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Women’s Water Polo Going for Gold

It looks like a rematch between the rookies and the veterans in women’s water polo. Only this time it’s for the gold. Still undefeated in their first Olympics, the upstart Spaniards beat Hungary on Tuesday to earn a spot in Thursday’s finals. They will face local favorite Annika...

Susi Q Shows Its Olympic Spirit

The 2012 Olympics will be televised at Laguna Beach’s Susi Q Senior Center weekdays beginning Monday, July 30. Cheer for your favorite athlete, keep track of the medal count and even watch hometown hero, Annika Dries, center forward on the U.S. Women’s Water Polo team,...

LBHS Selects Stellar Pair as Athletes of Year

Derek Reigel and Marina Paul, two Laguna Beach High School students, were honored as athletes of the year at the sixth annual Athletic Boosters All Sports Banquet last week. Reigel, a first-team all-league performer in basketball and a four-year letter winner in football,...

Big Tournament Win for Girls Polo

The top-ranked 14 and under girls water polo team from Laguna Beach captured first place in the USA Water Polo National Junior Olympics qualifying tournament this past weekend. The Southern Pacific Area zone, or SPA as it is known, held its National Junior Olympic qualifying...

Local Water Polo Legend Earns Olympic Berth

When Annika Dries became the youngest girl ever selected to train with the U.S. national water polo team in 2009, the 17-year-old tried to contain her excitement, saying, “From here on I have endless possibilities, but I also have endless work to do. I’m not there yet.” Wel...

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...

Finding Strength From Within

Lexi Del Toro, 17, a top water polo player at Laguna Beach High School, spent spring break surfing in Mexico as well as taking the ACT, a college entrance exam. Even so, she’s no typical teenager. Two years ago, she confronted her own mortality, learning she is afflicted with...

Club Dates

Transition Laguna’s Food Group Gets the Spotlight   The public and Transition Laguna members are invited to the group’s Tuesday, April 3, meeting at the Neighborhood Congregational Church, 340 St. Anne’s Dr. Guest speaker Facundo Malbran of My Botanica landscape...

Class Notes

Helping Parents Identify Depression, Anxiety and Eating Disorders   An upcoming parent education workshop at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 20, focuses on identifying symptoms of adolescent depression, anxiety and eating disorders. Two mental health professionals will lead the event...

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....

Student Athletes Commit to College Sports

At least 13 LBHS student athletes will pursue collegiate level competition, having committed to NCAA participation agreements in their chosen sport. “These student athletes represent the best of the best at Laguna Beach High School,” said Athletic Director Mike Churchil...

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...

LBHS Fall Sports Update

Fall sports start playoff action next week except for football, which closes out regular season play on Friday, Nov. 11. CIF’s Southern Section will announce girls volleyball brackets on Saturday, boys water polo on Sunday, and girls tennis on Monday. Web site is www.cifss.org...

A Freshman to Watch 


Incoming high school freshman Makenzie Fischer, a member of Laguna’s 12 and 14 and under girls’ water polo club team, recently traveled with Team USA to Puerto Rico to compete in international games, said her club coachScott Baldridge. The USA team won silver, losing to Canada...

Silver for Water Polo Girls

Laguna’s sixth grade and under girls team traveled to the Inland Empire recently for the invitation only US Club championships and returned home with the silver medal against some very tough competition. In the first game, the girls took on the local host team, Chino Hills, with...