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Local Boy Wins Back-to-Back Titles

By Amy Capelle, Special to the Independent Nine year-old Laguna Beach resident Everett Capelle captured the gold medal in the boys’ 9-10 year-old division 1500-meter race with a time 4:56:70 at the National Youth Outdoor Championships held last month in Lisle, Ill. Everett also...

School District Offers Free Lunch

Depending on their family’s household size and income, children enrolled in the Laguna Beach Unified School District may be eligible for free or reduced-price lunches. Families who are eligible need to re-enroll in the program each year, said district spokeswoman Leisa Winston....

Baseball

Paul, Jones start minor league baseball careers Laguna baseball alumni from the 2011 class started their professional baseball careers this summer signing contacts after the annual June baseball draft. Chris Paul (UC Berkeley), drafted in the sixth round by Minnesota, is starting...

Volleyball

Patchell’s 18s Capture JO Gold Shawn Patchell, a Laguna resident and former head coach at Laguna Beach High School, saw his 18s squad (T-Street) defeat Cleveland 18-Black 16-25, 25-10, 15-10 for the open division title at the annual Junior Nationals held in New Orleans in early...

Water Polo

Breakers Repeat as Girls State Champions Laguna girls captured the 48-team California High School Championships last weekend, surviving a shootout with Orange Lutheran before crushing Corona del Mar in the finals 9-2. On their way to the finals, Breakers wins included Clovis...

Horse Lovers Sponsor Stable Tour

Laguna Beach Horse Lovers hosts a behind-the-scenes tour Sunday, July 26, from 3-5 p.m. of stables in San Juan Capistrano. “We put together a fun, free event for families and individuals to spend time appreciating each other, horses and the outdoors. Laguna Beach Horse Lovers’...

Making Waves to Fight Cancer

Three Laguna locals, Lynn Kubasek, Tom Hale and Eric Paine, will participate in a triple relay, three teams swimming simultaneously, across the Catalina Channel to raise funds for cancer research. The relay planned for Monday, July 20, is organized with two swimming...

Youngster Honored by John Hopkins

James Dunne, a Laguna Beach 8-year-old, was honored at a ceremony for academically advanced children sponsored by the John Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth. Jimmy was recognized for his exceptional performance on a rigorous, above-grade-level test, says a statement...

It’s a Wrap on Class of ‘15

Dane Olson and Tyler Alter ALL-CIF Laguna received two players on the 43rd Annual All-CIF squad announced on June 22. Senior outside hitter Dane Olson and junior middle/opposite Tyler Alter were selected to the 13-player list joining the 66 past Laguna players to receive the...

Graduates

Seniors Award Their Young Champion Laguna Beach High School student Diana Shirley received a $1,000 scholarship from the Laguna Beach Seniors. The grant was funded by Table Top Treasures, recycled treasures sold at bargain prices on Monday mornings at The Susi Q. The pop-up...

Local Rider Brings Home the Blue

Local Lori Savit won first place in the San Juan Capistrano Dressage Society Show riding Atticus in the Training 1 class on Friday, June 19. Atticus is owned by Maureen Hall. Savit began training in dressage in 2013 after years as an occasional trail rider. She founded Laguna...

Class Notes

Locals Now BU Grads Five Laguna Beach residents graduated from Boston University in May. Alexander Wheeler received his bachelor of arts in economics Lia Berger received her bachelor of science in communication. Morgan Myers received her bachelor of arts in chemistry and...

Students Honor LBHS Anniversary

Students began a collaboration to create an artwork marking the 80th anniversary of Laguna Beach High School last year. It was up to this year’s students in the ceramics class of Somer Selway and those enrolled in Scott Wittkop’s ROP multimedia design class to finalize the...

Boys Award Scholarships at LBHS Convocation

Graduating Laguna Beach High School seniors Grant Barton and Makena Collins were each awarded a scholarship of $1,250 by 10 Boys Who Care, eighth-grade friends who fund raise money to grant scholarships. After reading 20 essays from applicants, the group chose Grant and Makena...