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LBHS Girls Basketball off to 4-0 start

After going winless last season, the LBHS Girls Basketball team, led by coach Matthew Tietz, is off to an impressive 4-0 start to kick off the 2018-19 season.

Going winless last year was tough, but the girls took it as a learning experience. They worked hard in the off-season to improve individually and, with the addition of a few new players, gel as a team,” said Coach Tietz. “We feel like we can be competitive this season and maybe make some noise in league.”

The team kicked off its winning season with a 58-11 victory over Public Safety Academy Monday at home. The game was won on great team defense that held PSA scoreless in three of the four quarters and by a balanced scoring attack, which saw 8 of 10 players score. Leading the way for the Breakers was freshman shooting guard Anna Cheng, who filled out the stat sheet in her first ever high school game leading with 16 points and adding 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 5 steals and 3 blocked shots. Junior forward Madi Garwal added 9 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Junior center Julia Henry scored 12 points, with 9 rebounds and 3 blocked shots. Senior point guard Mia Pitz scored 9 points, with 7 assists and 4 steals.

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LBHS is off to impressive 4-0 start after going winless last season

Win number two came on Tuesday night at home against Temecula Prep, 43-17.We had jumped out to 15-0 lead by the end of the first quarter,” said Coach Tietz. “Another game where tough team defense and a balanced offensive attack were the keys.”

7 of 9 players scored led by Mia Pitz with 13 points and 5 assists. Madi Garwal added 11 points and 12 rebounds. Anna Cheng scored 11 points and had 9 steals. Autumn Moreland dominated the key with 15 rebounds. 

Game number three was “an ugly mess” according to Coach Tiez, but the team still pulled out a win, 26-23 in overtime against Santa Rosa Academy on the road.

The team missed its first 21 3-point attempts on the game and made just 9 out of 63 shots from the field overall. 

“In a game where the bounces didn’t seem to go our way and everything that could go wrong went that way, our girls continued to fight and never gave up,” said Coach Tiez.

Anna Cheng hit a 3-pointer to open up the overtime and Madi Garwal hit two free throws to ice it. Top performers included freshman Autumn Moreland with 22 rebounds on the game, Madi Garwal with 15 rebounds, Julia Henry with 5 blocked shots, Mia Pitz with 6 points, 6 steals and 4 assists, and Anna Cheng with 7 points.

The Breakers girls notched their fourth consecutive win last night (Thursday), defeating Calvary Baptist 45-8. Leading scorers were Anna Cheng with 18 points, including four 3-pointers, and Mia Pitz with 10 points.

The team travels to Palm Springs today (Friday) to face Desert Chapel at 4 p.m. on the road.


LBHS Football defeats Northwood, advances to CIF Semis on Friday 

LBHS Football defeats 1

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LBHS defeated Northwood High School 34-13 in the CIF Quarter Finals on Friday. QB Andrew Johnson led the way again for the Breakers, throwing for 315 yards and 4 TDs on the game. Johnson and receiver Sean Nolan have broken almost every LBHS record for their respective positions this season. 

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LBHS (10-2) will face Artesia (9-3) on the road in Lakewood on Friday in the CIF Semis. With a win, the Breakers will host the CIF Division 11 Championship at home the following weekend at Guyer Field.


School Board Meeting’s agenda tonight includes special study session on school nutrition program

The agenda for tonight’s (Tuesday, Nov 13) regular LBUSD Board meeting has been posted online here. Open session will begin at 5 p.m. The agenda includes a special study session on the school nutrition program. A reception to honor retiring Board member Ketta Brown will immediately follow at approximately 5:40 p.m.

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Tonight’s agenda includes the important topic of student nutrition at school

The regular business meeting will begin at 6 p.m. The Board will receive information about the 2019 SchoolPower Fund-A-Need and a report on developer fees. Action items for Board consideration include the appointment of two Board representatives to the College and Career Advantage Board, approval of a resolution approving an employee retirement incentive, and approval to purchase research databases for students and a subscription for ParentSquare communication system.


LBHS Girls Tennis knocks off number one seeded Wilson in CIF playoffs

The LBHS Girls Tennis team continued its dream season on Wednesday, upsetting the number one seeded team in the CIF playoffs, Wilson High School, 11-5.

“Team Everyone!” said Coach Rick Conkey after Wednesday’s victory. “This upset win over LB Wilson was a true team effort.”

LBHS Girls Tennis team

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The Dream Team: (L-R) Vanessa Gee, Jai-Lin Garrett, Ella Pachl, Sierra Woodard, Jessa Chaney, Megan Mindte, Hannah Berri, Nessa Cenan, Hannah Metez, Cosette Basto

“LBHS #2 Singles player Sarah MacCallum played with focus to sweep all three of her sets. Ainsley Beresford added a victory at #3 Singles despite a nagging ankle injury,” said Coach Conkey. “The last match of the day was Ella Pachl. She was fighting sickness and a stubborn opponent but dug deep to pull away at the end, adding an additional two sets to our win column.”

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Ainsley Beresford, Sarah MacCallum and Camille Deckey helped lead the Breakers to an upset victory over number one seeded Wilson on Wednesday

“In doubles, Megan Mindte and Vanessa Gee led the attack with aggressive play to take all three of their sets. Jessa Chaney and Camille Deckey added an additional two set contribution to this victory by attacking their opponents relentlessly. 

“Hana Beri and Cosette Basto battled to the end with long baseline rallies that weakened early round opponents. 

“The community support was overwhelming,” said Coach Conkey. “But now we need everyone to push off their Friday afternoon plans and support these girl at the Claremont Tennis Club.”

The team’s final match, the CIF Division 3 title match against Huntington Beach, begins today (Friday) at 1 p.m. sharp.


LBHS Football comes up with big playoff win, to face Northwood in CIF Quarterfinals on Friday

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LBHS defeated Saddleback Valley Christian 30-21 in the opening round of the CIF playoffs on Friday, highlighted by another lights out performance by QB Andrew Johnson, who threw for 310 yards and 4 TDs on the game. Johnson has broken nearly every Laguna Beach single-season QB record this year.

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Coach Shanahan and the Breakers will face Northwood in Irvine on Friday in the CIF Quarterfinals


LBHS Boys Water Polo competing for consolation semifinals on Nov 6

Story and photos submitted by Stacie Capobianco

Laguna (ranked 8th) opened game one of the CIF Southern Section Division 1 Elite 8 playoffs against Newport Harbor (ranked 1st) in front of an energetic crowd at Newport Harbor High School last Thursday.

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LBHS Breakers Water Polo team are cheered on by an enthusiastic crowd

The Breakers came out early with the first goal and held the lead most of the game. Going into half, freshman William Kelly wowed the crowd with an outside shot to make the game 5-5. After a strong three quarters, the Breakers lost their momentum late in the 4th and the Sailors came out with the win 9-6.

“It’s really hard to beat a team three times in a row,” Newport Harbor coach Ross Sinclair said. “They move really well. They’ve got a couple of guys that really create in one-on-one.”

LBHS Water polo freshman William Kelly

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Freshman William Kelly with the shot that tied the game going into halftime 

Zach Cord led Laguna Beach with two goals, while James Nolan, Logan McCarroll and Colton Gregory also scored. Junior keeper Caden Capobianco held strong with 12 saves.

“They’re tough to shut down for four quarters,” said head coach Rob Grayeli. “I’m just really proud of my guys.”

The Breakers move on to the consolation semifinals against Mater Dei High School (ranked 5th) at 6 p.m. at Mater Dei tonight, Tuesday, Nov 6. The Monarchs lost to Oaks Christian (ranked 4th) in OT 10-9 previously.


Laguna Pack 35 Webelos 2 Den’s Kindness Project

inspired by City Councilman Dicterow

On Tuesday, Oct 30, City Councilman Steve Dicterow invited Laguna Beach Pack 35 Webelos 2 Den to City Hall. Dicterow organized a tour of the fire department and police department for the 5th graders, before inviting them to sit around the Council table at City Hall. 

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Webelos happy to be involved in Kindness Project

He talked to them about being a government leader and how as citizens they can contribute to their community. He encouraged them to use their individual abilities to make a difference in the world. The Webelos 2 Den is planning a kindness community service project, inspired by Dicterow’s Laguna Kindness Project.


Future cheerleaders from Cheerleading Clinic join LBHS squad on field for Ocean View football game

From the turnout at the LBHS Cheerleading Clinic on October 13, there are quite a number of future Breaker cheerleaders on the horizon. Two days of intensive (and fun) instruction left the kids with cheerleading knowledge and the anticipation of cheering with the LBHS squad at the football game the following Friday. 

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Kids attend the LBHS Cheer Clinic

Future cheerleaders from the ages of kindergarten through eighth grade joined the LBHS cheer squad at the Laguna Beach Cheer Clinic at Dugger Gym. During the clinic, attendees learned chants, cheers, a dance and tie-dyed T-shirts. 

Cheerleader Chloe Gabora, a sophomore, says, “Not only do the kids have fun, but we cheerleaders love doing the cheer clinic as well. We love forming bonds with the future LBHS Cheerleaders as well as getting a chance to give them their first LBHS Cheer experience. After working hard on learning cheers, dances, kicks, and jumps, it is so great seeing the happiness in their faces while performing with us.”

“I had fun helping the younger girls learn our LBHS cheers. I really enjoyed spending time with them and watching them grow as athletes. I love how happy they were when they were cheering at the game,” says Cheerleader Isabella Lyons, also a sophomore. 

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Cayden Dancey and Emi Tamura, both Top of the World Kindergarteners and future Breaker Cheerleaders

The response from the attendees was enthusiastic. Cayden Dancey says, “I loved cheering next to the big girls and getting to hold their pom-poms!” 

And her friend Emi Tamura agreed. “I loved learning all of the different cheers!” 

Parent response was positive as well. 

“This was my daughter’s first year attending the LBHS Cheer Clinic and she loved every minute! The clinic was very well organized with the nicest staff and the sweetest cheerleaders. It was a Saturday full of fun activities, making memories with old and new friends and learning the cutest cheers to perform at the football game. On game day, they all had a blast being down on the field with the crowd cheering them on. Cheering at the game made her even more excited to be a future Breaker Cheerleader. We had such a great experience and look forward to the next cheer clinic!” says CC Dancey. 

On the Friday night after the clinic, the kids joined the LBHS cheerleaders on the field for the football game against Ocean View and performed for hundreds of fans in the stands. It was a fun night for all involved, and to top it off, LBHS football team won the game.

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Members of the Cheerleading Clinic join LBHS squad on field for game against Ocean View and LBHS won

Head Cheer Coach Mike Burns says, “What a fantastic weekend we had at our annual cheer kids clinic! With only a few weeks to promote, we were able to teach one of our biggest groups of little cheerleaders yet. Between the upbeat cheers, and chants full of spirit, the kids and the Laguna cheerleaders had so much fun! Make sure to join us during our next clinic in the spring, where the little cheerleaders will be able to cheer with the Breakers at an LBHS basketball game! It’s an event you won’t want to miss.”

Dates and details of the next clinic will be published as soon as they are available.


Girls Tennis roars through first CIF rounds upsetting 4th seeded Alta Loma

Laguna Beach High School Girls Tennis upset 4th seeded Alta Loma in the team’s first CIF rounds on Tuesday. 

The Breakers’ number one player, Ella Pachel, won 6-2, 6-0. Sarah Maccallum won in three sets 6-2, 6-2, 6-0. 

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LBHS Girls Tennis team after a big victory

Doubles teams won too. Megan Mindte and Vanessa Gee won 2-6, 6-1, 6-1 and Jessa Chaney and Camille Deckey won 6-1, 6-2, 6-1. Kaleigh O’Donnell and Cosette Bastó did their very best but went down 0-6, 4-6, 0-6. 

LBHS continues today (Friday) with team to be announced.


Breakers Girls Volleyball going for 6th CIF Title Saturday at Cerritos College

Laguna Beach High School Girls Volleyball (18-12) faces number one seed Village Christian (33-9) at 2 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday, Nov 3 at Cerritos College in the CIF Division 1 Championship game.

The Breakers are meeting the Crusaders for the second time this season after losing in a regular season non-league match on September 21 at home (21-25, 25-23, 20-25, 18-25). 

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Soren Patchell and the Breakers face Village Christian tomorrow in CIF Division 1 Championship

The two teams also met in 2015 at Village Christian in the IIAA semifinals with the Crusaders winning 25-18, 19-25, 21-25, 25-23, 15-13. 

The match will streamed live on Fox Sports West.

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