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Paul, Reigel rewarded for their excellence on field, in classroom

Laguna Beach seniors named Most Valuable Female and Male Athletes of the Year at school's banquet.

June 14, 2012|By Mike Sciacca

In a school year where numerous Laguna Beach High athletes shined, Marina Paul and Derek Reigel have been named Most Valuable Female and Male Athletes of the Year, respectively, for the Breakers.

The news came as a surprise, each said, when it was announced June 6 at the school's year-end sports award banquet at Tivoli Terrace

"Marina Paul and Derek Reigel are perfect examples of Laguna Beach athletes," Laguna Beach Athletic Director Mike Churchill said. "They are not only outstanding athletes in the multiple sports that they have chosen, but they excel in the classroom. As captains of their teams, they have competed hard and led others to championships. They will both be missed."

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A three-sport athlete during her senior year, Paul, 17, starred on the volleyball court, soccer field and in track and field. She was a four-year participant in girls' soccer and earned All-Orange Coast League and All-CIF-Southern Section honors. She also is a four-year participant and all-league player in girls' volleyball. In the spring, Paul competed in girls' track for the first time, running the 800 and also a leg on the Breakers' 4 x 400 relay team that won a league title in the event.

Paul, who carried a 4.28 grade-point average, also was the Laguna Beach Rotary Female Athlete of the Year for the school year and was named the 2011-12 Female Athlete of the Year for the Orange Coast League.

"I had a great time playing all those sports, and have a lot of great memories," Paul said. "I'm so honored by this award. It's hard to believe that my time at Laguna Beach High is over."

The 6-foot Paul went straight from volleyball to the soccer field. She was the Breakers' scoring leader, a co-captain and team MVP in soccer the last two years and helped guide the program to CIF Southern Section appearances in three of her four years.

Paul led Laguna this year to a 14-match unbeaten streak that included an undefeated run through Orange Coast League play.

"Marina lifted the entire team to play at a higher level this season," Laguna Beach girls' soccer Coach Bill Rolfing said. "Every player battled harder than ever with Marina's physical presence leading the way. Tall and strong, Marina is extremely aggressive and does not stop seeking the ball, offensively or defensively.

By being an Athlete of the Year at Laguna, Paul was able to follow in the footsteps of her brother, Chris, who was the school's Male Athlete of the Year last year. Chris Paul now plays baseball for Cal.

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