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July 14, 2006
The Laguna Beach Water Polo 14-and-Under team overcame the absence of two key players last weekend to win their division of the Newport Summer Tournament, after earning a second-place finish in the 16-and-Under division of the Northwood Tournament Saturday. Northwood Tournament Laguna opened play in the 16-and-Under tournament at Northwood High with a 5-3 win over the University of San Diego. Riley Duncan scored a pair of goals in the third quarter, one off a feed from Jessica Shusko, to pull away from a 3-3 tie. Candyce Schroeder, Jesse Holechek and Shusko scored Laguna's first three goals.
By Mike Sciacca | March 2, 2007
The 2007 prep baseball season begins in earnest for the Laguna Beach Breakers, who will play three games over a five-day period to launch their new campaign. They begin play today in the Newport Elks Tournament where they play at 3 p.m. at Buena Park. Following today's first-round game, Laguna continues the tournament with a pair of home games. First, the Breakers will host Valley Christian at 10 a.m. Saturday in their home opener, then come back Tuesday to face Nogales at 3 p.m. A capsule look at the 2007 Breakers Head coach: Dave Dopf (3rd year)
By Matt Szabo | August 8, 2009
Flipping a coin might be easier than picking who would win a game between the Laguna Beach Water Polo club and Newport this year. The 12-and-under girls’ water polo teams have developed quite a friendly rivalry. And, when Newport beat Laguna midway through the S&R Sport Junior Olympics, it made the path to a gold medal that much tougher for the locals. In the biggest game of the club season, though, it was the Laguna girls’ time to shine. Fourth-seeded Laguna put it all together Sunday, defeating its top-seeded rivals up the coast, 4-2, in the Platinum Division championship match at Stanford University.
February 3, 2006
14-and-under squad picks up a 6-2 victory on the road.The Laguna Beach Age Group Water Polo girls' 14-and-under team traveled to Newport Harbor High to take on host Newport Beach and came away with a 6-2 victory in a match that went five periods. In the first, Riley Duncan scored after retrieving a loose ball to give Laguna a 1-0 lead. Newport tied the score on a rebound shot moments later, and the quarter ended 1-1. Laguna would not trail again, as Yoshi Andersen opened the second quarter by speeding to an open shot off the right side and netting a goal to make it 2-1. She scored again just 20 seconds later after winning a scrum in front of the net. Kelsey Thorton later took a pass from Hannah Lawson and scored her first goal of the match to give the visitors a 4-1 halftime advantage.
January 3, 2003
Mike Sciacca It's been a nearly a week since the Laguna Beach High girls' basketball team has been together on the court, but Stacy Howard's eager crew is finally getting in some practice time in preparation for its final nonleague game of the season. The Breakers will visit Newport Harbor at 7 p.m. Thursday in a nonleague clash. It's the team's final tuneup before they launch Pacific Coast League play on Jan. 14 by hosting Corona del Mar. "We're excited to be back on the court," Howard said during a shoot-around the team held on New Year's Eve day. "It's been a while since the girls have been together."
October 19, 2012
New York Times writer Jeff Gordinier spent some time in Orange County this summer -- a place he says he spent a lot of time in during the late '70s to early '90s. In his latest travel piece , Gordinier returns to and explores Laguna Beach with fresh eyes, revisiting landmarks like Main Beach, Sound Spectrum record store and Las Brisas restaurant.  "Part of the dramatic impact of Laguna is the way that it delivers what feels like a signal flare from Brian Wilson's subconscious as soon as you hit town.
By Mike Sciacca | March 16, 2007
The Laguna Beach High boys' volleyball team will play twice today as the Orange County Championships gets underway with pool play action at three county schools. Thirty-two teams will be split into two divisions. The Division I half of the tournament bracket will be played at Edison and Fountain Valley. The Division II bracket will be played at Newport Harbor. Both divisions are broken down into four pools consisting of four teams. All matches are best-of-three. The Division II finals will begin at 5:30 p.m. Monday with the Division I final to follow, both at Edison High.
By Bryce Alderton | July 11, 2013
A Newport Beach man who gave a false name to Laguna Beach police pleaded not guilty in Harbor Justice Center in Newport Beach on Tuesday to three felony charges, including burglary, according to police and Orange County Superior Court records. Shahram Rak, 36, faces felony charges of second-degree burglary, unlawful possession of a controlled substance and impersonating another person, according to the Superior Court website. Officers were first called to the Pavilions grocery store at 600 N. Coast Hwy. at 4:32 p.m. Sunday after store security detained Rak on suspicion of petty theft, Laguna Beach police Sgt. Louise Callus wrote in an email.
By Rhea Mahbubani | April 24, 2014
Greg MacGillivray doesn't mince words when it comes to the Newport Beach Film Festival. "It's A+," he said. The producer-director co-founded MacGillivray Freeman Films with Jim Freeman in the mid-1960s. Although the duo started out producing surfing documentaries and TV commercials and filming for Hollywood features, they quickly moved into the distribution of IMAX films. Since 1972, the Laguna Beach-based studio has distributed more than 30 giant-screen movies and in excess of 7 million feet of 70-millimeter film and earned two Academy Awards.
By Mike Sciacca | March 14, 2014
Four games into the season, with victories in each performance, has put the Laguna Beach High baseball team in line for a tournament championship. The Breakers went to 4-0 on the season and also at the Newport Elks Tournament Wednesday by winning, 4-1, in a pool-play game of the Costa Mesa Division at Segerstrom. The victory comes one day after they had shut down visiting Ocean View, 2-0, in pool play. Laguna is in position to win the tournament title. The Breakers have a shot at the title and need a win Friday (3 p.m.)
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.
By Mike Sciacca | March 6, 2014
The Darren Utterback era in boys' volleyball at Laguna Beach High was ushered in Tuesday on opening night of the season for the Breakers. Laguna started its 2014 campaign with a victory over rival Newport Harbor, giving its new head coach a sweep of the visiting Sailors, 25-19, 25-19, 25-21, at Dugger Gym. Sophomore middle blocker Tyler Alter led Laguna with 11 kills. Junior opposite Jack Burgi had nine kills, senior middle blocker Noah Blanton seven kills, senior outside hitter Alec Wulff nine digs, and senior setter J.P. Wollam had 33 assists.
By Mike Sciacca | February 27, 2014
For as tremendous the journey has been to date, the season now comes down to a single game for the Laguna Beach High girls' water polo team. The Breakers have reached their ultimate destination, the William Woollett Jr. Aquatic Center in Irvine but not yet, they say, their ultimate goal. It's been a simple goal, to win a CIF Southern Section championship, but never an easy one. The Breakers, the target of many a team in 2014, have put themselves to do just that. Top-seeded Laguna will return to the Woollett Center Saturday for its final game of the season, the CIF Southern Section Division 1 championship final, three days after the Breakers took care of Los Alamitos, 12-5, at the same pool site they have been working and fighting toward to reach at the end the season.
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.
By Mike Sciacca | January 9, 2014
Prior to the start of the 2014 Holiday Cup, Laguna Beach High Coach Ethan Damato called the two-day event one of the "premiere" girls' water polo tournaments. It was also one of the major tournament titles, he said, that had eluded the Laguna program throughout the years. That changed Saturday at Newport Harbor High. In a key matchup of the season between the two of the top-ranked teams in CIF Southern Section Division 1, No. 1 Laguna defeated No. 3-ranked and tournament co-host Newport Harbor, 11-8.
By Bryce Alderton | December 11, 2013
The Laguna Beach Fire Department is leaving the paper trail behind at emergency scenes. The department's 50 or so firefighters have started to use iPads to record and submit patient data from the site of an emergency to hospitals and ambulance companies. The LBFD owns nine iPads, which all firefighters use on a rotating basis. Users can type in a patient's name, age and nature of the injury and, with a tap, transmit data to doctors, often before the person arrives at the hospital.
By Hannah Fry and Bryce Alderton | November 7, 2013
While the benefits of vaccines in preventing certain diseases is well-documented, a growing number of parents in coastal Orange County school districts, including Laguna Beach and Newport-Mesa, are excluding their children from certain recommended immunizations via a provision in current California law. Parents may opt their children out of immunizations for diseases such as polio and chicken pox by citing personal beliefs, according to a California...
By Mike Sciacca | September 12, 2013
Raul Papaleo's first trip to Newport Harbor High certainly will be one to remember for the first-year Laguna Beach High girls' volleyball head coach. The Breakers achieved a few things Tuesday at the Newport Harbor gym. First, they went to 3-0 on the season by scoring a 25-23, 25-18, 18-25, 25-14 victory over the Sailors. Second, the victory was the first in a best-of-five set match for a Laguna team over Newport Harbor since 2004. Tuesday's triumph also marked the first time since 1995 that a Laguna team had won on the Sailors' home floor.
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