March 17, 2006
Playing flawlessly on defense in the fourth quarter of Saturday's match against host Los Alamitos, the Laguna Beach Water Polo Age Group girls' 14-and-Under team emerged with a 6-1 victory at the Armed Forces Base pool. Playing in a pool facility whose deep end is the widest surface above which it competes, Laguna overcame some early problems by making adjustments to the pool. Nearly three minutes into the game, hole set Lexy Ross drew a kick out. Following some perimeter passing, Jessica Shusko was able to walk in from the left wing and send a shot into the net. A minute later, Yoshi Andersen fed Melena Masson for Laguna's second goal.
March 3, 2006
The Laguna Beach Age Group Water Polo 14-and-Under girls' team whipped visiting Capo Valley, 9-1, in club action Saturday. Following a kick out in the first period, Jesse Holechek was unguarded and easily went in to net the game's first goal. Later in the quarter, Jessica Shusko and Riley Duncan each assaulted the goal for Laguna, but their shots clanged off the crossbar, leaving the score, 1-0. Laguna struck again early in the second quarter. Following a save by goalie Edy Manetta, Holechek scored again, this time on a penalty shot, to make it 2-0. Manetta came up with another save, but Capo was able to convert its first goal later in the quarter to cut the deficit to 2-1. Late in the quarter, Halley Zoellner scored to put Laguna up, 3-1, at the half.
July 21, 2006
For the third consecutive weekend, the Laguna Beach girls' 14-and-Under water polo team stepped it up in tournament competition. On Saturday, the 14-U squad competed in the 16-U division of the Northwood Tournament in Irvine. Laguna won three games to reach the division final, where it was to take on the Laguna Beach Breakers, a team composed of incoming freshmen and sophomores. The final wasn't played, however, as the starting time conflicted with a joint fundraising event the two Laguna teams held that night at the Laguna School of Music.
October 28, 2005
Boys' under-12 team eases past Riverside.Racing ahead from the opening whistle and never looking back, the Laguna Beach Age Group Water Polo 12-and-under boys' team picked up a 9-6 victory over Riverside. Curt Knott set the tone for Laguna with a quick score, which was followed by a Nicky Brunner-to-Nolan McConnell combination. McConnell went on to post four more goals before the end of the match. Teammate Nile Koegal scored twice -- one coming on a long bomb -- and Riley Browne once.
April 27, 2007
The Laguna Beach Age Group Water Polo girls' 14-and-Under team traveled to Colony High in Ontario Saturday to play its final two games in the California Cup series, and the locals returned home with two more victories. Laguna finished the tournament with an 8-3 record, good for second-place. Laguna 9, Los Alamitos 4 Laguna overcame double-teaming defensive tactics by Los Alamitos on hole sets Candyce Schroeder and Jessica Shusko to win a match that started at 8 a.m. Saturday.
May 18, 2007
The Laguna Beach Age Group Water Polo boys' 14-and-Under team won all six of its matches last weekend to win the gold medal at the annual San Diego Cup tournament Laguna breezed to the title in a 32-team tournament that included squads from all over California. Laguna set the tone early, as every player scored in a tournament-opening, 18-5 win over Sultan. Laguna's Spencer Dodson received the tournament's MVP honor and teammates Nolan McConnell and Erik Henrikson were named to the all-tournament team.
July 13, 2007
The Laguna Beach Age Group Water Polo girls' 14-and-Under team, playing together as a full squad for the first time in several weeks, won three matches last weekend to take the top prize at the Newport Water Polo Foundation Tournament. The Saturday event was held at the Newport Harbor High pool. Laguna 12, Newport "B" 0 Laguna's first contest was no contest, a the locals rolled from the start. Yoshi Andersen led the offense early with two quick goals and an assist.
January 27, 2006
Breakers get defensive, take down Los Alamitos and Villa Park.There was one point during Tuesday's girls' water polo nonleague match between Laguna Beach and Los Alamitos that won the game for the host Breakers. And it all had to do with defense. Holding a one-goal advantage over the Division I Griffins a few minutes into the third quarter, Laguna turned up the defensive pressure, created turnovers and steals, and parlayed them into four consecutive goals to send the Breakers on their way to a 10-7 victory.