Laguna Beach High School recently announced its 2021-22 season All-Sports honorees following a format that has been in place for 16 seasons. 2021-22 was the school’s 88th competitive season. In previous seasons, annual awards were given by local media and skipped in some seasons. Finally, in 2006-07, the current format was established.
2022 LBHS Athletic Awards Picks:
Coach of the Year: Jeff Sears, Baseball (posthumous)
Learned Athlete of the Year: Isabel Foley, Water Polo/Swimming; Lukas Degner, football; and Max Burchi, basketball/baseball
Rotary Scholar Athlete: Holden Seybold. water polo/swimming and Melanie Falkowski. Track/Cross Country
Character athlete: Melanie Falkowski, athletics/cross country
Character athletes: Mael Metis, athletics/cross country
Female Athlete of the Year: Ava Houlahan, Water Polo/Swimming
Male Athlete of the Year: Will Kelly, Water Polo/Swimming
2022 SSCIF Academic Award Selections
Anna Cheng (girls basketball) and Mack Pardun (boys volleyball) received the Southern Section CIF’s top academic honor for Laguna Beach High School at the 34th annual awards ceremony earlier this month. Both have been key starters for their teams this season.
LBHS Alumni Lead Water Polo:
Two former players will take the helm of the water polo teams, replacing Ethan Damato, who joins the National USA Water Polo team after a legendary high school coaching run.
Camron Hauer, a 2013 Laguna graduate, has been an assistant on the program for the past few seasons and will lead the sport’s 60th season at Laguna. Hauer was a member of the 2010 and 2011 Division CIF championship teams for the Breakers and played collegiately at Cal Lutheran.
Claire Sonne, a 2017 Laguna graduate, will take over the girls’ team but is no stranger to the program and the players. She was a second-team All-County and an All-CIF selection in the 2017 31-0 roster and played four seasons in California (’21). She was recently an assistant coach at Cal State Northridge and has worked with the SET club program that Laguna players participate in.
Next week: More updates on coaching changes at Laguna. Fall sports opening dates, Sunset Conference formats for next season.
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