Varsity cross-country team says aloha to Hawaii, does well - one athlete comes home with a first-place win

LBHS’s Varsity cross-country girls’ team, under the leadership of coach Steve Lalim, recently traveled to Hawaii for the Iolani Invite at the Kualuoa Ranch.

Laguna’s Evie Cant won first place overall at the meet with a time of 17:37:18 for the three-mile course out of 157 varsity runners. Overall the team of 12 girls came in third place. Sidney Schaefgen, Jessie Rose, Kaitlyn Ryan and Emily Engel also scored. 

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Varsity girls (L – R) Jessie Rose, Emily Engel, Kaitlin Ryan, Angelina Dyrnaes, Sierra Read, Evie Cant, Sydney Schaefgen

Girls not pictured who traveled: Hannah Vogel, Whitney Winefordner, Katie Rollins, Isabella Peterson ran in the open race; Grace La Montagne (did not race)

Children’s Book Fiesta celebrates visual delights of award-winning illustrators at LCAD from Oct 5-26 

Laguna College of Art and Design’s (LCAD) BFA Program in Illustration, in conjunction with Chemers Gallery, proudly presents a unique collection of original works from some of the world’s most renowned award-winning children’s book illustrators at their Children’s Book Fiesta, running from Oct 5-26. 

The opening reception will be held on Thurs, Oct 5, from 6-9 p.m. at the LCAD Gallery, 374 Ocean Ave. Admission is free. LCAD invites guests and families to celebrate the visual delights of a child’s imagination. 

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Giraffe on Hot Air Balloon by Rafael Lopez

Included in the event are original works from the following illustrators: Robin Preiss Glasser (illustrator of the Fancy Nancy series), Mary Grandpré (illustrator of the Harry Potter series), Brett Helquist (illustrator of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events), Jane Dyer, E.B. Lewis, Rafael Lopez, and Gennady Spirin.

LCAD Gallery hours: 11 a.m.- 4 p.m., Wed through Sun, closed Mon and Tues. For further information, go to | 949.376.6000 or contact Bryan Heggie, LCAD gallery director via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by telephone number listed above, ext. 289.

LBHS launches wrestling in the fall for boys and girls

LBHS is launching a wrestling team, with former All American Robert Morales, Laguna Hills High School graduate, appointed as the coach. Cho Academy’s Jason Bukich as the assistant Coach.

“A community survey showed interest in the sport,” LBHS Athletic Director, Lance Neal, explained.

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Jason Bukich will be the assistant wrestling coach at LBHS

Jason Bukich also teaches Brasilian Jiu Jitsu at Cho’s Academy and at his school, The Dojo. He holds the rank of second degree black belt with BJJ legend Baret Yoshida.

Enrollment is open now. Practices begin in October and the season begins in December.

“Water polo on the beach,” aka beach handball demonstration tomorrow, Sat 16, between 10 and 12

Beach handball, often described as water polo in the sand, sounds like the perfect sport for Laguna Beach, combining the best of all worlds. A demonstration will take place at Aliso Beach on Sat Sept 16 at 10 a.m.

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Beach handball will soon become an Olympic sport

“Beach handball is a new sport – about to become an Olympic sport – and it is very popular in Central and South American as well as Europe,” Fiorella Molteni explains. “Team USA beach handball will be participating on the next Panamerican games to be held in LA in March 2018.”

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Beach handball is fun for all

This Saturday Sept 16, beach handball players will demonstrate the sport at 31131 Coast Highway and offer training intended to attract Laguna residents, especially girls, who might be interested in starting a new team as well as potentially becoming a part of Team USA in a future.

For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or preferably make sure to attend and take part in this enjoyable new activity.

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