LBHS boys varsity golf matches this week: the winning continues

By Sean Quigley, LBHS Head Golf Coach

On Monday, the LBHS Boys Golf Team had an Orange Coast League match on Estancia’s home course, Mesa Verde Country Club, in Costa Mesa (par 36). Mesa Verde is one of the most challenging and best courses the team plays all year.

Laguna won the match 202-227, bringing the team’s record up to 2-0 in league and 4-3 overall.

The medalist (low score of the match) was senior captain Kyle Sharp. He shot an even par 36. This was the fifth time this year he has won medalist honors. 

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Team captain, Kyle Sharp

In addition, junior Chase Gioffredi finished strong when he went on a tear with three birdies in a row on holes 7, 8 and 9 to finish one over par at 37. Senior Ben Sharp also played extremely well shooting three over par at 39.

The green complexes on this course can be tough, rewarding good shots and penalizing poor shots; so having three players finish under 40 tells me they were playing smart and hitting good shots. 

Player scores on Monday: Kyle Sharp – 36, Chase Gioffredi – 37, Ben Sharp – 39, Gus Morck – 42, Kyle Shaw – 48, Miles Stripling – 49.

On Wednesday, LBHS took on Costa Mesa High School at Costa Mesa County Club, a par 35-course. Laguna won 198-225, bringing our record up to 3-0 in league, and 5-3 overall. Kyle Sharp was the medalist again, shooting 37. He has been the medalist in six of the eight matches we have played this year.

Junior Gus Morck stepped up and shot his best score of the season, posting a four over par 39. In addition, senior Ben Sharp has bounced back nicely over the last two matches, posting a 38 today and a 39 in our last match (on Monday).

Player scores on Wednesday: Kyle Sharp – 37, Ben Sharp – 38, Chase Gioffredi – 39, Gus Morck – 39, Miles Stripling – 45, Kyle Shaw – 47.

We are off to a great start in the Orange Coast League with a 3-0 record.  We have won League for the last three years, so another first place finish this year would give our seniors a clean sweep of four straight championships during their high school careers.  

Our team scores have been good, consistently in the high 190’s to 208.  Overall, we are posting lower team scores than last year so our prospects look good so far.


Breakers baseball team dominates Saddleback: Bats and arms came ready to play

Laguna’s bats and arms came ready to play Tuesday. Breakers’ hitters jumped on Saddleback for 25 runs and 19 hits, leading the team to a 25-0 victory. The pitching was equally effective. Jack Loechner started on the mound and was perfect through two innings before retiring early. 

Remy Mackel and Kent Cebreros combined for six strikeouts on the bump to no-hit the Saddleback side.  

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Eric Silva, Freshman, trotting home

Saddleback did not advance past second base the entire game. Senior Michael Kerner was hot with four hits while Grady Morgan and Sawyer Chesley both homered over the fence for Laguna. 

Laguna is now 2-0 in League play. The team’s next game is today (weather permitting), Friday, March 23 at Godinez before returning home next Tuesday, March 27 against Costa Mesa, and Friday, March 30 against Estancia.


Anneliese School’s Heroes & Role Models welcomed Kailee’s aunt, Linda Cohn

Linda Cohn, renowned ESPN sportscaster and NSMA (National Sports Media Association) Hall of Fame 2017 Inductee, was quite busy this weekend. After co-hosting the Lady Ducks Fashion Show on Monday, benefiting CHOC (Children’s Hospital of Orange County) at the Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, Linda paid a special visit to Laguna Beach’s own Anneliese School. 

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Linda Cohn with her niece, Kailee (right) at Anneliese School

Her niece, Kailee Cohn, a fourth grader in Mr. Mike’s class, chose her aunt Linda Cohn as her heroine for her Heroes & Role Models Project. As part of the presentation, Kailee made an outstanding poster of Linda along with a video presentation of Linda speaking in front of 700 students last year in Anaheim about Finding the Positive. Kailee was so inspired by Linda’s giving back to our youths message that she brought in Linda herself for a Q&A session. Cohn greeted the class, sharing her story with signature energetic style and good sense of humor.

The students were thrilled and asked great questions about what was Linda’s favorite sport to who her favorite player was. Kailee brought in Linda’s book, Cohn-Head: A No-Holds-Barred Account of Breaking Into the Boys’ Club for all to share.

Following the presentation, the entire class brought their Heroes & Role Models posters outside for a quick group picture.

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Anneliese School commented, “It was so fantastic. She is so inspirational!”

“I am so proud and impressed with the Anneliese School for having such a great program for kids. This school has an amazing staff and allows the kids to grow in their space. It’s truly a magical setting where the intelligences are carefully cultivated, lives are empowered and true potentials are realized,” said Cohn. “I love their motto, ‘Be a part of a school that inspires children to live meaningful lives and make a positive difference in the world.’

“It’s important that our youths recognize that anything is possible as long as they follow their passion and find the positive. My message has always been to carve your own path and know that anything is possible.”

 


Laguna Beach Water Polo Foundation hosts first Annual Lawn Bowling Tournament fundraiser, April 20
         Laguna Beach Water Polo Foundation has announced their first Lawn Bowling Tournament fundraiser. This unique event will be held Friday, April 20, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Laguna Beach Lawn Bowling Club, 455 Cliff Drive, in beautiful Heisler Park. 

Lawn Bowling is a game played with heavy balls, the object of which is to propel one’s ball, so that it comes to rest as close as possible to a previously bowled small ball (the jack). Lawn bowling is played chiefly outdoors (although an indoor version is also popular in the UK) on a closely trimmed lawn called a green. 

LB Lawn Bowling Club in Heisler Park

Upon entering the tournament, individuals will be placed into teams of four. Before the tournament begins, the coaches from the Laguna Beach Lawn Bowling Club will show participants how to properly play the game. After a few practice rounds, the tournament will begin. 

The tournament will be run in bracket-play. Once all teams are entered (teams must be entered by April 18), the brackets will be displayed at the event. There will be a taco cart, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. By purchasing a tournament entry or social ticket, attendees will receive a wrist band for a taco plate and access to the open bar. There will be a few raffle prizes, so participants should get ready to purchase raffle tickets. 

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LB Water Polo Foundation in Patriots Day Parade

From Olympic gold medalists to NCAA and age group national champions, Laguna Beach Water Polo Foundation (LBWPF) has produced some of the best water polo players in the United States. Boys and girls from eight to 14 years of age achieve a better understanding of the water polo game as they practice and improve on the fundamental techniques in preparation for the Junior Olympic national championships each July. 

For more information, go to lagunabeachwaterpolo.com or contact Foundation General Manager Robert Grayeli at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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