Briefs: Flag football clinic is Sunday

The Laguna Beach City Youth Flag Football program is offering a winter season for youth grades 2-8.

All games and clinics will be held at Laguna Beach High School's Guyer Field. All games will be played between 8 a.m. and noon on Sundays.

Potential players are required to participate in a skills clinic from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Guyer Field. League teams will be drafted Dec. 20. Coaches for each team will determine days and times of practice sessions.

For more information, call (949) 497-0716, ext. 6, or email

— From staff reports

Volleyball tourneys coming

The Laguna Beach Open Men's and Women's Beach Volleyball Tournaments will play host to the Christmas Four Person Draw Volleyball Tournament and Potluck starting at 9 a.m. Dec. 21 at South Main Beach.

There is no registration cost.

The tournament format is a four-person (coed) draw with two divisions (Social and Open). Pool play games will be held first before the start of elimination round competition. Families will be allowed to sign up together as a team. City department and restaurant teams are also invited to participate.

Tournament participants are requested to bring a potluck dish or beverage that will serve four-to-six people.

For registration and tournament/potluck information, email

— From staff reports

Dries, Fischer competing at Holiday Cup

Annika Dries (Laguna Beach High/Stanford) and Makenzie Fischer (Laguna Beach High) have been named to the 16-player USA Water Polo Women's Senior National Team roster for the 2013 Holiday Cup. The tournament began Wednesday and continues Friday through Sunday at Foothill High.

Six international women's water polo teams will compete at the Holiday Cup. Teams vying for the tournament title are the USA, Canada, Australia, Greece, the Netherlands, and Russia.

Holiday Cup tickets will be available at the door prior to each game with full tournament passes also available. As part of the holiday spirit, spectators are encouraged to bring non-perishable canned items to donate. For each canned item donated, attendees receive $1 off ($3 maximum) off per person per day on ticket purchase. All canned items collected will be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County.

Fischer was part of the USA Women's Senior National Team that competed last week at the Canada Cup at Quebec, Canada. Team USA, coached by Adam Krikorian, won the tournament title Sunday by defeating Australia in a shootout, 12-10.

Holiday Cup schedule

Friday: 6 p.m.: Canada vs. Greece; 7:15 p.m.: Australia vs. the Netherlands; 8:30 p.m.: USA vs. Russia.

Saturday: 6 p.m.: The Netherlands vs. Canada; 7:15 p.m.: Russia vs. Greece; 8:30 p.m.: USA vs. Australia.

Sunday: 9 a.m.: Russia vs. the Netherlands; 10:15 p.m.: Canada vs. Australia; 11:30 a.m.: USA vs. Greece.

— From staff reports

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