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LBHS boys cross country team challenges CdM, winning individual titles in each race 

On Saturday, Feb 27, the Laguna Beach High School boys cross country team, racing with a skeleton crew, competed against league rival Corona del Mar High School. In his first varsity win of the season, Chris Drews took the lead from the start to finish with a time of 16:27. Not so far behind, Will Goodwin placed 2nd in a time of 16:54. The rest of the LBHS Varsity boys honed in on their pack running skills, with Dylan Zevnik (17:47), Will Coffey (17:51), and Henry Stewart (18:03) placing 8th-10th.

Coach Scott Wittkop reports, “LBHS sophomore Preston Patterson had a gutsy and impressive effort; Preston won his first country race in 20:40, a new PR. The rest of the LBHS JV boys also placed well, with Brandon Yee taking 4th (21:52), True Patterson taking 5th (22:07), and Remy Gerber finishing it out in 6th (22:21).”

The FS boys also ran strong, winning their race 24-32.

“In an impressive showing, Connor Joyce of Laguna Beach won his first individual race in 18:31,” says Wittkop.

In a nail-biting finish, Noah Volpe (18:52.4) and Sean Laird (18:53) placed 3rd and 4th, just behind CdM’s William Deveirman (18:52). Carl Silberg (19:15) finished 5th and Theo Coffey (21:06) rounded out the FS boys in 11th. 

In another successful weekend of racing, the LBHS boys showed consistency and great potential. 

Congratulating the team, Wittkop says, “The LBHS boys not only won the individual titles of every race, but they illustrated strong pack running finesse. Until next time.”


Sports are back in session

Based on updated guidance for youth and recreational adult sports issued February 19 by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), outdoor sports competitions may resume in Orange County (OC) with modifications starting tomorrow, March 3.

“Orange County has lowered its COVID-19 case rate of less than 14 per 100,000 thanks to our communities’ diligence in helping slow the spread and the county’s vaccination efforts,” said Chairman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors Andrew Do. “Per the state’s guidance, this means certain outdoor sport competitions can resume once again. Something that many families have been looking forward to for months now.” 

The state’s guidance applies to all organized youth and adult sports, including school and community-sponsored programs, and privately organized clubs and leagues. Outdoor sport competitions may resume in Purple Tier counties including OC with modifications that include testing requirements for certain outdoor high-contact sports. Outdoor moderate-contact sports, such as baseball, cheerleading, and softball, can be played in OC without the testing requirement.

Youth and adult sports include varied activities that have different levels of risk for transmission of COVID-19 depending on the physical contact between players. Outdoor activities that allow for consistent wearing of face coverings and physical distancing are lower risk than indoor activities that involve close contact between participants and high exertion that increases the spread of exhaled particles.

“I am very excited that our youth, who have been anxiously waiting for months to get back to competitive sports, now have the opportunity to compete,” said Supervisor Lisa Bartlett, Fifth District. “I have always been a strong supporter of exploring all options that would allow our youth to safely resume outdoor sporting activities.”

For more information on examples of sports with different levels of contact and risk by tier, go here.


LBUSD COVID-19 Dashboard

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For more information and to access the dashboard, visit www.lbusd.org/resources/covid19/covid-19-reporting

 


LBUSD to hold special virtual meeting on Board Policies/Bylaws on Monday

Laguna Beach Unified School District will hold a special virtual meeting on Monday, March 1 at 9 a.m. regarding Board Policies and Bylaws. To view the agenda, visit the district’s website here.

The meeting will be available to the public to view and participate in virtually at the link here.

Public comment may be submitted prior to the meeting via electronic submissions no later than Friday, Feb 26 by 8 p.m. at the 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.

Members of the public may call in using the Zoom meeting phone number: (669) 900-6833; the Webinar ID is: 962 6673 4944. 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.

Public comment is limited to the single agenda item regarding Board Policies/Bylaws.


Sports are back in session

Based on updated guidance for youth and recreational adult sports issued February 19 by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), outdoor sports competitions may resume in Orange County (OC) with modifications starting March 3.

“Orange County has lowered its COVID-19 case rate of less than 14 per 100,000 thanks to our communities’ diligence in helping slow the spread and the county’s vaccination efforts,” said Chairman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors Andrew Do. “Per the state’s guidance, this means certain outdoor sport competitions can resume once again. Something that many families have been looking forward to for months now.” 

The state’s guidance applies to all organized youth and adult sports, including school and community-sponsored programs, and privately organized clubs and leagues. Outdoor sport competitions may resume in Purple Tier counties including OC with modifications that include testing requirements for certain outdoor high-contact sports. Outdoor moderate-contact sports, such as baseball, cheerleading, and softball, can be played in OC without the testing requirement.

Youth and adult sports include varied activities that have different levels of risk for transmission of COVID-19 depending on the physical contact between players. Outdoor activities that allow for consistent wearing of face coverings and physical distancing are lower risk than indoor activities that involve close contact between participants and high exertion that increases the spread of exhaled particles.

“I am very excited that our youth, who have been anxiously waiting for months to get back to competitive sports, now have the opportunity to compete,” said Supervisor Lisa Bartlett, Fifth District. “I have always been a strong supporter of exploring all options that would allow our youth to safely resume outdoor sporting activities.”

For more information on examples of sports with different levels of contact and risk by tier, go here.


LBUSD COVID-19 Dashboard

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For more information and to access the dashboard, visit www.lbusd.org/resources/covid19/covid-19-reporting

 


LBHS Class of 1970 creates “Virtual Reunion” for its 50-year class reunion

Due to the pandemic, the 50-year class reunion for the Laguna Beach High School Class of 1970 was canceled (or postponed a year). It was scheduled to be celebrated last September. However, as with many events during the past year, the organizers came up with an innovative plan.

What occurred was a collaboration to create a “Virtual Reunion,” whereby old classmates were encouraged to send photos and an expression of gratitude. A site was set up to host the outpouring from those who participated, and it was a complete success.

LBHS Class poster

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LBHS Class of 1970 graduates can connect with their classmates virtually

John Slowsky (class of 1970) says, “We have lost contact with a lot of our classmates, although they stay in contact with their hometown via Stu News. Here is the site, so if anyone wants to see the virtual reunion, they can go to the following address: www.kindmemories.com/LBHS1970.” 

Notable alumni from this class are artists Jon Seaman (who created the whale sculpture in Heisler Park), Hedy Buzan, and Laguna patriot Howard Hills.


LBUSD COVID-19 Dashboard

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For more information and to access the dashboard, visit www.lbusd.org/resources/covid19/covid-19-reporting

 


LBUSD COVID-19 Dashboard

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For more information and to access the dashboard, visit www.lbusd.org/resources/covid19/covid-19-reporting

 


LBUSD COVID-19 Dashboard

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Courtesy of LBUSD

For more information and to access the dashboard, visit www.lbusd.org/resources/covid19/covid-19-reporting

 

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