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High School Roundup: Breakers bond in Hawaii

The Laguna Beach High boys' volleyball team got back into the swing of things in Orange Coast League competition Tuesday when it took on visiting Godinez.

The Breakers, just a few days removed from a return flight from Hawaii, where they participated in the Kamehameha Cup, showed no signs of jet lag as they polished off the Grizzlies, 25-15, 25-15, 26-24.

Senior middle blocker Maxx McCarter and junior outside hitter Lucas Capobianco had eight and seven kills, respectively, and junior setter JP Wollam and senior setter Grifan Fair had 22 and 13 assists, respectively, for the Breakers who improved to 4-0 in league and 11-6 overall.

Godinez went to 2-2 in league and 8-9 overall.

"It was great to see us jump out to a good start after traveling to Hawaii, and not practicing for a week," Laguna Coach Scott Panaro said. "The first two games, we played with a purpose and sense of urgency.

"Godinez plays with a lot of pride and wasn't about to give up. Our guys came out a little sluggish and made several unforced errors that gave Godinez the lead through much of Game 3. Jake Hexberg came off the bench late and had a few key kills to secure the win."

Hexberg had three kills and a team-high eight digs.

Laguna went 2-3, overall, at the Kamehameha Cup. They defeated both Maryknoll (25-20, 25-19) and Hawaii Baptist (25-22, 27-25), and lost to Waiakea (25-17, 27-25), Kamehameha Kapalama (25-17, 25-19), and Highland of Arizona (27-26, 26-24).

"This was an amazing trip," Panaro said. "The team had an incredible experience and got to experience many of the wonders Oahu has to offer. We were up early every morning and played in the afternoons. We tried to get the most out of our time on the island.

"The boys did a great job of switching gears from beach mode to playing competitive volleyball. We had a few moments that looked like we were still mentally at the beach and could have performed at a higher level, but our team became better friends and a more cohesive unit. It was great to spend time with the boys outside of the gym and see other sides of their personalities. We are already discussing going back next year."

Laguna played an OCL match Thursday against Costa Mesa. The score wasn't available at press time. The Breakers next play at Saddleback at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.


The Breakers won both Orange Coast League varsity meets against visiting Calvary Chapel Wednesday. The girls' team downed the Eagles, 131-24, and the boys' team posted a 117-53 win.

First-place finishes by the Laguna girls' team: 200-yard medley relay (Maggie Renner, Jenna Knott, Kirra Nash, Daniella Lucidi, 2:10.54); Makenzie Fischer (200 freestyle, 2:01.07; 100 free, 56.79); Abby Cohn (200 individual medley, 2:28.00; 100 breaststroke, 1:15.62); Lexi Del Toro (50 free, 26.78); Lila Vera (100 butterfly, 59.88; 50 backstroke, 1:01.53); Mackenzie Baldridge (500 free, 5:40.05); 200 free relay (Vera, Del Toro, Sydney Saxe, Fischer, 1:46.05); 400 free relay (Faith Hale, Baldridge, Natalie Selin, Cohn, 4:12.41))

First-place finishes by the Laguna boys' team: 200 medley relay (Erik Juliusson, Caleb Scott, Cameron Karkosa, Max Morgan, 1 minute 49.01 seconds); Max Morgan (200 free, 1:58.63;100 free, 52.89); Cade Baldridge (50 free, 23.79); Erik Juliusson (100 butterfly, 55.2; 100 backstroke, 56.22); Henry White (500 free, 5:20.77); Cameron Karkosa (100 breaststroke, 1:06.01); 200 free relay (Morgan, Karkosa, Baldridge, Juliusson, 1:35.18); 400 free relay (Baldridge, Nolan Del Toro, Greyson Benson, Jack Dodson, 3:39.03).

Laguna, now 3-0 in league action, host Godinez at 3:15 p.m. Wednesday.

Track and Field

Jack Crawford won his boys' varsity 3,200 meters feature race, and sister, Janie, won her heat in the girls' varsity 400 meters, at the Irvine Distance Carnival on Saturday.

Jack Crawford won in a time of 10 minutes 3.95 seconds. He finished more than two seconds ahead of second-place Sergio Flores of San Clemente who ran a 10:06.01.

Janie Crawford turned in a time of 59.95 seconds to win the first of two heats in the girls' 400 meters. Second place went to Saniya Syed of Beckman (1:00.40).

Boys' Tennis

The Breakers suffered a rare Orange Coast League loss Tuesday when they were edged, 10-8, by visiting Estancia.

Laguna swept at No. 1 singles as Morgan Lebby won by scores of 6-2, 6-2, 6-0. At No. 2 singles, Teague Hamilton won two his two sets (6-0, 6-1) and Zach Pratto subbed in for the third set, a 6-1 loss.

Doubles player Ryan Gee did not play due to injury.

The Breakers played a nonleague match against Laguna Hills Thursday. The score wasn't available at press time. Next week, the Breakers host Palm Springs in a 3 p.m. nonleague match on Thursday.

Boys' Golf

The Breakers' John Grayden and Troy Sullivan were low medalists at 42 Tuesday, but Estancia was able to score a 212-229 Orange Coast League victory at Mesa Verde Golf Course (par 36).

Laguna, 2-5 in league and 4-9 overall, played against Costa Mesa Thursday. The score wasn't available at press time. The Breakers resume play on April 24 against Estancia at 2:30 p.m. at Aliso Viejo Country Club.


Drake Martinez, the 2012 Orange Coast League Most Valuable Player, and an All-CIF Southern Section Southern Division honoree, is one of 36 senior players selected to the South roster for the Brea Lions Club Orange County North-South Prep All-Star Football Game. The 54th annual contest starts at 7:15 p.m. on June 28 at Orange Coast College's LeBard Stadium.

Martinez is one of six players listed at defensive back for the South team which will be coached by Scott Meyer of Corona del Mar. The North is coached by Fred DiPalma of Katella.

The game's players and coaches were selected by the Orange County Sportswriters Assn.

South Roster

Quarterbacks: Alek Torgersen (Edison, 6-2, 210); Cayman Carter (Corona del Mar, 6-1, 195).

Running backs: Tala Teaupa (Newport Harbor, 6-0, 190); Robert Murtha (Estancia, 5-9, 180).

Wide receivers: Cole Robinson (Capistrano Valley, 6-4 195); Alec Shoffeitt (El Toro, 6-0 170); Cody White (El Toro, 6-1, 180); Scott Hoover (San Juan Hills, 6-2 190); Alex Staff (Trabuco Hills, 6-0 190); Kevin Norman (Northwood, 6-0 175).

Offensive linemen: Zach Cody (Trabuco Hills, 6-2 265); Mitchell Dixon (Trabuco Hills, 6-2, 272); Frank Dipietro (Rancho Santa Margarita, 6-3, 290); Jon Harvey (Saddleback Valley Christian, 6-5, 275); Miah Frost (Edison, 6-2, 350); Sebastian DeMartini (Huntington Beach, 6-0, 250); John Mitzel (Aliso Niguel, 6-4, 280).

Kicker: Griff Amies (Corona del Mar, 5-11, 180).

Defensive linemen: Jeff Nelson (El Toro, 6-1, 215); Tim Reinhardt (Corona del Mar, 6-3, 235); Garrett Marino (Mission Viejo, 6-2, 260); Jackson Stoddard (Mission Viejo, 6-2, 255); Derek Baljeu (Edison, 6-0, 230); Trenton Aschoff (Edison, 6-4, 220); Milo Aviles (Huntington Beach, 5-10, 220).

Linebackers: Devon Vise (Dana Hills, 6-5, 220); Connor Toohey (Tesoro, 6-3, 215); Landon Cook (San Clemente, 5-10, 205); Daniel Antonson (Mission Viejo, 6-1, 205); Peter Eggert (Laguna Hills, 6-4, 235).

Defensive backs: Drake Martinez (Laguna Beach, 6-2 ½, 200); Will King (Laguna Hills, 5-10, 175); Nick Crouch (Tesoro, 6-0 200); Reid Andrew (Rancho Santa Margarita, 5-10 180); Jeff Schott (Capistrano Valley, 6-0 190); Alex Cliatt (Irvine, 5-11, 170).

CIF Weekly Rankings (week of April 8)

Boys' Tennis: Laguna Beach (No. 2, Division 4).

Boys' Volleyball: Laguna Beach (No. 3, Division 2).


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