In politics they call it Super Tuesday, but for the Laguna Beach High athletic program Wednesday might be called Wild Wednesday.
The Breakers face big matches in no less than three sports: boys’ golf, boys’ and girls’ track and boys’ and girls’ swimming.
The Laguna boys’ golf team will face Estancia at 2:30 p.m. at Aliso Viejo Golf Course. Defending Orange Coast League champ Laguna Beach, which lost to Estancia by a single stroke in earlier league play, needs to win to set up a likely playoff for first at the league finals beginning May 4.
For the swimming program, it’s an Orange Coast League meet against Costa Mesa at home at 3 p.m. Both the boys’ and girls’ squads for both schools are undefeated in league. Costa Mesa is defending boys’ league champ, as are the Breakers on the girls’ side.
“I love it," Breakers Coach Kari Johnson said. “I think it gives us a chance to get more pumped up for league finals. We’re looking to win league on both sides this year."
In track, it should the same battle-of-unbeaten teams scenario when the Mustangs and Breakers face off at 3 p.m. at Estancia High. Laguna Beach faced Estancia on Thursday after deadline, but the Breakers were heavy favorites.
Laguna is the defending league champion in boys’ track and field competition, while the Costa Mesa girls were tops last year.
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The Breakers blasted Godinez, 13-3, in an Orange Coast League game Tuesday.
Senior Dillon Pierce was four for five with three runs scored for Laguna Beach (10-10, 5-2 in league). Sophomore Chris Paul went three for five with a double and four RBIs, and junior Stevie Contursi and senior Gabe Stansbury each went two for four and scored twice.
The Breakers played without Coach Jeff Sears, suspended for the game after he was ejected from the Anaheim Lions Tournament finale against Kennedy.
Laguna Beach maintains second place in league, two games behind Costa Mesa. The Breakers play host to Godinez today, then have no games until a nonleague doubleheader against Valley Christian on May 2.
The Breakers continue to cruise after spring break, collecting their sixth straight victory by beating Calvary Chapel, 14-4, in an Orange Coast League match Tuesday.
Sophomore Jake Michaels swept in singles and the No. 1 doubles team of Mikey Rubel and Paul Salomon also swept for the Breakers (9-6, 5-0).
Laguna Beach also topped Beckman, 10-8, in a tight nonleague match Monday. Michaels, Chris Lavery and Benito Romeo swept in singles, and Rubel and Hunter Moskow won an important doubles match at No. 3 doubles.
The Breakers, ranked No. 7 in CIF Southern Section Division IV, faced Godinez on Wednesday and are at Estancia on Tuesday.
Michaels, as well as the doubles team of senior Rex Miller and Rubel, are at the 109th annual Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament that began Thursday.
Laguna Beach breezed by Estancia in an Orange Coast League meet Wednesday. The girls won, 126-40, and the boys came out on top, 104-61.
Coach Kari Johnson will take the win, although she said the times were a bit slow coming out of spring break.
“As a whole, our team didn’t swim our best by any means," she said.
One highlight was junior Sean Mulville, who swam a 54.35-second split in the winning 400-yard freestyle relay. Johnson said Mulville, in his first year of swimming, started off the season swimming 1 minute, 5 seconds.
“That’s pretty amazing," she said.
UCLA-bound senior Andrea Reigel won the girls’ 200 IM in 2:11.07, and the 500 free in 5:10.87. USC-bound senior Chelsea Wild won the 100 fly (59.30) and 100 breast (1:13.03).
Stanford-bound senior Annika Dries won the 50 and 100 free in 25.88 and 56.65, respectively, while Taylor Capobianco was another dual winner in the 200 free (2:05.53) and 100 back (1:08.80).
On the boys’ side, senior Preston Head won the 50 free in 23.08 and the 100 free in 50.27. Freshman Billy Wild won the 200 IM in 2:11.64, as well as the 100 fly (58.47).
TRACK AND FIELD
The Breakers had a meet at Estancia on Thursday, after deadline. Some of the varsity team members will be at the Orange County Championships Saturday at Mission Viejo High, then Laguna has the big meet Wednesday against Costa Mesa.