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Laguna's Girls Wins CIF's Water Polo Crown

Laguna’s Girls Wins CIF’s Water Polo Crown

Girls Water Polo (30-1) Makenzie Fischer scored five goals and had five steals to help power Laguna Beach past Newport Harbor 10-7 to capture the CIF’s top tier Division I girls water polo title Saturday at Irvine’s Woollett Center. Cara Borkovec added three goals and Bella Baldridge two to round out Laguna’s scoring.  Newport played […]

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 Sister Act Leads the Way

Sister Act Leads the Way

Much has been and will continue to be written and said about the 2014 Laguna Beach High School girls’ water polo team. And after all the tournament victories, historic wins, record scoring and just plain old-fashioned dominance, they have more than lived up to the considerable hype. But through it all, this once-in-a-generation collection of […]

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Talent-Laden Team Starts at the Top

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 three experienced transfers and two gifted freshmen to […]

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Boys, Girls to Run for State Final

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 all-CIF honors, finishing ninth overall with 15:42. It was the second […]

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Runners Qualify for CIF Finals

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 and sophomore Pearl Shoemaker in preparation for […]

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Battling Injuries on Her Way to the Top

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 in seven sets over four matches, beating second place Ashley Shelton […]

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High School Sports Update 11/8/13

High School Sports Update 11/8/13

Boys Water Polo (16-11, 4-0) Laguna 7th at Steve Pal Tournament, CIF next week Breakers finished a disappointing seventh in the 32-team tournament failing to improve on their division ranking. The event opened on Friday, Nov. 1 with a 19-4 victory over Pacifica at El Modena High School. Jakob Colladay led the 11 Laguna scorers […]

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Seven Turnovers Sink Breakers

Seven Turnovers Sink Breakers

Timberwolves rout Laguna, 35-19 Laguna had only themselves to blame by delivering five consecutive turnovers on their first five possessions last Friday, Oct. 4, at Guyer Field, losing their final non-league contest of the season to what had been a winless Northwood squad. Breakers took the opening kickoff 13 yards in six plays before losing […]

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School Record Falls at Palos Verdes Invite

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. Merchant finished 13th out of 96 runners to pace […]

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LBHS Sports Update 10/11/13

LBHS Sports Update 10/11/13

Seven Turnovers Sink Breakers: Timberwolves rout Laguna, 35-19 Laguna had only themselves to blame by delivering five consecutive turnovers on their first five possessions last Friday, Oct. 4, at Guyer Field, losing their final non-league contest of the season to what had been a winless Northwood squad. Breakers took the opening kickoff 13 yards in […]

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School Record Falls at Palos Verdes Invite

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. Merchant finished 13th out of 96 runners to pace […]

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What’s Ahead for Boys Polo, Girls Golf

What’s Ahead for Boys Polo, Girls Golf

High expectations despite a young team For most high school coaches, losing five all-CIF performers, including your top four scorers and best defender to graduation would signal a rebuilding year. For Laguna Beach High’s Ethan Damato, it’s just a minor bump in a stellar five-year career that includes more than 100 victories and two CIF […]

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Laguna's Cross Country Teams Start Strong

Laguna’s Cross Country Teams Start Strong

The girls and boys cross country teams are both ranked fourth in the season’s first CIF poll, thanks to strong showings at the Seaside Invitational last Friday, Sept. 6 in Ventura. Schools large and small compete against one another at Seaside, which groups competitors by class without regard to CIF division. The top five finishers […]

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Youth and Experience Keys to Tennis, Cross-country Success

Youth and Experience Keys to Tennis, Cross-country Success

Girls Tennis In two seasons at the helm, Don Davis has yet to see his team lose an Orange Coast league match, winning back-to-back titles in ’11 and ’12, and earning Laguna Beach High School coach of the year honors for the 2012-13. Davis lost four players to graduation from last year’s squad, which reached […]

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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 […]