A big week for Boys Golf too – two tournament wins

LBHS Boys Golf competed in the Estancia Golf Tournament at Costa Mesa Country Club on Monday, notching a historic victory for the program by placing first in the 21-team field. 

This was a modified Stableford Scoring tournament whereby each high school brings just four players. Each player plays his own ball, and the team is awarded one point for a par, three points for a birdie, five points for an eagle, and 10 points for a hole in one or double eagle.

Laguna was represented by Kyle Sharp, Chase Gioffredi, Gus Morck and Ben Sharp. The foursome scored a total of 83 points, including five points on the last hole, which moved them in front of Newport Harbor for first place. Newport Harbor finished in second place with 81 points. 

The Breakers’ win with 83 points was a new tournament scoring record. In addition, both Kyle Sharp and Gus Morck won the “closest to the hole” contest on two of the par three holes.

“All the Laguna players shot fantastic low rounds, playing their own ball over 18 holes,” said Head Golf Coach Sean Quigley. “It all came together on the same day for each of our players; they were scoring on every hole and it just never stopped. It’s nice for these guys to win a tournament, which isn’t easy to do. It’s probably the high point of their high school careers in golf so far.” 

Kyle Sharp shot a career low four under 68, and Gus Morck shot a career low of four over 76. Chase Gioffredi shot one over 73 and Ben Sharp shot three over 75.

Coach Quigley added, “In addition, a lot of the coaches from other schools are starting to notice that our guys can play at a high level this year. So we are getting our name out there. Hopefully we can keep it going into the CIF playoffs.” 

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Playing in the Estancia Tournament were (from left to right): Gus Morck, Kyle Sharp, Chase Geoffredi, and Ben Sharp (with assistant coach Tom Levinstein)

The whole team played Tuesday in an Orange Coast League match against Estancia at Aliso Viejo Country Club, a par 35 course. Laguna won the match by a score of 200-231. 

Chase Gioffredi captured his second medalist honors of the year shooting a two over par 37. 

The win brings the LBHS league record to 4-0 and the overall record to 6-3. Players’ scores included: Chase Gioffredi – 37, Kyle Sharp – 38, Gus Morck – 40, Ben Sharp – 42, Miles Stripling – 43, and Kyle Shaw – 57.

LBHS Baseball continues awesome winning streak, comes back to defeat tough Estancia team, 6-5


LBHS Baseball (5-0 League, 9-4 Overall) continues to roll, posting a 6-5 come-from-behind victory yesterday over a very tough Estancia team at home.

The Breakers’ day did not start well. The team was riding a 29-consecutive scoreless inning streak coming into the game (and had outscored its last five opponents 57-1), but visiting Estancia jumped on Laguna early and hard for five runs in the first inning. 

Ultimately, though, the Breakers could not be held back. Their pitching stopped Estancia the rest of the game and their offense came to life at just the right time. Grady Morgan capped Laguna’s comeback with a dramatic bases loaded double in the bottom of the 6th, completing the team’s epic comeback.

Two innings earlier, Jack Loechner and Eric Silva got the Breakers started with back-to-back singles. Christian Holm then got the Breakers’ scoring started, lining an RBI double to left, scoring Loechner. Silva and Holm would later score that inning on wild pitches, cutting the lead to 5-3 headed into the 5th.

Kolton Freeman brought the score to 5-4 with a monster solo homerun to left, leading off the bottom of the 6th. Loechner followed with another single, Silva and Michael Kerner both then walked, loading the bases for Morgan with one out. With two strikes on him, Morgan drove a curveball down the right field line to lift the Breakers to the 6-5 victory.

Silva (1-1) earned the win on the mound for Laguna, pitching the last 1 1/3 innings to finish the game. Blake Burzell started the game, throwing 4 innings with 6 strikeouts. Joe Sweet pitched 1 2/3 effective innings in relief, striking out 3.

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Jared Angus, LBHS Junior, put up a stellar game defensively at shortstop

Earlier in the week on Tuesday, LBHS defeated Costa Mesa 11-0. 

Loechner dominated on the mound, shutting down Costa Mesa on two hits over five innings of work. Cutter Clawson and Remy Mackel each worked one inning of relief to secure what was the fourth consecutive shutout for Laguna.

Christian Holm led Laguna with three hits, Silva added a key bases loaded double for three RBIs, while Clawson and Grady Morgan each added two hits with Morgan scoring three runs. 

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Christian Holm, LBHS Senior, went 3-for-4 against Costa Mesa 

Last Friday, Blake Burzell (4-0) started on the mound and pitched five no hit innings, striking out eight en route to an 11-0 victory over Godinez.

Joe Sweet and Cutter Clawson were equally dominating in their single innings of work, with three strikeouts each. Morgan and Loechner both contributed three hits and three RBIs on the day. Morgan hit his fourth homer in five games. Sawyer Chesley also had three hits. 

Laguna will be busy over Spring Break, playing four games in the Ryan Lemmon Invitational Tournament in Irvine against top Orange County Teams. The Breakers start off with a night game this Saturday against Trabuco Hills at 5:30 p.m. at Windrow - W2, followed by a morning game on Monday against at Roosevelt at 8:15 a.m. at Windrow - RLS, before finishing off pool play against El Modena on Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. at Cypress Park. The results of these three games will determine who and when the team will play in its fourth and final game in the tourney on Wednesday.

Boys & Girls Club will host “racy” 18th Annual Art of Giving Gala on May 12 

Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach is proud to present their 18th Annual Art of Giving Gala – “And We’re Off!” – on Saturday, May 12 at Montage Laguna Beach. This is an event you will not want to miss, organizers say. The Club invites guests to participate in an evening that will have a Kentucky Derby-style take on Laguna Beach. 

Invitees are encouraged to dress to impress and pull out all of the stops when selecting a suit or dress for the big night. It is a chance for every female to express her inner Southern Belle, and every guy to get just as decked out as the ladies. 

Take note and do not hold back when planning your Kentucky Derby-themed wardrobe. Guests will get to indulge in the experience of this iconic American event at the finest resort. Guests will start the evening on the Montage lawn with tasty morsels and signature Southern cocktails. 

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Join the Boys & Girls Club 18th Annual Art of Giving Gala for a night of “racy” fun

The evening will continue with an elegant dinner and rousing live auction followed by dancing to some live music that will make guests feel like they are partying it up at the Downs. 

This promises to be one of the events of the year, and a chance to generously support the Club and its some 2,000 youth members and families. Proceeds raised at the 18th annual Art of Giving Gala go directly towards empowering children of all ages to reach their full potential, no matter their financial situation. 

For more information about the Gala includint tickets or table sponsorships, contact Michelle Ray Fortezzo at (949) 494-2535 ext. 7584 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or visit the Club website at www.bgclagunabeach.org.

LBHS Lacrosse plays home game April 12


Laguna Beach High School’s newest team, lacrosse, is excited for the community to get to know the sport. 

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Laguna Beach High School’s Lacrosse team

Senior Jake Anderson said, “I’m very excited to have lacrosse at LBHS. I’ve been waiting for three years, and I finally get to play my senior year.”

There is a home game on Thursday, April 12 vs. Crean Lutheran, and the community is encouraged to come watch the fast-paced action. The game begins at 5 p.m.

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LBHS Lacrosse is a fun and competitive sport – see the game Monday at 5 p.m.

“I think this program will definitely become popular and be very successful for LBHS. We’re really lucky to have our coaches,” said freshman Ethan Kramer. “Coach Chris is a great coach who has a lot of experience and knowledge of the game. He’s taught us a lot in a short amount of time. Coach Knox is so great at giving a lot of direction at every practice and game so that we are constantly learning something new.”

Senior Tobin Herr added, “I wish this program had been started earlier than my senior year, but I’m just glad I had the chance to play and it’s a really fun sport – I’m really enjoying it a lot!”

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