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Cyclist Continues His Climb to the Top

While many kids his age huddle over a joystick, trying to reach the next level of the latest video game, 14-year-old Massimo Lucidi can often be found hunched over the handlebars of his carbon fiber racing bike, trying to reach the top of some steep Laguna street. “When it comes...

Talent-Laden Team Starts at the Top

Ranked No. 1 in CIF’s Division I pre-season poll, Laguna Beach’s water polo team is riding a wave of expectations as high as Coach Ethan Damato’s squad is deep. A plethora of returning talent, including first team all-CIF, all Orange County and league MVP Makenzie Fischer joins...

Breakers Fall to Champs 8-6

Boys Water Polo (19-12, 4-0) Laguna battled the eventual champion Agoura Chargers (26-4) to their opponent’s toughest match with a division team this season in a contest played last Wednesday, Nov. 20 at Irvine’s Woollett Center. A large turnout of Laguna fans saw Jakob Colladay...

Boys, Girls to Run for State Final

Ranked fifth in CIF entering post-season, the Laguna Beach High boys cross country team proved they are legitimate contenders for a state title, taking home the runner-up hardware at CIF finals last Saturday at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut.  Junior Cameron Zuziak captured...

Runners Qualify for CIF Finals

Both of Laguna Beach High School’s cross country teams finished second in their respective heats at CIF prelims last Saturday, Nov. 16, at Mt. SAC in Walnut to earn spots in the finals Saturday, Nov. 22, on the same course. Girls coach Steve Lalim rested junior Brenna Merchant...

Former Local Star Scores in NCAA Tournament

Former Laguna Beach High soccer standout Marina Paul (’12), now a Georgetown University sophomore, scored a goal to help seal the Hoyas 2-0 win over LaSalle in the first round of the NCAA tournament last Saturday, Nov. 16, on Georgetown’s home field in Washington, DC. With the...

Lancaster Steps Up and Stands Alone at the Top

Last Friday against Costa Mesa, Laguna Beach senior running back Nathan Lancaster scored on runs of 73, 25 and 43 yards to highlight a 208-yard night. It was the last in a long line of stellar performances that punctuated a career unlike any those in attendance at Guyer Field...

Battling Injuries on Her Way to the Top

Laguna Beach High’s Kira Hamilton overcame a season of injuries to capture the Orange Coast League individual championship Wednesday, Oct. 30, at Costa Mesa Tennis Center. Laguna’s top singles player was named OC Varsity player of the week after compiling a 44-4 tournament record...

Girls JV Shines Again at Mt. SAC Invitational

On the heels of a second place finish at the OC Championships, Laguna’s JV cross country team finished third out of 23 teams in the JV national championship race at the Mt. SAC Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 26 in Walnut, Calif. Senior Monica White and junior Annie Brown were the...

Breakers Dominate in Cross Country League Finals

On a day dominated by Breaker runners, both Laguna Beach High cross country teams won Orange Coast League titles Wednesday, Oct. 30, at Irvine Regional Park. Junior Natalie Kimball ran a personal record time of 18:19 over the three-mile course to capture the girls individual...

JV Girls Finish 2nd at OC Championships

Girls Results The Division 4 Laguna Beach girls’ JV cross country team finished second out of 14 teams behind Division 1 Northwood of Irvine at the Orange County Championships on Friday, Oct. 18 at Irvine Regional Park. Senior Monica White led the all-junior JV team, finishing...

Overcoming a Rash of Injuries to Stay in the CIF Hunt

Sports injuries are as inevitable as losing. So what does a coach do when he loses his top four players at the same time? “You have to take the girls you have available and try to figure out the best way you can score points with those girls,” said Laguna Beach High tennis coach...

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...

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....

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....