Sports Swap at Thurston Middle School on Nov 4

Is your garage brimming with unused sports gear?  Looking for an inexpensive wetsuit, bike, snowboard or other pieces of sports equipment?  Does your young entrepreneur want to consign items to purchase a new surfboard?  The PTA at Thurston Middle School will host its annual Sports Swap on Sat, Nov 4 from 9 a.m .- 3 p.m.  This is a fantastic opportunity for sports enthusiasts to donate, consign and/or buy new and used sporting goods, at significantly reduced prices.

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Donate or get an inexpensive surfboard at the Sports Swap

Items can be brought in for consignment or as a donation to Thurston Middle School on Thur, Nov 2 from 8 a.m. -10 a.m. and Fri, Nov 3  from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. 

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Last years customers loved their new findings like this bestie hat for a great deal

Sellers will set their own prices and PTA will handle the sale. Items on sale will include skimboards, snowboards, surfboards, wetsuits, paddleboards, skateboards, bikes, golf clubs, tennis racquets, baseball gear, snow gear, cleats, balls of all sorts and more.  

Local retailers have also been invited to bring their gently used demos, rentals and new merchandise priced to sell.  Sports Swap sponsors will include Victoria Skimboards, nbrhd (neighborhood), Laguna Surf and Sport, Laguna Cyclery, Roark, RVCA, Vissla, Mizu and Elev8. 

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Thurston Middle School is proud to host this event each year here in Laguna

The clearance sale will run from 1 - 3 p.m.  All items available for clearance will be marked down to 50 percent of original price.  One hundred percent of items sold in the clearance sale will go to Thurston’s PTA. The Boys and Girls Club of Laguna Beach and HomeRun Hopefuls will be the recipients of any unsold equipment at the end of the event.  Thurston’s 8th grade graduation committee will be selling snacks and drinks to hungry shoppers and Laguna Beach Little League will host an in-person Spring registration table from 8:30 a.m. – noon.

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Come down on Nov 4 to find exactly what you need to complete your sports equipment 

Steffanie Gapp, Sports Swap Co-Chair, invites the community to participate in this terrific event.  “The Sports Swap is more than a fundraiser, it’s a community event that provides families an opportunity to clean out their garages, make a little money, outfit their growing children with fresh sports gear, all while benefitting Thurston’s PTA.  It’s a winning combination!”

For more information, Inventory Sheets and contact information, visit: www.ThurstonPTA.org and click on Sports Swap tab.


Ducking, diving & Dodgeballing: 56 teams battled for glory at SchoolPower’s D-ball Tournament on Oct 18

Don’t Stop Ballievin’. The Dodgefathers. Throwbocops. These are just some of the 56 teams that battled for glory at SchoolPower’s Dodgeball VIII tournament on Wednesday October 18. 

More than 500 costumed players, coaches, referees and scorekeepers, as well as countless cheering spectators, filled the LBHS gymnasium at this hugely popular event. 

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PrescribeWellness captured the High/School Adult Division title

Competition was fierce in all divisions. Congratulations to the following teams that dodged their way to victory:

4th-5th Grade Division: Dodgefathers

6th-8th Grade Division: Dodge “IT” (Best Costume: The Old Dodgers )

High School/Adult Division: PrescribeWellness 

(Best Costume Tie: Disco Ballers and Golden Ballers)

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Photo by Jessi Dunne

Fun watching the games

Participant Logan Bareth, a fourth grader from El Morro Elementary, had a very simple reason for wanting to participate in this year’s tournament, “I like Dodgeball because it’s now my favorite sport. I can play with my friends from school so that’s super fun.” 

In a great show of community spirit, Bareth’s team, The Stu News Dodgers, was sponsored by none other than Stu News Laguna.

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Logan Barreth, part of the Stu News Dodgers' team, says Dodgeball is now his favorite sport

“Stu News Laguna was honored to sponsor El Morro’s fourth grade Dodgers team this year. SchoolPower’s Dodgeball tournament is not just a fundraiser, it is truly a community institution - something kids and families look forward to every year. We are just so happy to support this cause!” exclaimed Shaena Stabler, Stu News Laguna owner and publisher.

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This team’s in the pink

The Adult division brought together teams from across the community. Event Sponsor Montage Laguna Beach was so excited they sent two teams to play. 

Local radio station KX 93.5 not only competed again, but also broadcast a play-by-play of the tournament from inside the rowdy gymnasium. A podcast of the coverage is available at KX935.com.

The best costume showdown between the “Disco Ballers” (LBHS teachers) and the “Golden Ballers” (TOW teachers) resulted in a tie and says a lot about school spirit. It’s not every day a kid gets to see her principal in gold lamé pants. 

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Mousepower!

Dodgeball legend Frana Sadler said about her commitment to this event, “For me, Dodgeball really embodies the spirit of this community. It’s energetic, fun and competitive. It also unites our Laguna Beach families with the SchoolPower community and that’s a great thing.” 

Sadler is ecstatic about new Dodgeball chairs Kristine Flynn and Rob Alshuler who stepped up this year and all the volunteers who continue to make this possible.

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Going for the gold

Champions from each division won $500 in prize money to designate to a teacher or school program of their choice. Over  $11,000 was raised for SchoolPower, the education foundation that raises money to enrich the education of all LBUSD students.

For more information, visit www.lbschoolpower.org

 

Enjoy the photo gallery! The first six photos are Scott Brashier’s; the second six are by Jessi Dunne.


LBHS Homecoming 2017

Photos by Scott Brashier

Senior Sean Nolan in action

Luc LaMontagne, Homecoming King, with Alexa Anderson, Homecoming Queen

Junior class performance

 

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International Tennis will be played right here in Laguna, today, Fri Oct 20, at  3 p.m. on LBHS court #1

On Fri, Oct. 20 at 3 p.m. Laguna’s most talented male tennis player Tim Kpulun (ATP Tour Pro) and best female player Parris Todd (WTA Tour Pro) will take on So Cal’s best at LBHS Court #1 on Park Ave. 

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Tim Kpulun

Laguna’s own will take on elite opponents from across So Cal and beyond in singles.

Both Tim and Parris have made tremendous accomplishments, and will be wonderful mentors to tennis players at LBHS. 

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Parris Todd

Only a small fraction of Laguna’s players ever get the chance to watch international level tennis, so this is a great opportunity to watch international-caliber tennis in Laguna Beach’s backyard, at LBHS Court #1.

For more information on this upcoming event and the players attending, log onto www.youtube.com, and type in Parris Todd and TIm Kpulun.

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