digs (146), and was fourth, overall, in blocks (21.5).

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Laguna Coach Scott Panaro considered Barnes, who will attend and play next year at George Mason University, as the Breakers' best passer.

"Weston is a one-of-a-kind student-athlete," Panaro said. "I am not sure I can properly put into words what he means to our program. The past two seasons he has been our go-to guy and lead our team on and off the court.

"Weston's tremendous work ethic and athletic ability combine to make him a dynamic athlete. His ability to control the ball is huge and makes the game much easier for his teammates. He plays at a level above most athletes his age, making reads and reactions most are unable to. His leaping ability is matched by few and his savvy attacking will be missed."

Barnes was one of seven outside hitters named to the team, which includes Jake Arnitz of Esperanza, who was named the division's Player of the Year.

"Off the court, Weston was our team leader," Panaro said. "He was always communicating with the team and coaches, organizing team events, planning game-day attire and much more. Weston could always be counted upon and was always there to pick up a teammate who was struggling.

"I hope the younger players paid close attention to the example Weston provided and learned from him. I know I did."

All-CIF SS Division 4 Team

Player of the Year: Jake Arnitz, Esperanza, OH, Jr.

Coach of the Year: Isaac Owens, Esperanza

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