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Girls Volleyball team cleans up the town

Last Thursday, the Laguna Beach High School Girls Volleyball team met at Brooks Street Beach, fanned out, and picked up trash littering Laguna’s precious beaches and streets. In two hours, they filled over 20 full size trash bags. What was equally impressive was that so many community members thanked them for their efforts and were very appreciative. The athletes felt the love. 

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Laguna Beach Girls Volleyball team

The Breakers Girls Volleyball team would also like to feel the community love at Dugger Gym for their home matches. The school moved from the Orange Coast League to the challenging Sunset Wave League so they will need all the fan support they can get. Please come cheer on the Lady Breakers at any or all of the following matches:

September 13, 5:45 p.m. vs Los Alamitos

September 18, 5:45 p.m. vs Huntington Beach

September 20, 5:45 p.m. vs Fountain Valley

September 21, 5:45 p.m. vs Village Christian

September 27, 5:45 p.m. vs JSerra

September 28, 5:45 p.m. vs Marina

October 4, 5:45 p.m. vs Newport Coast


LBHS Football off to a great start, wins big in season opener

Laguna Beach High School Football kicked off the 2018-19 season with a big win Friday night, defeating Hoover High School (Glendale) in the team’s home opener by a score of 42 to 14. 

LBHS Football Sunset

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LBHS won the season opener with a gorgeous sunset, to boot

The Breakers were led by junior QB Andrew Johnson, who threw for 197 yards and 4 TDs, and Jack Crawford, also a junior, who made two long catches for 56 yards, including one touchdown. 

Coach John Shanahan also credited the team’s defense for helping lead the team to victory.

LBHS Football Spirit

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The community cheered on our varsity boys in Friday’s home opener

The team’s next game is at home against Big Bear this Friday, Aug 31. The full schedule for the season includes:

August 31 vs. Big Bear (home)

Sept 7 vs. Dana Hills (home)

Sept 14 vs. Bellflower (home)

Sept 21 vs. Estancia (away)

Sept 28 vs. Marina (away)

Oct 5 vs. Rio Hondo Prep (home)

Oct 12 vs. Western (away)

Oct 19 vs. Ocean View (home)

Oct 25 vs. Godinez (away)

This Friday’s home game against Big Bear is the second of four consecutive home games to open the season. Come on down to the field and bring your cheer!


LBHS Boys Water Polo pink flamingo fundraiser – watch for flocks!

The Laguna Beach High School Boys Water Polo Boosters announced yesterday that they are going to the birds…flamingos that is. They are warning the good-humored citizens of Laguna Beach that a flock of flamingos might take residence in their front yard in the very near future. 

In an effort to raise money for their program and the upcoming season, the boosters will deliver the iconic birds, along with a “You’ve Been Flocked” banner explaining how and why the flamingos ended up on their lawn. The target will never know who paid to have them flocked — unless you want them to.

LBHS Boys Water Polo pink

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In order to have the flock in one’s yard removed, a ransom (donation) of $25 will see that a member of the LBHS Boys Water Polo team come and remove it. A $50 donation, meanwhile, will have the flock not only removed, but “relocated” to a friend’s yard of your choice! 

“We see it as a fun way for our boys to kick off the start of their season and engage with the Laguna Beach community,” said booster president Kendall Clark. “We hope it will make people laugh and put a smile on their face when they see that their lawn has gone to the birds!” 

Clark says that you can expect flockings to begin around the third week of August and continue throughout the month of September. Additionally, she notes to place your “Flocking Order” sooner than later…there are a limited number of flocks available and only while supplies last. 

Flockees must reside in Laguna Beach city limits and flamingos are not allowed to flock on public property or apartment complexes. For more information, or to arrange for a flocking, a flocking removal or to purchase anti-flocking “insurance” please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (949) 280-6990.


LBHS Football’s first game today – come give a cheer!

It’s that time of year on the home field as Laguna kicks off the football season. The first game is today at 7 p.m. against Hoover High School.

LBHS Coach John Shanahan said the team, out of the Glendale area, is ranked a little higher than Laguna, so tonight’s game should be a challenge.

“We’re working really, really hard,” said the coach. “We’re a young team, so we’re looking forward to seeing how we’re doing after today’s game.”

LBHS Football team

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LBHS Football huddles around Coach Shanahan during a summer practice

Wear your maroon with pride, and head over to cheer on the game action. Check out the newly installed stadium railings, the team’s new helmets – and food trucks, too. Yes, dinner and entertainment – what could be better for a summer’s eve? Go Beach!


School calendar issue results in threats; Emotions run high at LBUSD School Board meeting

By MAGGI HENRIKSON

Tuesday’s School Board meeting addressed the issue of the LBUSD instructional calendar. ASB student leaders, teachers, and parents voiced differing opinions as to the proposed changes, and many gave emotionally charged presentations. 

Board member Peggy Wolff addressed the audience, describing having received threatening harassment via emails and texts.

“People are threatening us,” she said. “Someone anonymously texted me on my personal phone. Harassing and threatening us is not a logical argument. The threats are scaring me.” 

At issue is the start date of the school year, plus Thanksgiving and winter break schedules, and non-student days. The proposed change in the school year features a start date before Labor Day and a first semester end date before the winter break.

The Instructional Calendar for next year

The Calendar Committee’s original recommendation for 2019-2020 included: 180 school days, the week off at Thanksgiving, three district-wide non-student days, one and a half weeks earlier start date (two-plus weeks in subsequent years), finals ending before winter break, and the school year ending earlier in June. These recommendations were subsequently revised to include Board recommendations.

The revised calendar includes a start date of August 26, Thanksgiving week the same as the current calendar (Monday and Tuesday are school days), first semester ending at winter break, and two non-student days.

Two revised versions offered for 2020-2021

For the calendar year 2020-2021, the committee presented two revised versions based on Board recommendations, A and B: 

Version A – The school start date would be August 24, Thanksgiving week remains the same (Monday and Tuesday are school days), first semester ends at winter break (December 18), there are two non-student days, and the end of school year is on June 10. 

Version B – The school start date would be August 26, Thanksgiving week remains the same, the end of the first semester is on Tuesday, December 22 (before winter break), there are two non-student days (Jan 4, Mar 12), and the end of the school year is on June 10. 

The Board reviewed and discussed revisions to the proposed 2020-2021 school calendar, and directed staff to bring back action items for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school calendars at the next regular Board meeting on September 11. 

Social Emotional Support

Director of Social Emotional Support Dr. Michael Keller presented an update to the board regarding the Social Emotional Support implemented at LBUSD schools during the 2017-2018 school year and ongoing services in 2018-2019. 

In the 2017-2018 school year, the district established a Social Emotional Support (SES) professional working group that met to design a multi-year social emotional support implementation plan which emphasizes roles and responsibilities for district and site level teams on key initiatives in the areas of prevention and intervention services, professional development, refining the multi-tiered system of support, parent education, and enhancing community partnerships.

School Resource Officer (SRO)

In continuing collaborative work with the Laguna Beach Police Department (LBPD), the board took action to approve a Memorandum of Understanding between the LBPD and the LBUSD for the LBPD to provide a School Resource Officer. The role of the SRO is aligned with the district’s focus on educating the whole child, in addition to the support provided by counselors, student support specialists, psychologists, and other school staff. The goals of the SRO are to reduce incidents of school violence; maintain a safe and secure environment on school grounds; reduce criminal offenses committed by juveniles and young adults; establish a rapport with the student population; and establish rapport with parents, faculty, staff, and administrators.


LBHS Boys Water Polo pink flamingo fundraiser – watch for flocks!

The Laguna Beach High School Boys Water Polo Boosters announced yesterday that they are going to the birds…flamingos that is. They are warning the good-humored citizens of Laguna Beach that a flock of flamingos might take residence in their front yard in the very near future. 

In an effort to raise money for their program and the upcoming season, the boosters will deliver the iconic birds, along with a “You’ve Been Flocked” banner explaining how and why the flamingos ended up on their lawn. The target will never know who paid to have them flocked — unless you want them to.

LBHS Boys Water Polo pink

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In order to have the flock in one’s yard removed, a ransom (donation) of $25 will see that a member of the LBHS Boys Water Polo team come and remove it. A $50 donation, meanwhile, will have the flock not only removed, but “relocated” to a friend’s yard of your choice! 

“We see it as a fun way for our boys to kick off the start of their season and engage with the Laguna Beach community,” said booster president Kendall Clark. “We hope it will make people laugh and put a smile on their face when they see that their lawn has gone to the birds!” 

Clark says that you can expect flockings to begin around the third week of August and continue throughout the month of September. Additionally, she notes to place your “Flocking Order” sooner than later…there are a limited number of flocks available and only while supplies last. 

Flockees must reside in Laguna Beach city limits and flamingos are not allowed to flock on public property or apartment complexes. For more information, or to arrange for a flocking, a flocking removal or to purchase anti-flocking “insurance” please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (949) 280-6990.


U12 Laguna Beach girls rule the pool at National Junior Olympics

In case you missed it, Laguna Beach Water Polo Foundation (LBWPF) represented well at the 2018 USA Water Polo National Junior Olympics at Stanford University’s Avery Complex.

The LBWPF girls U12 team are national champions for a second year in a row under coach Kelcie Ferreira. In a shootout, the girls defeated Commerce 9-7 for the gold with tournament MVP honors awarded to Emerson Hensley. The girls U14 team finished 2nd behind Pacific Coast Riptide. Also in the platinum division, the U12 boys placed 21st and the U10 coed team placed 8th. In the gold division, the girls U14 B team placed 6th. 

In the U16 girls platinum division, SET, coached by Ethan Damato and including Laguna Beach High School girls, were crowned champions. Goalie Quinn Winter, an LBHS student, received tournament MVP honors. SET U18 girls placed 3rd in the platinum division. 

Water polo champs 12U

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Laguna Beach Water Polo Foundation U12 girls are National Junior Olympic Champions again. Returning champions from the 2017 team include coach Kelcie Ferreira, Ava Knepper, Claire Turner, Avery Monteil, and Nina Rogers.

Tournament MVP Emerson Hensley is a Thurston student who is passionate about water polo. She led the way for Laguna Beach along with returning champions Ava Knepper, Claire Turner, and Nina Rogers, and goalkeepers Siena Jumani and Sofia Umeda.

Water polo champs MVP

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Emerson Hensley, an incoming 7th grader at Thurston, receiving her Tournament MVP award. Also pictured: Claire Turner, Ava Knepper, goalkeeper Siena Jumani, and Kaelyn Chism.

Coach Kelcie Ferreira said, “I’m very proud of the girls. It’s a long season for them, and they were able to take everything I threw at them.”

Well done, water polo champs!

Water polo champs coach

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Coach Kelcie Ferreira, a Laguna Beach resident, helps lead Laguna’s U12 girls to national victory


Water Polo champs: girls ruled the pool at National Junior Olympics

In case you missed it, Laguna represented strongly in medals at the USA Water Polo National Junior Olympics on July 29. It was a clean sweep of gold for the 10 and under, 12 and under, and 14 and under Laguna Beach girls’ teams. Team SET, including many Laguna Beach High School girls, garnered the silver for the 14’s, gold for the 16’s – with MVP going to the goalie Quinn Winter – and it was a bronze for the 18’s.

The Laguna Beach Water Polo Foundation club team, the 12 and under, earned top billing for a second year in a row, beating Commerce 9-7 for the gold.

Water polo champs 12U

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The Laguna Beach 12U champions at the Junior Olympics

Tournament MVP Emerson Hensley is a Thurston student who is passionate about water polo. She led the way for Laguna Beach along with top contributors, returning champions Ava Knepper, Claire Turner, and Nina Rogers, and goalkeepers Siena Jumani and Sofia Umeda.

Water polo champs MVP

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Emerson Hensley was awarded Tournament Most Valuable Player

Coach Kelcie Ferreira said, “I’m very proud of the girls. It’s a long season for them, and they were able to take everything I threw at them.”

Well done, water polo champs!


Laguna girls – 12s, 14s, 16s and 18s – medal at USA Water Polo National Junior Olympics

By MAGGI HENRIKSON

Dominated by Laguna girls, each age group came up winners at the USA Water Polo Junior Olympics July 29, held at Stanford University.

The Junior Olympics Championship (JO’s) is the largest age group water polo tournament in the nation. Athletes and teams come from across the country to compete on the national stage. Teams compete over a four-day period within their respective age category.

The 12 and under team nailed the Championship win in a 9 to 7 victory won in a shoot out against Commerce. 

The 14’s team Laguna Beach took silver, just missing out to Pacific Coast Riptides.

The Laguna high school girls, fresh off winning a second straight California State High School Championship on July 15, joined with their club team, SET, to rule the pool at the JO’s.

Team SET, 16U age group, placed first out of 48 teams that qualified, and played in the championship division, which consisted of 24 teams. The team took the first place medal in the platinum division, in a 7-6 win over Santa Barbara. Goalie Quinn Winter won the MVP “Big Fish” award.

Laguna girls medal 16s

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Most of the 16’s team attends Laguna Beach High School. Pictured here, back row (L-R): Jenna Dickstein, Emma Singer, Quinn Winter, Caroline Christl, Grace Houlahan, Mara Laughlin, Savannah Burns, Morgan Van Alphen. 

Front row (L-R): Rachael Carver, Kenedy Corlett, Jessie Rose, Kori Bento, Emma Lineback, Nicole Struss, Molly Renner.

Laguna girls medal Goalie

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Goalie Quinn Winter won the MVP “Big Fish” award

The 18U SET team nabbed the bronze medal, taking third place, with SoCal taking the gold, and club 680 taking silver.

Laguna girls medal

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SET team 18’s took bronze medal at JO’s

Several recently graduated LBHS girls will go on to play water polo next year for some big name schools. They include Thea Walsh (going on to play for Stanford), Evan Tingler (Harvard), Sophia Lucas (USC), Alana Evans (Princeton), Isabel Riches (Brown), and Alex Peros (UCLA).


Boys & Girls Club will host their fourth Annual Night Under the Stars Gala on August 24

The Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach is proud to present their fourth Annual Night Under the Stars Gala, benefiting the Boys & Girls Club Lake Forest Program, on Friday, Aug 24. The event will be held at the Lake Forest Sun & Sail Club. 

Proceeds of the event will support the dream of funding a building for the Boys & Girls Club of Lake Forest. Admission and sponsorship opportunities are available at the Club’s site at www.bgclagunabeach.org

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Guests will enjoy an evening of New York Jazz and nightlife, centering around this year’s gala theme. In addition to experiencing fine food and drinks, guests will also have the opportunity to bid on a wide range of silent auction items.

For more information contact the Lake Forest Gala’s Event Chair, Dave Carter at (949) 939-6550 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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