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Cross-Country: Girls Team Sets School Record

Cross-Country: Girls Team Sets School Record

The Laguna Beach girls’ cross-country team ran a school course record to finish second out of 31 teams at the Clovis Invitational last Saturday, Oct. 12, in Fresno. Their team time of 1:37:42 shattered the old mark of 1:39:00 set by the ’09 Breakers. Junior Janie Crawford finished 13th overall to lead Laguna. Her time […]

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School Record Falls at Palos Verdes Invite

School Record Falls at Palos Verdes Invite

Led by junior Brenna Merchant’s new school record of 13:01, Laguna finished third at the Palos Verdes Invitational at Palos Verdes High on Saturday, Oct. 5.  Merchant’s time easily beat the 13:14 Natasha Strickland (’12) ran two years ago as a senior on the two-mile course. Merchant finished 13th out of 96 runners to pace […]

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School Record Falls at Palos Verdes Invite

School Record Falls at Palos Verdes Invite

Led by junior Brenna Merchant’s new school record of 13:01, Laguna finished third at the Palos Verdes Invitational at Palos Verdes High on Saturday, Oct. 5.  Merchant’s time easily beat the 13:14 Natasha Strickland (’12) ran two years ago as a senior on the two-mile course. Merchant finished 13th out of 96 runners to pace […]

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Breakers Win Cluster Meet

Breakers Win Cluster Meet

The CIF third-ranked Laguna Beach boys and seventh-ranked girls look poised to win their sixth Orange Coast League titles this season after winning the league cluster meet on Sept. 25 at Irvine Regional Park. League finals will be held Wednesday, Oct. 30 on the same course. The girls’ varsity placed their five scorers in the […]

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Finding Solace on the Open Sea

Finding Solace on the Open Sea

Laguna Niguel resident Will Schmidt streaked across the Catalina Channel to Dana Point Harbor from Avalon aboard a 14-foot standup paddleboard in less than eight hours last Friday, Sept. 20. If confirmed by the World Paddle Association, his time of 7:47:33 will establish a new record for such a crossing, knocking more than five minutes […]

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What’s Ahead for Boys Polo, Girls Golf

What’s Ahead for Boys Polo, Girls Golf

High expectations despite a young team For most high school coaches, losing five all-CIF performers, including your top four scorers and best defender to graduation would signal a rebuilding year. For Laguna Beach High’s Ethan Damato, it’s just a minor bump in a stellar five-year career that includes more than 100 victories and two CIF […]

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Laguna's Cross Country Teams Start Strong

Laguna’s Cross Country Teams Start Strong

The girls and boys cross country teams are both ranked fourth in the season’s first CIF poll, thanks to strong showings at the Seaside Invitational last Friday, Sept. 6 in Ventura. Schools large and small compete against one another at Seaside, which groups competitors by class without regard to CIF division. The top five finishers […]

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Youth and Experience Keys to Tennis, Cross-country Success

Youth and Experience Keys to Tennis, Cross-country Success

Girls Tennis In two seasons at the helm, Don Davis has yet to see his team lose an Orange Coast league match, winning back-to-back titles in ’11 and ’12, and earning Laguna Beach High School coach of the year honors for the 2012-13. Davis lost four players to graduation from last year’s squad, which reached […]

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New Coaches Hope to Build on Past Success

New Coaches Hope to Build on Past Success

Laguna Beach High welcomes two new faces to its head coaching ranks this fall, as Lance Stewart and Mike Churchill, two of the school’s most successful coaches, stepped down from their respective programs following last season. After a 21-4-1 record, an Orange Coast league title, and back-to-back CIF final four appearances over the past two […]

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From the Pageant to the Gridiron, a Life Story of Local History

From the Pageant to the Gridiron, a Life Story of Local History

On a late October day in 1936, Laguna Beach High’s football team held a slim 2-0 lead over their Orange league rival Tustin High. The Tillers were driving for the go-ahead score against an undersized but tough Artists defense, when junior defensive back Art Sherman stepped in front of a Tustin pass at the 40-yard […]

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Striding for a Little Known Cause

Striding for a Little Known Cause

Cory Skyler, a descendant of Lewis and Clark’s interpreter and scout George Drouillard, walked through Laguna Beach this past Tuesday on a journey nearly as improbable as that of the famous 1804 explorers. His aim is raising awareness for a campaign by California’s indigenous people to regain the sacred ancestral land that was taken from […]

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U.S. Surfing Open Marred by Melee

U.S. Surfing Open Marred by Melee

A wave of violence erupted in Surf City USA after the conclusion of the U.S. Open of Surfing on Sunday in Huntington Beach. Local police had to use tear gas and other non-lethal means to disperse an unruly crowd of hundreds that left a wake of damage to city vehicles, portable toilets, newspaper racks, store […]

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Marathon Swimmers Set Catalina Record

Marathon Swimmers Set Catalina Record

Late on a recent summer evening, a relay team of three men and three women, all in their 50s, braved profound darkness, four-foot seas and stinging jellyfish to cross 21 miles of open ocean between Catalina Island and San Pedro. When they arrived on the rocky shores of the Palos Verdes peninsula early the next […]

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Local Tennis Prodigy Proving Her Potential

Local Tennis Prodigy Proving Her Potential

Laguna Beach resident Sydney Van Alphen beat Kalani Soli of Carson, Calif 6-1, 6-3 to win the USTA Regional Tournament Segment 16s last Sunday at Woodbridge Tennis Club in Irvine. “It was a great feeling,” said Van Alphen of her first USTA victory against national competition. “I was happy that I had supporters there watching […]

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The 37th Vic Marks Two Firsts

The 37th Vic Marks Two Firsts

In the aftermath of The Vic skim boarding contest at Aliso Beach, contestant Blair Conklin found himself in a gauntlet of hugs and high fives, as family and friends took turns congratulating the 18-year-old SoLag favorite on his first hometown pro victory. “It’s always something I’ve dreamed about,” said a humbled Conklin, overwhelmed by all […]