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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 […]

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Meet Comes of Age, Starts a New Chapter

Meet Comes of Age, Starts a New Chapter

Laguna Beach High’s Eric Hulst Track and Geyer Field came alive last Saturday, as thousands of spectators, coaches and athletes ushered in a new era in the storied history of the Laguna Beach Trophy Invitational track and field meet. “We’re going to continue to build a quality meet and try to make it better every […]

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Assessing Spring’s Line-up

Assessing Spring’s Line-up

Girls Softball The Breakers return all but one starter from last year’s team that finished third in the Orange Coast league before losing in the CIF wild card round to Silverado. It was Laguna’s first post-season home game in 10 years. Victoria Batistelli, Alan Ludloff’s assistant last season, takes over coaching duties from Ludloff, who […]

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Looking Ahead to the Spring Season

Looking Ahead to the Spring Season

Baseball Breaker baseball has experienced unprecedented success in recent years, with the last two teams posting the best records in team history. This year’s team looks to keep that momentum going. Head Coach Mike Bair has “high expectations” for his experienced squad, which includes 13 seniors and five juniors. The Breakers are again loaded with […]

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Teams Reach Playoff Goals with Balance

Teams Reach Playoff Goals with Balance

It’s been a historic season for Laguna Beach High School basketball. For as far back as records show, the 2012-13 boys team is the first to have four players score at least 240 points, led by senior Cole Kesler’s league-leading 361. The other three—junior Noah Blanton (268), Dalke (264), and junior Alec Wulff (240)—finished among […]

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No More Mister Nice Guy

No More Mister Nice Guy

Noah Blanton may be a quiet kid, but the 6’5” junior has been making some noise on the basketball court for the Breakers, who needed to beat Costa Mesa on Thursday, Feb. 7 at Dugger Gym to cap off an undefeated league season, the third in school history. Most locals remember the exploits of Noah’s […]

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Former Laguna Volleyball Star Enters Cal’s Hall of Fame

Former Laguna Volleyball Star Enters Cal’s Hall of Fame

Lance Stewart, former volleyball coach and three-sport star at Laguna Beach High, was inducted into the UC Berkeley Sports Hall of Fame last Saturday. He received the award in part for his MVP performance as a setter on Cal’s first club national championship team in 1985. “It was kind of cool,” said Stewart, who was […]

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Trio's Bonds Thicker Than Water

Trio’s Bonds Thicker Than Water

The shared life experiences of Lexi Del Toro, Makenzie Baldridge and Sydney Saxe make them much more than BFFs; they’re BFL—Bonded For Life. They grew up in the arms of a close knit community that encouraged their involvement in a sport that not only has become the glue that binds their friendship, but also the […]

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Football Stand-Out Suits Up Again

Football Stand-Out Suits Up Again

Anyone who watched Drake Martinez carry the football the past two seasons for Laguna Beach will tell you the all-league, all-CIF, all-Orange County running back is definitely all that. Now he can add all-southern California to his growing list of honors. Martinez was recently selected to play in the 2013 Canyon-Coast Classic, an annual all-star […]