LBHS Softball team sets their eyes on the playoff prize after key victory

The Breakers softball team is taking aim at the end game after they overpowered Estancia 6-4 on Monday to complete an Orange Coast League sweep, their second win in six days against Estancia. 

Junior Emily Thomas threw a complete game with eight strikeouts. Laguna Beach ratcheted up the score with plays by Rhys Campbell, Madilyn Garwal, Mia Pitz, Maddy Melchor, and a daring steal by Cierra Wunder. 

Wunder took the opportunity and stole home in the sixth inning; it was the second time in two games that a Laguna Beach player executed this rare and bold move.

“That effort is the definition of this program, and it is unbelievable to see where this was three years ago and where we are now,” said Coach James Crawford. “It’s spectacular. It’s awesome.”

Following their win against Estancia, the team dropped a game against Godinez on Wednesday, 1-18. They look to bounce back today (Friday, May 4) in a key league game at Costa Mesa High School. The game starts at 3:15 p.m.

The team is now 10-10-1 overall and 3-5 in league play.


TOW kids donate enough peanut butter to the Food Pantry to make more than 5,520 sandwiches

Anne Belyea, executive director of the Food Pantry, tells Stu News that she is overwhelmed by the support that Laguna offers the nonprofit.

“We have such a generous community,” Anne says. “Today I was able to go to TOW to thank the students for donating 460 pounds of peanut butter and jelly!  What a great job!”

To put that into perspective, a grizzly bear weighs around 500 pounds. In other words, that’s a lot of peanut butter.

It’s enough, in fact, to spread on 5,520 sandwiches.

Which is enough to scare the heck out of someone with arachibutyrophobia – a fear of peanut butter sticking to the top of one’s mouth – but also enough to bring great joy to many kids who would otherwise go hungry.

Maybe it is time to challenge the other schools to equal or beat this donation?

How about two grizzly bears’ worth of peanut butter?

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TOW kids were excited to donate 460 lbs of peanut butter to the Food Pantry

“We had a five year old in the community who just hosted a dance party with his friends and brought in $750, a bag of change and 150 lbs. of groceries.  

“When he came in to the Pantry to deliver the food, he showed me his dance moves! He break-dances! My heart is full!” Anne rejoices.

Spinners at Rhythm Ride also help fill the shelves

Members of local spin studio Rhythm Ride and owner Stephanie Chapel also got a big shout-out from Anne. 

“As part of their tenth anniversary, they donated 150 pounds of groceries,” Anne says. “Ever since previous owner Shelley Arends Cornwell opened the studio a decade ago, she has made community and health a dual focus and thus sponsored many food drives for us.”

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Spinners are exhilarated at the size of the donation they were able to put together 

“Adequate nutrition is important to good health, and the Pantry exists to make sure that no one goes hungry. Many of our area’s low-income families, elderly, and student populations rely on us to help them make ends meet. 

“We are excited and pleased that the next wave of management will carry on this compassionate effort.”


Breakers Baseball drops Godinez 12-0

The Breakers swept their season series with Godinez on Friday with a 12-0 victory.  Eric Silva, Cutter Clawson, Jack Loechner and Aidan Booth all had multiple hits to lead the Breaker attack. Grady Morgan, Sawyer Chesley and Michael Kerner also drove in runs for the Breakers, now 15-8 on the season and 10-0 in the Orange Coast League.

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Grady Morgan slides to the plate: Breakers give it their best every game

Blake Burzell started on the mound and threw three shutout innings with five strikeouts to earn the win. Clawson and Silva each pitched a scoreless inning in relief.  

The Breakers will face Costa Mesa this week, playing an away game today at 3:30 p.m. and then playing a home game on Friday, May 4 at 3:30 p.m.

Senior Day will be Wednesday, May 9 at 3:30 p.m., the team’s last regular season game of the year. The CIF playoffs start the week of May 14.


Boys & Girls Club hosts “racy” 18th Annual Art of Giving Gala May 12, offering awesome auction items 

Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach is proud to present its 18th Annual Art of Giving Gala – “And We’re Off!” – on Saturday, May 12 at Montage Laguna Beach. The event will be Kentucky Derby-style themed soiree. 

Invitees are encouraged to dress to impress and pull out all of the stops when selecting a suit or dress for the big night. It is a chance for every female to express her inner Southern Belle, and every guy to get just as decked out as the ladies. 

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The Boys & Girls Club’s 18th Annual Art of Giving Gala on May 12 will be a night of “racy” fun

Guests will start the evening on the Montage lawn with tasty morsels and signature Southern cocktails. The evening will continue with an elegant dinner and rousing live auction followed by dancing to some live music that will make guests feel like they are partying it up at the Downs. 

Wonderful live auction items include an Angels “Baseball Once” offering four front-row seats plus an opportunity for your child to act as an honorary bat boy/girl, an adult to throw the ceremonial first pitch, and so much more. 

Also available: dinner for twelve guests at Montage Resort; exotic vacations of various lengths in Mexico, Massachusetts, and Arizona; a year-long lease of a 2018 Jeep Cherokee Overland; as well as one-of-a-kind art.

This promises to be one of the events of the year, and a chance to generously support the Club and its some 2,000 youth members and families. Proceeds raised at the 18th annual Art of Giving Gala go directly towards empowering children of all ages to reach their full potential, no matter their financial situation. 

For more information about the Gala includint tickets or table sponsorships, contact Michelle Ray Fortezzo at (949) 494-2535 ext. 7584 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or visit the Club website at www.bgclagunabeach.org.

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