renaissance

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...

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’...

Strickland Three-Peats at League Finals

For the third time in as many years, senior Natasha Strickland captured the Orange Coast League individual title on Nov. 2 at Centennial Park in Santa Ana. And in doing so, she became only the third girl in school history to break the 18-minute barrier. “I really wanted to get...

Newcomers Fit In by Standing Out

Alyse Wallace Ford and Riley Thomas are finding out that fitting in at a new school is easier when you can knock down kills at the volleyball net in record numbers or fire shots that regularly find the back of a water polo cage. These two Laguna Beach High newcomers may have...

Setting the Family Tradition

At the end of this season, Laguna Beach High School senior Allison Palmer will be preparing to join her sister Alexandra in college, turning the page on a special chapter in Breaker volleyball history where the Palmer siblings set more than two thirds of the points scored by the...

Laguna’s Water Polo Team: Still Hungry for Another Title

The boys’ water polo team at Laguna Beach High is looking to re-capture the passion that drove them to their first CIF title in school history last season. “It’s really hard for a team to repeat,” said Nolan McConnell. “We’ve got to find that hunger again.”   McConnell and...

Girls Own the Tools to Build a CIF Title

The high school’s girls’ volleyball team made a statement last month in Anaheim at the prestigious Foothill Queens Court pre-season tournament, taking runner up honors for the second consecutive season.   Senior Caroline Holte isn’t quite sure what to make of her team’s...

LBHS Spring Sports Wrap

 The 77th spring season for Laguna Beach High School sports was one of the most successful in school history for league titles and CIF finishes. Baseball and swimming had their best finish in school history while softball earned their second appearance ever in the section...

Fifth Annual All Sports Awards Taylor Pitz and Chris Paul Named Top Athletes

Seniors Taylor Pitz and Chris Paul were named as Laguna’s top athletes at the annual All-Sports Banquet held this past Tuesday at Tivoli Terrace.   Pitz has been Laguna’s most successful surfer the past four years and she will be continuing her education at UCLA.   Paul...

Tennis Coach Loves to Ride Waves, Not Make Them

When Peter Davidson took over the boys’ tennis team at Laguna Beach High, he had few goals other than to “clean up the mess” surrounding the school’s tennis program. Now, the first year coach, who had to hit the court running after succeeding Aaron Talarico just before the season...

LBHS Spring Sports Update

Baseball Breakers In Uphill Playoff Contest Breakers played their initial CIF playoff game this past Thursday at Skipper Carrillo Field. Breakers first opponent in the single elimination playoff was either Indio (16-5) or Bloomington (11-14).  Should Laguna prevail they would...

Laguna’s Libero Digs the Back Row

When 5’7” Troy Donenfeld first came to play volleyball for Laguna Beach High, Coach Lance Stewart wasn’t sure what to make of him. “Well, I knew I didn’t have a middle blocker,” said Stewart, laughing. What the coach had was a libero in the making. “I enjoy playing defense and...

Fundraiser May 22, LBHS Alumni Take On Water Polo Champs

Laguna Beach High School alumni will compete with the school’s CIF water polo champs from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 22, in a fundraiser for the LBHS aquatics program (including the water polo and swim teams), which will include relay races, raffles and food. The fun...

Fitting In, Breaking Out and Calling the Show

The potent bats at the top of order helped deliver Laguna Beach High’s first league title in 48 years last Tuesday at Skipper Carrillo Field. With three regular season games remaining before CIF playoffs begin, fellow seniors Chris Paul (.493 average through Tuesday) Eric Peruzzi...

Tennis Newcomer Returns to the Net

As the only son of a former USC tennis standout and European tour professional, Jake Michaels seemed destined to become Laguna Beach High’s top player. Yet, five years ago, Michaels was neither living in Laguna Beach nor playing competitive tennis. The family moved from Temecula...