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Author Archive for Robert Campbell

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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 […]

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Record-setting Sophomore Sets Lofty Goals

Record-setting Sophomore Sets Lofty Goals

Erik Juliusson became Laguna Beach High’s first two-time individual CIF swimming champion when he won the 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke at Riverside Community College in May. A few weeks later, a local gallery displayed two of his drawings as part of an Art Walk exhibit featuring LBHS artists. While winning races thrills Juliusson, who […]

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The Brooks Turns 50, Finally

The Brooks Turns 50, Finally

Started in 1955 by the Laguna Beach Recreation Department and billed as the world’s longest running surfing contest, the Brooks Street Surfing Classic finally turned 50 last weekend after a two-year break due to poor surf conditions. “We had a great swell all weekend,” said Brandy Faber, who took over as lead organizer of the […]

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Former Laguna Star Blazing New Trails at USC

Former Laguna Star Blazing New Trails at USC

Two-time Olympic champion Felix Sanchez visited USC last month. The former Trojan track star from the Dominican Republic was there to make sure the 2013 USC track team understood the importance of beating cross-town rival UCLA. “It was really, really cool,” said USC freshman Natasha Strickland, a former Laguna Beach High star who ran the […]

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Envisioning a Better Open

Envisioning a Better Open

Twenty two-person teams battled each other and a stiff sea breeze that whipped across Main Beach last Saturday during the 38th annual Laguna Open Women’s Volleyball Tournament. “This is probably the windiest tournament I’ve ever been in,” said Lynne Galli, after she and partner Lisa Ruthledge won their second straight title. “You just have to […]

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Former Laguna Star Blazing New Trails at USC

Former Laguna Star Blazing New Trails at USC

Two-time Olympic champion Felix Sanchez visited USC last month. The former Trojan track star from the Dominican Republic was there to make sure the 2013 USC track team understood the importance of beating cross-town rival UCLA. “It was really, really cool,” said USC freshman Natasha Strickland, a former Laguna Beach High star who ran the […]

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Former Laguna Star Blazing New Trails at USC

Former Laguna Star Blazing New Trails at USC

Two-time Olympic champion Felix Sanchez paid a visit to USC last week. The former Trojan track star from the Dominican Republic was there to make sure the 2013 USC track team understood the importance of beating cross-town rival UCLA. “It was really, really cool,” said USC freshman Natasha Strickland, a former Laguna Beach High star […]

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Friendships Bind Siblings to Their Passion for Running

Friendships Bind Siblings to Their Passion for Running

Janie and Jack Crawford arrived in Laguna with their parents two years ago. For the freshman Janie, the move from Redmond, Wash., marked a new beginning. For Jack, a junior, it became a refreshing reminder of old beginnings past. Jack already trained with two cross-country teams, one as a middle-schooler in Texas and the other […]

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Capping Her Career by Fulfilling a Dream

Capping Her Career by Fulfilling a Dream

One of the best female swimmers in Laguna Beach High history, Andrea Reigel (’09) realized her life-long dream when she competed in four events for the UCLA Bruins at the NCAA championships last Thursday through Saturday in Indianapolis. “I’m really happy with how my career ended,” she said,  “I feel like I reached my potential […]