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LBHS Football wins last-second Homecoming thriller against Rio Hondo Prep, 49-46

LBHS Football defeated Rio Hondo Prep in a last-second thriller on Friday, 49-46, in a game that is sure to go down as one of the most exciting Homecoming games in LBHS history.

The Breakers dominated most of the game but Rio Hondo fought their way back and took the lead late in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Breakers 29 to 14 in the final quarter.

Luckily for the Breakers, with 20 seconds left, Shane Lythgoe caught a swing pass from Andrew Johnson and broke two tackles on his way to his fourth TD, marking the go ahead score. On the ensuing drive, he intercepted a pass from the Rio Hondo QB, as the fans erupted, securing a 49-46 victory. 

 “Shane Lythgoe and Special Teams were the name of the game Friday,” said a fan after the game. “Lythgoe shined on both offense and defense, while Special Teams scored on both a punt and kickoff return.”

Lythgoe finished the game with 129 yards on 22 carries, and 4 TDs.

Also contributing, Kai Ball's 95-yard kickoff return, Sean Nolan scored on a punt return, and Raul Villalobos also scored a TD on a 31-yard pass reception from Andrew Johnson.

LBHS Football wins Lythgoe

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Shane Lythgoe scored 4 TDs on Friday to help lead LBHS to victory over Rio Hondo Prep

QB Andrew Johnson posted another lights out performance, passing for 230 yards and 2 touchdowns, moving him into 9th all-time on the LBHS season passing record list, and 4th all-time in season TD passes. Kai Ball’s 95-yard kickoff return ties for 8th all-time as the longest return in LBHS history.

The Breakers (6-1) will be battling Western (6-1), ranked number 1 in Division 11, this Friday in the Pioneers’ Homecoming game.


Laguna Beach Unified continues to exceed standards in 2018 CAASPP results

The results of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) tests, which were completed by students in grades 3-8 and 11 last spring, have been released by the California Department of Education. The latest data from the CDE shows that the Laguna Beach Unified School District continues to be one of the highest performing districts in California in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics. 

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LBUSD scores in math and ELA have been on the rise since 2015

Established in 2014, the CAASPP System is California’s academic assessment system that measures California Standard’s achievement for grades 3 through 8 and 11 in English and mathematics. Now in its fourth year, the computer-based tests use California’s challenging academic standards and ask students to write, think critically, and solve complex problems. 

Overall, LBUSD scores have risen 6 percent in ELA and 8 percent in math since 2015. The table below reflects the percentage of students who met or exceeded state standards throughout all four years of the new assessment system.

Laguna Beach Unified table

“We are thrilled to see this continuous improvement for our students in literacy and mathematics,” said Director of Assessment and Accountability Dr. Chad Mabery. He continued, “This level of academic excellence and growth across four years speaks volumes about the dedication and efforts of our students, teachers, and instructional leaders.”

Students in the district continue to earn some of the highest levels of proficiency for ELA/Literacy and mathematics in the county and state. Overall, in Orange County, the percent of proficient students in ELA was 58 percent and 49 percent in mathematics, while LBUSD students averaged 82 percent in ELA and 74 percent in mathematics. For the state of California, 50 percent of students were proficient in ELA, and 39 percent of students were proficient in mathematics.

Because CAASPP tests are given statewide, they provide an opportunity to measure the skills of all students against the same academic standards in the same way. The results are posted annually on the CAASPP results website. Parents receive a written report of their child’s scores and can compare progress from one year to the next. 

The Board of Education will receive an informational report regarding the CAASPP scores at the October 9 board meeting.


Anneliese Schools presents A New Vision of Education this Saturday featuring AAP President

This Saturday, Oct 6 from 1 - 4 p.m., Anneliese Schools invites the community to celebrate and unite at “A New Vision of Education – Celebrating a Child’s Right to Well-Being.” President of the American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) Dr. Colleen Kraft will be a keynote speaker at the event. 

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Anneliese Schools celebrates a Child’s Right to Well-Being with the community

The event is open to the public and a Mediterranean lunch and refreshments will be served at the Willowbrook Campus. There will also be entertainment and campus tours. 

Anneliese Schools has been chosen as the 2018 recipient of the BEA Golden Psi Award from the American Psychological Association. This award recognizes schools that incorporate and are committed to evidence-based psychological principals to effectively promote the academic and socio-emotional development of children.

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Saturday’s event will include several distinguished guests and keynote speakers 

Among the keynote speakers is Gale Sinatra, Ph.D., who is a Professor of Education and Psychology at USC, the President of American Psychological Association Division 15 Educational Psychology, and a past Member of the APA. 

Also speaking during the event is Martin Eaton, Ph.D., licensed Psychologist and Founder of Heads Up Check Up. Dr. Eaton has worked with thousands of children and youth and multiple school districts throughout Orange County and Southern California.

The event is RSVP only and reservations can be made with Dr. Corinne Manetto at (949) 497-8310 or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Anneliese Schools’ Willowbrook Campus is located at 20062 Laguna Canyon Rd.


Girls Volleyball comes up big again

LBHS Girls Volleyball took a big step towards their 14th straight league title with a 25-17, 25-19, 25-18 sweep of Newport Harbor Thursday night at Dugger Gym.

Piper Naess led the way with 17 kills and 21 digs while Cambria Hall added 15 kills and Gretchen Webb 9.

The Breakers (9-9) are in the 32-team So Cal Tournament this weekend in San Diego (www.socalinv.com).

They conclude the regular season next week with a Sunset Wave League match on Tuesday at Marina and a non-league match at Capistrano Valley on Thursday.

The annual Alumni Match will be Friday, October 12 at 6 p.m. at Dugger Gym


LBHS Surf opens league with big win over 

Newport Harbor

Submitted by LBHS Surf Coaches Scott Finn and Alisa Cairns

The LBHS Surf Team came out of the gates firing against Newport Harbor High School for the league opener win. Wednesday’s League event was held at Thalia Street and Laguna Beach surfers led the way in several of the divisions. 

The conditions were a little tricky with some left over south swell mixed in with a little wind swell and bump. The Laguna Surfers made the most of their home break and put in some memorable performances with wins in nearly every heat. Sam Nelsen was the day’s top scorer with some very impressive surfing on several waves on both his backside and front side with a 9 and a 6.5 on his two best rides.

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(L-R) LBHS Men’s Surf Team winners Holden Geary, Sam Nelsen, Tai Diggens, and Luke Hogopian 

The morning got kicked off with Joseph Schenk and Liam McCue going first and second. Meanwhile, Travis Booth also had a strong showing with a 7 and 6.5 on his two scores and took a win along with Trey Lockhart, while Jett North also surfed well finishing in second in his heat. In Longboard, Jameson Roller was the big heat winner.

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(L-R) LBHS Men’s Surf Team winners Travis Booth, Zac Henderson, Jameson Roller, and Jett North

LBHS Women’s surfers were as strong as they have been in the last few years and dominated in Shortboard with Tess Booth, Kalohe Danbara and Kelly Smith all securing some big scores and easily taking the top 3 spots. The team’s Longboard surfers were also really good with Claire Kelly and Tess Booth going first and second.

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 (L-R) LBHS Women’s Surf Team winners Claire Kelly, Kelly Smith, Kalohe Danbara, Tess Booth, and Maya Takabayashi

Total scores included Mens’ Shortboard 48/37, Mens’ Longboard 9/12, Womens’ Shortboard 15/6, and Womens’ Longboard 13/8.

“Last week we also had a large win over Aliso Niguel in a non-league event,” coach Scott Finn said. “Our next League event is scheduled for next Thursday, Oct 11 at Thalia Street against Dana Hills.”


LBHS Boys Water Polo team nails opponents

Written by Will Clark

Photos by David Nash

On Monday, Oct 1, the LBHS Boys Water Polo team faced off against Dana Hills High School for their Senior Day showdown. Before the action, coaches, fans, and family honored the three seniors: Matthew Blunk, Will Clark, and Colton Gregory.

Following a short speech about each senior and a quick photo shoot, play began. Dana Hills took a quick one goal lead early in the first quarter, and the Breakers did not have answer until late in the quarter. 

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LBHS water polo player Will Clark makes a quintessential defensive block

After a tied first quarter, the Breakers took and held the lead for the remainder of the game thanks to goals by freshman Logan McCarroll, junior Zachary Cord, senior Will Clark, and senior Colton Gregory who finished with a game high four goals. 

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Senior Day Ceremony: (L-R) Colton Gregory, Matthew Blunk, Will Clark, and Coach Rob Grayeli

Stellar play from junior goalie Caden Capobianco kept the Dolphins offense at bay. The Breakers survived a late push from the Dolphins and hung on to win by a score of 8-7.

The Breakers followed up their Monday victory with a much-anticipated league matchup against the Huntington Beach Oilers on Wednesday, Oct 3. 

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Stellar play from junior goalie Caden Capobianco

The Breakers defeated the Oilers during the ninth place game of the South Coast Tournament just two weeks ago by a score of 13-11. 

The Breakers came out hot taking a 6-0 lead early in the second period thanks to goals by freshman Will Kelly, freshman Logan McCarroll, junior Zachary Cord, senior Will Clark, and senior Colton Gregory. 

The Oilers kept the game close with a few offensive surges throughout the game, but failed to break the Breakers defense. Thanks to huge shot blocks and saves by Capobianco, including a five meter penalty block in the fourth, the Breakers managed to take the win by a score of 11-7. 

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Colton Gregory making the shot

The Breakers are back in action this Saturday versus San Clemente High School at Vista Hermosa Aquatics Center.


Laguna Beach High School Scholarship Foundation held 2018 Emeritus Event

The Laguna Beach High School Scholarship Foundation recently held their Third Annual Emeritus event to honor those persons who have made significant service contributions to the mission of the foundation.

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Emeritus Award Honoree Lee Kucera presented by Marsha Aronoff

Among this year’s honorees was Lee Kucera, who served as Foundation President from 2001-2003 and worked as a board member until 2014. Lee is a retired teacher and currently serves as a national grader for Advance Placement math examinations and teaches at UCI.

Also honored, Jan Fritsen was hired in 1968 as a counselor at Laguna Beach High School. Jan took it upon herself to expand the scholarship awards from the handful that existed in the 1960s to help create the long list and variety of awards that we see today in our scholarship foundation.

Alex Alpert was honored (in memoriam) as a local resident with no children in the school system who joined the foundation in 1988. She was an active member for ten years and worked hard to expand the college scholarships available to students. 

Victoria Strombom, a local realtor with Surterre Properties, has been a director since 2011 and was honored for her work with a number of scholarships and increasing the rporation and in 2018 awarded $429,763 in 340 scholarships to 140 deserving graduating seniors from funds provided by 139 sponsors. 

To help create an award, add to the existing grants or help the foundation – contact Lynn Gregory, Scholarship and Financial Aid Specialist at (949) 497-7750 ext. 1212.


LBHS Football pulls off another big road win, defeats Marina 21-18

LBHS Football secured another big road win on Friday, defeating Marina High School, a school more than double its size, 21-18. With the win, the Breakers improve to 5-1 on the season (their only loss was to defending CIF champion Big Bear).

Big win this week over Marina! Sean Nolan was unstoppable scoring all 3 TDs and picking off an interception,” wrote a fan to Stu News after the game. “Andrew Johnson was on fire connecting with 8 different receivers. Jack Piggot had a crucial interception in our own endzone. Our defense held tight adjusting to Marina’s hurry-up offense. Shane Lythgoe kept pressure on the QB all night. Dominating the defensive line, Caleb Mostajo had 6 sacks helping our Breakers walk away with a 21-18 victory.”

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Sean Nolan helped lead the Breakers to victory with 3 TDs 

Nolan moves up to 4th all-time on receiving TDs with 10 (the school record is 19), while Johnson, who threw for 230 yards total and earned a QB rating of 144.0 on the game, moved up into 5th all-time for TD passes in a season with 19 (the school record is 260).

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Shane Lythgoe is tough on both sides of the field for the Breakers

This Friday the Breakers will host Rio Hondo Prep (4-1) in an exciting matchup at home for Homecoming. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.


PTA to host School Board candidates’ forum

If you are interested in who decides policy for our local public schools, come hear from all six candidates running for three open seats on the Laguna Beach Unified School Board at a public forum on Thursday, Oct 4, from 7 - 8:30 p.m. at the Laguna Beach High School Artists’ Theatre, 625 Park Ave.

This impartial and nonpartisan candidates’ forum is presented by the Laguna Beach Unified Council of PTAs in cooperation with the League of Women Voters of Orange Coast. The forum will be moderated by Gisela Meier from the League’s Central Orange County Area Chapter. Doors will open at 6 p.m. to begin accepting written questions from the audience.

The format will feature opening and closing remarks from each candidate, with questions asked by the moderator. All candidates have agreed to participate – Dee Namba Perry, James J. Kelly, Carol Normandin, Mark Nelson, Christine De Bretteville, and Howard Hills.

PTA is the nation’s oldest and most respected all-volunteer organization advocating on behalf of children, youth, and families. It is nonpartisan, noncommercial, and nonsectarian. The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. 

Editor’s note: candidates are listed in ballot order as determined by the Secretary of State’s randomized alphabet drawing.


LBHS Boys Water Polo wants to know if you’ve been “Flocked”

Have you been “Flocked?” Perhaps you’ve spotted these persnickety pink polo birds roosting on lawns throughout Laguna Beach over the past several weeks. They’ve been sent in an effort to raise funds for the Laguna Beach High School Boys Water Polo team.

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These pink flamingos were delivered to residents’ lawns to engage with the community and raise funds for the season

If you were one of the lucky residents whose lawn was a temporary roosting spot, the LBHS Boys Water Polo team would love for you to share with them on social media. You can find the team on Twitter @LBBoysPolo, Facebook @LBHSBoysWaterPolo and Instagram @lbhs_boys_waterpolo. Use the hashtag #ivebeenflocked and post a photo on your wall if you have one. LBHS Boys Water Polo thanks the community for your support. Go Breakers!

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