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Laguna teams faring well

The Laguna Beach girls’ golf team made it two wins in a row Tuesday, winning its Orange Coast League opener against Costa Mesa, 237-279.

The league match was played on the Mesa Linda course (par 35, front nine) at Costa Mesa Country Club.

For the second-straight match, the Breakers’ Karina Shaw took medal honors, this time by shooting 42.

Laguna, which last week defeated Tesoro, is now 2-1 overall.

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Coach Valorie Quigley’s Breakers next tee off at 2 p.m. Tuesday against Ocean View.

First-year Laguna head coach Jimmy Gleason said his team’s credo is to “give 100 %.”

Although his team hasn’t yet hit the win column — “we’re building for the future,” he said — the Breakers have been more than formidable in two of their first four matches.

Laguna has dropped a pair of 10-8 matches, the first in its season opener Sept. 11 against Tesoro, the most recent on Tuesday in a match at San Clemente.

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The other two losses were by 15-3 scores to Dana Hills and Corona del Mar.

“We’ve gone up against some tough teams, but our girls have competed really well,” Gleason said. “I’m happy with the effort the girls have given.”

In Tuesday’s 10-8 loss at San Clemente, sophomore Maddie Jaeger swept at No. 1 singles for Laguna, winning her sets, 6-1, 6-2, 6-1.

Freshman Haley Moss won two of three sets at No. 2 singles, winning 6-0, 6-2 and falling 4-6 to San Clemente’s top singles player.

“Our top two singles players are playing really well,” Gleason said.

Laguna, which took on Woodbridge on Wednesday and Mater Dei on Thursday (the scores weren’t available at press time), next hosts Edison in a 3 p.m. nonleague match Tuesday.

The Breakers also host Capistrano Valley at 3 p.m. Wednesday in another nonleague match.

Laguna opened its season Sept. 12 and gave sixth-ranked Foothill (Division I) all it could handle before succumbing to the visiting Knights, 8-6, at the Laguna pool.

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The Breakers, tied for No. 10 in the Division II poll, led 2-0 after one quarter and 3-1 at the half. Foothill, however, outscored Laguna, 3-0, in the third quarter to take a 4-3 lead into the fourth.

The teams were tied one final time at 5-5 in the fourth before Foothill scored two-straight goals.

Pierre Masson scored three goals, Nathan McConnell two and Sean Dorse one for Laguna.

Warren Murrel had eight saves.

“We were ahead for the first half and were right there at the end but lost a little bit of gas,” Laguna Coach Chad Beeler said. “We played really, really well against a Foothill team that is one of the top ranked teams in the state.”

Laguna currently is playing in the prestigious South Coast Tournament hosted by Newport Harbor High and played at various school pool sites in the county.

The Breakers opened tournament play Thursday against Edison at Capistrano Valley High. The score wasn’t available at press time.

Laguna next will play at 5 p.m. Tuesday at San Clemente and then opens Orange Coast League play at 4 p.m. Wednesday with a home match against Estancia.

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Two teams ranked at the top of their respective polls hooked up in nonleague play Tuesday, and it was Mira Costa (Division I-AA) who earned a sweep of host Laguna (Division II-AA), 25-13, 25-17, 25-13, at Dugger Gym.

Dana Hutchinson had 13 kills for the Breakers.

Prior to Tuesday’s match, Laguna wrapped up play at the Dave Mohs Tournament at Edison High. The Breakers lost in pool play to Temecula Valley (16-25, 25-20, 25-9), defeated Redlands (25-13, 25-18) and fell to Mater Dei (25-18, 25-18). In Silver Bracket play Saturday, they lost to Esperanza (27-25, 25-23).

Laguna’s next assignment is a 6 p.m. Tuesday date at Santa Margarita, which is ranked fifth in Division I-AA.

Laguna’s girls’ squad came up with a big effort Saturday at the big Woodbridge Invitational and earned a fourth-place finish among 24 teams in its race.

Coach Earl Towner said many of the teams in Laguna’s race were Division II and III schools.

Laguna is in Division IV.

“Woodbridge was a good day for us,” Towner said. “Our girls ran the fastest team time ever for Laguna at Woodbridge. We had many course and personal records to show that our summer training was very beneficial. This is also the deepest team I’ve had since coaching here, and we also had a few runners who did not compete at Woodbridge.”

Laguna’s top finisher at the varsity level was senior Maggie Newton who ran 19:18 to place 22nd. Heather Thomas was next with a 19:37, good for 29th place.

Rounding out Laguna’s top five finishers in the race were Michaela Fleming (19:55, 42nd place), Kativa Strickland (20:13, 56th) and Rachel Carter (20:24, 71st).

Laguna’ boys’ squad competed in the “seeded” night race at Woodbridge. The smallest among 26 other schools (mostly Division I and II teams) competing in the race, the Division IV Breakers finished in 20th-place.

Senior Yann Panassie led the Laguna entourage with a time of 15:35 over the three-mile course.

Girls’ Volleyball

Division II-AA: 1. Laguna Beach; 2. Corona del Mar; 3. Norco; 4. Oxnard; 5. Bishop Montgomery; 6. Walnut; 7. Ayala; 8. St. Lucy’s; 9. Diamond Bar; 10. Beckman.

Boys’ Water Polo

Division II: 1. Villa Park; 2. Servite; 3. Mater Dei; 4. Ventura; 5. Poly/Riverside; 6. Mission Viejo; 7. Santa Barbara; 8. Dana Hills; 9. Brea Olinda; 10T. Laguna Beach, San Marcos.

Girls’ Cross-Country

Division IV: 1. Morro Bay; 2. Oaks Christian; 3. JSerra; 4. Laguna Beach; 5. La Reina; 6. Mayfield; 7. Flintridge/Sacred Heart; 8. Louisville; 9. Marlborough; 10. Notre Dame Academy.

Boys’ Cross-Country

Division IV: 1. Big Bear; 2. Morro Bay; 3. Oaks Christian; 4. Paraclete; 5. Laguna Beach; 6. Marlborough; 7. Harvard/Westlake; 8. Salesian; 9. Notre Dame/Sherman Oaks; 10. Nordhoff.



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