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May 7, 2004
The Laguna Beach High boys' volleyball team capped a winning week of action by outlasting host University on Tuesday, 23-25, 25-17, 25-23, 21-25, 15-8, in Pacific Coast League play. The victory kept the Breakers in second-place, behind Corona del Mar, in the league standings. Luke Morris came up with 24 kills, 20 digs and four service aces against the Trojans, with 10 of his kills coming in a 25-23 win in game No. 3. Andrew Chapel contributed 18 kills, five digs and three service aces.
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March 19, 2004
Laguna Beach High's boys' volleyball team won its third match of the year by sweeping past the Highland Bulldogs, 25-13, 25-15, 25-22, in a nonleague match Tuesday. Middle blocker Luke Morris led the Breakers in kills with 11, followed by Chris Hoffman with nine. Trey Chapel had five kills and five serving aces. Setter Clark Olson had 30 assists. The win improved Laguna's season record to 2-1. Previously, Laguna defeated Pacific Coast League rival Northwood, 25-18, 16-25, 15-9, in the finals of the 18th annual Foothill Tournament.
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March 21, 2003
The boys' nonleague prep volleyball match between Laguna Beach and Capistrano Valley played on Tuesday went down to the wire, and it was the visiting Breakers who emerged with a 10-15, 15-12, 18-16, 2-15, 15-8 victory. Balance played a key role in Laguna's road triumph, which put the Breakers' overall record at 4-6. Outside hitter Matt Anderson led the team in the kill department with 22 and came up with three blocks. Middle blocker Mike Chiaverini finished with 15 kills and a team-best eight blocks, setter Nick Aronoff had three kills, three blocks and 54 assists, middle blocker/outside hitter Trey Chapel recorded 11 kills, four aces and four blocks and Jason Kimball had 14 kills.
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April 2, 2004
The Laguna Beach High boys' volleyball team ventured up to Santa Barbara County this weekend to compete at the 29th annual Dos Pueblos Invitational at UC Santa Barbara. Laguna split four matches in pool play. The Breakers defeated host Dos Pueblos, 25-21, 25-13, and beat Highland for a second time this year, 25-22, 25-17. The two losses came to Los Gatos, 19-25, 18-25, and Royal, 24-26, 16-25. Trey Chapel had seven kills, and Luke Morris and Chris Hoffman each had seven digs in the win over Dos Pueblos.
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April 23, 2004
Coming off a layoff due to spring break and perhaps looking forward to a key match with Corona del Mar, the Laguna Beach High boys' volleyball team lacked focus in its Wednesday night Pacific Coast League encounter with University. Still, the Breakers had enough in their tank to dispose of the Trojans, 25-21, 26-24, 23-25, 25-22, at Laguna. The match came less than 24 hours before the Breakers were to host rival Corona del Mar Thursday . Laguna is ranked No. 2 in the CIF Division II poll and the Sea Kings are ranked fourth.
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March 11, 2005
A depleted Laguna Beach High softball team played with plenty of heart at the Costa Mesa Tournament, but the Breakers came up short in their first two tournament games Saturday. The Breakers dropped their season and tournament opener to La Quinta, 8-3, then fell to Pacific Coast League rival University, 25-2, in a second round game. Laguna played both games with just eight players, as their lineup was depleted by injuries and players having prior commitments Saturday.
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By: Charles Rich | October 12, 2005
With the vibrations from the stomping of feet in the bleachers inside the two-year-old Burbank High gymnasium, Wayne Teng fed off the noise from the crowd. The Bulldog girls' volleyball coach showed plenty of emotion on his team's bench. It didn't matter if his emotion flowed during a timeout or following a key defensive play. Playing cross-town rival Burroughs also fanned Teng's emotions. Lauren Rowsey finished with 19 kills to power host Burbank to a 25-15, 26-28, 25-12, 25-20 Foothill League victory against rival Burroughs on Tuesday night.
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April 29, 2005
Mike Sciacca It's been a tough past week for the Laguna Beach High boys' volleyball team. In a showdown last Friday to determine first place in the Pacific Coast League race, Laguna and visiting Corona del Mar scratched and clawed in a tremendous match which, eventually, was pulled out by the Sea Kings, 27-25, 27-25, 25-22. On Tuesday, Tesoro moved into a second-place tie with Laguna by holding off the visiting Breakers, 22-25, 25-23, 25-17, 18-25, 15-12.
NEWS
April 8, 2005
Mike Sciacca Laguna Beach dropped a pair of league outings, falling to host University Tuesday, 10-4, and at Northwood, 15-1, on Friday. Against University, Noah Brewster had two hits, and Calvin Mead, Trevor Pierce, Jon Ewing and Garrett Rauch each had an RBI. Laguna got off to a great start as it batted through its order in the first inning to score three runs. Mead, Pierce and Ewing each got an RBI during the innings. Laguna scored its final run in the seventh inning when Anthony Schuller scored on Rauch's fielder's-choice grounder.
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April 1, 2005
Mike Sciacca In one final push before it settles into the thick of the Pacific Coast League race, the Laguna Beach High School boys' volleyball team defeated Costa Mesa in four games at Dugger Gymnasium. The Breakers won the match, 25-13, 23-25, 25-23, 25-13. "I think we came in really focused in that first game and played steady volleyball," Laguna coach Lance Stewart said. "But we got away from that in the second and third games and Costa Mesa got on a little roll and started to gain some confidence.
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By Bryce Alderton | April 17, 2014
The Laguna Beach Arts Commission has recommended a piece by two local artists who have a track record of creating public art to commemorate two police officers who died in the line of duty. Commissioners voted Monday to recommend a work by Gerard Stripling and Michele Taylor, titled "Eternal Legacy," to the City Council, which will make the final decision. Though the vote Monday was unanimous, Commission Chairwoman Pat Kollenda said the decision was difficult. "They were all terrific, with lots of thought and a great amount of heart," Kollenda said about the other artistic entries.
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By Katie Metzger | March 6, 2014
A former Orange County prosecutor, who successfully prosecuted serial killer Rodney Alcala, survived a plane crash near Lake Tahoe on Monday, but his wife died at the scene, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The pilot, former Deputy Dist. Atty. Richard Farnell, 70, was flown to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno. His wife, Darla Sue Farnell, 55, was found dead at the crash site, which was on the California side of Lake Tahoe. The couple owned a home in Laguna Beach for several years and also lived in Tahoe.
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By Hailey Branson-Potts and Teresa Watanabe | January 27, 2014
A man killed in a midday crash Sunday that closed North Coast Highway in Laguna Beach for hours has been identified as 29-year-old Erik Valencia. Valencia, of Irvine, was “a passenger in an out-of-control auto versus truck traffic accident,” according to a statement from the Orange County coroner's office. Police and firefighters responded to reports of a head-on collision at 1:34 p.m. involving five vehicles along the four-lane highway at Irvine Cove Drive, according to a statement by the Laguna Beach Police Department.
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By Bryce Alderton and By Bryce Alderton | January 27, 2014
An Irvine man died a week shy of his 30th birthday in a multiple-vehicle collision on North Coast Highway in Laguna Beach, authorities said. The Orange County coroner has identified the dead man as Erik Valencia.  The head-on collision occurred at 1:34 p.m. Sunday in the 3000 block near Irvine Cove and involved four vehicles, according to the Laguna Beach Police Department.  Valencia, who died at the scene, was a passenger in a silver Honda...
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By Bryce Alderton | December 12, 2013
The defense attorney for a man accused of bludgeoning a Laguna Beach resident said his client was outside waiting in a car when another man allegedly killed the victim. Opening statements began Wednesday in the trial of Matthew Thomas Dragna, 23, who is accused of killing a Hotel Laguna catering manager in his Laguna Beach apartment in October 2009. Dragna, and co-defendant Jacob Anthony Quintanilla, 25, both of Lake Forest, are each accused of slaying and robbing Damon Nicholson, 40, according to the Orange County district attorney's office.
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By Alicia Banks | December 9, 2013
A Laguna Beach man was killed in a single-vehicle crash in San Clemente early Saturday, authorities said. Martin Junio Nieto, 26, was among four people killed, according to the Orange County coroner's office. The driver of a BMW crashed into a light pole and palm tree on South El Camino Real about 1:30 a.m., authorities said. The impact of the crash split the car in two and ejected four people from the vehicle. Also killed were driver Pablo Vargas Diaz, 25, of San Juan Capistrano, and passengers Lucia Garcia Solis, 27, also of San Juan Capistrano; and Luis Olivar, 22, of San Juan Capistrano.
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By Bryce Alderton | September 27, 2013
Hundreds turned out Friday to remember Laguna Beach officer Jon Coutchie, a man who, many recalled, always finished what he started, didn't make a big fuss about things and was serious yet had a witty side. The stories recounted by friends, family and colleagues elicited laughs through tears during the memorial held for the 41-year-old motorcycle officer at Mariners Church in Irvine. Coutchie died while on-duty late Saturday. He was riding his department motorcycle near South Coast Highway and Cleo Street when he hit the side of a pickup turning left.
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By Bryce Alderton | September 26, 2013
About 100 officers lined Laguna Canyon Road on Tuesday to honor a Laguna Beach police officer who died in a motorcycle accident over the weekend, the first on-duty death in 60 years. Officers in uniform, both sworn and civilian, lined the entrance to McCormick & Son Mortuary, where a motorcade carried the body of Jon Coutchie, a 41-year-old Laguna Beach motorcycle officer killed Saturday night. Laguna police Capt. Darin Lenyi directed the officers, including California Highway Patrol personnel, who stood at attention for Coutchie's family and then for Jon. A bagpiper played "Amazing Grace" as about 10 motorcycle officers drove onto the mortuary property, circled the courtyard and waited for Coutchie's casket to arrive.
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By Bryce Alderton and This post has been corrected, as noted below. | September 23, 2013
Authorities continued to investigate the circumstances surrounding a collision that killed a 41-year-old Laguna Beach police officer Saturday - the first on-duty death in 60 years. Jon Coutchie was riding a motorcycle north on South Coast Highway when a 1997 GMC pickup attempted to turn left onto Cleo Street at 11:44 p.m., said Aaron Rothberg, public information officer for the California Highway Patrol's Capistrano office on Monday. Coutchie hit the truck's passenger side and was thrown from his motorcycle, according to Laguna Beach police and the CHP. Police and fire officials provided medical aid, but Coutchie died at the scene, Laguna Beach Capt.
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By Angel Jennings | September 22, 2013
A 41-year-old Laguna Beach police officer died in the line of duty late Saturday when his motorcycle collided with a pickup truck, authorities said.  Jon Coutchie was responding to a call of a speeding motorist who had evaded another officer, Laguna Beach Police Department Captain Jason Kravetz said. Coutchie was heading north on Coast Highway, looking for the vehicle, when he collided with a Chevrolet pickup truck at the intersection of Cleo Street. He died on the scene, Kravetz said.
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