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By Mike Sciacca | December 12, 2008
Finally, the Laguna Beach High girls? water polo team had Foothill?s number. A year after dropping a season-opening overtime game to the Knights, and nearly two years removed from dropping a close game in the finals of the CIF Masters tournament, the Breakers opened up their 2008-09 campaign Tuesday by posting a 9-5 victory at Beckman High. An impressive start propelled Laguna into a commanding lead over Foothill. The Breakers opened up a 4-0 lead and maintained the four-goal cushion (5-1)
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By Mike Sciacca | December 7, 2007
It was No. 1 vs. No. 2, and it was only the first match of the 2007-08 girls’ water polo season. Yet Foothill and Laguna Beach launched their respective seasons Tuesday (Dec. 4) at the Laguna pool against one another, two highly-regarded programs locked in a hotly-contested nonleague match that needed overtime to decide a winner. Foothill emerged with the win, escaping 9-8 after two three-minute overtime periods. The Knights, who won the Division I title a year ago, came into the season again atop the division rankings.
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By Mike Sciacca | March 9, 2007
Five days after playing for the CIF-Southern Section Division II championship, a "relaxed" and "rested" Laguna Beach High girls' water polo team moved on to play in the inaugural CIF Masters Tournament. Over a two-day period at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center in Irvine, the Breakers played some of their best polo of the season. In the end, they ended up playing for the tournament championship on Saturday where they nearly put a halt to Foothill's 26-game win streak. But Foothill, the Division I champion, came from behind and was able to hold on for an 7-6 victory.
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By Matt Szabo | September 18, 2009
The way the early season is going for the Laguna Beach High boys? water polo team, there soon may not be any nails left to bite. Four days after losing their season opener to Villa Park, 10-9, on a goal with a second left, the Breakers were able to get a sense of redemption Tuesday afternoon with a 12-11 overtime victory over Foothill at their home pool. Sophomore Nolan McConnell scored five goals against Foothill for the Breakers (1-1), who used goals from seniors David Brunner and Robbie Quellmalz in the overtime to help hold off the Knights.
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By Mike Sciacca | January 16, 2014
Less than a week after being handed its first loss of the season, the Laguna Beach High girls' water polo team got back to its winning ways Wednesday. The Breakers, who were derailed Jan. 10 at home by Foothill, stormed past host Saddleback, 27-8, in an Orange Coast League opener. Defensively, they held the Roadrunners to a single goal in the opening half, and were well in command at halftime, leading, 18-1. Freshman attacker Bella Baldridge, junior utility Makenzie Fischer and senior utility Cara Borkovec, each scored four goals to lead the Laguna offense.
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By Ashley Breeding | April 11, 2008
Laguna Beach Age Group Water Polo?s Under-18 girls? team brought home the first-place trophy from the Mikasa Cup at the Woollett Center in Irvine. The two-day event culminated Saturday. Laguna began the tournament Friday with an 8-0 shutout of Golden West and followed that win with a 7-5 victory over Foothill of Upland. In early action Saturday, the locals blew past La Mirada, 10-4, to earn a spot in the semifinals round. In that semifinal match, Laguna blasted Rose Bowl, 16-3.
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By Matt Szabo | January 29, 2010
They are separated by nearly 60 miles of California coastline. But today, the Laguna Beach and Palos Verdes high school girls? water polo teams will see just how much separates them in the pool. The top two teams in the CIF Southern Section DIivsion II poll meet at 3:15 p.m. at Palos Verdes High. It will be their only meeting until a possible showdown in the Division II finals, and it may determine who gets the top seed for CIF. Palos Verdes (12-4) has been ranked No. 1 in Division II for much of the season.
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September 12, 2003
Mike Sciacca Rick McKee got his first "game" look at his first boys' water polo team at Laguna Beach High Tuesday. The first-year coach admitted to being impressed by his initial squad as it took on Foothill and Riverside Poly in a tri-meet at the Laguna pool. Laguna alternated quarters in playing Foothill and Riverside Poly. Although the scrimmage does not count toward the Breakers' regular season record, the results indicated to McKee that Laguna will be a team to be reckoned with in 2003.
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By Mike Sciacca | January 10, 2013
An early call Wednesday turned out to reap several rewards for the Laguna Beach High girls' water polo team. On a day that began at 5:45 a.m. with a not-so-normal practice session, the Breakers still had plenty of energy nine hours later, when they traveled to face Costa Mesa. Despite a somewhat slow start to the Orange Coast League opener for both teams, the Breakers shifted gears and went on several scoring runs that led to an eventual, 22-7 victory. Laguna has not lost an OCL game since the league formed for athletic competition for the 2006-07 school year.
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By Mike Sciacca | September 21, 2007
The Laguna Beach girls’ golf team made it two wins in a row Tuesday, winning its Orange Coast League opener against Costa Mesa, 237-279. The league match was played on the Mesa Linda course (par 35, front nine) at Costa Mesa Country Club. For the second-straight match, the Breakers’ Karina Shaw took medal honors, this time by shooting 42. Laguna, which last week defeated Tesoro, is now 2-1 overall. Coach Valorie Quigley’s Breakers next tee off at 2 p.m. Tuesday against Ocean View.
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By Mike Sciacca | January 16, 2014
Less than a week after being handed its first loss of the season, the Laguna Beach High girls' water polo team got back to its winning ways Wednesday. The Breakers, who were derailed Jan. 10 at home by Foothill, stormed past host Saddleback, 27-8, in an Orange Coast League opener. Defensively, they held the Roadrunners to a single goal in the opening half, and were well in command at halftime, leading, 18-1. Freshman attacker Bella Baldridge, junior utility Makenzie Fischer and senior utility Cara Borkovec, each scored four goals to lead the Laguna offense.
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By Mike Sciacca | July 25, 2013
The Laguna Beach High water polo program completed its summer season last weekend on a high note as both the girls' and boys' varsity teams turned in strong performances in tournament play. The Breakers competed at the 2013 High School State Championships Invitational, which included top high school teams from San Diego County to northern California, and played their games at Corona del Mar High. The girls' tournament featured 32 teams and the boys' tournament had 48. Laguna's girls complied a 5-1 record and finished runner-up to the title.
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By Mike Sciacca | May 16, 2013
A two-set hole, a boisterous crowd and a steady match played by Foothill High, were too much for the Laguna Beach boys' volleyball to overcome in the quarterfinal round of the CIF Southern Section Division 2 playoffs Saturday. The Breakers put it all on the line but their spirited comeback fell just short, as the host Knights held on for a 25-16, 25-23, 19-25, 18-25, 15-12 upset victory. The loss eliminated Laguna, the division's No. 2 seed, from title contention. The Breakers end their year 19-9.
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By Mike Sciacca | January 24, 2013
A fast start left little doubt Wednesday that the Laguna Beach High girls' water polo team was on its way to another big Orange Coast League victory. The Breakers gave up a first-quarter goal to host Estancia but then shut out the Eagles the remainder of the way, and rolled to a 23-1 victory. Makenzie Fischer and Ally Jochim both scored four goals and Lexi Del Toro and Sydney Saxe each scored three goals, to pace the offensive output. Laguna, ranked sixth in CIF Southern Section Division 1, improved to 3-0 in league and clinched another OCL championship.
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By Mike Sciacca | January 10, 2013
An early call Wednesday turned out to reap several rewards for the Laguna Beach High girls' water polo team. On a day that began at 5:45 a.m. with a not-so-normal practice session, the Breakers still had plenty of energy nine hours later, when they traveled to face Costa Mesa. Despite a somewhat slow start to the Orange Coast League opener for both teams, the Breakers shifted gears and went on several scoring runs that led to an eventual, 22-7 victory. Laguna has not lost an OCL game since the league formed for athletic competition for the 2006-07 school year.
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By Mike Sciacca | October 11, 2012
The Laguna Beach High boys' water polo team did quite well for itself in the past week, despite facing some stiff competition. Laguna started the three-game stretch Oct. 4 against Dana Hills, the No. 7-ranked team in Division 1. The Breakers, ranked fifth in CIF Southern Section Division 2, survived a three-overtime, nonleague thriller against the Dolphins and won, 11-10. They came back Tuesday to take on Foothill, the second-ranked team in Division 2, and knocked off the Knights, 10-7.
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By Mike Sciacca | May 24, 2012
Teague Hamilton, the No. 1 singles player for Laguna Beach High, advanced in the CIF Southern Section Boys' Individual Tennis Regionals. Hamilton won two matches Friday at The Tennis Club in Newport Beach. Following a first-round bye, he defeated Luke Mountain of Tesoro, 6-4, 6-2, and picked up a 6-3, 7-5 third-round win over Jenteel Alcafaras of Long Beach Wilson. Alcafaras was the top singles player in the Moore League and Mountain was the No. 2 player from the Sea View League.
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By Mike Sciacca | March 8, 2012
The Laguna Beach High boys' volleyball team is gearing up for a big weekend. The Breakers are one of 32 teams competing at the Foothill Volleyball Classic, which starts Friday. The two-day event concludes with championship-round action. Matches will be played at Foothill, Tustin, Beckman and Canyon/Anaheim. Laguna is the No. 1-seed in Pool 1, which also includes Beckman, Mission Viejo and St. Bernard. The other top pool seeds are Los Alamitos (Pool 2), Dana Hills (Pool 3), Orange Lutheran (Pool 4)
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By Barbara Diamond | December 15, 2011
The Laguna Relief and Resource Center has helped bring holiday cheer to adopted families since 1993, but unexpected help came this year. Smart Circle International, an Orange County marketing company, announced Monday that it will provide gifts and necessities for 17 of the estimated 100 families in the center's Holiday Adopt-a-Family program. All of the adopted families live or work in town or have children in the Laguna Beach Unified School District. "Usually, someone calls and the most they want to adopt is one family," said Sande St. John, who has been organizing the center program with Marsha Bode since its inception.
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By Matt Szabo | January 29, 2010
They are separated by nearly 60 miles of California coastline. But today, the Laguna Beach and Palos Verdes high school girls? water polo teams will see just how much separates them in the pool. The top two teams in the CIF Southern Section DIivsion II poll meet at 3:15 p.m. at Palos Verdes High. It will be their only meeting until a possible showdown in the Division II finals, and it may determine who gets the top seed for CIF. Palos Verdes (12-4) has been ranked No. 1 in Division II for much of the season.
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