The Laguna Blues girls¿ under-12 team of Laguna Beach AYSO Soccer, reached the semifinals of the AYSO 11-L tournament in San Juan Capistrano.

The Laguna Blues girls┬┐ under-12 team of Laguna Beach AYSO Soccer, reached the semifinals of the AYSO 11-L tournament in San Juan Capistrano. (Courtesy of George Harper / December 19, 2013)

Laguna Blues, a girls' under-12 team in Laguna Beach AYSO soccer, turned in an outstanding regular season by improving each match and advancing to the semifinal round of the AYSO 11-L South Orange County Tournament of Champions.

The team, which received a wild-card berth to the tournament, nearly reached the division's championship match but had its title hopes ended in a close, 1-0 loss to Mission Viejo.

The 11-L tournament started Dec. 7-8 and concluded Sunday (Dec. 15) at the San Juan Capistrano Sportspark.

Laguna Blues the only team to defeat Aliso Viejo, the top finishing team in the division during the regular season, previously finished runner-up to the Galaxy Girls in the Laguna Beach girls' U12 region tournament. Both teams advanced to the Tournament of Champions.

Laguna Blues will continue its season next spring competing in the AYSO Spring Select program.

The Laguna Blues are: Sofia Pfanner, Eden Pfanner, Jillian Goson, Kendall Fraser, Annika Nielson, Medoria Embury, Sophia Parker, Saejah Barrack, Alexis Monaco, Samantha Ordonez, Izzy Meekma, Lucky Hauer, Tatiana Moore, Samia El-Erian, and Melina McKibben. Head coach: Cameron Fraser. Coach: Paul Parker.

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National Junior Basketball

Boys

Fifth-Grade All-Net Division

Laguna Beach 41, Irvine 25

Jack Payne and Nolan Naess scored 15 points apiece to lead the Breakers to a hard-fought victory Saturday over the Jets.

The key to the game for Laguna and what led to the win was a tenacious full-court defense led by guards Booker Frith, George Williams, Griffin Kristensen, Will Compton and Alex Neufeld.

The Breakers, 2-0, take on the San Clemente Tritons Saturday.

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Girls

Division 1

Laguna Beach 26, San Clemente 11