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August 9, 2002
Despite playing to its second tie in four weeks of play in the City of Laguna Beach Men's Summer 16 Softball Program, the Sofa Kings remained one of two unbeaten teams in Wednesday League play after being tied by Courtesy Auto Body, 11-11. The game was called due to a time limit. The Sofa Kings had a seemingly safe 9-3 lead heading into the final inning of play, where Courtesy Auto Body rallied big time with an eight run comeback to forge an 11-9 advantage.
NEWS
January 23, 2004
The Laguna Beach National Junior Basketball third- and fourth-grade team raced to a 14 point lead over the Trabuco Kings, then held on for a 48-42 victory at Trabuco Hills High. The Breakers took a 35-21 lead into the fourth quarter, where the Kings staged a late rally. Trabuco pulled to within six points in the final minute, but the play of Zach Jaffe and a key rebound by Brogan O'Bryan, protected Laguna's lead. The Breakers, now 5-2 overall, jumped to an early nine-point lead.
NEWS
May 6, 2005
Behind the hitting and pitching, Shane Takabayashi and Alek Burk, and an error-free defense, Rotary defeated Sportsworld, 5-3, to create a first-place tie between the teams in the Laguna Beach Little League Majors Division standings. Down 1-0, Rotary tied the score in the second inning as Takabayashi and Travis Sampson each singled. One out later, Brogan O'Bryan and Tyler Kesler each walked to force in the tying run. Rotary took the lead for good in the third inning as Burk singled, Michael Hyden walked and Alec Loechner singled to score both base runners for a 3-1 lead.
NEWS
May 27, 2005
The Laguna Beach Water Polo 12-and-under boys' team competed last weekend at a round-robin tournament in Corona del Mar. The highlight of the tournament for the locals came against rival and host Corona Del Mar, a match in which Laguna rolled to a 17-7 victory in a five-period contest. The Laguna Beach squad is composed of Riley Browne, Nicky Brunner , Jimmy Caris, Spencer Dodson, Hunter French, Erik Henrikson, Drew Kanner, Adam Kravitz, Nile Kogel, Tyler Mancuso, Nolan McConnell and Alex Shapero.
NEWS
March 7, 2003
Bobby Monroe and Brian Delino dominated inside play and Ty Fleming was scoring from outside Sunday to lead the Laguna Beach boys' seventh-grade National Junior Basketball team to a 48-43 victory over Villa Park. The win was the 12th in 13 games this season and allowed Laguna to clinch the division championship. Villa Park entered the game with a 10-2 record and a victory would have put them in a tie for the league lead with Laguna. Monroe led Laguna with 14 points and 10 rebounds and Delino contributed 12 points and three rebounds.
NEWS
October 24, 2003
Laguna Beach Soccer Club's boys' Under-10 team played high-scoring and host San Juan Capistrano to a 2-2 tie at Rancho Capistrano Park. Laguna limited a San Juan squad that had averaged six goals a game, to just two scores. In compiling a 7-1 record coming into the match, San Juan had given up just eight total goals in eight matches. Coach Andy Thomas' Under-10 team has defeated well-established and renowned club soccer teams in two of its last three games.
NEWS
March 21, 2003
Sports World wasn't the only obstacle that Hobie Sports had to contend with in the teams' Majors Division encounter last weekend at Riddle Field. Hobie Sports overcame cold and windy conditions and a one-run deficit at the game's halfway point to score an 8-5 victory in the Laguna Beach Little League. Hobie Sports, now 2-0, got out to a three-run lead in its first at-bat behind the hitting of Dillon Pierce, Alex Germano and Matt Moisen. Sports World countered with a three-run inning of its own, getting a key bunt single by Brett Barrett and singles by Ryan Raffo and Blake Henderson to pull even.
NEWS
May 27, 2005
It didn't take long for the drama to unfold in the 2005 Laguna Beach Little League Majors Division postseason tournament. In the first playoff game in the division Monday, five lead changes highlighted a closely contested matchup between Team Hobie and VFW, a game finally won by Team Hobie, 8-6. Following a scoreless first inning, the fireworks began in the top of the second when VFW posted three runs. Tyler Pierce and Santi Peirini each produced RBI hits during the three-run rally.
NEWS
June 6, 2003
Sammy Witte pitched a complete-game two-hitter and regular season champion SG Roofing stayed in contention for the postseason AAA Division title by eliminating Five Feet, 8-2, in Laguna Beach Little League action at Riddle Field. Michael Hyden's three-run triple in the second inning gave SG Roofing a 3-0 lead, which was extended to 5-0 on Tyler Kesler's RBI single. In the third, Alex Gromet and Alex Gustis, each doubled and scored to make it a 7-0 game.
NEWS
April 9, 2004
American Legion overcame an early one-run deficit to post a 2-1 victory over Sportsworld in Majors Division play at Laguna Beach Little League's Riddle Field. Sportsworld took an early lead in the top of the first inning when Drew Levin hit a single into shallow right field, stole second and scored when Ryan Raffo blasted a Casey Miller fastball through the gap. Miller went on to retire the side, and Sportsworld wouldn't score again. Alek Burk pitched for American Legion in the top of the third inning and retired the side.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | April 10, 2014
Pamela Martinez approached Sarina Shohet with a proposition late last year. "I said to Sarina, 'Can I give you a really difficult assignment?'" Martinez recalled. "She said, 'Yes.'" Students in Martinez's Advanced Placement art class at Irvine-based Tarbut V'Torah drew a single portrait for the project. But Sarina drew two - one on white paper and the second on a differently textured brown sheet. The final graphite sketch, which depicts a friend whose parents are in the throes of a divorce, was titled "Cognizance of Her Teenage Psyche.
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SPORTS
March 20, 2014
Laguna Beach High athletes turned in top performances during the 2013-14 winter sports season, and several have been named All-Orange Coast League in their respective sports. Five Breakers took MVP honors in their respective sports: Noah Blanton (boys' basketball), Johana Abarca (girls' soccer), Makenzie Fischer (girls' water polo) and Chris Tellez (Offensive MVP) and Dante Amadeo (Defensive MVP) in boys' soccer. Below is a listing of the 2013-14 all-league teams for winter sports: Boys' Basketball Champion: Laguna Beach MVP: Noah Blanton, Sr. First Team Laguna Beach: Josh Adams, Sr.; Matt Jones, Sr.; Alec Wulff, Sr. Costa Mesa: Sean Comer, Sr. Estancia: Josh Mendoza, Sr. Godinez: Brandon Smith, Sr. Second Team Laguna Beach: Bryan Ludloff, Sr. Costa Mesa: Daniel Azurin, Sr. Estancia: Martin Harry, Sr. Godinez: Abran Hernandez, Jr.; Jose Miranda, Sr. Calvary Chapel: Cobi Foster, Jr. — Girls' Basketball Champion: Estancia MVP: Celia Duran, Estancia, Sr. First Team Laguna Beach: Jackie Cenan, Soph.; Alexandra Lewis, Soph.
SPORTS
February 6, 2014
The Laguna Beach 14-under girls' water polo team opened 2014 on a positive note by winning the Mark Rauchwarger Memorial Cup last weekend in Santa Barbara. The squad came out on top of its 15-team division winning by each of their five games. Laguna opened the tournament Saturday with easy, 14-1 and 17-1 victories over Santa Barbara White and Simi, respectively. The team ended the day with a convincing, 14-4 win over Northwood to reach the semifinals. A strong performance against Rose Bowl in the semifinals Sunday led to a 12-3 victory which put Laguna in Sunday's final against the always strong host team, Santa Barbara.
SPORTS
By Mike Sciacca | December 26, 2013
Having won its first three games of the Irvine World News Tournament, the Laguna Beach High boys' basketball team made its way to one of the finals of the tournament Saturday. The Breakers appeared to be on their way to the championship trophy by taking a 15-point halftime lead on El Toro, but the Chargers turned to their defense in the second half, and rallied to take the title with a 41-37 victory at Tustin High. Laguna, which had a four-game win streak snapped, took a 29-14 halftime lead.
NEWS
By Bryce Alderton | December 19, 2013
Elizabeth Pearson didn't want to run for a third term on the Laguna Beach City Council in 2010 but she had a greater purpose in mind. She wanted to see the Village Entrance project move closer to fruition, as the development was one of her primary campaign issues. The City Council selected Pearson, 61, as mayor at its meeting last week, almost a month after she announced at a special workshop that she would not support a parking structure at the Village Entrance site - where Forest Avenue and Laguna Canyon Road intersect.
SPORTS
By Mike Sciacca | December 19, 2013
In the 10th game of its season, the Laguna Beach High girls' basketball team finally played on its home court Wednesday. From start to finish, things couldn't have gone better for the Breakers. Laguna led from wire-to-wire in its nonleague game against Anaheim, and posted a 56-35 victory at Dugger Gym. It put the Breakers, who have won two straight, at 6-4 overall and gives them some momentum heading into a Saturday game at Sage Hill. The Breakers took an early lead Wednesday and led by nine, 28-19, at the half.
SPORTS
September 26, 2013
Ian Cairns of Laguna Beach is leading the first PacSun USA Longboard Team in competition as its head coach this week at the ISA World Longboard Championships at Huanchaco, Peru. The team consists of returning ISA World Team members Tony Silvagni (Carolina Beach, N.C.) and Taylor Jensen (Oceanside) who were joined by winners at the Surfing America USA Championships at Church, San Onofre State Beach, in June. The team consists of Silvagni and Jensen in the Open Men division, Rachael Tilly (Capistrano Beach)
SPORTS
By Mike Sciacca | September 12, 2013
The first one is done and in the books, and Corey Brown called opening night, "a lot of fun. " The Laguna Beach High football team started its 2013 campaign the way it started the 2012 season: with a big win over Bolsa Grande. The Breakers led the entire way Sept. 6 at Guyer Field in taking a 48-17 victory from the Matadors, who also were opening their season. Laguna scored on its opening possession of the season and when the first quarter was complete, the Breakers held a stunning, 35-0 lead.
NEWS
By Michael Miller | May 23, 2013
With the power of his middle name, Randal Bennett prevented a website being created for a winery that didn't exist. Those are the peculiar facts of the arrangement that ultimately led to Townley Gallery in Laguna Beach providing artwork for the bottle labels of Townley Wines, a boutique winery in Sonoma. Over the past year and a half, the winery has released a cabernet and a pinot noir featuring paintings by Shane Townley, who runs the gallery at 570 S. Coast Highway.
NEWS
May 6, 2013
Laguna Beach police on Sunday arrested a man who allegedly grabbed a woman's neck outside of Ruby's Diner and then later damaged her black BMW. Abdullah Latifzadh, 47, of Concord, was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor battery and felony vandalism, Capt. Jason Kravetz said in an email. A 911 call alerted authorities to the incident at 8:20 p.m. Sunday, according to the police log. Latifzadh and the woman, who are dating, got into an argument inside the diner at 30622 Coast Hwy., before leaving and continuing the argument outside, Kravetz said.
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