August 8, 2009
HERMOSA BEACH --- One of the more popular, if not exactly intimidating, nicknames for the new beach volleyball pairing of Rachel Wacholder and Kerri Walsh is “the Mom team.” Both have given birth to a baby boy since April, and they made their debut as a team this weekend at the Assn. of Volleyball Professionals Hermosa Beach Open. And, while “the Mom team” showed flashes of what may be a very successful pairing for the rest of the season, No. 3-seeded Wacholder and Walsh settled for fifth at Hermosa Beach after losing to Angie Akers and Tyra Turner, 21-11, 21-10, Saturday morning.
June 18, 2004
Laguna Beach's Rachel Wacholder and partner Angie Akers finished in a tie for ninth-place at last weekend's San Diego Open, the sixth stop on the 2004 Assn. Of Volleyball Professionals Nissan Series. Wacholder and Akers, the women's sixth-seed, lost to No. 11 seed Tanya Fuamata/Heidi Ilustre, 21-17, 19-21, 12-15, in winner's bracket play. Prior to that loss, the pair opened the tournament with a 21-17, 21-11 win over No. 20 seed Kristen Schritter/Helen Reale in Contender's Bracket action.
August 10, 2007
Blanton, Baxter tie at Chicago Open Dain Blanton (Laguna Beach High, Class of 1990) and partner Paul Baxter won one match and tied for 17th place in the men's tournament of the Assn. of Volleyball Professionals' Chicago Open. The tournament began Aug. 2 and concluded Sunday with finals play in the men's and women's divisions. Blanton and Baxter, seeded 15th, dropped their first match in winner's bracket play, losing a hotly-contested match to No. 18 Scott Davenport/Chad Turner, 20-22, 24-22, 21-23.
June 4, 2004
Mike Sciacca Two Laguna Beach High alums nearly took center stage at the Huntington Beach Open last weekend at the south side of the Huntington Beach Pier. Dain Blanton, Class of 1990, and teammate Jeff Nygaard advanced to the men's semifinals where they suffered a tough, 19-21, 21-16, 17-19 loss to eventual champion Jason Ring and George Roumain. Rachel Wacholder, Class of 1993, and Angie Akers, playing for the first time as a team, reached the women's semifinals where they were eliminated by eventual champion Misty May and Kerri Walsh, 15-21, 16-21.
August 12, 2005
Mike Sciacca Rachel Wacholder has been referred to as a rising star on the Assn. of Volleyball Professionals tour. Partnered with Elaine Youngs this year, the two have been a top tandem during the 2005 AVP Nissan Series, winning one event, finishing runner-up on four occasions and placing third three times in eight previous series tournaments. Today, Wacholder (a 1993 graduate of Laguna Beach High School), Youngs (former Laguna Beach High star in the class of 1990)
July 29, 2005
Mike Sciacca Mike Todd carried the banner for Laguna Beach Monday at the Honda U.S. Open of Surfing presented by O'Neill Men's competition, and came up with a third-place finish in his heat at the Huntington Beach Pier. Todd, 24, finished third in heat No. 8 during the round of 192 competition. Seeded 132nd in the event, he placed third behind winner Bobby Morris of Santa Barbara and second-place Raymond Reichle of Hawaii. Todd finished with an overall score of 6.03, his highest wave score being a 3.2. Morris won the heat with an overall score of 9.6, while Reichle grabbed second-place with a total score of 6.5. Each riders' top two waves are totaled for their final scoring average.
December 31, 2004
Mike Sciacca The year 2004 proved to be productive for local sports teams and athletes. Here is a look back at some of the highlights reported to the Coastline Pilot during the past year. January-February-March A refurbished Dugger Gymnasium opened for business in January, welcoming the boys' and girls' basketball teams. The gymnasium underwent a face-lift for six-plus months, and renovations included replacement of antiquated electrical equipment; installation of new lighting and a new floor; and work on the locker rooms, as well as other minor renovations.