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March 14, 2003
The Kalos Kagathos Foundation's California student surfing team has been invited to participate in a New Zealand / United States junior surfing cultural exchange. Foundation Chairman Bruce S. Hopping selected the California 2002 Seaview League Champion Laguna Beach High School team. Participating youths are selling raffle tickets, $20 for 100, to pay for airfare and expenses for the trip to Raglan, New Zealand, April 18 to 26. The New Zealand junior team is also planning to come to Laguna Beach.
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By Mike Sciacca | July 18, 2008
Annika Dries has had a busy summer at the pool. Fun and games? You bet. Call it a pool party, of sorts. But it?s been a lot of work, too, and the experience has proved to be invaluable to the Laguna Beach High athlete. Dries recently returned from Australia where she played on the USA ?91 Women?s Junior National Team that competed at the ?90 Global Championships in Brisbane. Last week, she played on the USA Junior team that competed at the ?88 Global Championships in Los Alamitos.
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June 13, 2008
Laguna Beach High?s Zach Nuno has been named the co-Pitcher of the Year on the 2008 All-Orange Coast League baseball team. The senior shares the honor with Calvary Chapel senior Steven DeArmond. Shortstop Cole Wilson, also a senior at Calvary Chapel, was named the league?s Most Valuable Player. Nuno was one of six Breakers to make all-league. Named to the first team were senior shortstop Dalton Sype and freshman third baseman Chris Paul. Junior utility Jake Sganga, junior catcher Gabe Stansbury and senior pitcher Julian Deline were named to the second team.
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By Matt Szabo | March 12, 2010
This may be the year that the Laguna Beach High baseball team can accomplish big things. ?This process started three years ago,? Coach Jeff Sears said. ?Now it?s time to reap the benefits. We believe we?re a pretty good ballclub.? Laguna finished 14-14 last year, second in the Orange Coast League to Costa Mesa and lost in the CIF Southern Section Division IV first round to eventual-champion San Dimas. The Breakers have not won a league title in 47 years. ?We?re a baseball school, and our kids are starting to buy into that,?
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By Mike Sciacca | August 24, 2007
Lance Stewart doesn?t like to make comparisons. Case in point: Although he acknowledges last year?s stunning success for his Laguna Beach High girls? volleyball program, he doesn?t want to hold it up to the 2007 Breakers, who held tryouts on Tuesday and held their first practice session Wednesday. Here goes, anyway: A year ago, a magical season saw Laguna compile a 29-6 record, capture four of six tournaments it entered, win Orange Coast League, CIF Southern Section Division II-AA and Southern California Regional Division II titles and play in a state title game for just the second time in school history.
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By Matt Szabo | September 4, 2009
Coach Lance Stewart doesn?t expect the Laguna Beach High girls? volleyball team to blow many teams off the court this year. The Breakers are young, and serving is a strength. Stewart said it?s probably the best serving team he?s had since he returned to Laguna Beach in 2003. But if they?re going to be effective, they?re also going to be, well, annoying. ?We?re not going to be big and powerful,? Stewart said. ?We?re going to have to annoy people. We?ll have to win long points and I think we?
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By Mike Sciacca | December 5, 2008
The Laguna Beach High girls? soccer program is looking forward to an exciting season. So says Coach Bill Rolfing, whose squad will face a competitive schedule full of nonleague and tournament challenges in the coming months. Laguna lost 13 players to graduation in June but has a solid nucleus of seven key players back who have plenty of experience at both the prep and club levels. The returnees include senior defenders Holden Penney and Maddy Arteburn and senior goalie Lura Hills.
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By Matt Szabo | September 18, 2009
The goal is the CIF State meet. They missed it last year, finishing ninth at the CIF Southern Section Division IV final where the top seven teams advanced. But, since the Laguna Beach High girls? cross country team returns six of seven runners, the trip to Fresno look more and more likely. ?Based upon our summer training, we are looking to have a very strong season,? Coach Steve Lalim said. ?The girls have worked really hard this summer ... I?m really excited to see what these girls can accomplish.
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By Matt Szabo | February 26, 2010
Defense wins championships. The Laguna Beach High girls? water polo team wouldn?t have it any other way. A casual observer of Wednesday night?s CIF Southern Section Division II semifinal against Agoura would have seen a high-scoring game, the 9-8 final score in favor of the Breakers. Look closer, and it was Laguna?s shut-down defense that gave the defending champions a chance. Agoura scored just once in the fourth quarter at Irvine High, and was shut out in the final 4:31 of the game.
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By Matt Szabo | September 2, 2009
The end of last season was a roller-coaster ride. One week, the Laguna Beach High football team couldn’t hold a 22-point lead and lost to Costa Mesa in a game that decided the Orange Coast League title. The next, the Breakers were beating up on Santa Ana, headed for their first CIF playoff win in 21 years before falling to Corona del Mar in the second round. But the Breakers bring several pieces back and the tone for this year is also optimistic. It starts with junior receiver Chris Paul (6-foot-1, 180 pounds)
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By Barbara Diamond | September 12, 2013
A modest young hero was honored by the Laguna Beach City Council at its Sept. 3 meeting. Junior Lifeguard Jameson Roller, 12, was commended for his rescue of a drowning swimmer on Aug. 2 at a summer camp in Maine. "After completing his second year of Junior Lifeguards this summer, Jameson attended the summer camp where he used his skills as a junior lifeguard to make a rescue and actually save a life," said Ryan Winfield, coordinator of the Laguna Beach program. "We are truly proud of you. " The summer camp honored Roller's courage and speedy response by appointing him assistant lifeguard at Lake Damariscotta in Maine.
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By Mike Sciacca | August 29, 2013
Makenzie Fischer was a bit jet-lagged late Tuesday afternoon but still, you could color her mood golden. The Laguna Beach High student-athlete, who begins her junior year next week, had just returned a day earlier from Volos, Greece, site of the 2013 FINA Women's Junior World Championships. Fischer and the USA Water Polo Women's Junior National Team were sitting on top of the world following the week-long tournament. Team USA captured the gold medal Sunday by defeating Spain, 9-7, in the tournament's championship game.
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August 22, 2013
The USA Women's Junior National Water Polo Team improved to 3-0 in group play Wednesday by downing New Zealand, 12-5, at the FINA Junior World Championships in Volos, Greece. Laguna Beach High's Makenzie Fischer is a member of the U.S. team. The junior-to-be, a utility player and the only high school player on the team, scored twice in Team USA's tournament-opening, 14-4 victory Monday over Kazakhstan. Team USA scored an 8-5 win over Italy in its second match Aug. 20. The three victories gives Team USA a bye into the tournament quarterfinals.
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By Barbara Diamond | August 22, 2013
Young artists were recognized Sunday at the Festival of the Arts/PIMCO Foundation Awards ceremony. It was the grand finale to the 2013 Imagination Celebration, to which more than 6,000 works of art were submitted from schools throughout Orange County. Three hundred of the entries were juried into the festival's 2013 Junior Art Exhibit, 86 of them medal winners. "These are the cream of the Imagination Celebration," said Kirsten Whalen , festival exhibitor and a juror for the third year of the PIMCO Foundation awards.
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August 15, 2013
Liv Mitchell of Laguna Beach has captured gold. Mitchell, who turned 13 on July 21, won the gold medal and became a national champion in the girls' 12-13 platform events (seven meter) at the Age Group Junior Olympics Diving National Championships. The annual summertime competition was held July 31-Aug. 2 at the University of Minnesota. Mitchell, in her third year with the non-profit diving club, SoCal Divers, was among 326 divers from across the country competing at the national event.
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By Mike Sciacca | August 8, 2013
Preston GrandPre has committed to becoming a California Golden Bear. The senior-to-be at Laguna Beach High, a shortstop on the Breakers' baseball team, committed July 30 to play baseball for the Cal program. GrandPre, who also was in the sights of several other Division 1 programs, said he will sign with the Bears when the National Letter of Intent early signing period starts Nov. 13. "I really had planned on committing during the summer before my senior year," GrandPre said.
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By Mike Sciacca | July 18, 2013
Makenzie Fischer, who will enter her junior year at Laguna Beach High next month, has been selected to the USA Water Polo Junior Women's National Team roster for the upcoming FINA Women's Junior World Championships. Fischer, a utility player, is the only high school player on the team. The Junior Women's team, coached by Dan Klatt, will compete Aug. 19-25 at Volos, Greece and opens tournament play against Kazakhstan Aug. 19. Former Laguna Beach standout Nolan McConnell, now at Long Beach State, was named to the USA Water Polo Junior Men's National Team roster for the FINA Men's Junior World Championships at Szombathely, Hungary, Aug. 12-18.
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June 20, 2013
Junior Breakers Summer Volleyball Camp is a grass-root youth organization focused on teaching young athletes the basic fundamentals and strategies of volleyball using the techniques and philosophies taught at Laguna Beach High School. Camps will be held between 4 and 6 p.m. daily the weeks of July 8-11, July 15-18, July 29-Aug. 1, Aug. 5-8 and Aug. 19-22. Participants will receive instruction from current Laguna Beach High School boys' volleyball head coach Scott Panaro, additional Laguna Beach High volleyball staff members and current players.
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By Bryce Alderton | June 20, 2013
Nathalie Van der Baan's 8-year-old daughter, Julie, has always had a knack for art, and this summer her creativity and skill will be on display during a Laguna Beach tradition. The second-grade student at Top of the World Elementary School created a vase in three weeks in an after-school ceramics class, and the object will greet visitors during the Festival of Arts' Junior Art Exhibit from June 30 through Aug. 31. Julie's piece, titled "Colorful Coil Pot," is a rimmed bowl with miniature ceramic balls evenly spaced atop the vase's rim. Festival jurors chose 50 pieces for display in the three-dimensional category, one of four divisions in the Junior Art Exhibit, said Kathy Pitts, the festival's assistant exhibits director.
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