Laguna Sports Update: Week of November 25th

Laguna Sports Update: Week of November 25th

Breakers standout Ryner Swanson scored twice last Friday and already ranks fourth all-time for Laguna career catches. Photo/Deborah Vellmure

After a sixty-year drought, the Laguna Beach Breakers (10-3) finally won a semifinal playoff game last Friday against Norte Vista at home Nov. 18 at Guyer Field. The team travels to Diamond Bar this Saturday to try to bring home their first title since 1946 when they take on Diamond Bar High School (12-1) at Brahmas Stadium, just off Freeway 57. The game starts at 7 p.m

Last Friday night at Guyer Field, the Breakers rallied in the fourth quarter to defeat Norte Vista (Riverside) 42-35 in a thrilling contest in front of a large crowd.

Breakers set the pace on their first possession when Jackson Kollock hit Sam Garwal with a 46-yard score on the fourth play. The Braves looked like they would level the score by going for 76 yards, mostly on runs from Damarion Richardson, before Micah Chavez forced a fumble on a safe TYD run that resulted in the bouncing ball being dropped for a touchback rolled through the end zone. The two teams then traded goals for the remainder of the first half, with Laguna holding a slim 27-21 lead at the break. The Breakers had blocked an extra point on their third result earlier in the second quarter.

In the second half, Norte Vista started with a big 33-yard kickoff return and then marched 59 yards in 11 time-wasting games to take a 28-27 lead.

Laguna looked like they would continue to score, but the Breakers couldn’t make plays when they needed to and were eventually forced to stab from midfield. Freshman Hudson Mills made his first uni-punt, a 37-yard jewel at Norte Vista’s four-yard line. For the first time in the game, the breaker defense knocked down the running game, forcing the visitors to punt late in the quarter. Big players on defense included Sam Garwall, Myles Freeman and Jeremy Kanter.

Laguna started the final period from Norte Vista’s 45-yard line and took the lead in two games in a Kollock game against Nick Rogers, who was only Rogers for the 30-yard receiving run. Laguna then managed a two-point conversion with a pass to wide-open Brock Donaldson for the points.

Laguna’s defense stopped the Braves in their next series with Myles Freeman on a run without a win followed by a short run that Jeremy Kanter and Marcus Heins ended for just 3 yards. The third down play was a poorly thrown pass that went harmlessly wide over the player’s heads. Laguna then went six games for another score and a 14-point lead.

Norte Vista wasn’t a quick miss and her subsequent 10-play drive left just two minutes in the contest after her goal. A questionable interpretation by the officials gave the visitors two attempts at a side kick – both went wide and Laguna easily eluded the now demoralized opponents.

Laguna FOOTBALL CIF History

Soccer has been a part of Laguna athletics since 1934. The first team competed as a junior varsity squad but still played three varsity games. The initial uniforms were white jerseys, khaki pants, shoulder pads, black and tan headgear. The team did not use a nickname for the 1934 season – “Breakers” was adopted on December 7, 1934 and used for the inaugural 1935 collegiate season. The mascot then switched to “Artists” on June 4, 1936, and it was used for 66 seasons before reverting to the nickname Breaker for the 2002-03 term. From the 1960s through 2015, football playoffs were based on ‘league fairness’ evaluation rather than enrollment. From 2016 to 2019, computer ratings from the previous season were used for division placement. No playoffs were held in 2020 and as of 2021 actual results from current season ratings were used. In the southern section, 216 of the 372 teams made the playoffs. Most schools from Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties now participate in the Central Section with schools from the San Joaquin Valley.

1946 CHAMPIONS Lower Div – Central W 2, L 0 d. Corona 15-6, died Barstow 20-0

1952 FINALE Lower Div – Southern W 1, L 1 d. Chula Vista 19-0, bye – Fallbrook retired, lost to Brawley 20-7

1962 FINALE AW 2, L 1 d. Hemet 14-13, d. Santa Clara 34-14, lost to Brea-Olinda 32-7

2022 TBD Department 9 W 3, L 0 d. West 24-21, La Quinta/LQ 41-16, Norte Vista 42-35

CROSS-COUNTRY

Girls finish eighth at CIF

Laguna’s 19th consecutive trip to the SSCIF D-4 Finals ended with a hard-fought eighth place finish last Saturday morning at Mt. San Antonio College. Breakers have been in a very competitive division this year, with the top seven schools clearly outperforming the rest of the competing teams. Junipero Serra won the division followed by Oaks Christian, La Canada, Palos Verdes, South Pasadena, Bishop Amat and Harvard Westlake. Cross County divisions are based on enrollment for schools between 601 and 1520 students. Only the top seven will advance to the state next week.

The top runners for the Breakers were Yolo Javier, followed by Sydney Sydney, Anoua Carrie, Brighton Welch and Karina Pitz. The good news is that everyone should return for next season.

For cross-country information, please visit www.lbxc.org for the girls team www.lagunabeachcrosscountry.com for the boys team.

WINTER SPORTS

BOYS BASKETBALL (2-2)

Under new coach Ruslan Soobzokov, the Laguna Boys team completed their first tournament of the season and moved on to the Marina Feast Week games last Monday and Tuesday, in which they will be taking part

the portola tournament next week. The Breakers meet this Friday

Artesia in a flagship event at Edison High School with a bunch of high school games in one place.

In last week’s Jim Harris tournament at Ocean View High School, the Breakers defeated old league rivals Valencia/Placentia 66-44 on November 16, behind 12 three-pointers of four from Ryan Cheng and Jack Halvorson. Halvorson ended with 16 points, followed by 12 for Cheng and 11 for Ashton Azadian, who also had 14 rebounds.

It was Laguna’s 74th encounter with the Tigers in 1935. The following day, Laguna lost to Portola 79-62 in the consolation semifinals, with the Bulldogs using a strong third quarter to pull away from the Breakers. Sam Burchi was the top scorer for Laguna with 12 points.

On November 19, the tournament ended with Laguna facing another longtime rival in the 81st meeting between the Breakers and Brea-Olinda. Laguna was known as the Breakers when the two schools first met in 1935, but unlike that meeting, this time Laguna beat the Wildcats 67-41. Azadian had 16 points and 16 rebounds, Halvorson had 15 points and Cheng had 12 points.

GIRLS BASKETBALL (2-0)

Sophie Marriner scored 16 points and Elaina Seybold added 11 as Laguna easily defeated Magnolia 48-29 on November 17 at Dugger Gym. Laguna faced Costa Mesa last week at home on Tuesday and will retaliate in Costa Mesa next Tuesday. It will be the 74th and 75th games of all time against the former league rivals.

GIRLS SOCCER (0-1)

Laguna opened its 42nd collegiate season with a tough 4-1 loss to Junipero Serra in the Lions field. Lindsay Martin scored the only goal for the Breakers. Coach Ben Helm is leading the Breakers, who have finished second in the last four Sunsets, now in his sixth season

Wave League campaigns. Laguna returns to action on November 29 when they host Dana Hills at Guyer Field. The game starts at 6:15 p.m

BOYS SOCCER

Andy Thomas returns for his fourth season since returning to Laguna when the team faced St. Margaret’s at Tartan’s Field last Monday. Laguna will open the home game against Tarbut’V Torah this Wednesday, November 30 at 6 p.m. at Guyer Field.

Girls Water Polo

The season kicks off with a road trip to San Marcos in Santa Barbara on December 2 where Laguna will face off against the Royals, who are expected to be one of the top five teams in California this season. The next day, Laguna will travel to Studio City to play Harvard-Westlake at Wolverine’s Pool. Laguna will have a home game at the Laguna Community Pool against San Clemente on December 6th at 4pm.

Since girls’ water polo became an official CIF sport in the 1990’s, Laguna has grown to become the most dominant program in Southern California with an all-time record of 583-151.

Looking for the 2022-23 high school schedules and results? Check out Laguna Beach High School on the Max Preps website.

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