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Love takes it all as LBHS Girls Tennis earns championship in new league

A challenging new league and some very determined varsity girls under the guidance of Coach Rick Conkey led the LHBS Girls Tennis team to clinch the league title against Edison last week. 

“Our team is from one of the smallest schools in the league and does not have the advantage of numerous tennis clubs in town,” says Coach Rick. “These girls were determined to win.”

Way to go Breakers!

Love takes it all

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Photo by Donna Gee

(L-R) Back row: Nessa Kiani, Hannah Metez, Ella Pachl, Megan Mindte, Jessa Chaney, Vanessa Gee, and Cosette Basto

Front row: Hannah Berry, Ainsley Beresford, Sarah MacCallum, and Camille Deckey (with Coach Conkey)

LBHS Boys Varsity Water Polo captured weekend tournament

Story by Will Clark

Photos by Stacie Capobianco

Over the weekend, the LBHS Boys Varsity Water Polo team captured the Steve Pal Memorial Tournament title for the second consecutive year. After victories against Malibu, Clovis North, Beckman, and Palos Verdes, the Breakers faced off against Northwood High School of Irvine in the finals.

LBHS Boys Varsity ball

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Will Clark sets up the play

Northwood jumped out to an early one-goal lead in the first quarter. Thanks to solid team defense and 13 saves from junior goalie Caden Capobianco, Northwood would only manage to find the back of the net three more times in the remainder of the match. Senior co-captains Colton Gregory and Will Clark paced the breakers with three goals apiece, followed by two goals from freshman Logan McCarroll.

LBHS Boys Varsity team

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The winning team

The Breakers (17-10) will look to follow up their tournament victory with a win against Huntington Beach (13-11) this Wednesday at the Corona del Mar Swimming Pool in their final regular season game of the year.

LBHS students light up the stage at LitLaguna LB Expression Spoken-Word and Hooping event

Photos by Jeff Rovner

LBHS students Chloe

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Chloe Bryan

LBHS students Luka

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Luka Salib

LBHS students Logan

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Logan Leeds

LBHS students Yuika

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Yuika Yoshida

LBHS students MJ

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MJ Walker

Students and staff rally around a new positive culture

By Will Clark 

On Monday, Sept 10, LBHS students signed the No Place for Hate pledge. This pledge signifies that our school values equality and safety and will work against bullying and discrimination of all types. Thanks to the hard work of LBHS staff members Kristin Cowles and Dawn Hunnicutt, our school received its No Place for Hate accreditation during a board meeting before the beginning of the school year. 

“Two years ago, discussions between teachers and administration began about racism and discrimination and prejudice,” said Cowles. “No Place for Hate was a way to deal with problems regarding racism that was systemic and preventative rather than reactionary.” 

No Place for Hate focuses on shifting our school culture to one of greater understanding and acceptance of all kinds of people. In the past, our school has struggled at times with issues of race, particularly in our athletic programs. 

“At times chanting from the stands, that I do not believe was racially motivated, has come off as such. So, we have had a lot of training with our students on how to be respectful fans,” said Athletic Director Lance Neal. 

Neal compared our school environment to a team – we must practice the way we interact with people just as an athletic team practices their sport every day. This practice will eventually lead to a more socially aware student body. 

“In schools today, we get so caught up in grade point averages and test scores that we forget to work on the human piece enough, so the fact that we now have that embedded in our school is a step in the right direction,” said Neal. 

Given the opportunity and the structure to improve as a school will, hopefully, allow for further growth in the future. Attending a No Place for Hate school, the student body will sign the pledge every year; in addition, the school will hold several activities regarding anti-bullying throughout the year. The goal of these activities is to create an environment in which every student feels secure. 

Students and group

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Cowles introduces the No Place For Hate student representatives to the goals of the program during the club’s first meeting on Monday, Oct 1. Cowles has worked hard to help make LBHS a No Place For Hate School.

“I feel very safe in our school, and I truly believe everyone at this school is lucky to attend a school that values equality so highly,” said senior Dylan Brashier regarding the pledge. 

Cowles believes that, as a school, we can most easily improve our culture by simply being conscientious of what we say and how we joke.

In discussing the importance of minding our words, Cowles refers to the comedic methods of punching-up and punching-down. Punching-up refers to people in a position of less power taking verbal jabs at those in power, while punching-down refers to those groups in power joking or demeaning those groups that have less power. Punching-down most often targets minority groups, and as a result, perpetuates historic prejudice and racism. 

“The biggest place for improvement is what we consider jokes. Paying attention to the impact our words have, especially when we’re joking, is extremely important,” said Cowles.

As for the future, Cowles has the utmost confidence in the LBHS community’s ability to continue to grow.

“My colleagues are some of the best people I have had the pleasure of knowing. These people want to help kids. I am supremely confident in the willingness and energetic nature of the other staff here in their efforts to help change our school for the better,” said Cowles.

Cowles holds high expectations as to what our school can become under this new culture. 

“We are at a point where we will start to become a model that other schools look to. To borrow from US History, we will become like a city on the hill: something that people can look up to and emulate because of who we are, and that will be our reputation,” said Cowles.

LB Boys Cross Country once again proves it belongs with the best teams in the nation

Laguna Beach Boys Cross Country traveled north to race at The Roughrider Invitational held at Woodward Park in Clovis (home of the State Meet) over the weekend. The coaching staff opted out of the small school race to challenge the squad to compete with the larger D1 and D2 schools. 

Laguna Beach Boys race

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Breakers team races to the finish to maintain #1 ranking in the state

The record-breaking team did not disappoint as they beat highly state-ranked Granada by more than 30 points to take first place. The Breakers recorded a team time of 79:32 to notch the fastest D4 time in Woodward Park history. The Varsity team consisted of Sebastian Fisher 15:46, Ryan Smithers 15:47, Logan Brooks 15:53, Zach Falkowski 16:01, Mateo Bianchi 16:01, Cal Neilson 16:16, Will Compton 17:00, and Daniel Kimball 17:17.

The Breakers are currenty ranked 1st in CIF and 1st in State.

The lower levels also ran well as the Frosh/Soph team took 2nd place and the JV team, which ran the Varsity small school race, placed 10th out of 32 teams. 

LBHS Football loses heartbreaker on Saturday against top-ranked Western

LBHS Football was on the losing end of a heartbreaker on Saturday against top-ranked Western High School, a school three times its size. The final score was 47 to 35.

The game was originally scheduled to be played on Friday but was rescheduled due to rain and lightning.

All the players were on the field warming up [on Friday] when it started raining and we could see lightning in the distance around 6:45 p.m.,” said a fan by email. “They postponed for half an hour but the rain just kept getting heavier, and lightning moving closer. So they moved us to the gym. Finally around 8 p.m. they let us know it would be moved to Saturday afternoon.”

LHBS muddy

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LBHS Football put up a good fight against a very tough Western High School team Saturday on the road

“We looked awesome in the first half driving down the field at will,” continued the fan. “We also scored 2 TDs that were called back. Such a bummer, especially against a team like that!

“Despite the loss, the game built the boys’ confidence seeing how easy it was for us to score on such a top-ranked team. They realized just how far they’ve come competing at higher levels. The coaches have done an amazing job bringing this team together pulling the best out of our players. They truly care about these guys both on and off the field.” 

Shane Lythgoe had another outstanding game, scoring 2 TDs. QB Andrew Johnson also connected with Sean Nolan, Kai Ball and Noah Diver on TD passes, finishing the game with 292 yards passing and 4 TDs. Johnson is now second in LBHS history in season TD passes with 25 (the record is 26).

LHBS Johnson

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Junior QB Andrew Johnson is 2 TDs away from breaking the school record for most TD passes in a season

Laguna looks to rebound on Friday night against Ocean View (8-0), a must-win for the team to remain in playoff contention. It is Senior Night, with festivities kicking off at 6:30 p.m.

Bring the family out and come give our boys a cheer!

PTA Coffee Talk presents ways families can laugh more and avoid rebellion on Oct 17

On Wednesday, Oct 17 from 8:30 - 10 a.m., PTA Coffee talk will discuss four things to deepen respect, avoid rebellion and enjoy more laughter amongst families. The talk will be hosted by Tyler Durman and held at Seven 7 Seven.

PTA Coffee Talk school

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The PTA Coffee Talk series is intended solely to help parents in the community

The theme resides around helping families live better stories. Being a parent can be challenging and the talk gives families a new framework to help them better understand their role and kids with greater clarity. 

Helping parents is the only thing the PTA Coffee Talk thinks about doing. This talk is directed to give solutions and guide interactions as parents walk through the teenage years. 

PTA Coffee Talk is free to members or a 10-dollar donation. 

To RSVP, visit

Homecoming 2018: Meet your king and queen

Photos by Scott Brashier

On Friday, Laguna Beach High School celebrated a huge last second win over Rio Hondo in football, 49-46, and also the “spirit of homecoming” as a community.

Homecoming 2018 king and queen

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Homecoming King and Queen, Eliana Arthur and Cal Nielson

Homecoming 2018 seniors

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Homecoming Seniors

Homecoming 2018 juniors

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Homecoming Juniors

Homecoming 2018 freshmen

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Homecoming Freshmen

School Board Meeting Agenda for tonight includes action on One Billion Acts of Kindness

The agenda for tonight’s (Tuesday, Oct 9) regular LBUSD Board meeting has been posted online here. 

Special study sessions on Dyslexia and Computer Science/Literacy will take place beginning at 5 p.m. Open session will begin at 6 p.m. 

The Board will consider action on a resolution in support of One Billion Acts of Kindness, an initiative that seeks to improve school climate, promote character and rally communities for greater civility through one billion acts of kindness.

School Board meeting mural

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One Billion Acts of Kindness seeks to improve school climate and promote character

The initiative also supports improved student behavior by reducing bullying, reducing suspension rates, and increasing attendance. This resolution supports the district’s efforts to create a positive learning environment for all students and staff.

Staff will present information updates on district-wide student achievement, technology and facilities during the meeting.

LBHS cheer squad invites future cheerleaders to Laguna Beach Cheer Clinic on Saturday, Oct 13

Future cheerleaders, both boys and girls, from the ages of kindergarten through eighth grade, are invited to join the LBHS cheer squad at the Laguna Beach Cheer Clinic at LBHS Dugger Gym on Saturday, Oct 13. Attendees will learn cheers, chants, dance with the LBHS cheerleaders and perform at the LBHS versus Ocean View home football game on Friday, Oct 19.

LBHS cheer group

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(L-R) Back row: Tanya Tran, Kelsey Bailey, Eden Pfanner, Chloe Gabora, Emma Diver, Sophia Pfanner, Izzy Lyons, Ariana Bonni, Alina Dziuk, Lucy Becker

(L-R) Front row: Captains Cirrafina Biele and Kali Russell

Not pictured: Alex Lemus, Nina Seidensticker, Kaylie Rozell

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and the clinic runs from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The fee for the clinic is $50, which includes all instruction, a Laguna Cheer T-shirt, hair bow, pom-poms, snack and water. The price is $55 for sign-ups on the morning of the clinic.

LBHS Dugger Gym is on St Ann’s Dr, and LBHS cheerleaders will be there to direct attendees.

LBHS is located at 625 Park Ave.

Register online at Navigate to the cheer section.

For questions, contact Cheer Boosters at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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