Editor's note: The Coastline Pilot looks back on the past year in Laguna Beach High athletics. Listed below are some of the main highlights reported on by or to the Independent.
The Laguna Beach High girls' water polo team completed another undefeated run through Orange Coast League competition and entered the CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoffs with a No. 3 ranking. The Breakers scored postseason wins over Beckman and Santa Barbara to reach the semifinals. There, they fell against Newport Harbor for the fourth time in the season, this time by a 7-6 score.
Seniors Yoshi Andersen and Melena Masson were named to the All-CIF Southern Section Division 1 first team.
In girls' soccer, Laguna turned in a record season. Coach Bill Rolfing's Breakers put together a 14-game unbeaten streak midway through the season and didn't lose a Orange Coast League match in winning its first league championship. Laguna had its season end in a first-round loss to Santa Monica in the Division 4 playoffs.
Senior midfielder Marina Paul was selected to the All-CIF Division 4 team. The team's leading scorer, Paul, also was named the OCL MVP.
In boys' soccer, Laguna entered the CIF Division 4 playoffs as a wild-card entry. The Breakers won a wild-card road game at El Segundo and then played third-ranked Crescenta Valley to overtime in a first-round road game before falling, 3-2. Laguna ended the year 9-7-3. Senior forward Joe Rousseau and junior forward Reece Barton made the All-Orange Coast League first team.
Laguna's boys' basketball team won the Orange Coast League title for the sixth straight year and reached the CIF Southern Section Division 4-AA playoffs. The Breakers ended the year 16-11 after dropping a first-round game to JSerra. Juniors Cole Kesler and Jake Dalke shared the MVP award for the All-Orange Coast League.
In girls' basketball, Laguna nearly broke into the win column on several occasions, but ended the season 0-18.
The boys' and girls' swimming teams nearly rose to the top of Division 3 at the CIF Southern Section Swimming and Diving Championships at Riverside Community College in May. The boys' team finished runner-up to the division title, and the girls' team placed third.
"I am very proud of what our teams accomplished this year," Laguna Coach Kari Johnson said. "We had the best combined finish at CIF in our school's history. Every member of our team did an excellent job. We all did our best and it paid off."
The boys' team won CIF event titles on two fronts. The Breakers' 200-meter medley relay team of freshman Erik Juliusson, junior Caleb Scott and seniors Billy Wild and Erik Henrikson won in a school-record time of 1 minute, 37.82 seconds. Wild also won the 100 butterfly in 51.66 to set a school record, which he previously held.
Laguna previously had claimed Orange Coast League in the boys' and girls' competition. It was the fifth consecutive league crown for the girls, and fourth for the boys.
The baseball team was under new direction in 2012 as first-year coach Mike Bair took over the program. The Breakers posted an 18-9 season that included a second-place finish in the Orange Coast League. They also won a game in the CIF Division 4 playoffs before they were eliminated in the second round by second-seeded La Salle of Pasadena.