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Swim Coach Completes Mission, Raises Bar

Swim Coach Completes Mission, Raises Bar

Whatever happened at CIF finals this past Thursday, May 10, in Riverside, it can’t diminish what swim coach Kari Johnson has accomplished at Laguna Beach High. A former swimmer at Mission Viejo High, Johnson took over the boys and girls teams four years ago with one overriding goal: to bring legitimacy to what many had […]

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Top Player Looks to Revive Team’s Legacy

Top Player Looks to Revive Team’s Legacy

Last year as the team’s number two singles player, then-sophomore Teague Hamilton went undefeated during Laguna’s run through CIF, which ended with a finals loss to Viewpoint. This year, Hamilton hopes to lead his team back to the top, and along the way accomplish what only three Laguna Beach High tennis players have done before: […]

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Hot Start for Softball Season

Hot Start for Softball Season

With a mix of youth and experience, Laguna Beach High’s softball team scored lopsided victories in its first two games of the Costa Mesa Mustang tournament last Saturday to run its record to 2-1 going into a Tuesday game against Corona del Mar.   The Breakers beat a tough Artesia team from Lakewood 16-2 in […]

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Soccer Season Ends in Playoffs

Soccer Season Ends in Playoffs

By Horst Noppenberger, Special to the Independent   Laguna Beach High’s boys’ soccer season ended in a second round CIF playoff match against La Crescenta Valley High’s Falcons on Feb. 16.   The Falcons, 17-0, ranked third in CIF, 11th in the state and 22nd in the nation, represented the biggest challenge of the season. […]

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Winter Sports Update

Winter Sports Update

Boys Basketball Basketball concluded their season with a 48-33 loss to the county’s sixth ranked J Serra in a Southern Section, Division 4 AA CIF contest last Wednesday, Feb. 15 at Dugger Gym.   Breakers seemed a little tentative in their shots early on against the taller Lions (17-11) and could never really sustain a […]

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Spring Teams Dig in to Rebuild

Spring Teams Dig in to Rebuild

Most of Laguna Beach High’s nine spring sports programs have tough acts to follow after last year’s incredible run of success. Six of those nine won league titles. One made it to CIF quarterfinals. Two were CIF runners up. And one took home a regional state championship.   Boys Volleyball As a former college player […]

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Girls Polo Loses to Newport in CIF Playoff

Girls Polo Loses to Newport in CIF Playoff

For the second year, Laguna Beach High’s girls’ water polo squad lost in overtime at the Division I semifinals on Wednesday. It took a hot Newport Harbor squad (26-4) on a 15-game win streak to stop the Breakers (23-7) while last year undefeated Dos Pueblos pulled out the win.   Four of Laguna’s losses have […]

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Soccer Teams Earning Respect of Peers

Soccer Teams Earning Respect of Peers

Keeping in step with a year-long pattern of sports success at Laguna Beach High, both soccer programs are putting together strong seasons that could end up rivaling the surprising efforts of last year’s baseball and football teams. “They want to do as well as their friends did in other sports,” said boys’ coach Daniel Richards, […]

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A Milestone Year  Part 2

A Milestone Year Part 2

As the current school year began, expectations were high for Laguna Beach High’s defending CIF champion boys water polo team. The girls’ volleyball team had lost some offensive firepower but was still expected to hold its own. And few knew what to expect from a football team that had lost the heart and soul of […]

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LBHS Girls Waterpolo

LBHS Girls Waterpolo

Out to Prove They Belong   Before Laguna Beach played Edison last week, the girls water polo team was unconcerned about their sixth-place CIF  ranking. Or that they were 2-0 after season opening wins over Dana Hills and El Toro. Or even that they were about to play a tough match on the road against […]

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New Coach Rebuilds a New Line-up

New Coach Rebuilds a New Line-up

What strategy do you adopt after losing the entire starting line up and 90 percent of the offense from the previous season? Play better defense.   That’s what Mark Lewis hopes for his team this season. “I can tell you that we have been preaching more commitment to defense as we know keeping the other […]

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Laguna Girls Finish Sixth at State

Laguna Girls Finish Sixth at State

Strickland just misses school record   After falling short last year, the 2011 girls’ cross-country team achieved its season-long goal of returning to state finals last Saturday in Fresno. And though the Breakers failed to realize their dream as a top three finisher, the young squad, which began the season unranked, finished sixth in both […]

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Breakers Hope for Sixth Straight Title

Breakers Hope for Sixth Straight Title

While a bunch of millionaires squabbled over how to divide a huge pile of NBA cash, Laguna’s high school hoopsters opened what promises to be an exciting season of unselfish Breaker basketball last Tuesday at Dugger gym against Anaheim’s Western High School in the second round of the Godinez Tournament. “They don’t really care who […]

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Girls Headed Back to State

Girls Headed Back to State

Boys Streak Ends at Eight The girls cross country squad secured its place in the record books last Saturday at CIF finals, running the fastest team time in school history on the hilly course at Mt. SAC in Walnut. Having fallen short last season, the Breakers 1:38:11 earned them a fifth place finish overall and […]

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Laguna’s Cross Country Teams Qualify for CIF Finals

Laguna’s Cross Country Teams Qualify for CIF Finals

The girls cross country team finished third in its heat last Saturday at Mt. SAC in Walnut to advance to CIF finals on Saturday, Nov. 19, on the same course. The boys also advanced with a seventh place finish in their heat.   The top five teams from each of three girls’ heats, as well […]