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By Mike Sciacca | January 10, 2013
Thirteen turned out to be a lucky number for the Laguna Beach High girls' basketball team. The Breakers played their first game of the New Year on Tuesday and earned their 13th victory by handling visiting Saddleback, 61-12, in an Orange Coast League opener for both teams at Dugger Gym. Jackie Cenan led the scoring with 30 points and Mandi Wisbaum hit three, three-pointers and finished with 21 points. Alexandra Lewis and Francesca Cecutti led the Breakers, who improved to 13-1 overall, in defensive rebounding.
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September 20, 2002
Laguna Beach could not get its offense in gear last Saturday in its Pop Warner Football meeting with Saddleback, and their lack of offense led to a 14-0 loss to the Golden Bears. Saddleback scored touchdowns on two of its first three possessions of the game and then kept the Seahawks off the scoreboard. Despite giving up the two early scores, Laguna Beach dug in and kept Saddleback scoreless the final three quarters behind the defensive play of Lorenzo Torriero, Dillon Giaraffa and Devin Hands.
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By Mike Sciacca | March 10, 2006
The Laguna Beach baseball team has gotten off to a hot start in the 2006 season. Coach Dave Dopf's Breakers won their third straight game by defeating Saddleback Tuesday, 9-4. The victory allowed Laguna to finish in first place in its pool in the Foothill Division of the Newport Elks Tournament. The Breakers played at Garden Grove Thursday in a tournament semifinal game. The score was not available at press time. Laguna had to rally from a 1-0 deficit Tuesday to defeat Saddleback.
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By Mike Sciacca | July 14, 2006
With two wins under its belt in the District 55 All-Star Tournament, the Laguna Beach Little League 11-year-old All-Star team was looking to add a third Saturday against Saddleback to stay in contention for a possible district championship. But it was undefeated Saddleback that continued onward toward a possible title as it won, 13-6, at Chapparosa Park in Laguna Niguel. The loss eliminated Laguna from the tournament. Laguna finished district play with a record of 2-2. Laguna took a 1-0 lead by scoring in the first inning.
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By Mike Sciacca, michael.sciacca@latimes.com | February 10, 2011
They cut down the nets Thursday night at Dugger Gym. The Laguna Beach Breakers had every right to celebrate, having gone on the road to play their Orange Coast League and regular season finale at Saddleback and then returned to campus with a 45-37 boys' basketball victory that put the icing on another league championship. Although they traveled for the game, they came back to their own gym to do what championship teams do. It was "net time. " "It has become a tradition here to cut down the net if we win league, whether we play at home or on the road," said Laguna Coach Bret Fleming who has led the Breakers to five consecutive league titles in the five-year history of the Orange Coast League.
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By Mike Sciacca, michael.sciacca@latimes.com | November 11, 2010
The five senior members of the Laguna Beach football team will take their final bows of their prep careers tonight at Guyer Field. The Breakers close out their 2010 season by hosting Saddleback in the Orange Coast League finale for both teams. Four of those seniors, quarterback Austin Paxson, receiver/free safety/kick returner Chris Paul, running back Mike Hyden and offensive lineman/linebacker Taylor Preston will suit up one final time. A fifth senior, two-way lineman Ben Hanson, is sidelined with a knee injury that has kept him out of league play.
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By Mike Sciacca | January 10, 2013
What a way to start a new league season. Laguna Beach High's boys' soccer team launched Orange Coast League play at Guyer Field Wednesday and recorded a big victory as the Breakers shut down visiting Saddleback, 3-0. Laguna, ranked No. 10 in CIF Southern Section Division 5, took a 1-0 halftime lead and went on to win its sixth game. Saddleback, the No. 3 team in Division 5, won the OCL title a year ago. "We knew playing the defending league champs was not going to be easy and Saddleback showed why they have been ranked so high so far this year," Laguna Coach Dan Richards said.
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By Mike Sciacca | October 10, 2013
It's been a rough few weeks for the Laguna Beach High football team. The Breakers, who have become accustomed to victories and high rankings over the past two years, enter the start of their Orange Coast League season this week with neither. A 35-19 loss to Northwood in their final nonleague game on Oct. 4, was the second-straight setback for the Breakers. The loss also cost them a slot in the weekly CIF Southern Section Southern Division rankings. At No. 7 last week, the loss to Northwood dropped the Breakers out of the rankings.
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By Mike Sciacca | November 10, 2011
A league championship may be out of reach, but the Laguna Beach football team still has plenty to play for. At 7 p.m. Friday, the Breakers close out both Orange Coast League and regular-season play against Saddleback at Segerstrom High in Santa Ana. The Breakers already are assured a CIF playoff berth and can wrap up sole possession of third place in the league standings with a victory over the Roadrunners. "To me, I've been trying to sell the fact to the kids that it's important to finish strong," Laguna Coach Mike Churchill said.
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By Mike Sciacca, michael.sciacca@latimes.com | April 28, 2011
One day after suffering a tough, last-inning loss to Costa Mesa, the Laguna Beach softball team bounced back Tuesday to get back into the win column in Orange Coast League play by routing visiting Saddleback, 13-2, at Thurston Middle School. The Breakers took the lead for good in their first at-bat to improve to 3-2 in league and 8-5 overall. "You have to teach the kids to have short memories," Laguna Coach Mike Hunter said of his team's ability to rebound from an 8-7 loss against Costa Mesa to handle Saddleback.
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By Mike Sciacca | April 17, 2014
Having had the first part of spring break week free, the Laguna Beach High baseball team is back in action this weekend for a pair of Orange Coast League games against Saddleback. The Breakers haven't played since April 9, when they took on and defeated Capistrano Valley Christian in nonleague play. They get back into playing mode Friday when they visit Saddleback for a 3:15 p.m. game. They also travel Saturday to face the Roadrunners, this time, for a 10 a.m. start in a contest that will wrap the three-game league series between the teams.
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By Mike Sciacca | February 6, 2014
An overpowering start Wednesday put the Laguna Beach High boys' basketball team on course for a big victory. Laguna jumped all over visiting Saddleback in the opening quarter of the Orange Coast League game at Dugger Gym and ran away with a 72-36 victory. The win kept the Breakers alone in first place in the league standings, two games ahead of the rest of the league pack with three games remaining. The Breakers had raced to a 29-9 lead by the end of the first quarter. "I thought we came out in the first quarter and took care of business," said Laguna Coach Bret Fleming whose squad improved to 7-0 in league, and 18-5 overall.
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By Mike Sciacca | February 6, 2014
The Laguna Beach High girls' soccer team seems to be finding its stride in the stretch run of the regular season. The Breakers ran their unbeaten streak to five games and continued to hold on to first place in the Orange Coast League standings by taking out visiting Saddleback, 3-1, at Guyer Field Tuesday. The victory put Laguna at 5-1-1 in league, a record also held by Estancia, and gave the Breakers their 10th win (10-5-3) of the season. Coach Bill Rolfing said his team's first-half performance Tuesday proved to difference in the game.
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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 | January 16, 2014
A 12-day layoff, and two months' worth of playing games on the road, came to an end in Santa Ana Wednesday for the Laguna Beach High boys' basketball team. The Breakers have played each of their first 17 games of the 2013-14 season on foreign courts. That 17th game tipped off Wednesday at Saddleback High and it marked the Orange Coast League opener for both teams. The Breakers steamroller the Roadrunners and the defending league champions ran away with a 74-25 victory. Laguna took a 21-8 lead after one quarter, held a 35-17 halftime advantage, and then held Saddleback to only eight second-half points and held the Roadrunners scoreless in the fourth quarter.
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By Mike Sciacca | October 10, 2013
It's been a rough few weeks for the Laguna Beach High football team. The Breakers, who have become accustomed to victories and high rankings over the past two years, enter the start of their Orange Coast League season this week with neither. A 35-19 loss to Northwood in their final nonleague game on Oct. 4, was the second-straight setback for the Breakers. The loss also cost them a slot in the weekly CIF Southern Section Southern Division rankings. At No. 7 last week, the loss to Northwood dropped the Breakers out of the rankings.
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By Mike Sciacca | April 11, 2013
It had been quite awhile, 17 days, to be exact, since the Laguna Beach softball team last saw game action. The last time the Breakers stepped on a diamond for competition, they played a nonleague doubleheader March 23 at JSerra. On Tuesday, they got back into action and, despite the long break, came up with a big win. Laguna launched its Orange Coast League schedule Tuesday against Saddleback and needed just five innings to turn back the visiting Roadrunners at Thurston Middle School.
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By Mike Sciacca | February 7, 2013
A top-three finish in the Orange Coast League girls' basketball standings will be on the line Friday for the Laguna Beach Breakers. Laguna and Costa Mesa are both tied for third place in the standings and will break that deadlock when they clash at 6 p.m. at Saddleback High. The Mustangs set up the game by handing the host Breakers a 36-31 defeat Wednesday at Dugger Gym. The win allowed Costa Mesa to climb into a tie for third with Laguna. Both teams finished 6-4 in league play.
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By Mike Sciacca | January 31, 2013
The Laguna Beach High boys' soccer team got the best of Saddleback when the teams met in an Orange Coast League opener on Jan. 9. On Tuesday in Santa Ana, the host Roadrunners returned the favor by blanking the visiting Breakers, 4-0. The loss left Laguna 2-3-2 in league, and 7-3-4 overall. Saddleback improved to 4-2-1 in league and 12-3-3 overall. "We are very disappointed with this game, not only because of the result, but also at how we responded when we went a couple of goals behind," Laguna Coach Dan Richards said.
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By Mike Sciacca | January 31, 2013
Things pretty much went the way the Laguna Beach High boys' basketball team had wanted them to go Wednesday at Saddleback. That outcome, sets up a bigger things on Friday. The Breakers began to dictate the Orange Coast League game midway in the opening quarter, took a commanding halftime lead, and went on to take a 61-26 victory from the Roadrunners. Laguna held a 34-11 halftime advantage in improving its league-leading record to 7-0. The Breakers, ranked No. 11 in CIF Southern Section Division 4-AA, are 18-6 overall.
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