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Laguna Beach Little League to have four teams in All-Star tournaments.

June 27, 2013|By Mike Sciacca

Laguna Beach Little League, still basking in the glowing aftermath of winning two division championships for the first time at the District 55 Tournament of Champions, heads into the final stage of district play: the All-Star Tournament.

Four Laguna teams, Little League, 10-11-year-old, 9/10, and 8/9 Superstars, will send teams into All-Star play. The league's Junior All-Star team will not compete in the district tournament.

Opening game schedules for Laguna teams are as follows:

Little League All-Stars: vs. Laguna Niguel, 9 a.m., Saturday, Woodfield Park (Field 4), Aliso Viejo.

11-year-old All-Stars: vs. Laguna Niguel, 6:30 p.m., Friday, Lincoln Field, Newport Beach.

9/10 All-Stars: vs. Northwood, 9 a.m., Saturday, Crown Valley Field, Laguna Niguel.

8/9 Superstar Team: vs. Northwood, 10 a.m., Saturday, Woodfield Park (Field 3), Aliso Viejo.

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The Little League (12-year-olds) All-Star team will be led by Manager Hector Cebreros and coaches Mike Reynolds and Mike Morgan. The team starts tourney play Saturday at against Laguna Niguel.

"We have strong individual players that have combined into a competitive team," Cebreros said. "They are all multi-talented and I know I count on them to step up where needed.

"On the mound, I am depending on the strong arms of Sam Reynolds, Daniel Kimball, Wesley Witteman, Kent Cebreros, Grady Morgan, Will Lichtenstein, Hunter Johnson and Curran Hendrickson. Josh McManus, Caleb Hardy, Jaden Rea, Cole Hunt and Sam Kluver will anchor a formidable defense.

"Hunt, Hendrickson, Cebreros, Rea, McManus, Lichtenstein and Morgan have already chalked up out-of-the-park home runs this year and will help supply the power with their big bats."

Hector Cebreros said that Grady Morgan will start on the mound Saturday.

"This is a great group of boys, both on and off the field," he said. "Each one has earned his All-Star status and truly represents the strength of Laguna Beach Little League. I've really enjoyed coaching them and I'm looking forward to seeing them shine in competition."

The 9/10 All-Star team is under the guidance of Manager Coby Naess and a coaching staff that includes Dave Frith and Dana Mackay. The 9/10 team debuts against Northwood Saturday.

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