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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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November 1, 2012
Makenzie Fischer, a sophomore at Laguna Beach High, was named Monday to the USA Water Polo Women's Youth National Team. Fischer was one of 13 players named to the 18-and-under team which is coached by Kyle Kopp and assistant coaches Alison Gregorka and Paul Felton. The USA Youth National Team will compete at the FINA Youth World Championships Dec. 1-9 at Perth, Australia. * Volleyball clinics available Junior Breakers Volleyball Clinics, a series of youth volleyball classes presented by Laguna Beach High boys' volleyball Coach Scott Panaro, are underway at the North Gym on the Laguna Beach campus.
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By Mike Sciacca | November 29, 2012
Aiming for the top — that's the spot the Laguna Beach High girls' water polo program always sets its sights on. It's where the focus is again in the 2012-13 season, one in which Coach Ethan Damato welcomes back six players including five starters, from a group that last year finished the season ranked No. 3 and was one play away from playing in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 title game. Twice in the past two years have the Breakers fallen in overtime games in the semifinal round including last year to eventual champion Newport Harbor.
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April 24, 2009
The CIF Southern Section Council voted unanimously Tuesday to end the Masters water polo tournament after a three-year run. The decision, which came at a council meeting in Long Beach, came after the boys? and girls? water polo advisory committees came up with a proposal to end the tournament. The Masters tournament was seen as an opportunity for the best teams in the Southern Section ? regardless of division ? to play in a tournament after CIF finals. It was hoped that it would be a precursor to a state championship tournament.
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By Mike Sciacca | September 8, 2006
Nine Laguna Beach athletes have been named Junior Olympics All-American in water polo. The players named to the All-American team for 2006 was revealed by usawaterpolo.org this week. Only a few athletes were named All-American from the thousands of players from Southern California who competed at the 2006 S & R Sports National Junior Olympics held this summer. In the Boys' U12 Division, Nolan McConnell and Eric Henrikson were named first team. Selected as first team "Spares" were Dylan Payne and Nicky Brunner.
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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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September 26, 2003
The Laguna Beach High boys' water polo team picked up its second victory of the season Tuesday as it outlasted host Capistrano Valley, 16-12, in nonleague action. The Breakers led throughout the match and outscored the Cougars in three of four quarters. Nima Mortizavi led all scorers with six goals. Breakers teammates Morgan Plant and Dustin Caris each scored four goals and Ryan Winfield scored the other two. Bret Burge came up with 12 saves as Laguna improved its record to 2-1. In a match played earlier in the week, the Breakers dropped a 9-8 nonleague match to visiting La Canada.
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October 4, 2002
The Laguna Beach High boys' water polo team continues to impress in its first year playing at the Division I level. The Breakers earned an 11th place finish overall in the recent, three-day South Coast Tournament that was held at Newport Harbor and Corona del Mar high schools. Laguna Beach, currently ranked seventh among Division I teams, ran its record to 7-2 following tournament play. The Breakers had big wins over ranked teams Villa Park and San Clemente.
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February 13, 2009
Two Laguna Beach High winter athletic teams ? girls? water polo and boys? soccer ? continue to represent the area in this week?s CIF Southern Section rankings. Laguna?s stranglehold on the Division II girls? water polo poll?s top spot continued, while the boys? basketball team came in at No. 4 in the Division IV-A rankings. The polls were released Monday by the Southern Section office in Los Alamitos. ? Girls? Water Polo Division II: 1. Laguna Beach ; 2. Montebello; 3. Palos Verdes; 4. Agoura; 5. San Clemente; 6. Tesoro; 7. Royal; 8. Capistrano Valley; 9. Villa Park; 10. Canyon.
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June 5, 2009
Annika Dries has already proven herself in water polo on the high school stage. Now, she?s doing it on the international stage. The Laguna Beach High senior played with the U.S. women?s senior national team Sunday, in a FINA World League preliminary match against Canada at Corona del Mar High. Dries, 17, is the youngest player on the team. She scored the final goal of the first quarter, helping the U.S. to a 4-0 lead in what would become a 10-5 win. She is next traveling with the team to Russia for the FINA Super Final, which begins Tuesday with Team USA taking on Italy.
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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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February 20, 2014
Friday CIF Girls' Soccer (3 p.m.) Chaffey at Laguna CIF Boy' Basketball (7 p.m.) Whittier Christian at Laguna — Tuesday CIF Boys' Soccer (3 p.m.) Second-round Boys' Tennis (3 p.m.) Laguna vs. Sage Hill (at The Tennis Club) CIF Boys' Basketball (7 p.m.) Division quarterfinals — Wednesday CIF Girls' Soccer (3 p.m.) Second-round CIF Girls' Water Polo (5, 7 p.m.) CIF division semifinals (at William Woollett Jr. Aquatic Center)
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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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