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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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By By Mike Sciacca | 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.
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By Mike Sciacca | February 27, 2014
For as tremendous the journey has been to date, the season now comes down to a single game for the Laguna Beach High girls' water polo team. The Breakers have reached their ultimate destination, the William Woollett Jr. Aquatic Center in Irvine but not yet, they say, their ultimate goal. It's been a simple goal, to win a CIF Southern Section championship, but never an easy one. The Breakers, the target of many a team in 2014, have put themselves to do just that. Top-seeded Laguna will return to the Woollett Center Saturday for its final game of the season, the CIF Southern Section Division 1 championship final, three days after the Breakers took care of Los Alamitos, 12-5, at the same pool site they have been working and fighting toward to reach at the end the season.
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By Mike Sciacca | February 20, 2014
One down, three to go. The top-ranked Laguna Beach girls' water polo team began its bid for a CIF Southern Section championship Wednesday by taking on Marina. The Breakers once again bolted to a big, early lead and went on to overwhelm, as they have many a previous opponent, the visiting Vikings, 23-5, in a first-round Division 1 game. Laguna faced a 20-win Marina squad that was enjoying a breakout season. But the Breakers made quick work of the Vikings (20-10), the fourth-place team from the Sunset League and an at-large entry to the playoffs.
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By Mike Sciacca | January 2, 2014
The top-ranked Laguna Beach High girls' water polo team closed out 2013 with a victory, as the Breakers rolled to an 18-4 win over San Clemente Tuesday at Capistrano Valley High. Junior utility Makenzie Fischer, in her first game back in the Breakers' lineup this year, netted a game-high seven goals to go along with two assists and three steals. She also drew seven ejections. Fischer had missed Laguna's previous four games while playing in two December tournaments with the USA Water Polo Women's Senior National Team.
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By Mike Sciacca | December 5, 2013
A close first half turned into a big victory for the top-ranked Laguna Beach High girls' water polo team, which defeated Dana Hills Tuesday in a season opener for both teams. After the visiting Dolphins pulled to within two goals of Laguna in the second quarter, it was then that the Breakers pulled away to an eventual, 22-9 win. Laguna took a 12-7 halftime lead and then went on to limit the Dolphins to two second-half goals. Senior utility Cara Borkovec, a transfer student from Fenwick, Ill., playing her first game for Laguna, led all scorers with six goals.
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By Mike Sciacca | November 20, 2013
IRVINE - At the halfway point of Wednesday's CIF Southern Section boys' water polo Division 2 semifinal game, Laguna Beach Coach Ethan Damato presented his team with a challenge. The Breakers weren't their offensive selves in the opening half against Agoura at William Woollett Aquatic Center, and their lack of scoring, combined with stout defensive pressure applied by the Chargers, resulted in a 5-2 halftime deficit. "I thought we didn't play as well as we could have, and we were stagnant on offense," Damato said.
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October 24, 2013
The Laguna Beach Water Polo Club girls' 14-and-under team won its division championship Sunday by winning four games at the sixth annual Evan Cousineau Memorial Cup. It was the first tournament appearance of the 2013-14 season for Laguna which played its games at JSerra High and Santiago Canyon College. Laguna opened the tournament Saturday with an easy, 21-1 victory over Huntington Beach. The locals came back later that day to post a resounding, 11-2 win over Corona del Mar. Laguna's third victory was an 11-2 decision in the semifinals over United which earned the team a spot in the finals against Riverside.
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By Mike Sciacca | October 17, 2013
The Laguna Beach High boys' water polo team won its second Orange Coast League game in as many starts Wednesday by defeating host Sage Hill, 20-4. Twelve Breakers scored led by a game-high four goals from Trent Sadler. Aki Andersen, Cade Baldridge, Jakob Colladay, Julian Bridy, and Jack Dodson (four assists, three steals), all scored twice. Laguna, ranked sixth in CIF Southern Section Division 2, evened its record at 8-8. "The guys looked loose and played with a lot of confidence," Laguna Coach Ethan Damato said.
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By Mike Sciacca | September 19, 2013
Going into the season, the Laguna Beach High boys' water polo team knew what lay ahead of them in the first week. An unforgiving early schedule had them facing two ranked opponents right off the bat, then heading north to face more stiff competition. That's just what Laguna Coach Ethan Damato wants for his team, which is to be tested. The Breakers opened their season Sept.13 and scored a 13-6 victory over visiting Villa Park. Tuesday at Laguna, they held off Claremont, 10-6.
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