Briefly In Sports

Pitz earns runner-up honors

Taylor Pitz of Laguna Beach finished second in the Open Women's division of the third contest of the National Scholastic Surfing Assn. 2010-11 Open Season on Wednesday at the Del Mar Jetty at Camp Pendleton.

Pitz scored 10.5 points.

The next NSSA Open Season contest is Nov. 6 and 7 at the south side of the Huntington Beach Pier.


Van Alphen wins three matches

Sydney Van Alphen of Laguna Beach won all three matches she competed in Sunday at the Orange County Junior Open Tennis Tournament. The 11-year-old, who had a first-round bye, defeated Danielle Wilson (Newport Beach), 6-1, 6-0, in the round of 64, then swept Amy Gaal (Hermosa Beach), 6-0, 6-0, in the round of 32. She teamed with Emily Maxfield of Murrieta in doubles play and the duo defeated Hannah Anzo (Temecula) and Jessica Anzo (Temecula), 6-4, 6-4.

Van Alphen will take on Jenna Moustafa of Newport Coast at 6 p.m. Saturday in the girls' singles round of 16.

A week earlier, Van Alphen of finished in fourth- place in the girls' 12 singles division of the Dunlop Junior Tennis Championships in Palm Desert.


Boys' water polo fundraiser is Monday

The Laguna Beach High boys' water polo boosters will stage a fundraiser at 6 p.m. Monday at Dizz's As Is in Laguna Beach. The cost is $75 per person and includes a welcome cocktail, dinner and a silent auction that offers tickets to sporting events, restaurant coupons, vacation trips and more.

Guest speakers include Monte Nitzkowski (1952 U.S. Olympian, Olympic water polo coach, National Team coach, member International Swimming Hall of Fame, USA Water Polo Hall of Fame), David "Jay" Flood (Commissioner of Aquatics, 1984 Olympic Games XXIII, member USA Water Polo Hall of Fame) and Erich Fischer (former Stanford water polo athlete, U.S. National Team member, 1992 U.S . Olympian).

Tickets can be purchased at the door but reservations are requested by calling (949) 494-1038, or emailing


Boys' hoops Christmas tree fundraiser

The Laguna Beach High boys' basketball program is holding a fundraiser by selling Christmas trees now through a pre-ordering deadline of Nov. 12. Trees will be delivered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Laguna Beach School District parking lot.

Home delivery also can be purchased for an additional $10. All trees are cut two days before delivery. The fundraiser is in support of the boys' basketball program.

For information, call Melanie Lewis at (949) 494-3638, or email


Girls' volleyball alumni match is Nov. 5

The Laguna Beach girls' volleyball program has set a date of Nov. 5 for its annual Alumni Match. The festivities begin at 5 p.m., with the frosh/soph team taking on the junior varsity squad, followed by the varsity team against the alumni at 6:15 p.m. An auction and raffle will be held with proceeds going to the girls' volleyball program. The public is welcome to attend the event.

Former players needing more information can contact Jeff Greenough at


Breakers boys' polo replaced at No. 1

After having a stranglehold on the top spot for the past month, the Laguna Beach High boys' water polo team has been replaced at No. 1 in this week's CIF Southern Section Division 3 poll. Damien of La Verne is the division's new No. 1 team. The Spartans, ranked fourth last week, moved to the head of the rankings after defeating Laguna last Friday. The Breakers are now ranked second.

The rest of the top 10 includes Palos Verdes, Mira Costa, Capistrano Valley, Aliso Niguel, La Canada, Santa Monica, South Pasadena and Peninsula.

In girls' volleyball, Laguna again comes in at No. 5 in the Division 1-A poll. Marymount continues its hold on No. 1 and is followed by Redlands East Valley, Corona del Mar, Notre Dame Academy, Laguna Beach, Los Osos, Valencia/Valencia, Vista Murrieta, Upland and Saugus. El Dorado and San Luis Obispo fell out of the top 10.

The Laguna Beach High boys' cross-country team has moved from seventh to sixth in the latest Division 4 rankings. Bosco Tech continues to top the poll and is followed by Notre Dame/Sherman Oaks, Harvard/Westlake, JSerra, Crespi, Laguna Beach, Salesian, Maranatha, Oaks Christian, Nordhoff, Big Bear, L.A. Baptist and Paraclete.

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