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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 (

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.

LBHS Guys Surf two

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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.

LBHS Womens Surf

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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. 

LBHS Boys Clark

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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. 

LBHS Boys Seniors and Coach Grayeli

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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. 

LBHS Boys Clark in cage

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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.”

LBHS Football pulls off Nolan

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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).

LBHS Football pulls Lythgoe

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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.

LBHS Boys Water flamingo

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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!

LBHS prompts 200 students to join voter rolls

LBHS has more than 200 students joining the ranks of newly registered voters-to-be thanks to the efforts of 12th grade social studies teachers Mark Alvarez and Jonathan Todd in promoting civic engagement.

Each year, PTA provides voter registration packets to high school seniors in their LBHS US Government/Economics classes to educate students about their rights and responsibilities when they turn 18 and encourage them to register or pre-register to vote (students who are 16 or 17 years old may pre-register and then vote when they turn 18). 

The teachers incorporate the information into their lessons and offer extra credit to students who register or pre-register to vote. The process prompts in-class discussions of civic engagement and upcoming elections, and gets the students thinking about the adult world they will enter after graduation. 

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LBHS proudly registered more than 200 students to vote

“It was pretty easy to register,” said high school senior Drake Fay. “The ‘When You Turn 18’ guide has some really interesting and useful things in it.” The guide is published by the California Bar Association.

To help develop good citizens, the teachers incorporate civics education into what they teach students every day. “After studying the Constitution, registering to vote reinforced the principle that our government is truly ‘for the people’ and ‘by the people’,” said Todd. 

“Students are excited to get out there and vote in this next election,” said Alvarez. “We have been learning that at its heart economics is the study of decision making. What better lesson than for students to see firsthand how they can make a difference and that their choices matter.”

Laguna Beach PTA Coffee Talk presents New Families Welcome Tea

On Wednesday, Oct 3, families that are new to LBUSD are invited to attend PTA Coffee Talk’s “New Families Welcome Tea” at The Old House Garden Cafe from 8:30 -10:15 a.m. Longtime residents are welcome to join in to help welcome the new families into the community. 

Laguna Beach PTA Playground

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Photo by Mary Hurlbut

Longtime residents are invited to welcome new families into the district and our wonderful community

This is a chance for new parents to meet other families that are also new to the district. Parents will get to know more about the schools are our charming town. Light refreshments will be served.

To reserve a free seat to the Coffee Talk, visit

Old House Garden Cafe is located at 320 North Coast Hwy.

LBHS Football continues its winning ways, dominates Estancia 41-6

LBHS Football earned its first road win on Friday, dominating Estancia High School 41-6. The win marks the third straight victory by the Breakers over the Eagles.

“Fun game last night against Estancia!” wrote a fan to Stu News on Saturday. “We had 9 different receivers with receptions, three running backs with carries, special teams looked outstanding and five different players scored TDs. The depth of talent this year is creating a real challenge for the opposing defense to zero in on a single target. The coaches are thrilled with the versatility of this year’s team. Time to prepare to for Marina next week!”

LBHS O line

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The Breakers’ O-line has been crushing the competition this season

Quarterback Andrew “AJ” Johnson was lights out again for the Breakers, throwing for 314 yards on 26-39 passing with 3 TDs – including 112 yards and 1 TD to Sean Nolan – earning him a 149.4 QB rating. (The highest possible QB rating is 158.3.)

Shane Lythgoe rushed for 101 yards, scoring one of the Breakers’ 5 TDs.

LBHS Sean Nolan

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Sean Nolan is breaking all-time records this season for LBHS

Milestones on the game included Nolan moving into a tie for #2 on LBHS’ all-time career catches record list with 117, tying Eric Fegraus (1989-91). Nolan is also 4th in career yards for the Breakers, and 2nd in career TD catches.

This week, LBHS Football takes on Marina (2-4) in another away game on Friday, Sept 28, at Westminster High School. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

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