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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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.  ...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...