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LBHS Boys Water Polo faces Newport Harbor Thursday in CIF Elite 8 match

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LBHS Boys Water Polo faces one-loss Newport Harbor on Thursday at 5 p.m. in CIF Division 1 Elite 8 match

Laguna Beach High School Boys Water Polo advanced to the Elite 8 of the CIF Division 1 Water Polo Finals for the first time since 2005. Laguna Beach (18-10) will meet Surf League winner Newport Harbor (27-1) in Round 1 this Thursday at Newport Harbor High School at 5 p.m.

The Breakers have met the Sailors twice this season, falling 11-7 and 8-4, respectively. Laguna is one of three public schools in the Elite 8 bracket and is excited for the challenge and high-level play. 

Come out support your local boys on Thursday at the pool!


LBHS Football finishes regular season with big win against Godinez, to host first round of CIF Playoffs on Friday

LBHS Football capped a truly remarkable regular season on Thursday, defeating league rival Godinez 45-7 on the road. With the win, the team moved to 8-2 on the season, and positioned themselves as one of the top seeds in the CIF Division 12 Playoffs. The team will host Saddleback Valley Christian (3-6) in the first round of the playoffs on Friday at LBHS.

The Breakers came out strong scoring fast and early, 14 points in first quarter with 24 points going into the half. 

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Sean Nolan scored two TDs and made an interception on Thursday

Quarterback Andrew Johnson broke more Laguna Beach High School records, including the single game passing TD record with six TDs on the game, connecting with Shane Lythgoe, Sean Nolan, Kai Ball, Noah Diver and Raul Villalobos in the end zone. He also broke the school’s single season passing yards and completions records.

The Breakers defense held Godinez to just 112 total yards with key plays by Sam Tyrell, Caleb Mostajo and interceptions by Sean Nolan and Conner Fink. 

The Breakers need just four wins to be crowned the CIF Division 12 Champions, starting with this Friday’s home game against Saddleback Valley Christian. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.


LBHS Drama presents William Shakespeare’s 

Romeo & Juliet, opens on Friday

Laguna Beach High School Drama invites audiences to a performance of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet at the Laguna Beach High School Artists Theatre beginning this Friday, Nov 2 at 7 p.m. A timeless tale of jealousy, prejudice, betrayal, and true love, Romeo and Juliet try to defy the circumstances that forbid their love, with heartbreaking results. 

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LBHS is thrilled to perform Romeo and Juliet during the month of November

Set in modern day, in the fictional town of Verona, California, where the wealthy families of the two young lovers are locked in a bitter feud, the LBHS production of Romeo & Juliet will feature the work of guest director Michael Irish, a 1999 alumnus of Laguna Beach High School and the Park Avenue Players. 

Irish has been performing theater, film, and voice-over for over 25 years, appearing in companies such as The Laguna Playhouse, South Coast Repertory, The Chance Theater (where he was a Resident Company Member for five years), Shakespeare By The Sea, The Pearl Theatre, and Allentown Shakespeare, to name a few. 

“Watching this story unfold over the last two months has been a distinct and unforgettable privilege and joy,” said Director Michael Irish. “These students are fiercely talented and uncommonly brave. The opportunity to share my love of Shakespeare’s works and pay forward what the LBHS Drama gave me, here in my old theater with a new generation of artists, was too priceless to let pass,” he concluded.

“Something unique and special occurs when our alumni artists collaborate with our current students,” said LBHS and Thurston Middle School Drama Teacher and Director Alexis Karol. “There is a certain level of trust that falls into place immediately. We’re thrilled to have Michael on board as a guest director. As a working professional who specializes in Shakespeare and fight choreography, and an educator skilled in making the language of Shakespeare accessible to young people, I can’t imagine a better match for our production of Romeo and Juliet.”

Tickets are on sale now at lbhs.booktix.com. Tickets are $12 for students and $17/$22 (Premium) for adults.


LBHS Drama presents William Shakespeare’s 

Romeo & Juliet starting Nov 2

Laguna Beach High School Drama invites audiences to a performance of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet at the Laguna Beach High School Artists Theatre beginning Friday, Nov 2 at 7 p.m. A timeless tale of jealousy, prejudice, betrayal, and true love, Romeo and Juliet try to defy the circumstances that forbid their love, with heartbreaking results. 

LBHS Drama presents building

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LBHS is thrilled to perform Romeo and Juliet during the month of November

Set in modern day, in the fictional town of Verona, California, where the wealthy families of the two young lovers are locked in a bitter feud, the LBHS production of Romeo & Juliet will feature the work of guest director Michael Irish, a 1999 alumnus of Laguna Beach High School and the Park Avenue Players. 

Irish has been performing theater, film, and voice-over for over 25 years, appearing in companies such as The Laguna Playhouse, South Coast Repertory, The Chance Theater (where he was a Resident Company Member for five years), Shakespeare By The Sea, The Pearl Theatre, and Allentown Shakespeare, to name a few. 

“Watching this story unfold over the last two months has been a distinct and unforgettable privilege and joy,” said Director Michael Irish. “These students are fiercely talented and uncommonly brave. The opportunity to share my love of Shakespeare’s works and pay forward what the LBHS Drama gave me, here in my old theater with a new generation of artists, was too priceless to let pass,” he concluded.

“Something unique and special occurs when our alumni artists collaborate with our current students,” said LBHS and Thurston Middle School Drama Teacher and Director Alexis Karol. “There is a certain level of trust that falls into place immediately. We’re thrilled to have Michael on board as a guest director. As a working professional who specializes in Shakespeare and fight choreography, and an educator skilled in making the language of Shakespeare accessible to young people, I can’t imagine a better match for our production of Romeo and Juliet.”

Tickets are on sale now at lbhs.booktix.com. Tickets are $12 for students and $17/$22 (Premium) for adults.


PTA Coffee Talk presents Entitlemania: How not to spoil your kids

On Wednesday, Nov 14, PTA Coffee Talk presents Entitlemania: How not spoil your kids, and what to do if you already have. The talk will be hosted by Richard Watt and held at Seven 7 Seven from 8:30 - 10 a.m. 

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Learn how to help your children become more, by doing less 

According to Watt, entitlemania is an epidemic, and well-intentioned parents across the country are enabling a “me” generation of children who lack the wisdom and self-satisfaction of accomplishment that only struggle and adversity can bring. Watt sheds light on the increasingly pervasive social trend affecting children at every age, and at every income bracket. 

PTA Coffee Talk is free to members or a 10-dollar donation. To RSVP, visit www.ptacoffeetalk.org

Seven 7 Seven is located at 777 Laguna Canyon Rd.


LBHS Girls Volleyball defeats Bishop Alemany, advances to CIF Semifinals on Saturday

LBHS Girls Volleyball defeated Alemany High School in three straight sets (25-20, 25-18, 25-21) Wednesday night to advance to the CIF D3 Semifinals, for the 28th time in school history.

The Breakers will go on the road to face Cypress High School with first serve at 6 p.m.

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#11 Soren Patchell serving at Redlands East Valley last Saturday night. Also on the court: #7 Cambria Hall, #9 Halle Carballo, #2 Gretchen Webb, #14 Piper Naess, and #3 Sophie Reavis.


Laguna Beach students and staff celebrate Unity Day on Wednesday

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Students and staff at LBUSD participated in Unity Day on Wednesday

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Unity Day is a day that encourages uniting in kindness, acceptance, and inclusion

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Happy students of LBUSD


LBHS Boys Water Polo dominates the pool, finishes 2nd in League

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LBHS Boys Water Polo defeated Huntington Beach Wednesday night in front of an energetic crowd at Corona del Mar High School. The win earned the team a solid 2nd place finish in the super competitive Surf League. Newport Harbor beat Corona del Mar to clinch the league title. 

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James Nolan looks to find the back of the net

Colton Gregory scored five goals and goalie Caden Capobianco had 10 saves in the cage. Will Clark and James Nolan each scored twice for the Breakers (18-10, 3-3 in league), who secured a spot in either the CIF Southern Section Division 1 or Division 2 playoffs. Laguna Beach is currently ranked No. 8 in Division 1 and 2; the top eight teams will make the Division 1 draw. 

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Colton Gregory looks to make a laser shot into the goal

“It’s been 13 years since we’ve played in Division 1 (Elite 8),” said first year coach Rob Grayeli. “I am excited for the boys to be back in D1 and I know the they are going to be ready for each game.”

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Coaches’ time out while the crowd looks on

The Breakers won’t know their final ranking until CIF releases brackets on Saturday morning.

The JV water polo team competed in the Gray Lunde tournament over the weekend. The team started off strong with a win over Los Alamitos, showcasing the strength of their defense and some amazing saves by freshman goalie, Frankie Laptin.

The last game of the tournament was against Santa Margarita. The entire team contributed and ended with a win against the Eagles in their final tournament of the season.


School Board Meeting’s agenda tonight includes presentation on the CA School Dashboard

The agenda for tonight’s (Tuesday, Oct 23) regular LBUSD Board meeting has been posted online here. Open session will begin at 6 p.m. The agenda includes a staff presentation on the California School Dashboard and local indicators.

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Tonight’s meeting includes a monthly financial update 

Also on the agenda is a staff proposal to the Board of Education to approve the Independent Contractor Agreement with Leaning On Visions and Education (L.O.V.E.) to provide parent workshops at our District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC) meetings.

The staff will propose to the Board of Education to approve the list of change orders in the amount of $50,900 for the LBHS Stadium Restroom-Storage Building and Theater Upgrades project. The original contract amount awarded for the project was for $1,869,320. The total of all change orders is $50,900 or 2.7% of the project. The new total contract amount shall be $1,920,220.


LBHS Football takes down undefeated Ocean View on Senior Night, 38-21

LBHS Football added another emphatic win to its record-breaking 2018 season on Friday, taking down previously undefeated Ocean View High School 38-21 on Senior Night. With the victory, the Breakers improve to 7-2 overall on the season and are positioned calmly to advance to the CIF Playoffs with a win this week against underdog Godinez.

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LBHS Football wins big again

By all accounts, the Seniors dominated on Senior Night, as Sean Nolan, Kai Ball, Shane Lythgoe, and Noah Handel scored all 38 points in the Breakers’ must-win victory over previously undefeated Ocean View, with Caleb Mostajo contributing multiple QB sacks on defense.

Ball finished the game with 131 receiving yards and 48 yards on kickoff returns, while Nolan finished with 92 receiving yards and 87 yards on kickoff and punt returns.

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Senior Sean Nolan leads the Breakers to an emphatic 17-point victory over previously undefeated Ocean View

Junior QB Andrew Johnson rewrote Laguna Beach’s record books, breaking the school’s single season record for touchdown passes with 27 (old record of 26 was set by Austin Paxson in 2009). Johnson is just 18 receptions shy of breaking the school’s single season reception record, and 103 yards short of breaking the school’s single season record for overall passing yards (both records currently held by Danny Lane, 1987). Sean Nolan is also just 11 receptions shy of breaking the school’s single season receptions record, currently held by Chris Paul (2009) and Jake Wheeler (2003).

The Breakers prepare for a Thursday night game against league rival Godinez (2-7). The game will be played at Valley High School in Santa Ana.

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