LBHS girls water polo teams win big

This past weekend the current CIF-SS D1 Champion LBHS girls water polo varsity team, as well as the JV team, finished up successful water polo tournaments. 

On Thursday, the Laguna JV team won two games in the Brahmas Varsity Tournament against the Canyon HS varsity team, 12-5, and the Palos Verdes HS varsity team, 11-9. Meanwhile up in Goleta, the Laguna varsity team won its first game in the Santa Barbara Tournament of Champions against Wilson HS from Long Beach 16-2. 

On Friday, the varsity team had another win, this time 12-3 against Carlsbad HS. On Saturday, the Laguna JV team won its semifinal game against the La Jolla HS varsity team, 7-4, while the Laguna varsity team battled Foothill HS from Tustin in their semifinal and came away with a 9-8 victory. 

LBHS girls JV

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LBHS JV team – Back Row (L-R): Cleo Washer, Isabel Foley, Marie Audebert, Lauren Smith, Tasha Denny, London Boyd, Carly Rohrer, Lauren Short, Jordan Schneider, Ryley McDennon, and Coach Bridgette Alvarez; Front Row (L-R): Emily Shabunov, Nicole Brown, Myha Pinto, Mac Jenal, Lexi Parness, and Eleanor Ramsey

Later in the day, the JV team had a close game in the Brahmas final, losing 12-13 to take second place against the CIF-SS D1 Santiago HS varsity team from Corona. The Laguna varsity team’s final was against Surf League rival Newport Harbor HS. The Laguna girls took first place with a 8-3 win. Juniors Molly Renner (MVP) and Emma Lineback were selected for the All-Tournament Team.

“I’m very happy for both of our groups and the way they performed this past weekend,” said Head Coach Ethan Damato. “It’s truly a by-product of the hard work and commitment put in by all the athletes in our program.”

LBHS girls Varsity

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LBHS varsity team – Back Row (L-R): Coach Nolan McConnell, Rachael Carver, Morgan Van Alphen, Mikayla Lopez, Ava Houlahan, Grace Houlahan, Lela McCarroll, Imani Clemons, Ella Baumgarten, Nicole Struss, Coach Ethan Damato, and Coach Erich Fischer; Front Row (L-R): Jessie Rose, Molly Renner (MVP), Emma Lineback (All-Tournament Team), Charlotte Riches, Hannah Carver, Skyler Kidd, Haley Parness, Emma Singer, Kenedy Corlett, and Lauren Schneider

This was the Breakers’ 16th “Big 3” in-season tournament title in 19 attempts since 2014. Last month the team won the Bill Barnett Holiday Cup for the seventh straight year, and later this month they will defend their title at the Irvine Southern California Championships.