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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....

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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),...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...