Paul and Pitz win school's top athletic honor

Laguna Beach High honors Chris Paul and Taylor Pitz as school's Athletes of the Year.

June 09, 2011|By Mike Sciacca,
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When Taylor Pitz and Chris Paul heard their names called out toward the end of Laguna Beach High's General Athletic Boosters All Sport Banquet on Tuesday, both said it was unexpected.

Pitz — who starred on the surf team — and Paul — who book-ended a record-setting senior year in football l and baseball — finished the night, and their prep careers at Laguna Beach High, by being presented with the school's Female and Male Athlete of the Year honors for the 2010-11 school year.

"Both Chris and Taylor exhibit all of the traits that we feel are important to have as young adults," Laguna Beach Athletic Director Mike Churchill said. "They are well-rounded as excellent students and athletes. We are very proud of their current accomplishments and look forward to sharing in their future successes."


The swell just keeps rising higher for Pitz, who had a stellar senior year and four-year career at Laguna. In addition to being named Female Athlete of the Year, Pitz was named surf team MVP, top grade-point average (4.43) for the surf team and also received the Mike Roche Female Athlete of Character award.


"I was really stoked and surprised to be named Female Athlete of the Year," Pitz said. "There are so many really, really great athletes at this school. Jessie Holechek, who is a close friend of mine, was crazy good in water polo and is going to Princeton. Emily Writer was breaking records in basketball and is a great player. I'm thrilled with the honor."

A whirlwind year has seen Pitz win an individual league title and capture her second straight High School Varsity Women's title at the National Scholastic Surfing Assn. State Championships at the Huntington Beach Pier. She is a four-year member of the Laguna Beach High surf team and is a three-time league champion. She's also a four-year member of the Billabong girls' team and a three-year member of the USA Surf Team and has competed with the team at the International Surfing Assn. World Jr. Surfing Championship in Ecuador and New Zealand.

She's been a competing member of the NSSA since age 7. This year, she finished the Southwest Open season as the Women's division ratings champion. In December 2010, she was featured as Surfer of the Month in Surfing magazine.

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