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Artists draw blank against Northwood

-- Mike Sciacca

Laguna Beach High athletic teams were involved in a couple of critical

Pacific Coast League matchups this past week with Northwood High of

Irvine, and the Wolverines got the best of the Artists on both occasions.

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Tuesday’s crucial meeting between the schools ended with visiting

Northwood claiming a 10-7 victory, a win that kept the Wolverines atop

the PCL standings at 10-2.

The Artists, whose demise was aided by four errors, get one more shot

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at Northwood today at 3:15 p.m., when the teams meet at Northwood.

It is the final game of the three game league series, which Northwood

leads, 2-0.

Laguna Beach (12-8, 6-6) began the past week by rallying to edge Costa

Mesa, 4-3. The Artists overcame a 3-0 deficit by scoring one run in the

fourth inning and three in the fifth. Chris Stansbury belted two home

runs to ignite the comeback, first hitting a solo homer in the fourth

frame before delivering a three-run shot in the fifth.

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In a big, boys’ volleyball showdown, undefeated Northwood strengthened

its hold on the PCL lead as the Wolverines (19-1, 9-0) beat the visiting

Artists in three games, 16-14, 15-5, 15-5, last Friday.

Laguna Beach bounced back Tuesday, however, to down Estancia, 5-15,

15-4, 15-4, 16-14, on the Eagles’ home floor. The Artists used 19 players

in a match that featured 17 kills by Matt Anderson, nine by Trey Chapel,

and seven each by Reid Anderson and Mike Chiaverini.

Laguna Beach, which took an overall record of 15-5 and 7-2 league mark

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into Thursday night’s PCL match with Costa Mesa, now leads the

best-of-five match series with Estancia, 31-4.

In girls’ softball action on Tuesday, the Artists got past visiting

University, 6-4. Jocelyn Turner struck out two in a complete game victory

and Martina Speer went three for four with two RBI as Laguna Beach, now

2-5 in league and 6-12 overall, racked up 14 hits.


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