“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.

Celebrate girls’ water polo triple gold medals at Susi Q at 3:30 p.m. today –  & 18 are named All-Americans 

The City is holding a special community event today, Tues, Sep 12, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. to honor the Laguna Beach girl’s age group water polo teams. All three of our Laguna Beach girl’s teams won gold medals at the 2017 Junior Olympics. 

And just yesterday came news that Laguna Beach has 18 All-Americans on the 2017 JO All-Americans list! 

The event will take place on the terrace at the Community and Susi Q Senior Center and will feature an introduction by the Mayor, short speeches, light refreshments, and a celebratory atmosphere.

Their wins this summer make them the top 10U, 12U and 14U teams in the entire United States.

The first win was for the 10U girls who beat Huntington Beach 5-3 with Sofia Umeda being named as the Tournament MVP. 

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L-R, 10 U team:Siena Jumani, Kylie Lupescu, Isabella Sarkis, Kaelyn Chism, Coach Albie Beeler, Jordan Katz, Kara Carver, Coach Chad Beeler, Brooke Schneider, Presley Jones, Coach Marc Umeda, Rowan Van Dender, Isabella Renezeder, Tasha Jochim, Sofia Umeda (MVP) & Cailin Mulvany.

Next up was the 12U girls team which also won in a 5-3 game, beating Riverside with Charlotte Riches being named the tournament MVP.  

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L-R, 12U team:Lauren Schneider, Taylor Naughton, Jordan Schneider, Myha Pinto, Ava Knepper, Coach Kelcie Ferreira, Charlotte Riches (MVP), Cleo Washer, Rebecca Storke, Coach Chad Beeler, Sara Block, Eleanor Ramsey, Lauren Short, Avery Montiel, Nina Rogers, Claire Turner & Sadie Riester

Then to end the weekend, the 14U girls took on Commerce, beating them 10-9 with Nicole Struss being named the tournament MVP.

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L-R, 14U team:Tasha Denny, Nicole Struss (MVP), Imani Clemens, Ava Houlahan, Coach Rob Grayeli, Rachael Carver, Genoa Rossi, Coach Rob Carver, Jessie Rose, Lela McCarrol, Coach Chad Beeler, Emma Lineback, Emma Singer & Molly Renner.

“2017 has been a great year for girls water polo in Laguna Beach. Last February the High School team won the prestigious CIF-SS Division 1 Championships, followed two weeks ago by the California High School State Championships and now the age group girls are national champions,” said Club Director Rob Grayeli.

--Report and photos courtesy Steve Riches

LBHS Athletics Department will host a Leadership/Sportsmanship Symposium on Sat Sept 9

LBHS Athletics Department will be hosting a Leadership/Sportsmanship Symposium on Saturday Sept 9, beginning at 1 p.m. and wrapping up at 6 p.m.

“We have invited every high school in Orange County and hope to have a couple hundred student/athletes, in attendance,” said Athletic Director Lance Neal, who spearheaded the event. “There will be three forty-minute breakout sessions offered three times during the day so kids will be able to attend three of six presentations.

Breakout sessions will focus on being a Triple Impact Competitor; Ethics in Sport and Life; Honoring the Game; Sportsmanship the Right Way; Leadership by Example: and Commitment to Team.

The event has been developed in partnership with CIF Southern Section, Rob Wigood, Commissioner; and the OC Athletic Directors Association. OC Sheriff’s Department, commander Jeff Hallock will be presenting as well as former OC Athlete/Navy Seal Tarey Gettys, and two members of the US Marine Corps, Major Adam Taylor and Staff Sergeant Losey. Ray Lokar, Positive Coaching Alliance, California Champion Basketball Coach Trainer, and former president of the So Cal Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association, will also speak.

For more information, contact Athletic Director Lance Neal at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call him at 949-301-6808.

Boys and Girls Club set to launch Cox Technology Center on Sept 21

The Boys & Girls Club announced the grand opening date of Thurs, Sept 21 at 3 p.m.  for the new Cox Technology Center on site of the Canyon Branch facility located at 1085 Laguna Canyon Road. 

The Center was made possible by a $15,000 grant through The James M. Cox Foundation and Cox Communications, which will create a significant upgrade to the existing glass-enclosed space and source for the Club’s future generation of technologists, graphic designers and engineers.

 The project includes the installation of state-of-the-art hardware, software, 3D printer and tablets, serving to complement Canyon Branch as a new energetic dimension to the 23,000+ square foot facility.

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(L- R) Ellen, Alexandra, Riley, and Landon preparing for the new installation 

“We are thrilled to officially open the site next month, and incredibly appreciative to those at Cox Communications in making it all possible,” said Pam Estes, CEO of Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach. “With these new assets, we will continue our approach of fostering learning in ways unimaginable with other mediums, and will be an amazing benefit for years to come for our youth.”

In addition to managing the installation of the project, Education Initiatives Director, Greg Bridgeman, will be on hand to ensure that the new technology is used as a means in the educational process and integrated as such on a daily basis. 

“If we believe that technology is key to our future, then making sure kids grow up with sufficient exposure will be crucial. I am excited to have new ‘tools’ in my toolbox through the Cox grant, and eager to implement it to our Club members on an ongoing basis through innovative science, design and technology programming.” 

The Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach provides childhood experiences designed to keep children healthy, active, and “thinking” while having fun. The CEO of the Boys & Girls Club, Pam Estes, says, “The Boys & Girls Club has filled a vital role in our community and we will continue to do so for generations to come.” 

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