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Eventful, record breaking year

Plenty of memorable performances took place for the Laguna Beach Breakers.

June 20, 2013|By Mike Sciacca
(Don Leach / Coastline…)

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the first of two parts. Next week, the January-June review will be published.

Another school year goes into the record book and so, too, do team and individual performances that added success to the Laguna Beach High athletic program.

The sports calendar started in late-August and culminated in late-May. The following are some of the key highlights reported to the Coastline Pilot.

September-December

Laguna moved up a division in boys' water polo for the 2012 season, and the Breakers advanced all the way to the Final Four in Division 2.

The No. 3-seeded Breakers, a two-time defending Southern Section champion, reached the Division 2 semifinals where they were edged by No. 2 Santa Barbara. During the season, the Breakers again went undefeated in Orange Coast League play

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Senior Riley Thomas was tabbed MVP of the OCL. Riley and all-league pick Camron Hauer also were named to the All-CIF Division 2 first team. All-league pick Caleb Scott was second-team All-CIF and all-league picks Duncan Lynde and Maxx McCarter (goalie) were named third-team All-CIF,

"I was really proud of our guys, and what they did this year. "It was a big challenge," Laguna Coach Ethan Damato said of the season, and making the move from Division 3 to Division 2.

The Laguna Beach girls' golf team advanced three athletes, Jackie McMahon, Mary Kate Quellmalz and Leslie Dwight, to the Orange Coast League finals in October. McMahon, Laguna's team captain, finished in third place and secured a spot at CIF Southern Section Individuals. The junior shot a 39 on the back nine holes at Mesa Linda Golf Course at Costa Mesa Country Club.

The Breakers ended their year 5-8 overall, and 5-4 in league.

The Laguna girls' volleyball team went through yet another undefeated march through Orange Coast League competition and the No. 4-seeded Breakers advanced to the CIF Division 1-A quarterfinals where they were eliminated by Capistrano Valley. Laguna, which defeated Louisville in a first-round playoff match, reached the CIF quarterfinals for the 37th time in the 41-year history of the girls' volleyball playoffs.

Sophomore outside hitter Alyse Ford was named the OCL MVP and also to the All-CIF Division 1-A team.

In girls' tennis, Laguna again won the OCL crown and won three postseason matches to advance to the semifinal round of the CIF Division 2 playoffs, and was invited to play in the inaugural, 16-team CIF State Southern California Regional tournament.

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