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Middle and High School PTAs’ Sports Swap scheduled for tomorrow, November 6

Tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 6 is the 13th Annual Sports Swap, starting at 8 a.m. at Laguna Beach High School (LBHS) Stadium…so it’s time to shop and have some fun. Catch Surf is once again this year’s premier sponsor.

KXFM Radio will be broadcasting live from the event, Jedidiah Coffee will be providing free gourmet coffee, there will be a safety helmet demonstration and much more.

Whether you are looking for brand new Catch Surf surfboards, a framed original autograph picture of Angels Mike Trout, football cleats, Trek bicycles, cool skateboards, SUP boards, a lacrosse rebounder, water polo gear, or any sports gear or apparel, you’ll most likely find it at the Sports Swap at prices that truly cannot be beat. Get there early to have the pick of the litter and bring the whole family.

Middle and High School PTAs parent volunteers

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(L-R) Parent volunteers Lisa Jensen, Melissa Vermilya and Lisa Lacorte, whose children attend TMS and LBHS. Lacorte is also president of the TMS PTA. Each has volunteered to support Sports Swap for multiple years.

All funds raised go to supporting the students of LBHS and Thurston Middle School. All unsold sports gear will be donated to the Laguna Beach Boys & Girls Club. 

According to Sports Swap Chair Jimmy Azadian, “We are not only doing our part to support exercise, good health and the highly athletic community in which we live, but we are also helping with recycling gently used sports gear and putting that gear to continued good use, all while raising funds to support our youth at both Thurston Middle School and Laguna Beach High School. All unsold items will be donated to the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach.”

Laguna Beach High School is located at 625 Park Ave., Laguna Beach.


Breakers girls’ tennis in state championship action today

Breakers girls' tennis team picture

Courtesy of LBHS

The Laguna Beach High School girls’ varsity tennis team is in CIF playoff action this afternoon. At 2 p.m., the girls will take on top-seeded Corona del Mar at CdMHS in the second round of the Division 1 State Championships. “I am so proud of these young ladies, they’ve earned this incredible accomplishment through their hard work and now have a chance to compete for the State’s CIF Individual Title,” said Coach Rick Conkey. The team, pictured above, (L-R) features Chloe Gagne, Laea Chesley, Katelyn Smith, Jessica MacCallum and Sarah MacCallum.


TOW students deliver monies raised to PMMC

TOW students with Steel

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Photo by Kim Nutley

Students from Top of the World Elementary School delivered a check for $2,000 to Pacific Marine Mammal Center (PMMC) on October 22, from monies they raised to help animals affected by the recent oil spill off the Southern California coast. Rep. Michelle Steel (CA-48) was on hand to present each of the youngsters with a U.S. Congress Special Recognition Award.


El Morro students raise funds to help animals affected by oil spill

El Morro students two boys

Courtesy of Paula Lopes

When the oil spill hit Huntington Beach, Hudson and Maverick, two boys ages 7 and 8, who attend El Morro Elementary School said, “Let’s have a lemonade stand to raise money for the animals.” They with the help of their parents opted for a pop-up fruit and veggies stand at Heisler Park with all the goods donated by local residents. The youngsters raised $505 and went to the Pacific Mammal Center on October 25 to deliver the donation in person. They are pictured here holding their PMMC “Youth Ambassador” signs.


Laguna Open is in the books, with a surprise at the top of the Men’s bracket

Photos by Scott Brashier

The California Beach Volleyball Association (CBVA) and the Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) partnered with the City of Laguna this past weekend (October 22-24) to present the Laguna Open on the sand of the famed Main Beach. Up for grabs was a $17,000 purse for the men and women.

The Men’s Open Final was a high flying, big hitting battle, featuring a rematch from earlier bracket play. The match saw the #1 seed, AVP veteran Billy Allen and USC Middle Blocker/AVP budding star Andy Benesh, come up short again versus rising AVP newcomer Logan Webber and hot handed Scotsman Seain Cook.

Laguna Open is in Avery Drost

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Avery Drost up blocking against Kevin Villella, while Alexander Biz looks on

Webber’s long, tall frame led to big blocks, while Cook ran down balls all over on defense, showing touch and power against “big” Benesh. Cook’s win in Laguna Beach was his second victory in two weeks, following his title in the p1440 Santa Barbara tournament last weekend.

Laguna Open is in Annika Rowland

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Annika Rowland hitting and Teegan Van Gunst watching, Katie Lindstrom on defense

In the Women’s Open, a pair of Georgia sisters battled two seasoned Californian collegiate beach volleyball stars. Annika Van Gunst Rowland and Teegan Van Gunst of Georgia Tech dueled with Savvy Simo, a UCLA standout, and Jessica Gaffney, a Cal Bear and AVP newcomer. 

Simo and Gaffney clinched the Women’s Open title and took home the $3,500 purse. 

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Katie Lindstrom and Lauren Deturk with their backs to the camera, Briana Hinga facing front

The Laguna Open pledged equal prize money to both genders and also was able to feature a tournament that had featured Men’s Open and Women’s Open matches at the same time.

Also taking place was the “Battle of the Beaches” Four Person Tournament, featuring a coed team competition made up of Laguna locals vying for bragging rights for their home beach. The four beaches – Emerald Bay, Main Beach, Victoria Beach and Three Arch Bay, all fielded a team. 

Laguna Open is in Iya Lindahl

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Iya Lindahl dives for the ball

Main Beach, the 2019 Four Man winner was captained by Mike Garcia, a former UCLA and AVP volleyball player; Three Arch Bay was led by Malcolm Gapp; Emerald Bay was captained by Gary Cogorno and Beau Bianchi; and Victoria Beach was led by Lael Fresenius, Frana Sadler and Chris Reames. 

The final came down to Main Beach battling Victoria Beach, but Main Beach came up short against a team led by Ryan Meehan, a Long Beach State volleyball star blocker and Sam Burgi, a UCLA Volleyball outside hitter.

Laguna Open is in serving a big floater

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Serving a big floater with the wind

The Hotel Laguna partnered with the Laguna Open to host a Beach Club on their deck and sand throughout the tournament weekend. Food and drink was available for the players, tournament sponsors and VIPs and the general public. 

It appeared that most attendees enjoyed the local Laguna vibe. 

Here is a complete list of the winners from this year’s tournament. 

Women/ Prize Money/Rating Earned

1 Jessica Gaffney & Savvy Simo, $3,500, AAA

2 Annika Rowland & Teegan Van Gunst, $2,000, AAA

3 Terese Cannon & Molly Turner, $1,000, AAA

3 Cecilia Agraz & Iya Lindahl, $1,000, AAA

5 Katie Lindstrom & Lauren Deturk, $500, AA 

5 Lindsey Fuller & Jae-Lyn Visscher, $500, AA

7 Deketa Stubblefield & Monique Morris, A

7 Deveney Pula & Samantha Parrish, A

9 Heather Friesen & Kristen Petrasic 

9 Brooke Birch & Susie Packard 

9 Avery Bush & Camie Anne Manwill 

9 Briana Hinga & Kathrin Winkler 

13 Kyra Zaengle & Elena Fisher 

13 McKala Rhodes & Maddie Hills 

13 Isabella Giarla & Ruby Hill 

13 Anne McArthur & Josie Schatz 

Men/Prize Money/Rating Earned

1 Logan Webber & Seain Cook, $3,500, AAA

2 Andy Benesh & Billy Allen, $2,000, AAA

3 Avery Drost & Chase Frishman, $1,000, AAA

3 Kyle Friend & David Lee, $1,000, AAA

5 Theo Brunner & Paul Lotman, $500, AA 

5 Cody Caldwell & Brian Wells, $500, AA

7 Ryan Meehan & Cole Aidnik, A

7 Kevin Villela & Alexander Biz, A

9 John Schwengel & Jake Dietrich 

9 Jaemin Ragsdale & Andrew Dentler 

9 Leor Schiffer & Dasmen Stewart 

9 Bryce Mayer & William Price 

13 Scott Cronick & Daniel Newman 

13 Sean Dennis & Diego Perez 

13 Grant Friedman & Corey Chavers 

13 Larry Weng & Jay Panther 

17 Charlie Porter & Clark Porter JR 

17 Mitchell Keddie & Manning Lemoine 

17 Andor Gyulai & Daniel Stevens 

17 Brian Leonard & Kendall Ratter 

17 Clark Steele & Jordan Hoppe 

17 Wil Aleman & James Norley 

DNF Timothy Brewster & Travis Mewhirter 

17 Raffe Paulis & Earl Schultz 

25 Anthony Popoca & Jordan Walley 

25 Joshua Friedman & Cash Adamsen 

25 Skyler Kaufman & Martin Krasuski 

25 Steven Monroe & Landon Monroe 

25 Brian Montoya & Ellis Walsh 

25 Justin Sandy & Jonathan Low 

25 Shane Collins & Taylor Storm

Laguna Open is in tournament drew

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The tournament drew huge crowds to Main Beach


Laguna Open hits the sand

Laguna Open Frishman

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Photo by Scott Brashier

The 66th edition of the Laguna Open was on…this past weekend. Men’s and Women’s divisions were contested along with a Local 4 Man “Battle of the Beaches.” Laguna›s own Chase Frishman serves one up in the Men’s division (pictured above). Check out the details and more photos in this Friday’s Stu News.


Middle and High School PTAs’ 13th Annual Sports Swap scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 6 

The Thurston Middle School and Laguna Beach High School PTAs invite residents to take part in the 13th Annual Sports Swap to be held again at the high school stadium on Saturday, Nov. 6. Doors will open at 8 a.m. on that day. Catch Surf is once again the premier sponsor of Sports Swap this year.

Middle and High School PTAs Marisa

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(L-R) Thurston student volunteer Brody Azadian, donor Marisa H. and LBHS student volunteer Ashton Azadian. Marisa is a parent at Top of the World Elementary School and big supporter of Sports Swap. She donated a surfboard, wetsuit and ski equipment and will be back later this week to donate more items. 

According to Sports Swap Chair Jimmy Azadian, “We are not only doing our part to support exercise, good health and the highly athletic community in which we live, but we are also helping with recycling gently used sports gear and putting that gear to continued good use, all while raising funds to support our youth at both Thurston Middle School and Laguna Beach High School. All unsold items will be donated to the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach.”

Azadian asks those who wish to donate sports gear and equipment to call or text him at 818.645.9177. He and his team of student volunteers will gladly come to your home or place of business to pick up your donated items, making it as easy as possible on you, while the students earn community service and volunteer credits. Or, if you prefer, you can make arrangements to drop off your donated items. All donated sports items are 100 percent tax deductible. 

Laguna Beach High School is located at 625 Park Ave., Laguna Beach.


Middle and High School PTAs’ 13th Annual Sports Swap scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 6 

The Thurston Middle School and Laguna Beach High School PTAs invite residents to take part in the 13th Annual Sports Swap to be held again at the high school stadium on Saturday, Nov. 6. Doors will open at 8 a.m. on that day. Catch Surf is once again the premier sponsor of Sports Swap this year.

Middle and High School PTAs 4 guys

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(L-R) High school student volunteers Kamran Mohseni, Hunter Gray and Ashton Azadian, along with middle school student volunteer Brody Azadian, helping to pick up donated items for Sports Swap

Sports Swap Chair Jimmy Azadian asks those who wish to donate sports gear and equipment to call or text him at 818.645.9177.

“This fun community event and fundraiser supports our students at both Thurston Middle School and Laguna Beach High School. All unsold items will be donated to the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach,” Azadian said.

Azadian and his team of student volunteers will gladly come to your home or place of business to pick up your donated items, making it as easy as possible on you, while the students earn community service and volunteer credits. Or, if you prefer, you can make arrangements to drop off your donated items. All donated sports items are 100 percent tax deductible. 

Laguna Beach High School is located at 625 Park Ave., Laguna Beach.


School Notes

News and notes from our colleges and universities

Some 1,700 students were named to the Biola University Dean’s List in Spring 2021. Biola students are placed on the Dean’s List to honor those with a GPA of 3.6 or higher.

One student from Laguna Beach was recognized, Rachael Longuepee, who is majoring in Intercultural Studies.

Biola University is a nationally ranked Christian university in the heart of Southern California. It was recently recognized as one of America’s best colleges, earning a spot in the top tier of the “best national universities” category of U.S. News and World Report’s Best Colleges 2021 rankings.


Anneliese Schools takes action offering aid in the recent oil spill off the SoCal coast

Anneliese Schools, an award-winning private institution dedicated to providing unique educational opportunities for nursery school through 6th grade, is spearheading out-of-the-box, hands-on learning with their timely and relevant response to the recent oil spill off the coast of California. Because of their ongoing focus on ecology and environmental stewardship, their older students were concerned about the impact of this ecological disaster. The fifth grade class call to action has raised nearly $6,500 to support the Pacific Marine Mammal Center’s (PMMC’s) fight to preserve marine life affected by this spill.

On Saturday, Oct. 2, a leak in an oil pipeline resulted in a major oil spill about five miles off the coast of Southern California, sending oil into many of the local marine ecosystems with potentially disastrous effects on marine wildlife. The spill, which was first reported by Amplify Energy, the owner of the pipeline, was estimated to amount to between 126,000 and 144,000 gallons of oil, covering a reported 13 square miles [In actuality, the U.S Coast Guard reported roughly 24,700 gallons]. The extent of the ecological damage remains to be seen, and experts predict that the full damage will not be known for another few weeks.

Anneliese teachers formulated an immediate response to help students understand the current situation, knowing it would be a topic of student discussion. Anneliese has always had a curriculum beyond the ordinary. In addition to their high standards for academic learning in the core subjects, they focus on cultivating unique learning experiences for their students that instills a deep sense of responsibility and stewardship for their environment. 

Anneliese Schools students

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Anneliese students thank PMMC for helping local wildlife affected by the recent Orange County oil spill

With a keen, schoolwide focus on preserving local wildlife, they have long had a regular rotation of beach cleanup days. These volunteer-based beach cleanups are a longstanding activity within Anneliese, and serve to provide their students and faculty with opportunities to preserve and protect their local environment, further instilling the importance of environmental conservation. During this time of environmental hardship, the older students at their school will be learning directly about this environmental disaster from their teachers, and will then have the opportunity to teach the younger students, using age-appropriate language, about this spill, what it means and what they can do to help.

Anneliese Schools sea lions

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PMMC releasing rescued sea lions back into the ocean

Anneliese has turned to their united community to spearhead a fundraising effort centered toward dealing with this environmental tragedy. In addition to resuming with beach cleanup days once the beaches are deemed safe to return to, Anneliese is also taking part in a fundraising campaign for the PMMC to deal with the damage of the oil spill. Anneliese has a close relationship with the PMMC, and has led fundraising campaigns for them in the past. This time however, the sense of urgency is higher than before, with the PMMC in dire need of funds to purchase emergency materials such as ventilators, feeding tubes and cleaning supplies in order to save as much wildlife as possible during this challenging time. One specific class has taken the initiative for this fundraising campaign by crafting a video explaining why it’s important to get involved in this mission. In addition to the video, the school will be collecting money for the next two weeks specifically to 

To contribute to this fundraising project with Anneliese, there are many inclusive ways to get involved. In addition to sending cash and check donations to their campuses, people looking to get involved can also donate directly to the PMMC. If monetary donations are not feasible, the PMMC also has an Amazon wish list, where those who wish to help can purchase a variety of materials necessary for this clean-up campaign. www.annelieseschools.com

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