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Smackfest beach volleyball event alive and well in Hermosa

Smackfest beach volleyball event alive and well in Hermosa

By Randy Angel The hundreds of costume-clad players representing theme-based teams could only be outnumbered by the countless smiles of onlookers and players alike when the 23rd annual Smackfest beach volleyball tournament was held Saturday south of the Hermosa Beach Pier. The four-person tournament featured approximately 140 teams in the “Fun” competition and 10 teams […]

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High-level coaching, affordable prices offered at soccer camps

High-level coaching, affordable prices offered at soccer camps

By Sean McDonald In recent years, the South Bay has seen its world of youth sports change dramatically. The beach communities have always been known for their production of prestigious volleyball players and surfers, but in the last decade or so, youth soccer has expanded to establish itself as one of the area’s most respected […]

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Beach Cities Sports: Basketball, beach tennis, volleyball and more

Beach Cities Sports:  Basketball, beach tennis, volleyball and more

Volleyball: 2014 National and 2015 California Coach of the Year Tommy Chaffins will be having volleyball clinics the first three weeks in August for 2nd thru 8th grade boys and girls. Clinics are at Redondo Union High School in the evening. For more information go to tommychaffinsvballclinics.com or email tomchaffins @yahoo.com.   Girls in 4th […]

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Young volleyball players find gold on the sand in Hermosa

Young volleyball players find gold on the sand in Hermosa

By Randy Angel Manhattan Beach’s Olivia Bakos is not one to rest on her laurels. The up-and-coming beach volleyball player is constantly looking ahead while attempting to improve with each tournament, even if it means playing against girls two years older. Bakos’ partnership with Peri Brennan, of Laguna Beach, is paying dividends. After the duo […]

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Schneider team wins elusive Seawright Tournament title

Schneider team wins elusive Seawright Tournament title

By Randy Angel The 48th annual Seawright beach volleyball tournament brought back fond memories for many of its participants, but probably none more than those shared by the Schneider family. The Schneiders were seeking their first title at the event since their father Bob won the second tournament in 1969. The family erupted in celebration […]

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Beach Cities Sports: Baseball, swimming, volleyball and more

Beach Cities Sports: Baseball, swimming, volleyball and more

Baseball: Redondo Union High School outfielder Xavier Cojulun, who will be entering his senior year in the fall, made the French National U18 baseball team and will play in the European Championships in Spain with the top two teams playing in the World Series Qualifier.   Volleyball: Surfside Volleyball Club will be holding a camp […]

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Day, Hochevar win first Manhattan Beach Open championships

Day, Hochevar win first Manhattan Beach Open championships

By Randy Angel A reunion of former teammates helped ease the pain of not qualifying for the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games when Emily Day and Brittany Hochevar won their first AVP Manhattan Beach Open title Sunday in dramatic fashion. Seeded sixth, Day and Hochevar upset top seeds Lane Carico and Summer Ross 21-16, 19-21, […]

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Locals shine at USAV High Performance Championships

Locals shine at USAV High Performance Championships

By Randy Angel Five days of elite beach volleyball competition began and ended with local players winning championships at the USAV high Performance National Championships held in Hermosa Beach. The first titles were determined on Thursday when Manhattan Beach’s Kelly Belardi and partner Mari Wright (Westlake Village) won the Girl’s U13 championship with a 21-17, […]

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Net gain

Net gain

Mira Costa High School junior Piper Monk-Heidrich focuses on beach volleyball and a future at UCLA   by Randy Angel Racing down the slopes on her snowboard, 10-year-old Piper Monk-Heidrich was doing her best to keep up with her older sister Indigo, an Olympic hopeful  training for a berth on the U.S. Snowboarding 2014 Winter […]

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The Road to Rio

The Road to Rio

Six of the eight U.S. Olympians hope to head to Rio on a high note by winning the prestigious AVP Manhattan Beach Open.   By Randy Angel Standing at the service line on a sand volleyball court in Manhattan Beach, the scrawny 16-year-old looked around in awe as he noticed many of the greats of […]

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Local Little League All-Star teams advance in tournament competition

Local Little League All-Star teams advance in tournament competition

By Sean McDonald For many boys and girls in the South Bay, summer means spending countless hours on the beach but for young baseball players, it’s time for Little, Junior, and Senior League All Star baseball and hopes of making it to the biggest stage, the World Series tournament. In the 12-year-old Little League division, […]

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Beach volleyball parity is displayed at AAU Girls Junior National Championships

Beach volleyball parity is displayed at AAU Girls Junior National Championships

By Randy Angel If one thing was evident last week at the AAU Girls Junior National Championships it was that beach volleyball is sport that in no longer dominated by athletes on the West Coast. More than 320 teams from 25 states and three countries hit the sands of Hermosa Beach for the tournament that […]

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Beach Cities Sports: Football, soccer, swimming, volleyball and more

Beach Cities Sports: Football, soccer, swimming, volleyball and more

Football: A Football Tackling Clinic will be held Sunday, July 17 from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at Waller Stadium on the campus of Mira Costa High School. Fee is $30 ($35 at the door) and includes lunch and admission to rugby game featuring top U.S. high school players and the British International team. Sign […]

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Beach Cities Sports: Basketball, soccer, swimming, volleyball, tennis and more

Beach Cities Sports: Basketball, soccer, swimming, volleyball, tennis and more

Track and Field: In her third international competition representing Team USA, Allison Reaser, a 2010 El Segundo High School Alum, won the silver medal at the Pan American Combined Events Cup in the Heptathlon held in Ottawa, Canada June 17-18. The 23-year-old holds the No. 8 Heptathlon mark in the US and in scheduled to […]

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Local girls seek volleyball gold at Hermosa Beach

Local girls seek volleyball gold at Hermosa Beach

By Randy Angel The Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) returns to Hermosa Beach this week hosting the first of two of the largest youth beach volleyball tournaments in nation when the Girls Junior National Championships are held Wednesday through Saturday, July 6-9. Featuring more than 320 teams from 25 states and three countries, the National Championships […]

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