LBHS Varsity Winter Sports Scoreboard

Boys Basketball

Laguna (9-4) led Woodbridge by 10 points heading into the fourth quarter of the North/ South Challenge at El Toro Thursday afternoon.

Woodbridge outscored the Breakers 28-16 in the final stanza to earn a 65-63 win.

Blake Burzell scored 25 points in the loss.

Boys Soccer

Girls Basketball

Girls Soccer

Girls Water Polo

Laguna had no problems with Los Alamitos Wednesday with a 16-2 win.

Bella Baldridge led the team with five goals and five assists.

Aria Fischer scored four and both Claire Sonne and Sophia Lucas had two goals.

Goalie Thea Walsh had 10 saves.

Coed Surf Team

Kind TOW students raise funds to help the homeless

Top of the World Elementary School students enrolled in the Community Learning Center (CLC) partnered with the Illumination Foundation to help raise funds and provide basic necessities to the homeless. The foundation provides targeted services for homeless adults, families and children in Orange County to break and prevent the cycle of homelessness.

Students in grades one through four at the CLC raised $1600 by selling handmade products at the Laguna Beach Farmer’s Market.  

“Students brainstormed ideas on how to raise money,” said Kevin Nguyen, teacher at Top of the World Elementary. “Working off their idea for a lemonade stand, they worked with their parents to create peppermint scrub, lavender bath salts, hand-dyed kitchen towels and succulents to sell at the Laguna Beach Farmer’s Market.”

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Students’ initiative brings comfort to the homeless: parents in the back row, Deborah Johansson, Nicole McMann, Laura Sauers, Gerri Machin, students, Magnus Johansson, Hendricks McMann, Callum Murray, Max Sauers

Using their earnings, students, parents and staff got together at the CLC Giving Party to write cards, create 42 care packages and make 20fleece blankets for homeless clients in recuperative care at the Illumination Foundation after hospitalization. 

“The Giving Party makes me feel good because other people will feel safer and warmer since it’s so cold outside,” said Callum Murray, second grader at TOW. “They usually get out of the hospital without anything to keep them warm. We hope they feel better with the blankets that we made.”

The Giving Party is an annual community service tradition where the students and parents of the CLC make or assemble gifts for local charities. 

“Every year we sell something, raise money and buy things the charity needs most,” said Declan Murray, fourth grader at TOW. “Then we get together and create things like the fleece blankets to help the charity or other people in our community.”

Several former parents of CLC students and former students stopped by the booth at the Farmer’s Market and commented on how the community service component of the CLC curriculum was impactful in their lives, even years later.

Last year, children earned money by doing chores or holding lemonade stands to buy t-shirts for children at Door of Faith Orphanage in Mexico ( They also donated bags of Lego bricks to the orphanage when several families visited the orphanage. For many years, students and parents have also prepared baskets of supplies for residents at the Friendship Shelter.

“We do this every year because our kids learn important lessons about caring for others, earning their own money, and approaching the public to ask for their support,” said Nguyen. 

“The Giving Party and community service events are some of my favorite parts of the CLC program,” said Jennifer Murray, parent. “I feel it is important to empower the students with the awareness and compassion needed to work hard to help those less fortunate than themselves.”

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B&G board president Paula Arnold wins an Eddy

On Nov 18, the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach’s Board President, Paula Arnold, was acknowledged at this year’s Eddy Awards for her exemplary service and dedication to the Club. The Eddy Awards are presented annually by the Orange County Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs. 

This prestigious honor is bestowed on a board member from each of the 15 Boys & Girls Club organizations in Orange County. Honorees are recognized for their distinguished service, commitment to community, and passion for improving young people’s lives. 

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Board President Paula Arnold wins Eddy Award

The Eddy Awards are named after local broadcaster Ed Arnold who is a Boys Club alumnus and OC icon, as a tribute to his tremendous altruism and personal contributions to strengthen the Orange County organization as a whole. 

Paula has consistently dedicated her efforts and experience to upgrading the Club’s capabilities to enable children to become healthy and responsible adults. Her roles in Club committees, with the board of directors, and in fundraising events have complemented her exertions as the Club’s ambassador. These efforts have been vital in the Club’s growth and have enhanced the scope of positive activities for youth. 

When Paula moved to Laguna Beach after raising two children, she started a new chapter in life; after joining the Club, it became a new chapter for the organization too.

The Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach occupies three sites in Laguna Beach: Main Branch, Bluebird Branch and Lang Branch. Together, they offer a nationally recognized and award winning year round enrichment program that focuses on the whole family. For more information about The Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach, visit call (949) 494-2535 or email Jason Gupta at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

LBHS Varsity Winter Sports Scoreboard

Boys Basketball

Laguna (9-3) lost in the finals of the Charlie Wilkins Westminster Tournament against undefeated and the OC Register’s #9 ranked Buena Park (9-0), 58-50, Saturday.

In the previous three Breakers wins in the tournament Blake Burzell, the Register’s Boys hoops player of the week, scored 39, 40 and 49 points. Buena Park held him to just 12.

Charlie Rounaghi led the team with 14 and Grady Morgan scored 13.  

Boys Soccer

El Toro got past Laguna, 2-1, on Wednesday.

Girls Basketball

Laguna met Tustin in the Tustin Tournament on Tuesday and lost, 69-32.

Laura Nolan led the Breakers with 12 points.

Girls Soccer

On Thursday, LBHS put together a 2-0 win over Segerstrom. Laguna upped their record to 7-2-0 and Coach Bill Rolfing tells us that the CIF has the girls ranked 5th in their division.

Girls Water Polo

Laguna rolled over Edison, 21-0, Tuesday. Evan Tingler led the team with five goals. Sophia Lucas and Bella Baldridge both added four goals.

Quinn Winter turned back all seven shots on goal by Edison to earn the shutout.

Coed Surf Team

Surf team beats St Margaret at Scholastic Surf Series Event #2; individual champs Jake Levine and Claire Kelly

Written by coaches ALISA CAIRNS and SCOTT FINN

LBHS surf team had another big win on Sunday at the Scholastic Surf Series Event #2 at T- St in San Clemente. We started out the day with Team competition. Laguna Beach High School faced off against St Margaret. Everyone surfed really well as a team and we took the overall win by a large margin, 69-38.  

In addition, in the individual competition we had representation in each of the division finals. Our entire Boys six man shortboard team stole the show, all making the final. The surf was pretty small and difficult, but after the morning drizzle cleared things heated up. All the Laguna kids were really impressive, making good work out of not much. Jake Levine made it two in a row with the win followed closely by Travis Booth in second, Kiko Nelsen in third, Liam McCue in fourth, Holden Geary in fifth and Sam Nelsen in sixth place.

Claire Kelly took the big win in girls shortboard, while Destiny Thompson in her first longboard event and Maya Takabayashi, pretty fresh to competition, surfed well and finished fourth and fifth respectively. 

Boys longboard saw another great performance from Jameson Roller, who finished in third place. Meanwhile Sam Starr made the semis in longboard and Joseph Schenk was close to advancement, gaining valuable experience.

The body board final saw Hunter Johnson do really nicely fitting in some rolls to finish in second place overall.

The next Scholastic Surf Series event will be Jan 8.


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