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A striking success

A striking success

After a disappointing junior season, Steffi Best has enjoyed a record-setting season for Palos Verdes High School’s softball program   By Randy Angel Standing in the middle of the circle on the infield of Mira Costa’s softball field, Palos Verdes pitcher Steffi Best knew all eyes were on her. It had only been three games […]

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Redondo softball team reaches semifinals in dramatic fashion

Redondo softball team reaches semifinals in dramatic fashion

By Randy Angel Going into her team’s quarterfinal game, Redondo softball coach Jennifer Dessert knew her girls would have to improve their run production if they had any hopes of upsetting third-seeded Gahr on the road in the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 playoffs. Redondo had scored only three runs in their first two victories while […]

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Top-seeded Redondo advances in CIF-SS Division 3 baseball playoffs

Top-seeded Redondo advances in CIF-SS Division 3 baseball playoffs

By Randy Angel Top-seeded Redondo remains on course for back-to-back CIF-Southern Section Division 3 championships after two impressive wins to open the postseason. The Sea Hawks took advantage of multi-hit games by five players for an 8-1 victory over La Salle at Arcadia County Park. Catcher Marco Valenzuela led the offensive barrage for Redondo going […]

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Redondo advances in CIF-SS Division 3 softball quarterfinals

Redondo advances in CIF-SS Division 3 softball quarterfinals

By Randy Angel Relying on strong pitching, Redondo’s softball team began the postseason with two close victories in reaching the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 quarterfinals where the Sea Hawks will travel to take on third-seeded Gahr in a 3:15 p.m. game on Thursday.. Senior ace Kat Ung hurled her second consecutive shutout Tuesday allowing only […]

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Beach Cities Sports: Basketball, football, triathlon and more

Beach Cities Sports: Basketball, football, triathlon and more

Basketball: Registration is open for the Hermosa Beach Youth Basketball Summer League. Open to boys and girls kindergarten through 8th grade, the league runs for four weeks starting Tuesday, July 5 and ending Monday, Aug. 1. Players register in the same grade they are currently in. Try outs to rate all players will be held […]

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Costa girls win fourth straight beach volleyball championship

Costa girls win fourth straight beach volleyball championship

By Randy Angel Facing its toughest competition of the season, Mira Costa’s girls beach volleyball team continued its dominance, fighting back to defeat Laguna Beach to claim its fourth consecutive Southern Pacific Interscholastic Beach Volleyball League championship Saturday at Santa Monica’s Ocean Park Top-seeded Mira Costa (14-0) remained unbeaten since 2012 but it didn’t come […]

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Palos Verdes’ Jacquelyn Smith helps team set the fastest time in the nation in the 4×800 rela

Palos Verdes’ Jacquelyn Smith helps team set the fastest time in the nation in the 4×800 rela

by Randy Angel Growing up in Palos Verdes Estates, Jacquelyn Smith came to appreciate the some of the most spectacular cliffs, beaches and seascapes that Southern California has to offer. She also took advantage of the hills on the Peninsula to become one of the top distance runners in the state. Last fall, Smith led […]

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Summer Calendar 2016: Striding through summer

Summer Calendar 2016: Striding through summer

by Randy Angel Competitive runners and weekend warriors have a variety of runs to choose from throughout the summer. The largest and most colorful is the Village Runner 4th of July 5K presented by UCLA Health. Close to 3,000 people are expected to kick off their Independence Day festivities at the 23rd annual 5K and […]

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Pedaling through Manhattan Beach

By Randy Angel The Chevron Manhattan Beach Grand Prix, which celebrates its 55th year on Sunday, Aug. 7, is considered one of the more “technical” courses on the USA Cycling National Criterium Calendar (NCC). The 1.3-mile course, in front of Live Oak Park, is shaped like a bent paperclip. It runs north on Valley to […]

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Swinging times in Manhattan Beach

By Randy Angel The Manhattan Beach Open Tennis tournament celebrates its 49th year with competition in open and amateur divisions being held at three locations. Run by the City of Manhattan Beach Parks and Recreation Department, the tournament is open to players ages 16 and over and will be played at Live Oak Park and […]

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Athletes tested in Redondo Beach triathlon competition

by Randy Angel In 2005, local family practitioner Dede Moore saw her goal come to fruition. She and her husband Pat Wickens, both fitness enthusiasts and triathletes, spent three years organizing the first Redondo Beach Triathlon, combining their knowledge and experiences from other competitions to put together an event that would benefit health, charity and […]

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Beach tennis serves all ages

by Randy Angel Merging the sports of tennis and beach volleyball, beach tennis — now also known as All-Volley Tennis — continues to grow in popularity, both competitively and recreationally. Beach tennis courts have permanent nets in Hermosa Beach (14th St.), Manhattan Beach (7th St.) and Santa Monica. Donny Young, a Hermosa Beach resident and […]

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Lifeguard competition highlights International Surf Festival

by Randy Angel Patrolling the shores and aiding beachgoers, the men and women who serve as lifeguards would be unable to perform their duties without possessing a high level of athleticism. Each summer.these athletes and life savers have the opportunity to showcase their skills at the International Surf Festival, where the Taplin Bell is the […]

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Summer heat spikes on the sand

by Randy Angel   Father’s Day Beach Volleyball Tournament June 19 Father and daughter and Father and son volleyball teams compete in pool play, south of the Manhattan Beach Pier, where the Manhattan Open will be played later in the summer. T-shirts for each. 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. $100. For registration assistance, please contact […]

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Mustang ace delivers

Mustang ace delivers

Pepperdine-bound senior pitcher Trevor Franklin continues to dominate following record-breaking season   By Randy Angel Toeing the rubber on the mound at Mater Dei High School, Trevor Franklin knew his job was not an easy one. The Mira Costa pitcher had been in pressure-filled situations before, but nothing quite like this. With an opposing runner […]