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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.
SPORTS
By Mike Sciacca | March 14, 2013
An early season battle between two highly ranked prep boys' volleyball teams from different divisions took place Wednesday in San Clemente that needed five sets to decide a winner. Laguna Beach, the third-ranked team in CIF Southern Section Division 2, had San Clemente, the top-ranked team in Division 1, on the ropes during the nonleague match, but the host Tritons were able to pull out a 25-23, 25-23, 20-25, 22-25, 17-15 victory. It was the first loss of the season for the Breakers (2-1)
NEWS
July 2, 2004
Mike Sciacca The Laguna Beach Little League's 11-year-old All-Star team ventured into the District 55 All-Star Tournament at Wagon Wheel Park in El Toro Saturday with high hopes. Those hopes were dashed early by San Clemente, which posted a 10-0 victory in a first-round game. San Clemente played an error-free game on defense and its offense took advantage of several Laguna Beach defensive mistakes to advance to the Winner's Bracket. Mike Townsend broke open a scoreless game in the bottom of the second inning with a towering, grand slam home run, which ignited San Clemente's offense.
NEWS
December 20, 2002
The Laguna Beach boys' seventh-grade All-Net National Junior Basketball team capped its first full month of Winter League play with a 4-0 record after Sundays' 44-34 victory over San Clemente. Marcus Hairston and Clay Knapp each scored 11 points, Dalton Sype had 10, and Kevin Buck finished with 9 points to pace Laguna. Hairston scored eight of his points in the first quarter to lead Laguna to a 17-7 lead. The second-half scoring of Knapp, Buck and Sype, along with the defensive play of Warren Murrel, kept Laguna in command.
SPORTS
By Chris Williams | November 6, 2009
After an exhilarating hometown victory the previous week over northerly nemesis Newport Beach, the Laguna Beach High School Surf Team suffered a tough loss against San Clemente at Salt Creek on Tuesday. However, following a season-long pattern, Laguna had some stellar individual performances. Among them was junior Taylor Pitz, who continues to shine brightly for Laguna with her sharp surfing and seemingly unshakable poise. Against San Clemente, Taylor slashed her way to another first-place finish in the girls?
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By Mike Sciacca | September 28, 2007
The Laguna Beach boys? water polo team had San Clemente?s number. Not once, but twice, within a four-day period. On Tuesday, the Breakers traveled south to face the host Tritons in a nonleague match and emerged with a 15-12 victory. That win came on the heels of the teams? first meeting this season, which came Saturday at the South Coast Tournament. In that match, Laguna came away with an 8-6 triumph. The two wins avenged a CIF playoff loss last fall to the Tritons.
SPORTS
By Ashley Breeding | March 21, 2008
For the second time in the past five days, two south county powerhouse programs met in boys’ volleyball. And just as it did on Saturday, Laguna Beach rocked San Clemente on the court. The Breakers again got the best of the visiting Tritons Wednesday by winning three of five games, 25-20, 29-27, 23-25, 19-25, 15 -11, at Dugger Gym. Five days prior, Laguna had defeated San Clemente 2-1 to win their pool at the Orange County Championships tournament at Fountain Valley High.
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By Mike Sciacca | February 27, 2009
The Laguna Beach High girls’ water polo made one of their major goals of the 2008-09 season come to fruition Wednesday at the William J. Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center in Irvine. The Breakers now have a bigger prize in mind. Laguna secured a spot in Saturday’s CIF Southern Section Division II championship game by overpowering South Coast League champion San Clemente, 19-8. The win, their second of the year against the Tritons — they routed their rivals from down south, 15-3, on Dec. 23 — puts the Breakers up against Montebello in Saturday’s 3:45 p.m. final at the Woollett Center.
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By Mike Sciacca | September 29, 2006
Home proved to be sweet for the Laguna Beach High boys' water polo team Tuesday. The Breakers played their first home match of the season Tuesday and came up with a big victory as they defeated San Clemente, 14-5. San Clemente came into the match ranked eighth and Laguna was ninth in the CIF-Southern Section Division II poll. The win was stirring in that Laguna was coming off a 25th-place finish at last weekend's South Coast Tournament. "Going into the game I was confident that we were beginning to play well together," Laguna Beach Coach Rick McKee said of Tuesday's home opener.
NEWS
By Joanna Clay, joanna.clay@latimes.com | June 2, 2011
A paddleout and services were held Thursday to remember a San Clemente man who died after diving off Laguna's Picnic Beach on May 27. Andrew Brislen, 40, was found tangled in a kelp bed about 200 yards offshore. Michelle Brislen, his widow, organized the morning paddleout in his honor at North Beach in San Clemente. A service followed nearby at Ole Hanson Beach Club at 4 p.m. She said she wants her husband to be remembered for his positive outlook, sense of humor and zest for life.
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By Mike Sciacca | March 14, 2014
In a match that was anyone's to take, the Laguna Beach boys' volleyball team held late leads in all four sets against San Clemente but it was the visiting Tritons who were able to come out on top of a 26-24, 29-27, 23-25, 25-22 nonleague victory at Dugger Gym. The Breakers, ranked fifth in CIF Southern Section Division 2, were up on the Tritons, the No. 4 team in Division 1, 24-23 in the first set and serving set point. They held a 24-22 lead in the second set and again were serving set point.
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SPORTS
March 6, 2014
Friday Softball (3:15 p.m.) Laguna vs. Crean Lutheran (at TeWinkle Park, Costa Mesa Tournament) — Saturday Boys' JV Volleyball (8 a.m.) Laguna vs. Yorba Linda (at Hewes Middle School) Boys' Frosh/Soph Volleyball (9 a.m.) Laguna vs. Tesoro (Newport Harbor Tournament) Softball (1 p.m.) Laguna vs. Estancia (at TeWinkle Park, Costa Mesa Tournament) (5 p.m.) Laguna vs. Santa Ana (at TeWinkle Park, Costa Mesa Tournament)
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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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
By Bryce Alderton | October 28, 2013
A group of mostly San Clemente High School students received affirmative honks and the occasional "woo-hoo" late Friday afternoon in Laguna Beach as they protested bullying. Members of the Cool 2 Be Kind Club stood in a line along Coast Highway at Main Beach holding signs that read "No Reason To Be Mean," "For Those Who Don't Have a Voice" and "End the Hate. " The group hoped to raise awareness of an issue that National Assn. of People Against Bullying board member Dezra Anderson said has expanded beyond the schoolyard.
NEWS
October 18, 2013
After 12 years in Laguna Beach, Sundried Tomato American Bistros and Catering is closing. "We have decided not to renew our lease option," managing partner Rob Quest wrote in a prepared statement. "Unfortunately the location no longer fits our model because of its size and overhead. Sunday, Oct. 27, will be our last day of service at that location [361 Forest Ave.]. " The Laguna Beach restaurant is the smallest of Sundried Tomato's existing establishments, which include spots in San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano, the statement said.
SPORTS
By Mike Sciacca | March 14, 2013
An early season battle between two highly ranked prep boys' volleyball teams from different divisions took place Wednesday in San Clemente that needed five sets to decide a winner. Laguna Beach, the third-ranked team in CIF Southern Section Division 2, had San Clemente, the top-ranked team in Division 1, on the ropes during the nonleague match, but the host Tritons were able to pull out a 25-23, 25-23, 20-25, 22-25, 17-15 victory. It was the first loss of the season for the Breakers (2-1)
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