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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 […]

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LBHS Sports Update 6/14/13

LBHS Sports Update 6/14/13

All-Sports Awards Drake Martinez and Haley Putnam were selected as athletes of the year at the seventh annual LBHS Athletic Booster’s Awards held last week. Martinez set 20 different play, game, season and career marks in football as the most prolific runner and scorer in the sport’s 78 year history at the school. Martinez was […]

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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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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 […]

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Two Winning High School Coaches Resign

Two Winning High School Coaches Resign

By Jennifer Erickson and Frank Aronoff | LB Indy After leading Laguna Beach High School’s football team during its two most successful seasons ever, Coach Mike Churchill turned in his resignation,effective Friday, Dec. 7, the school district announced Tuesday. In a second high-profile retirement, the longtime girls’ volleyball coach Lance Stewart, also announced his resignation. […]

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Fall Sports Update 11/9/12

Fall Sports Update 11/9/12

Cross Country Girls – League Champs ! Teams Prep for CIF This Saturday Laguna girls captured their seventh all-time league team title last Wednesday as the Breakers edged Godinez for conference honors at the annual league meet at Centennial Park adjacent to Godinez High School in Santa Ana. Eliza Romero was Laguna’s top runner finishing […]

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Laguna’s Depth Takes Them Near the Top

Laguna’s Depth Takes Them Near the Top

A two-hour bus ride to Santa Clarita last Monday did nothing to stop the momentum of the Laguna Beach girls tennis team, which scored a decisive 10-6 CIF quarterfinal victory over unranked Valencia High. The victory earned the Breakers another long bus ride, this time to Arcadia, where they met second ranked and undefeated Arcadia […]

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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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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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Veterans Volleying at the Net

Veterans Volleying at the Net

By Kristine Michaels, Special to the Independent   The girls varsity tennis team is back in action and shaping up to form a solid team for the upcoming fall season. Led by head Coach Don Davis in his second season, the team hopes to emerge once again as undefeated Orange Coast League champions. One significant […]

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Best Ever CIF Finish for Boys

Best Ever CIF Finish for Boys

The Southern Section’s CIF swimming and diving championships got underway at Riverside Community College Thursday afternoon with a come-from-behind victory for the Laguna boys in the 200 medley relay. Four hours later in the cool evening air, they capped their best overall post-season performance with a runner up finish behind Alhambra’s Mark Keppel High 311 […]