Briefly In Sports

Laguna youth skaters fare well

More than 10 Laguna Beach downhill skateboarders were part of an international field of competitors last weekend at the International Gravity Sports Assn. U.S. National Championships in San Dimas. Following two days of time trials and qualifying heats, the five-racer finals of the Junior 1 Division (ages 8-13) produced some of the most exciting competition of the event by racing shoulder-to-shoulder toward the finish.

The Junior 1 Division final's field was made up of members of the Laguna Beach Alpha Groms (Team LBAG), with Chance Gaul taking first place. Second place went to Wyatt Gibbs, Jake Fast was third, Roger Jones was fourth and Tanner Flagstad was fifth. The five, all age 13, attend Thurston Middle School.

Other notable competitors in other divisions included Laguna Beach resident Evren Ozan, a Junior-2 IGSA World Champion, and Canada's Mischo Erban, the current IGSA World Champion.


Hoops registration open

The Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach is accepting registration for its boys' basketball league. For information, contact Michelle Ray, the club's development director, at (949) 494-2535, ext. 103, or by e-mail at The Boys' and Girls' Club of Laguna Beach is at 1085 Laguna Canyon Road.


Laguna teams in CIF polls

Three Laguna Beach High fall sports teams continue to hold down spots in their respective CIF Southern Section division polls.

The boys' water polo team again leads the Division 3 poll. The rest of the top 10 is Mira Costa, Palos Verdes, Damien, La Canada, Capistrano Valley, Aliso Niguel, Santa Monica, El Segundo and South Pasadena. Laguna travels next Thursday to face No. 2 Palos Verdes.

In girls' volleyball, Laguna again is fifth in the Division 1-A poll. Marymount is No. 1 for a second straight week and is followed by Redlands East Valley, Corona del Mar, Notre Dame Academy, Laguna Beach, El Dorado, Los Osos, Valencia/Valencia, Vista Murrieta and San Luis Obispo.

In boys' cross-country, Laguna is ranked 11th in Division 4. The poll is headed by Bosco Tech followed by Notre Dame/Sherman Oaks, JSerra, Harvard/Westlake, Crespi, Nordhoff, Big Bear, Paraclete, Maranatha, Oaks Christian, Laguna Beach, Salesian and Fillmore.

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