maxlax-shield.jpgChampions at the 7th annual Sticks & Stones Invitational at Trabuco Hills High School this past weekend included a mix of repeat winners — Los Alamitos and Redondo Union — as well as newcomers — Newport Harbor and Esperanza — to the title trophies.

Laguna Hills Hawks fight for ball with El Dorado.
Laguna Hills Hawks fight for ball with El Dorado.

The two-day tournament — the longest-running junior varsity lacrosse event in the region — featured 24 teams competing in four divisions with 2014′s “Liv’n-Luv’n-Lax’n” theme.

Trabuco Hills and Los Alamitos Griffins battle for a draw.
Trabuco Hills and Los Alamitos Griffins battle for a draw.

The championships were decided in four hard-fought matches that were all decided by two goals or less:

  • Blue Division: Los Alamitos #1 defeated Corona del Mar #1, 6-5, in the championship game. Aliso Niguel #1 finished third. It was the 4th time a Los
    Al team has won a Sticks & Stones trophy – the tournament’s top title collection.
  • Silver Division: Redondo defeated host Trabuco Hills, 6-4, in the championship game. Woodbridge finished third. Redondo won a division title at Sticks & Stones in 2012.
  • Pink Division: Newport Harbor defeated San Clemente, 6-5, in the championship game. Temecula Valley finished third.
  • Orange Division: Esperanza defeated El Dorado, 4-3, in the championship game. Downey finished third.

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Laguna Hills Hawks fight for ball with El Dorado.
Laguna Hills Hawks fight for ball with El Dorado.

Kelly Drukker, playing for Los Alamitos’ #1 Junior Varsity team, was named the Most Valuable Player for the 2014 Sticks & Stones Invitational. Drukker was joined in individual honors with the 2014 Sticks & Stones All-Tournament team, chosen by coaches — in alphabetical order:

  • Erin Beall, Trabuco Hills
  • Caroline Bethel, Corona del Mar
  • Alesia Cruise, Esperanza
  • Lexie Fischer, El Dorado
  • Adrianna D’Agostinto, Redondo Union
  • Sarah Farley, Newport Harbor
  • Maria Labruna, Corona del Mar
  • Carly Pack, San Clemente
  • Maya Rueda, Los Alamitos
  • Jackie Schneider, Redondo Union
  • McKenzie Shean, Los Alamitos
  • Shannon Smith, Trabuco Hills
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