LBHS Boys Golf wins twice this week, captures fourth straight Orange Coast League Championship

LBHS Boys Golf played two league matches this week, winning both and capturing the team’s fourth straight Orange Coast League Championship.

“These final two league wins mean that senior players Kyle Sharp, Ben Sharp and Dante Fornaro just completed 4 years as varsity players going undefeated in Orange Coast league play,” said Coach Sean Quigley. “They have never lost a league match throughout their entire high school careers.”

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LBHS Boys Golf captured its fourth straight Orange Coast League Championship, finishing a perfect 8-0 in league play

On Tuesday, the team traveled to Santa Ana to play Saddleback High School at Willowick Golf Course, par 36. The team won the match 208-276.

Senior captain Kyle Sharp was the medalist of the match shooting one over par 37. In addition, seniors Ben Sharp and Dante Fornaro both played well shooting 40. Sophomore Tai Diggins stepped up big too.

“A bright spot looking forward to next year was the play of Tai (Diggins), who came up from the junior varsity team and shot a very solid score of 42. Hayden Myers and Miles Stripling rounded out the scoring with both posting scores of 49,” said Coach Quigley.

On Thursday, the team hosted Costa Mesa High School at Aliso Viejo Country Club, the final league match of the season.

The team went into the match missing a couple of its regular starters. “We were anticipating a competitive match,” said Coach Quigley.

But ultimately the team stepped up. 

“Our players did a good job overall with course management and not taking too many risks with the windy conditions and it ended up paying off. At the finish, we won the match 217-233. The co-medalists of the match were Kyle Sharp from Laguna and Jimmy Solano from Costa Mesa; they both shot one over par 36. The rest of the players scores were Dante Fornaro 41, Gus Morck 42, Kyle Shaw 47, Miles Stripling 51 and Joseph Ravenna 55.”

The team’s overall record is now 10-3, and a perfect 8-0 in league play.

Boys Volleyball nets two wins too, wins 93rd straight league match

On Tuesday, Laguna Beach High School’s Boys Volleyball team defeated Saddleback in three games, 25-18, 25-15, 25-12. Andrew Reavis and Josh McManus led the way with nine kills each. Guy Thomas and Joseph Colliday also had eight kills apiece.

On Thursday, the team hosted Estancia at Dugger Gym, winning in three sets 25-18, 25-11, 25-18. Leading the way was Sam Burgi with eight kills and Geste Bianchi with seven.

The team (9-5 overall, 5-0 league) has now won 93 straight league matches.


Boys & Girls Club will host “racy” 18th Annual Art of Giving Gala on May 12 

Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach is proud to present its 18th Annual Art of Giving Gala – “And We’re Off!” – on Saturday, May 12 at Montage Laguna Beach. The event will be Kentucky Derby-style themed soiree. 

Invitees are encouraged to dress to impress and pull out all of the stops when selecting a suit or dress for the big night. It is a chance for every female to express her inner Southern Belle, and every guy to get just as decked out as the ladies. 

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The Boys & Girls Club’s 18th Annual Art of Giving Gala on May 12 will be a night of “racy” fun

Guests will start the evening on the Montage lawn with tasty morsels and signature Southern cocktails. The evening will continue with an elegant dinner and rousing live auction followed by dancing to some live music that will make guests feel like they are partying it up at the Downs. 

This promises to be one of the events of the year, and a chance to generously support the Club and its some 2,000 youth members and families. Proceeds raised at the 18th annual Art of Giving Gala go directly towards empowering children of all ages to reach their full potential, no matter their financial situation. 

For more information about the Gala includint tickets or table sponsorships, contact Michelle Ray Fortezzo at (949) 494-2535 ext. 7584 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or visit the Club website at www.bgclagunabeach.org.


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.

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