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Year In Review, Part 1: Excellence for Laguna

Breakers experienced plenty of success during the year, including January through June.

December 26, 2013|By Mike Sciacca
(Don Leach / Coastline…)

During the past year, Laguna Beach High athletic teams have achieved several memorable team and individual performances.

With the 2013 prep sports year coming to a close next week, it's time to look back on some of the key moments turned in by the Breakers.

First up, athletic achievements from January to June.

January-June

The girls' water polo team reached the elite eight of the CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoffs and just missed landing a spot in the final four. The sixth-ranked Breakers reached the quarterfinal round where they were edged in overtime, 11-10, by fourth-ranked Newport Harbor.

Laguna turned in a perfect Orange Coast League record for the seventh straight year under Coach Ethan Damato.

"I really think this year's team overachieved," Damato said. "We finished the year ranked in the top six in both the [Orange] county and the division. We finished sixth in the top three high school tournaments (Newport Holiday Cup, Santa Barbara, Irvine Southern California Championships) in the country, and we battled with the best in the country.

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"I am very happy with the effort of our seniors and with the experience our underclassmen received throughout the year. We plan on being back in semis next year with a chance at a D-1 championship, and who knows, maybe win the whole thing one of these days."

Sophomore Makenzie Fischer was named MVP of the OCL. First-team members included seniors Lexi Del Toro, Sydney Saxe and Mackenzie Baldridge, and junior goalie Jenna Knott. Sophomore Brighid Burnes and freshmen Natalie Selin and Haley Evans made second team.

Fischer and Del Toro later were named to the Girls' Water Polo All-CIF Southern Section Division 1 team.

•Laguna made its way into postseason play in boys' soccer after the Breakers received an at-large berth to the CIF Southern Section Division 5 playoff field. They had their season come to an end in a 2-1 wild-card game loss at Diamond Bar. The Breakers finished the season 9-4-5. Senior Reece Barton was named Offensive co-MVP of the Orange Coast League.

"This is the third year in a row the team has improved both its league and overall record and the boys should be very proud of all their efforts throughout the season," Coach Dan Richards said.

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