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January 26, 2012
The Laguna Beach 14-and-under girls' water polo team captured first place Sunday at the Santa Barbara Memorial Cup in Santa Barbara. The age-group tournament had 67 teams competing in six divisions, with 16 teams vying for the 14U title. Laguna started the tournament Saturday with a 14-5 win against Santa Barbara "C". The locals then went on to win twice more that day, first defeating Foothill, 9-4, before rolling past Rose Bowl, 17-7, in the quarterfinals. In Sunday's semifinals, Laguna fell behind Commerce, 3-1, at the half but came up with a huge defensive effort in the second half and won, 6-4. Sunday's final pitted Laguna against Santa Barbara "A" and Laguna took the championship by scoring an 8-3 victory.
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By Mike Sciacca | November 15, 2012
Laguna Beach's two-year reign as a CIF Southern Section champion in boys' water polo came to an end Wednesday in Irvine. Laguna, which won the last two Division 3 titles, came up just short of contending for a Division 2 crown in its first year in the division. The No. 3-seeded Breakers reached the semifinal round in the division, but had their title streak stopped by No. 2 Santa Barbara, which scored a 9-7 victory at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center. Laguna, reigning champion of the Orange Coast League, ended its year at 21-10.
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By Mike Sciacca | February 16, 2012
The Laguna Beach girls' water polo team came into Wednesday's CIF Southern Section Division 1 first-round game as strong favorites against Beckman. Throughout the game, the third-ranked Breakers played the part with relish and, in the end, came away with a 23-9 victory over the visiting Patriots. The victory sends the Orange Coast League champions on to Saturday's quarterfinals. Laguna will host seventh-ranked Santa Barbara at 4 p.m. at the Laguna pool, Breakers Coach Ethan Damato said.
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By winning six matches ? including defeating Santa Barbara twice ? the Laguna Beach Water Polo sixth-grade girls' team won its division at the San Diego County Cup | May 19, 2006
Laguna opened the tournament with an 11-5 win over Santa Barbara. That was followed by a 12-4 rout of Solo Trusa. Wins over Davis (18-8), Diablo (10- 4) and Commerce (11-5), put Laguna into the division's championship match. There they met up again with Santa Barbara and this time prevailed by a 12-4 score. Members of the Laguna girls' sixth-grade water polo team are Bridgette Alverez, Yoshi Andersen, Haley Castuera, Brigette Kimbrough, Alia Manetta, Melina Masson, Sandonica Mwangi, Jenna Knott, Kelsey Thornton, Candyce Schroeder and Kate Magnuson.
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August 12, 2005
Mike Sciacca The Laguna Beach 12-and-under girls' water polo team finished its season as one of the top teams in the nation as it earned a silver medal at the USA Water Polo Girl's National Junior Olympics in San Jose. Laguna's only loss came at the hands of its rival and the eventual champion, Santa Barbara. Laguna blazed out of the tournament gate with a pair of resounding wins, defeating Davis, 16-1, and Diablo, 17-1, in pool play. Laguna began the second day of tournament play with a 7-2 victory over the North San Diego Stars.
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April 6, 2007
The Laguna Beach Age Group Water Polo girls' 14-and-Under team returned to the pool last weekend for three games in the California Cup League. The league includes nine teams from throughout the southland and games were played at Foothill High in Tustin. Laguna posted a 2-1 record in three matches played. Laguna 17, SoCal 3 Playing as a full squad for the first time in two weeks, Laguna had little problems with host SoCal. Only 15 seconds had elapsed in the match when Melena Masson scored the first goal on a backhander from hole set, which gave Laguna a 1-0 lead.
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May 18, 2007
The Laguna Beach Age Group Water Polo 8th-grade-and-Under team won the silver medal by posting a 5-1 record at the San Diego Cup tournament. Laguna won its first five matches by a combined score of 53-10, before falling in the division final to Santa Barbara. Both Candyce Schroeder and Jessie Holechek of Laguna were named to the all-tournament team. Santa Barbara 10, Laguna 6 Laguna took a 1-0 lead on a score from Jessica Shusko from hole set, but Santa Barbara scored the next three goals and never trailed again to win the gold.
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May 28, 2004
Mike Sciacca Trey Chapel succinctly put into perspective what had just transpired in the Woodbridge High gymnasium Wednesday night. "I think we thought we had them," said the Laguna Beach High senior, who although dejected, held his head high and spoke with passion following a CIF-Southern Section Division II semifinal volleyball showdown with Santa Barbara. His sweat-soaked jersey was indicative of the tense, five-game battle that had just taken place.
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By Mike Sciacca | August 16, 2013
A hunger. An unknown. One the Laguna Beach High boys' water polo team possesses, the other, is how the Breakers might appear to their 2013 opponents. So says Laguna Coach Ethan Damato, who begins his seventh year with the program, the last six as head coach. He starts the new season with plenty of depth and talent on a team that annually takes its hits on talent lost to graduation, but one that continually reloads. That reloading is needed: gone to graduation in June were five players who last year attained All-Orange Coast League and All-CIF Southern Section Division 2 status.
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By Mike Sciacca | June 20, 2013
Will Montgomery and Tri Bourne earned the Men's Laguna Open title Saturday. The pair won the championship by defeating Andy McGuire and Joey Dykstra in the final of the 58th annual event at Main Beach. The event offered $2,000 in cash and prizes. Montgomery (Santa Barbara), Bourne (Aiea, Hawaii), McGuire (Hermosa Beach) and Dykstra (Redondo Beach), are AAA-rated players. Montgomery and Bourne won $500 and other prizes for their first-place finish. Large crowds, which tournament director Kirk Morgan said were "hard to estimate," turned out to watch tournament action that started at 9 a.m. and went into the night.
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By Mike Sciacca | January 23, 2014
Goal No. 2 reached: check. An old nemesis stood in the way of a Laguna Beach High girls' water polo team that was one step away from achieving another milestone Saturday: win the Santa Barbara Tournament of Champions. Roadblock cleared. Laguna led the entire way in Saturday's title match against Newport Harbor at Santa Barbara High. The Breakers opened up a 4-0 lead through one quarter and continued their defensive shutout in the second quarter, to open up a 6-0 halftime advantage, which led to an eventual, 9-5 victory.
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By Mike Sciacca | August 16, 2013
A hunger. An unknown. One the Laguna Beach High boys' water polo team possesses, the other, is how the Breakers might appear to their 2013 opponents. So says Laguna Coach Ethan Damato, who begins his seventh year with the program, the last six as head coach. He starts the new season with plenty of depth and talent on a team that annually takes its hits on talent lost to graduation, but one that continually reloads. That reloading is needed: gone to graduation in June were five players who last year attained All-Orange Coast League and All-CIF Southern Section Division 2 status.
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July 18, 2013
Laguna Beach Water Polo's 14-Under girls won gold at the Southern Pacific Junior Olympic Qualifying Tournament and bronze at the US Club Championships in recent action. Laguna took first place in June at the Regional Junior Olympic Qualifying Tournament. Qualifying Tournaments are held nationwide in different regions, to choose a select group of teams to compete at the upcoming National Junior Olympic Water Polo Championships. In the gold-medal game of the Regional, Laguna battled top-ranked SOCAL which won the previous two meeting between the teams.
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By Mike Sciacca | July 11, 2013
Teague Hamilton enjoyed a string of successes during his prep tennis career, feats he can attribute to his complete attention to his game. Now, the 18-year-old is preparing to face new challenges before he starts a new career at UC Santa Barbara. Hamilton, who graduated last month from Laguna Beach High as a two-time MVP and Orange Coast League singles champion, has been immersed in training and summer tournament play. He will compete this weekend at the United States Tennis Assn.' Boys' 18s and 16s National Clay Court Championships in Delray Beach, Fla. After that, he'll squeeze in more play and make a trip in early-August to Kalamazoo, Mich.
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By Mike Sciacca | June 20, 2013
Will Montgomery and Tri Bourne earned the Men's Laguna Open title Saturday. The pair won the championship by defeating Andy McGuire and Joey Dykstra in the final of the 58th annual event at Main Beach. The event offered $2,000 in cash and prizes. Montgomery (Santa Barbara), Bourne (Aiea, Hawaii), McGuire (Hermosa Beach) and Dykstra (Redondo Beach), are AAA-rated players. Montgomery and Bourne won $500 and other prizes for their first-place finish. Large crowds, which tournament director Kirk Morgan said were "hard to estimate," turned out to watch tournament action that started at 9 a.m. and went into the night.
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By Mike Sciacca | June 13, 2013
Weston Barnes turned in an outstanding season on the volleyball court. Jackson Rees and Steven Harrison both did the same on the baseball diamond. On Tuesday, the three were rewarded for their play by being named All-CIF Southern Section in their respective sports. Barnes was named to the CIF Southern Section Division 2 boys' volleyball team. Both Rees (first team) and Harrison (second team) were named All-CIF Southern Section Division 4 in baseball. * All-CIF Boys Volleyball Barnes encountered plenty of success at Laguna.
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January 24, 2013
A trip north resulted in gold for the Laguna Beach Water Polo 14-and-under girls' team last weekend. Laguna won the gold medal at the Santa Barbara Water Polo Invitational Sunday by defeating host and heavily-favored Santa Barbara, 5-4, in the championship game. Despite losing six of seven starters from last season's squad, the youthful Laguna girls kept pace with Santa Barbara during the early part of the game. The locals held a one-point halftime advantage and kept a narrow lead until Santa Barbara tied the score with a goal out of center with 40 seconds left in the game.
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By Mike Sciacca | November 15, 2012
Laguna Beach's two-year reign as a CIF Southern Section champion in boys' water polo came to an end Wednesday in Irvine. Laguna, which won the last two Division 3 titles, came up just short of contending for a Division 2 crown in its first year in the division. The No. 3-seeded Breakers reached the semifinal round in the division, but had their title streak stopped by No. 2 Santa Barbara, which scored a 9-7 victory at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center. Laguna, reigning champion of the Orange Coast League, ended its year at 21-10.
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By Mike Sciacca | September 13, 2012
The Laguna Beach High boys' water polo team passed its first test of the 2012 season. The Breakers began their new campaign - one that has them as a member of CIF Southern Section Division 2 this year - Sept. 7 on the road at Villa Park. The opener was a meeting between two teams ranked in the Division 2 preseason poll, and it was the No. 4 Breakers who emerged with a 14-9 victory over the No. 8 Spartans. Laguna led, 8-5 at the half, and used a 4-0 second-half run to grab control.
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From Staff Reports | August 16, 2012
Five teams from Laguna Beach Water Polo Club ventured north for the 2012 SwimOutlet.com Junior Olympics water polo national championships during the past two weeks. All five qualified as top 10 teams, with two of those squads earning medals. The boys' tournament was held July 28-31 and the girls' and 10-Under coed tournaments were Aug. 2-5, all in the Palo Alto area. "We're very pleased to have our teams place in the top 10 for their age groups," said Chad Beeler, head coach and coordinator of Laguna Beach Water Polo Club.
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