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Laguna’s Pavlik has season-best showing

Laguna Beach resident Whitney Pavlik tied for seventh with partner Stacy Rouwenhorst at the Assn. of Volleyball Professionals Coney Island Open in New York last weekend, marking the duo’s best finish of the season.

Pavlik and Rouwenhorst, seeded ninth, lost their second winner’s bracket match. But they made their way through the contender’s bracket by winning three straight matches, including an upset of No. 6 Katie and Tracy Lindquist of Huntington Beach, 13-21, 21-18, 16-14. Pavlik and Rouwenhorst eventually lost to No. 7-seeded and eventual finalists Jennifer Fopma and Brittany Hochevar, 21-15, 21-17.

Pavlik and Rouwenhorst, who split $5,280, had finished ninth four times before Coney Island. Their best career finish was last year, when they finished fifth in Boulder, Colo., also over the Fourth of July weekend.


Pavlik now prepares for the AVP Manhattan Beach Open, which begins Thursday.

O’Connell to enter surfing hall of fame

Laguna Beach’s Pat O’Connell will be inducted into the Surfers’ Hall of Fame at 10 a.m. on July 24, in front of Huntington Surf & Sport in Huntington Beach.

O’Connell, a former World Championship Tour standout, also gained fame from co-starring in “Endless Summer II."


He represented the United States in the World Amateur Championships in 1990, finishing ninth overall. Immediately after turning pro the same year, he won two surf tour events and would eventually appear in “Endless Summer II," Bruce Brown’s remake of the classic surf film.

O’Connell came back on tour and peaked at 11th on the World Tour in 1998. He now works for Hurley International’s marketing department.

The hall of fame induction ceremony coincides with the U.S. Open of Surfing, which runs July 18-26. O’Connell joins Jeff Hakman, Brown and Joey Buran as the 2009 inductees.

Mixed doubles tennis offered

The City of Laguna Beach is offering a free mixed doubles, ages 55-plus tennis group on Wednesdays now through Aug. 26. The group meets from 8-11 a.m. at the Alta Laguna Park Tennis Courts, 3300 Alta Laguna Park.

Sign-up at the courts on a first-come, first served basis. Space is limited, and bring your own tennis balls. For details, call (949) 464-9535.

Drop-in basketball continues

Pickup basketball is offered throughout the summer at Laguna Beach High’s Dugger Gym on Sundays from 9-11:30 a.m., as well as at the Thurston Middle School gym Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-9 p.m.


Pay at the gyms; cost is $2, and ages 18 and under are free.