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LBHS boys cross country team puts in outstanding performance on Saturday

The LBHS boys cross country team had another outstanding performance this past Saturday at Crean Lutheran High School. Racing once again without several key varsity performers, the Breakers were paced by All-CIF standout Mateo Bianchi (Sr.) who cruised to a controlled victory in a time of 16:12 over the three-mile course. 

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Senior Mateo Bianchi 

Super freshmen Dylan Zevnik and Theo Drews finished next for the Breakers, with both posting an excellent time of 17:22. Sophomore newcomer Connor Joyce continued to impress yet again with a very strong time of 17:49.

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In front Dylan Zevnik, Theo Drews in back, left Conner Joyce, back right Will Coffey

Major breakthroughs also occurred with freshman Noah Volpe and sophomore Sean Laird. Finishing together in stride in a time of 17:57, Volpe improved by one full minute, and Laird slashed 56 seconds from his personal best. 

Coach Dave Brobeck says, “Outstanding work to all who raced!”


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LBHS cross country teams compete in dual meet, Melanie Falkowski takes first place 

On Saturday, Feb 6, the Laguna Beach High School boys and girls cross country teams competed against St. Margaret’s in a dual meet at Crean Lutheran High School.

Defeating St. Margaret’s, the girls were led by junior Melanie Falkowski, who placed first overall, running a lifetime record of 18:20. Senior Grace Wilson placed second, running 18:37; and junior Coco Reed placed third, running 18:39.

The boys team, who sat out a few varsity runners, was defeated by St. Margaret’s, 35-20. The boys were led by Chris Drews and Will Goodwin, who placed fourth and fifth, both running 16:39. 

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Melanie Falkowski during dual meet at Crean Lutheran High School

Dave Brobeck says, “In a year marked by delayed openings, the LBHS boys cross country team successfully (and safely) competed in their first competition of the season this past Saturday. Racing in a dual meet against St. Margaret’s more than five months later than the usual August start, athletes and coaches alike appreciated the opportunity to toe the line once again for some healthy competition. 

“Running without top performers Mateo Bianchi (Sr.) and Mael Metis (Jr.), the Breakers were led by stellar efforts from super sophomores Chris Drews and Will Goodwin (16:39.7 and 16:39.8, respectively). Freshman prodigies Dylan Zevnik (17:41), Theo Drews (17:43), and Evan Stykemian (17:48) impressed coaches as well with mature race tactics and excellent finishes.”

Like every other aspect of modern life, the Breakers are hopeful that a return to the normalcy of racing will become a more normal event going forward.

LBHS Back Bay

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Boys cross country team training 

Sydney Schaefgen (Sr.), Meike Casolari (Soph.), Morgan Zevnik (Jr.), and Tess Brobeck (Sr.) were the other girls varsity finishers, placing 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th. 

The other varsity boys runners included freshman Dylan Zevnik, who placed 7th; freshman Theo Drews, who placed 9th; sophomore Connor Joyce, who placed 10th; and freshman Evan Stykeman, who finished 11th.

Coaching during the pandemic has been difficult at best.

The boys cross country head coach Scott Wittkop says, “I think the most difficult challenge was keeping kids motivated. We just tried to keep things as normal as possible to give the kids an outlet from everything else going on in the world. Practices for us and the kids was a time to decompress and lean on one another during difficult times.”

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Melanie talking to press after the race

Steve Lalim, the girls cross country coach, says, “I’ve continuously said we’d continue to work to ensure we are ready when the opportunity to compete presents itself. We were unable to control a lot of things during the last 10 months, but one thing we could control was our attitude, and our effort. It was important to stay positive, and keep working, because sooner or later, the opportunity would come. Saturday, the girls were given the opportunity, and they made the most of it. 

“The girls have worked so hard, and have been incredibly patient. They deserved a great race, and they got it. Our entire coaching staff is so proud of the girls.”

Michelle Highberg, Melanie’s mother, says, “Melanie’s amazing coach inspires every runner to be their best, to go out of their comfort zone to grow, to believe in themselves, and quite importantly, to show up – a gift that will serve them throughout their lives. I know that this year has been mentally unbearable for many teens, and those who are in sports are likely some of the strongest.” 

Michelle’s son Zachary and other daughter Morgan were outstanding cross country performers for LBHS as well. 

She says, “But, bigger than all this, I feel, is the importance of coaches who are true heroes! Steve has ignited that team with a kindness of spirit I rarely see – tears in his eyes as he inspires them to be their best!

“Scott is amazing too, and Zachary says that his assistant Tommy is the best. Tommy runs and trains with all the athletes.”

Full results can be found on www.FinishedResults.com.


LBUSD Board of Education meeting to be held on Thursday

The Laguna Beach Unified School District Board of Education will hold a regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, Feb 11 at 6 p.m. via Zoom and broadcast live. To watch it, click here and then click on the appropriate line for closed or open session. The full agenda is posted here

Information Items

2021 Facilities Master Plan update

The Ten-Year Facilities Master Plan (approved in 2015) is presented on an annual basis to inform the Board on the status of current projects, report on costs, plan for future projects, and to update budgets.

COVID-19 2020-2021 School Year Update, Secondary Reopening

The Board will receive an update from staff regarding mid-year academic outcomes and social-emotional wellness of students. The update will also include the status of secondary reopening as well as spring coursework and support.

Action Items

The Board will consider approval of the 2021-22 Comprehensive District and School Safety Plan, which was presented as an information item on January 28. The plan includes a new section titled “Infection Prevention Plan” which applies to all infectious disease prevention, including COVID-19.

 The Board will also consider approval of the student instructional calendar for the 2022-2023 school year. At the January 28 meeting, the Board provided direction for staff to revisit the calendar to provide two versions of the 2022-23 calendar with different semester configurations. 

Public Comment:

Public Comment is accepted in writing prior to the meeting, or by phone or webinar during the meeting. Live public comments will be accepted during the designated public comment periods of the meeting. The time for live comments will be limited, so prepare your remarks accordingly.

Public Comment via electronic submission may be submitted no later than Thursday, Feb 11 by 12 p.m. via the following link here. 

If you would like to make a comment and you are viewing the meeting via Zoom webinar, raise your hand during the designated public comment period, and un-mute your microphone once recognized to do so.

Closed Session Public Comment Via Phone at 5 p.m.: 

Members of the public may call in using the Zoom meeting phone number: (669) 900-6833; Webinar ID is: 925 4386 0044. 

Press *9 on your phone if you would like to comment during the designated comment period. Once recognized to make your comment, press *6 to un-mute your phone. When you hear “your phone is un-muted,” please proceed with your comment.

Open Session Public Comment Via Phone at 6 p.m.:

Members of the public may call in using the Zoom meeting phone number: (669) 900-6833; Webinar ID is: 980 5248 9943. Press *9 on your phone if you would like to comment during the designated comment period. Once recognized to make your comment, press *6 to un-mute your phone. When you hear “your phone is un-muted,” please proceed with your comment.


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