Morgan, Lochner lead Breakers baseball to victory

Grady Morgan homered for the second straight game and Jack Loechner threw 5 innings, allowing only one run to lead Laguna Beach Breakers Varsity baseball to its second straight win, 7-1 over San Juan Hills. The win evened the Breakers record at 4-4 on the season.

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Grady Morgan slides to the plate: Breakers give it their best every game

Laguna took the lead in the first after a walk by Morgan, who eventually came around to score on a wild pitch. The Stallions tied it in the top of the third at 1-1, but Morgan’s two-run homer to straight away center in the bottom half put the Breakers ahead for good 3-1. Kolton Freeman’s single later in the inning put Laguna up 4-1.

Meanwhile, Lochner cruised through the Stallions lineup, giving up only one run on four hits, while striking out six. Remy Mackel and Cutter Clawson each pitched a scoreless inning of relief to complete the Breakers dominance on the mound.

The Breakers added three more runs in the sixth. Loechner and Eric Silva both singled and then Michael Kerner followed with an RBI single, his third hit of the day. 

Morgan followed with a two RBI double to complete the scoring for Laguna and giving Morgan four RBI’s on the day.  

If it doesn’t rain, Breakers battle Calvary Chapel on Friday for the League Opener.

Help Thurston Middle School students go to the Global Finals

Six Thurston Middle School students, part of a Destination Imagination (DI) team, recently competed in the regional tournament and earned third place in the Scientific category. They need your vote for a chance to go to the Global Finals and compete with their scientific solution.

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Thurston Middle School students who competed in the recent regional tournament, earning third place

Unfortunately, only the top two teams advance to the next level. However, there’s still a chance for them to go, but they need your support!

A member of the team, Colette (Coco) Reed, was selected as a finalist in a Pin Design competition and voting is taking place online through the end of the day on Sunday, March 18. 

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Colette (Coco) Reed’s pin design

The prize for Reed is $500 and, perhaps more importantly, their DI team would have the opportunity to go and compete in the Global DI Finals.

Vote online at Be sure to vote for “Colette” in the Middle School level.

SchoolPower’s Chef Challenge – one of the community’s most fun events – takes place March 26

It’s going to be a throwdown! SchoolPower’s Chef Challenge IX, hosted by Suzanne and Cary Redfearn at The Lumberyard, is coming up Monday, March 26.

Come enjoy a fabulous three-course dinner prepared by Lumberyard chefs and a friendly competition between the menu selections of LBUSD principals – with attendees choosing the winner. 

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El Morro Principal Chris Duddy (left) will team up with TOW Principal Michael Conlon to take on LBHS Principal Jason Allemann and TMS Principal Jenny Salberg in this year’s SchoolPower Chef Challenge

Will it be the menu selections of elementary school principals Chris Duddy and Michael Conlon, or upper school principals Jenny Salberg and Jason Allemann?

Whoever takes home the trophy, event guests will be the real winners – and, of course, Laguna Beach schools.   

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LBUSD School Board meeting tonight to address Local Control Accountability Plan

A study session on the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) and stakeholder engagement will begin in open session at 6 p.m. tonight (Tues, March 13). The regular meeting will follow the study session. Regular meeting agenda items for Board consideration include a resolution on school safety and supporting the social and emotional needs of LBUSD students, approval of positive certification of the second interim financial report, and approval of the course of study for the 2018-19 school year.

The agenda for Tuesday’s regular Board meeting has been posted here:,_2018_Board_Meeting_Agenda.pdf

The meeting begins at 6 p.m., March 13 at the District offices, 550 Blumont, and is open to the public.

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