Two LBHS Boys’ Basketball players to represent team’s league in County All-Star Game on April 21

Laguna Beach High School seniors Charlie Rounaghi and Owen McMurray have been selected to represent their team’s league in the Orange Coast Optimist Club’s 53rd Annual North-South 12th Grade All-Star Basketball Game at Cypress Community College on April 21 at 7 p.m. 

LBHS currently belongs to the Orange Coast League, part of the CIF Southern Section. Other members include Saddleback, Godinez, Estancia, Costa Mesa and Calvary Chapel high schools. 

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Charlie Rounaghi

Rounaghi broke the school record for assists and steals during the LBHS team’s winningest season since 1962, a record of 26 wins and 4 losses. He also earned the season’s coach’s award and was co-MVP of the league. McMurray was voted most valuable defensive player by his teammates. Both were selected as first team all-league players. 

At the recent team banquet, Coach Bret Fleming reminisced, “I’ve known Owen and Charlie since they were little third graders taking my summer clinic. They couldn’t get enough basketball. These two guys have each dedicated hundreds of hours to practicing and perfecting their skills. This team is for those who are fully committed to working hard and putting in the time and effort. The all-star selection is a great way for these boys to cap off their high school careers. I’m extremely proud of them.” 

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Owen McMurray

Everyone is invited to watch this elevated level of play. Proceeds from tickets will go to scholarships and youth and collegiate programs. 

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $6 by calling (949) 233-9548 or at the door for $10.


Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach brings The First Tee program to all three branches

Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach announced that it has established a partnership with the The First Tee of Orange County, a golf development program for youth, to bring its “Drive” curriculum at all three branches this summer. 

The First Tee of Orange County is a division of The First Tee, an internationally recognized non-profit that introduces the game of golf and its integrated principles to young people. 

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Kids participating in the First Tee golf program/First Tee of Orange County 

The program focuses on nine core values: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment through its 1,200 locations across the United States. 

“We are honored and grateful to The First Tee of Orange County to bring the Drive program to the city of Laguna Beach through their selection and grant process,” CEO Pam Estes stated. “It will develop character, encourage healthy choices and teach life-enhancing principles for the youth of all ages in our community, with lessons they will benefit from for a lifetime.” 

Pam added, “The First Tee and our Club share values that align for a great relationship, including the notion that any kid who wants to try something new such as golf will have the chance to do so.”

Members can participate in an eight-week session as part their action-packed, fun-filled summer camp program at no additional cost to parents. Summer programming begins June 25 and runs through August 25 at Canyon, Bluebird and Lang branches, with all-day 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. rates as low as $150 per week, $40 per day. 

For more information, contact guest services at (949) 494-2535 or visit the Club website at www.bgclagunabeach.org.

Sibling discounts and scholarships are available.


Annual City Boys and Girls Track Meet will be Friday, April 20 at LBHS

The City of Laguna Beach will host the annual Boys & Girls Track Meet on Friday, April 20 between 5 and 8 p.m. The track meet is open to children under the age of 14 (kids who were born in 2003 or after) and reside in Laguna Beach or attend school within the Laguna Beach Unified School District boundaries.

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Children run in heats with others their own age and can participate in sprints (50, 100 or 200 meters) or longer runs (400, 800 or 1600 meters).

Field events include: long jump, softball throw, high jump, and shot put.

The top four winners in each age division will advance to the Orange County Track Meet in May. 

Please register online by Thursday, April 19 at https://secure.rec1.com/CA/city-of-laguna-beach/catalog/index?search=track+meet.


Laguna Beach Breakers drop three out of four at Ryan Lemmon Spring Invitational

By MIKE MORGAN

Laguna Beach Breakers opened up the Spring Break Ryan Lemmon Invitational Tournament with a dramatic comeback win against Trabuco Hills 7-6. The game was highlighted by an RBI single by Kolton Freeman in the top of the 7th, scoring Eric Silva with the tie breaking run.  

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Pitcher Joe Sweet

Silva, entering as pitcher in the bottom of the 6th, then retired Trabuco in the bottom of the 7th, to secure the win for Laguna. Laguna jumped out to an early 4-0 lead, capped by Christian Holm’s two RBI’s in the first, but Trabuco came right back in the bottom of the first to pull within 4-3. 

Trabuco took the lead in the bottom of the 4th with three more runs to pull ahead 6-4. Laguna’s Holm drove in two more runs in top of the 5th, to tie the score and set up Freeman to win it in the 7th. Injuries played a role in the outcome of the game, when Laguna’s Cutter Clawson had to leave the mound after facing just three batters in the first. Joe Sweet and Kent Cebreros both pitched very well to keep Laguna in the game.

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Jack Loechner sliding into base

Laguna was matched up against Roosevelt in the second game of the tournament, and despite a hard fought game, Laguna fell 5-3. Jack Loechner and Kolton Freeman led the way with multiple hits for the Breakers. Remy Mackel started the game on the mound and kept the Breakers close through four innings. Justin Holm was handed the loss in three innings of relief. Breakers defense had a rough day and contributed to the loss with three errors.

The third game of the tournament pitted the Breakers against a highly regarded El Modena squad. El Modena took the lead early, jumping ahead 2-0 in the second inning.  Laguna came back in the third on a single by Grady Morgan and a walk to Eric Silva.  Both Breakers came around, scoring on some nice base running, tying the score 2-2, despite just one hit in the inning. 

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Freshman Pitcher Eric Silva

Jack Loechner pitched well for Laguna, surrendering just five hits on the day, but El Modena played precise baseball and was able to score five times, defeating the Breakers 5-2. Defense was once again a rough spot for Laguna, committing four errors on the day. Morgan led Laguna with two hits.

The final game of the tournament matched up Laguna with a tough Capistrano Valley team in a consolation game of the Ryan Lemmon tournament. Laguna jumped out early, scoring one run in the second and then three more in the third, to take a 4-1 lead.

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Third base Sawyer Chesley

Sawyer Chesley, Cutter Clawson, Eric Silva and Jack Loechner all contributed hits and scored to help take the early lead. Blake Burzell started on the mound and pitched four innings, striking out seven and giving up two unearned runs. Wes Witteman pitched one scoreless inning of relief, helping the Breakers to a 4-2 lead after 5 innings. However, Capo would score five times in the 6th, all runs unearned on the day, lifting Capo to a 7-4 victory. Justin Holm took the loss in relief.

The Breakers finish their Spring Break schedule matching up at Santa Margarita High School on Saturday, April 7 at 12 p.m. Laguna returns to league play next week with two games with rival Calvary Chapel.

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