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Shortstop Overcomes Long Odds

Former Laguna Beach High School senior Keaton Jones struck out a career high 12 batters as well as scoring the winning run against Costa Mesa on May 3, 2011, to clinch the first league title in the program’s 48-year history. Jones, now a junior shortstop at Texas Christian...

Searching for Identity, Team Finds Its Leaders

On the eve of the 2014 season, the Laguna Beach High School boys’ volleyball team was having somewhat of an identity crisis. Its floor general and setter Grifan Fair and top three hitters, including emotional leader Weston Barnes, had graduated. Returning middle blocker Noah...

High School Sports Update

Baseball and Volleyball Pursue CIF Titles Nunis hit a two-run homer in the third inning to lift Laguna Beach High School’s baseball squad (26-2) to a 2-0 victory over Alhambra in a CIF Division 4 second round win Tuesday, May 27. The team next faces Sonora High School in La...

School Record Falls at CIF Finals

In the final race of his high school career, Laguna Beach senior Nathan Lancaster toppled the school’s longest-standing track and field record at CIF finals on Saturday at Cerritos College. His 49.46 in the 400-meter dash was four ticks faster than the 49.5 Chris Paulsrud ran in...

Two Records Fall in a Single Day

Two Laguna Beach High School records fell last week; one had stood for 27 seasons and the other lasted a day short of a year Grant Wilhelm pitched six shutout innings on the road last Thursday, May 8, against Godinez to help Laguna clinch its second straight Orange Coast league...

A Chance to be the Best Ever

In 2006, Laguna’s baseball team won 13 games to tie the single-season school record, a rare bright spot in the struggling program’s 69-year history up to that point. Since then, the Breakers have won no fewer than 14 games in any one season and are a combined 147-74, including a...

Record Crowds Turn Out for Record-Setting Meet

Laguna Beach High’s girls’ varsity track and field team turned in their best performance ever at the Trophy Invitational last Saturday at Guyer Field. Their second place score of 59 points put them three ahead of third place Corona del Mar but well behind the 148.5 tallied by...

Harvard Duo Bring Their Game Back Home

ast road tri Former Laguna Beach High water polo standouts Yoshi Andersen (’12) and Lexie Del Toro (’13) retuned to the familiar waters of their hometown pool this past Tuesday for a quick practice with the rest of their Harvard teammates on a 10-game West Coast road tr...

Finding Strength to Go the Distance

By Robert Campbell | LB Indy When it comes to why people run marathons, it’s probably safe to say there are as many reasons as there are runners. Among the 21,829 who lined up for the start of the Los Angeles Marathon last Sunday, local optometrist Michael Cook, his daughter...

Sister Act Leads the Way

Much has been and will continue to be written and said about the 2014 Laguna Beach High School girls’ water polo team. And after all the tournament victories, historic wins, record scoring and just plain old-fashioned dominance, they have more than lived up to the considerable...

Seniors Set the Bar High for Future Squads

If Laguna Beach High boys’ basketball team was able to beat Don Bosco on Wednesday in the first round of CIF post season play, they will meet either Templeton or Whittier Christian (La Habra) on Friday night, Feb. 21 for a chance to equal the 2007 Breakers for most wins by a Bret...

Savoring a Season of Change

By Robert Campbell Like most of her teammates at Laguna Beach High, Cara Borkovec grew up playing water polo. Now she’s a senior co-captain of arguably the best high school water polo team in the country. But Borkovec is not your typical southern California girl. In fact, she’s...

Sweet Shooting Siblings Set the Same Record

It doesn’t matter whether the subject is boys basketball or girls. If the question is “who owns the Laguna Beach High School record for most 3-pointers made in a single season?” The answer is Lewis. As in Brandon and Alexandra. Brandon set the boys mark of 85 in 2012, and his...

With Technology, Coach Helps Swimmers Excel

A 15-year-old Brett Rose visited Mission Viejo in 1980 to compete in a junior national swim meet. He and his family had never before left their native Pennsylvania, but a detour to Laguna Beach during that trip hooked the family. Five years later, “We picked up like the...