Volunteer an hour or two to help a student at El Morro

Mike Easley Photo

Photo submitted by AAUW-LB

Volunteer Mike Easley helps a student

The Laguna Beach Branch of the American Association of University Women sponsors an after-school tutoring program at El Morro Elementary School.  The Learning Club (TLC) is for students in grades 2-5 who have been recommended by their teachers as needing additional help with homework and basic educational concepts to better succeed in school.

TLC will begin its 12th year this fall.  TLC volunteers express great satisfaction in helping a child learn.  One volunteer described the child she tutored, his yearlong struggle with math, his progress and his end of year gift to her.  On the last day of tutoring, he presented her with a picture he made that included a math puzzle – which he successfully completed.

If you would like to forge your own memories and have a spare hour or two on Tuesday or Thursday afternoons, consider becoming a TLC volunteer.  The program runs from the end of October to Memorial Day.  To volunteer or for more information, contact Peggie Thomas at 499-1817or Barbara Antonacci at 248-5139 or visit www.aauw-lagunabeach.org.


Staff photos by Chris Kreymann

Dodgeball 2 Photo

Games were contested in both LBHS gyms Thursday night and good crowds were in the bleachers at both. Dugger above & North below.

Dodgeball 4 Photo

Dodgeball 5 Photo

Some teams provided a more pleasant visual image than others

LBHS 2010-2011 Varsity scoreboard

Oct 15

Boys Water Polo: 14-4 (3-0)Laguna had wins over Godinez and Palos Verdes this week. Godinez lost, 25-5, in an interesting match. The Breakers took the opening quarter 5-2 then held Godinez to only one goal in each of the next three periods.

Nolan McConnell and Tyler Mancusso led the Breakers with five goals apiece. Spencer Dodson had four.

LBHS went to the South Bay yesterday and beat Palos Verdes, 9-8, in a close encounter. Erik Henderson was stellar in goal recording 13 saves. McConnell led the team with four goals and Nicky Brunner added a pair.

Football: 1-4 –QB Austin Paxson became the school’s first player to pass for 4,000 yards Friday night against Oak Hills in Hesperia. But all in all, the senior probably had a night he’d rather forget. He fumbled and was intercepted twice leading to 17 points for the Bulldogs and Laguna lost by a final score of 48-24.

Paxon threw two TD passes to Robert Clawson for 55 and 10 yards. The first connection tied the score at 7-7 midway through the first quarter.

Each time the Breakers pulled close, Oak Hills answered.

Laguna marched 80 yards to open the second half and close the gap to 24-17 when Paxon and Clawson hooked up for a 10 yard TD. Paxson completed six passes on the drive.

Oak Hills took over on its 17 after the kickoff and a penalty and scored on the first play from scrimmage on an 83-yard run and it was quickly 31-17.

Chris Paul gave Laguna fans something to cheer for when he took the ensuing kickoff 99 yards for a Laguna TD. He couldn’t have run it any further because CIF rules don’t allow returns from the end zone.

LBHS couldn’t answer Oak Hills after that as the Bulldogs put the game away with 17 fourth quarter points.

Girls Golf: 13-2, 11-1 – Laguna kept dominating this week.

The girls easily got past Loara on Tuesday at San Clemente GC by 50 strokes, 274-324. Christianne Kinder was the medalist.

Wednesday, the Breakers were handed a win via a Westminster forfeit.

Girls Tennis: 7-4 (5-0)Laguna won its second straight 18-0 match beating Saddleback on Tuesday.

Girls Volleyball: 9-4 (4-0) – The Breakers had little trouble in sweeping both Godinez and Costa Mesa this week.

Allison Palmer had six aces and 27 assists in Tuesday’s 25-9, 25-7, 25-13, sweep in Dugger Gym against Godinez.

Laguna visited Costa Mesa winning 25-12, 25-12, 25-13, with Marina Paul and Chanel Stewart both credited with a team-high 13 kills. Rachele Killian was tops with 16y saves while Kalysta White turned in four aces and five digs. Julia Goggin had four digs at Mesa.

Team SUPCO inspires a movement at the 2010 Battle Of The Paddle California

Following the official Stand Up Paddle Company Grand Opening celebration on Sept 30, Team SUPCO came into the Battle of the Paddle weekend with a bang. Winning the most coveted event of the weekend, the “BOP SUP Relay”, SUPCO has truly become a legitimate contender not only on the apparel side on the business, but has proved they back the most talented, skilled athletes in the sport.

SUPCO’s relay team, consisting of Australia’s Kelly Margetts and Jamie Mitchell, Californian Brandi Baksic and Hawaii’s Slater Trout took the event by storm, where Mitchell took out President of the WPA and legendary Hobie team rider Byron Kurt on the last wave. According to Dick De Boer, course official and seasoned SUP and waterman himself, “Jamie drew from his past Australian surf racing skills to catch and eventually pass Byron for the win in the BOP Team Relay.”

SupCo Winners Photo

Photo by Jaime Donnelly

Team SUPCO winners

Said Mitchell, “The relay is always the most fun race at the BOP! This year I was stoked to be a part of the SUPCO/La Hui Kai team and represent the future of SUP. Everyone dug deep and pulled us back to where we were able to get back in the lead on the final push to the beach. Thanks to the team for a great race and to SUPCO for all the support!”

Baksic showed her waterwoman skills as well, and was a key component in this relay. “We were a little behind in the beginning, but I kept telling the guys, ‘We still have time to come back!’ I am not sure if any of them believed me, but with Jamie as our anchor, we couldn’t lose. Simply awesome!”

The relay wasn’t the only thrilling highlight of the weekend for team SUPCO. Winning the distance race on her 14’ La Hui Kai (beating the second place finisher by over a full minute) and attaining 2nd place in the women’s elite competition, top female paddler Baksic proved that all her hard work during the season paid off at the perfect time. “The elite race was a true Battle of the Paddle down to the last seconds.  I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way! I was just as excited to know the outcome as everyone else. Thanks Candace, it was awesome,” Baksic said.

Anyone who knows her is aware that she is a complete animal. It’s not rare for her to paddle, swim, cross train at the Sports Performance Institute and get on her road bike all in one day.

Commented SUPCO Marketing Director and competitor Jaime Donnelly, “Brandi is a machine. She gives the guys a run for their money. She is electric and more full of life and energy than anyone I know. Brandi works hard, is a committed mother, wife and athlete. The girl is an inspiration for us all!”

With a huge teen fan club on the beach and less than half the age of most of his competition, 15 year-old “super-teen” Trout also continues to impress the masses. He took second place in the Men’s 14’ division for the distance race, and a close third in the elite race, just behind fellow team rider Mitchell.

Mitchell won the 14’ class in the distance race, and took an impressive second in the men’s elite. Crowd favorite and San Clemente local Rob Rojas, just off a 24 hour shift on the opening day of lobster season (Rob is a Fish and Game warden) accomplished second overall in the distance race, just behind 2010 Battle of the Paddle elite and distance winner Danny Ching.

Also racing were SUPCO’s very own Jaime and Tommy Donnelly. Jaime raced her first elite contest, finishing in the top 15, and finished out the weekend in the distance race. Tommy tried his skills on the new 404 Unlimited in the Men’s Open.

Newest “grom” addition Alleanna Clark placed first overall in the 17 and under class in the Open class, and first in the Kids’ race. We are claiming this 11 year-old is “the next Brandi!”

As the official webcast sponsor of the 2010 Battle of the Paddle, Dana Point, “edgy, yet classy” Stand Up Paddle Company will continue to be ahead of the game as time progresses. The SUPCO space was a build out, more like a tradeshow booth at this event. They offered massages, conducted interviews held by the infamous John Clark, showcased their limited edition SUPCO/BOP t-shirt (before a fan of their Facebook page and find out to get one for yourself!), presented a lounge area for athletes and spectators to rest and rejuvenate and a revealed a full offering of their newest apparel line to the masses. SUPCO even wrapped up Day 1 of the BOP with a concert by Pato Banton. Keep your eyes peeled for great things to come from this crew… they are coming in hot and here to stay.

Stand Up Paddle Company’s signature logo represents the many facets of the sport of stand up paddle boarding. The water drop as a whole signifies our commitment to give back to the community and the environment; to our family and friends, extending our intention globally. SUP CO is that “third place”. Like water, our mission is to cleanse, refresh and rejuvenate. Our goal is to have a positive impact on each individual we touch, whether it be on rivers, streams, lakes, seas or oceans. For more information about Stand Up Paddle Company, visit www.SUPCompany.com. 1099 S. Coast Hwy – 715.4530

Jaime Donnelly

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