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By Bryce Alderton | February 4, 2014
Stephen Crawford likened the sound outside of his home to "rockets flying over. " This was about noon on Jan. 27, and the "rockets" were baseballs, which Crawford said repeatedly flew over the Laguna Beach High School baseball field fence and toward his St. Ann Drive home beyond center field. Crawford said one ball missed him by about 18 inches. On this day, Crawford walked over to see what was happening. A Laguna Beach High coach told him that a player from the San Francisco Giants was teaching Laguna players how to hit home runs.
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SPORTS
By Mike Sciacca | January 30, 2014
They have reached the halfway point, but the Laguna Beach High Breakers know now is not the time to rest on their laurels. The Breakers established themselves as the team to beat — a label the boys' basketball program has worn the past several years, Wednesday by picking up an important win. Their 81-53 victory over visiting Costa Mesa gave the Breakers a 5-0 finish to the first half of Orange Coast League play. It also allowed them to open up a two-game lead on their league foes with five games remaining.
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By Mike Sciacca | January 23, 2014
Goal No. 2 reached: check. An old nemesis stood in the way of a Laguna Beach High girls' water polo team that was one step away from achieving another milestone Saturday: win the Santa Barbara Tournament of Champions. Roadblock cleared. Laguna led the entire way in Saturday's title match against Newport Harbor at Santa Barbara High. The Breakers opened up a 4-0 lead through one quarter and continued their defensive shutout in the second quarter, to open up a 6-0 halftime advantage, which led to an eventual, 9-5 victory.
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By Bryce Alderton | January 23, 2014
Little did Gary Cowman know that a place he had no intention of visiting would become his home. The Laguna Beach native moved to Kenya 24 years ago with his wife, Lori, to work for an organization dedicated to translating the Bible into different languages. First, he had to rid his mind of stereotypes. "I had no interest in Africa when I was in college [at Cal State Fullerton]," Cowman, 50, said Thursday afternoon, just four days before he and Lori would fly back to Kenya after spending seven months in Orange County.
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By Mike Sciacca | January 16, 2014
Less than a week after being handed its first loss of the season, the Laguna Beach High girls' water polo team got back to its winning ways Wednesday. The Breakers, who were derailed Jan. 10 at home by Foothill, stormed past host Saddleback, 27-8, in an Orange Coast League opener. Defensively, they held the Roadrunners to a single goal in the opening half, and were well in command at halftime, leading, 18-1. Freshman attacker Bella Baldridge, junior utility Makenzie Fischer and senior utility Cara Borkovec, each scored four goals to lead the Laguna offense.
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By Mike Sciacca | January 2, 2014
The top-ranked Laguna Beach High girls' water polo team closed out 2013 with a victory, as the Breakers rolled to an 18-4 win over San Clemente Tuesday at Capistrano Valley High. Junior utility Makenzie Fischer, in her first game back in the Breakers' lineup this year, netted a game-high seven goals to go along with two assists and three steals. She also drew seven ejections. Fischer had missed Laguna's previous four games while playing in two December tournaments with the USA Water Polo Women's Senior National Team.
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By Mike Sciacca | December 12, 2013
Having played to a pair of tie scores and dropping a one-goal game in the first week of its season, the Laguna Beach High boys' soccer team entered the week looking for its initial victory. The Breakers had their chance to get that first win when they opened a three-game home stretch Monday against Northwood. Not only did the Breakers get win No. 1 that day, they also came back two days later at Guyer Field to down Trabuco Hills Wednesday for their second victory. Laguna defeated the Timberwolves and Mustangs by identical, 2-1 scores in nonleague games.
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By Bryce Alderton | December 5, 2013
Risa Slater is keeping a family tradition alive. The Laguna Beach High School senior, like her older sister Lauren before her, represents students at Laguna Beach Unified School District board meetings. Risa, 17, sits next to district administrators and school board members, updating them on school happenings, from sports team feats to dances and fundraisers. She talks with school Principal Joanne Culverhouse, Athletic Director Mike Churchill, counselors and students to gather the information.
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By Mike Sciacca | November 21, 2013
You could say the turnaround the Laguna Beach High girls' basketball team experienced last year was nothing short of phenomenal. One year after going winless (0-18), last year's Breakers, a young squad that received big contributions from its upperclassmen and a strong freshman class, went the complete opposite direction. They racked up a win total of 19 games, setting a new school record for wins in a single season, and finished 19-6 overall. They started the season with a 6-0 run, won 12 of their first 13 games, and concluded it with an appearance in the CIF Southern Section Division 4A playoffs.
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November 1, 2013
Annika Dries won gold at the Summer Olympics in London last year. Sunday, she led Team London to the a title at the Future 50 Classic. Dries, a former aquatics star at Laguna Beach High and member of the 2012 USA Women's National Water Polo Team, took tournament MVP honors after scoring four goals in Sunday's championship match won by Team London, 9-7, over Team Sydney at Foothill High. Dries, now at Stanford, served as a captain for Team London. In the third-place game, Team Athens, coached by Laguna Beach High boys' and girls' water polo coach Ethan Damato, edged Team Beijing, 13-12, in a shootout.
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