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Author Archive for Robert Campbell

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Littlest Photographer Gets His Big Shot

Littlest Photographer Gets His Big Shot

Dante Fornaro and his mother Denise were on their way to Laguna Beach High’s home opener last month when he asked her if they could stop and pay Principal Joanne Culverhouse a visit. “ ‘If I’m going to the football game, I want to take pictures,’ ” Mrs. Fornaro remembers her son saying. The 13-year-old […]

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Clemons and Crew Deliver Many Happy Returns

Clemons and Crew Deliver Many Happy Returns

Robert Clemons received a punt on his own 21-yard line early in the second quarter of his team’s victory over St. Margaret’s last Friday. The nearest Tartan defender was more than five yards away. “If they give me some space to work with, I know that there’s a chance I can make something happen,” said […]

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Cross Country Teams Ranked 8th in CIF

Cross Country Teams Ranked 8th in CIF

Coach Scott Wittkop gave his CIF eighth-ranked boys’ varsity cross-country team last Saturday off in preparation for the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto on Saturday, Sept. 29. The freshman squad continued its dominance so far this season, winning at Dana Hills last Saturday for their third straight invitational victory. As a reward for their performance, […]

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Cancelled Aquathon Goes Off Without a Hitch

Cancelled Aquathon Goes Off Without a Hitch

Moments after Nubie Sears performed his heartfelt ode to the sea as a traditional send off of the 26th Aquathon last Sunday, unofficial organizer Gary Cogorno announced with mock solemnity that the unsanctioned event was officially cancelled. Thus began the annual odyssey of swimmers, hikers, kayakers and SUP-ers as they left the picturesque confines of […]

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Relying on Speed and Willpower

Relying on Speed and Willpower

Graduation took its toll on the 2012 Laguna Beach High boys’ water polo team. Gone is the potent offensive punch of two-time CIF Player of the Year Nolan McConnell, the physical presence of two-time all-CIF center Samer Alkateb, and the in-cage dominance of three-time all-CIF goalkeeper Erik Henrikson. “Most people have written us off, saying […]

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Division Shakeup, Hard Work Ahead

Division Shakeup, Hard Work Ahead

The Laguna Beach girls volleyball team kicked off its season yesterday in a re-aligned CIF division 1-A. Corona del Mar and Loyola Marymount, teams that escorted Laguna to early playoff exits the past two seasons, have been moved up to 1-AA, clearing the way for the pre-season number one Breakers to make a run at […]

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Pioneering Pro Continues to Promote Women’s Surfing

Pioneering Pro Continues to Promote Women’s Surfing

Back in the mid-70s, without her parent’s permission, Alisa Schwarzstein paddled out at Thalia Street Beach on a surfboard she had purchase at a local consignment store.  “It was a really horrible board,” said the now retired pro and Woman of the Year who recently had her name enshrined on the Surfing Walk of Fame […]

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Golden Girls!

Golden Girls!

Too much Maggie Steffens and a smothering defense wore down the upstart Spaniards, as Laguna favorite Annika Dries and Team USA captured their first gold medal in three tries and solidified their position as the best in the world. Steffens tied the score at one in the first period on a skip shot. Then she […]

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Women’s Water Polo Going for Gold

Women’s Water Polo Going for Gold

It looks like a rematch between the rookies and the veterans in women’s water polo. Only this time it’s for the gold. Still undefeated in their first Olympics, the upstart Spaniards beat Hungary on Tuesday to earn a spot in Thursday’s finals. They will face local favorite Annika Dries and the Americans, who are the […]

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It’s a Red, White and Blue Final in Olympic Volleyball

It’s a Red, White and Blue Final in Olympic Volleyball

In the first all-USA women’s beach volleyball final in Olympic history, first time Olympians April Ross of Newport Beach and Jen Kessy of San Clemente will take on two-time defending Olympic champs Misty May-Treanor and Kerry Walsh Jennings in the gold medal match Wednesday. Number four seed Ross/Kessy rallied from a set down to pull […]

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Locals Still in the Hunt for Gold

Locals Still in the Hunt for Gold

Laguna Beach resident Annika Dries and Team USA are two wins away from their first Olympic gold medal in women’s water polo, after knocking off 2004 gold medal winner Italy 9-6 on Sunday. The Americans are the only team to medal in all three previous games since the sport was introduced in Sydney (’00), where […]

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OC at the Olympics

OC at the Olympics

Women’s Water Polo On a fast break early in the third period of Team USA’s match against Spain on Wednesday, Laguna Beach’s Annika Dries took a pass from Brenda Villa and quickly fired the ball past the Spanish goalkeeper. It was the Laguna Beach High alum’s first Olympic goal and it knotted the game at […]

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Breakers Return Speed to the Field

Breakers Return Speed to the Field

A speedy backfield was the hallmark of Laguna’s football team last season. Breaker opponents should expect more of the same, with seniors Drake Martinez and Robert Clemons returning to anchor a ground game that racked up more than 5,000 yards. “That’s our strong point, our speed,” said second year head coach Mike Churchill. Joining them […]

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The Vic Keeps Getting Better

The Vic Keeps Getting Better

If you slept in, you missed it. Last Sunday at Aliso Creek Beach, SoLag native Sam Stinnett won Victoria Skimboards’ World Championship of Skimboarding a second time in a closely contested men’s pro final that got underway early to take advantage of optimal surf conditions at low tide. “I didn’t really believe I could do […]

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The Vic Keeps Getting Better

The Vic Keeps Getting Better

If you slept in, you missed it. Last Sunday at Aliso Creek Beach, Laguna Beach native Sam Stinnett won Victoria Skimboards’ World Championship of Skimboarding a second time in a closely contested men’s pro final that got underway early to take advantage of optimal surf conditions at low tide. “I didn’t really believe I could […]