Sign-up for boys’ basketball at Boys & Girls Club

Boys Basketball Photo

Since the original Boys’ Club of Laguna Beach opened its doors on Main Beach in 1952, basketball and other sports leagues have played a pivotal part in providing local youth a safe place to get together and have fun under the guidance and supervision of caring professionals. This tradition has benefited multi-generations of Laguna families and become even more enhanced by the diverse and complimentary youth development programming currently offered to Boys & Girls Club Members.  Become a part of our community’s history by participating in this years Boys Basketball League.

Register now for the Boys & Girls Club (B&G Club) of Laguna Beach Boys’ Basketball in person at the B&G Club at 1085 Laguna Canyon Rd. Practices begin in Nov and the season starts in Dec after AYSO Soccer. All participants must be members of the B&G Club of Laguna Beach. Club Membership fee is $150 per year.

The Club offers enriching programs such Power Hour Homework Help, Photo Club, Fine Art Club, Science Quest, Athletics, Breakers Teen Center, and many more great opportunities for kids 6-18!

The boys’ hoops’ fee is $100 per player and includes a brand new uniform. A $25 late fee will apply to registrations received after Sept 30.

If you are interested in coaching a team, please complete the application while registering your child. Annual League sponsorship opportunities are also available for only $500 and include a personalized banner hung in our Gymnasium seen by over 1,500 local youth and their families each year.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Laguna Beach serves children and families living in Aliso Viejo, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, and the surrounding communities and is dedicated to enabling young people to reach their full potential as healthy, caring, and responsible citizens.

For more information, call the Club at 494-2535.

LBHS 2010-2011 Varsity scoreboard

Sept 14

Boys Water Polo: 0-1 - Laguna and Villa Park are two of the top OC teams and their contest at Villa Park made that clear. The Breakers were outscored 4-2 in the first quarter and could make up just one of those goals to end up on the short end of a 14-13 final score.

Nolan McConnell had five goals with Jack Clark adding three and Spencer Dodson scoring a pair. Tyler Mancusso, Nicky Brunner and Cameron Hauer each had a goal and Hauer accounted for two steals.

Football: 0-1 – Northwood was simply too much for Laguna Friday night, 62-27. Breakers turnovers and a dominating running game by the visitors never allowed LBHS to get closer than 13-6 in the first quarter.

Quarterback Austin Paxson completed 17-of-30 with three TDs and 272 yards but was intercepted three times. Travis Clawson caught Paxson’s first TD pass for 14 yards in the first quarter. Chris Paul had a pair of TD receptions – 66 and 37 yards. His 66-yard yard catch came with 2:37 left in the first quarter that ended, 27-13. Robert Clemons ran nine yards for Laguna’s other score.

Running back Norty Penney was injured in the first quarter and has a bruised back. No word yet on his availability for Friday night.

Girls Golf: 4-0, 3-0 - Laguna is of to a great start winning their first four matches against Costa Mesa, Orange, Oceanview and Sage Hill last week. The first three are members of the Goldenwest League along with the Breakers.

Three different players have captured medalist honors: Taylor Weiss, Christianne Kinder and Vivian Mendoza (twice).

Girls Tennis: 0-1 - The Breakers had success at #1 singles and doubles against Newport Harbor but came up short at #2 and #3 in both efforts and came up short to the Sailors, 11-7.

Taylor Nederlander took up where she left off last season winning her #1 singles sets, 6-1, 6-1, 6-1. At #1 doubles, the tandem of Haley Moss and Bianca Sganga won, 6-4, 6-1, 6-1.

Polls: Despite the one-sided loss to Northwood, the Football team is ranked #8 in the CIF Southern Division rankings this week. Girls Tennis, Boys Waterpolo and Girls Volleyball are #9 in OC. In Cross Country, the Boys are ranked #2 in the CIF D-4 coaches’ poll with the Laguna Girls at #4. The highly successful Girls Golf team isn’t ranked in the OC poll probably on the simple basis that the Goldenwest League isn’t considered to be overly competitive. Thank goodness they still keep score.

The one-week Winona exchange promises to be one of this town’s memorable events

LBHS Principal Don Austin wrote an open letter to the community that we published here in our Tuesday edition. That letter is now on the Op/Ed, Letters, Obit page, which can be reached by clicking on the navigation button at the top of this page.

It is recommended that you read that letter if you haven’t already done so.

Four students from Winona, Mississippi will arrive here on Sunday, Sept 26 for a one-week visit (see the itinerary below). Winona is a city of 5,000 near the Mississippi Delta. “We have two red lights and a couple of four-way stops,” said Winona Secondary School (7-12) Principal, Charlie Parkerson during a phone interview Thursday. He added that the school has 520 students. “Three hundred-fifteen in grades nine to twelve.”

The Winona students will stay with Laguna families and attend a full schedule of classes each day.

“I told the four kids I’ll bring out there that they don’t need to be concerned about the kids in Laguna Beach – they have the same fears, hopes and reams that you do. Their circumstances are just different about how to get to those dreams and hopes and how to address those fears.”

Those were the words of Winona, Mississippi Secondary School (7-12) Principal, Charlie Parkerson said when interviewed by phone Thursday.

Parkerson will bring the four students in the photo below, two juniors and two seniors, to Laguna Beach later this month to spend a week attending classes at Laguna Beach High School and taking in a plethora of community, cultural and educational events.

Winona Photo

Photo courtesy Winona Secondary School

Parkerson commented on the itinerary below. “Our kids won’t know all that they will be doing until they get there and I am sure that they have never even imagined seeing and doing most things. By the same token, I’m sure that Don will be saying the same thing about what his kids will be seeing when they come to Winona later this school year.”

In his letter, Austin said that he and Parkerson had met an educational conference. “We have only sat and talked in person for about two hours,” said the Mississippian. “We’ve stayed in touch, though, and I’d say we now have an “odd-couple” type relationship.

“I told our kids that and said to them that you don’t ever meet a stranger. You never know what you can do for each other,” Parkerson said.

Winona High School Itinerary in Laguna Beach

Sep. 26th - Arrive at Orange County John Wayne Airport

Attend special Hurley-sponsored welcome event at exclusive venue

Meet host families and arrive in Laguna Beach

Sep. 27th - Arrive at Laguna Beach High School for 1st day of classes

Get tour of campus by principal

Attend full schedule of classes with a LBHS student taking similar courses

Attend Los Angeles Angels game vs. Oakland A’s as special guests of the Angels (bring a camera to the game)

Sep. 28th - Attend full schedule of classes

Principal will attend Southern California Principals’ PLC at LBHS

Customized afternoon event at Hurley 225 location in Laguna Beach

Volleyball showdown of two of the top teams in California (we are one of them)

Present brief background information at the Board of Education meeting

Sep. 29th - Take part in Senior Class “If you really knew me” activity with nationally-renowned facilitator, Keith Hawkins (This will be POWERFUL and something to take back to Winona)

Minimum Day (Done at 12:30)

Private Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP) lesson by local Billabong surfing legend, Scott Finn (bring your bathing suits – everyone tries!)

Water polo game at Sage Hill High School

Sep. 30th - Guided tour of Soka University in Orange County ending with lunch with professors (top science program and free tuition of $24,000 per year to families with income under $60,000) Visit at

October 1st - Guided tour of BEAUTIFUL University of San Diego

Lunch in historic San Diego Old Town (it is incredible)

Private tour of Birch Aquarium at the San Diego Scripps Institute of Oceanography

Return to LBHS for home football game!

October 2nd - Attend UCLA “I’m Going to College Day” and football game vs. Washington State in the Rose Bowl

October 3rd - Leave John Wayne Airport for Winona, Mississippi to plan for our trip!

Music Together event for parents and their young kids to appear at Laguna Beach Books next Friday

Music Together LogoNext Friday morning at 10:30 a.m., Magic Steps Music presents an exciting Music Together event at Laguna Beach Books. Experience the wonder of Music Together and see how important and fun music making can be. This musical event will be full of fun songs, rhythm chants, movement, and instrument play. This event will be run by Brooke Briggs, and is free of charge.

Music Together is an internationally recognized early childhood music program for children birth through five and the grownups who love them. First offered to the public in 1987, it pioneered the concept of a research-based, developmentally appropriate early childhood music curriculum that strongly emphasizes and facilitates adult involvement.

Music Together classes are based on the recognition that all children are musical. All children can learn to sing in tune, keep a beat, and participate with confidence in the music of our culture, provided that their early environment supports such learning. By emphasizing actual music experiences rather than concepts about music, Music Together introduces children to the pleasures of making music instead of passively receiving it from CDs or TV.

Laguna Beach Books is an independent bookstore striving to create a community-enriching environment with a superb selection of books for adults and children, exciting author events and readings, and friendly, knowledgeable staff. Laguna Beach Books is owned by Jane Hanauer and is located at The Old Pottery Place at 1200 S. Coast Highway. 494.4779

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