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LA County lifeguards to defend USLA National Championship title

LA County lifeguards to defend USLA National Championship title

by Randy Angel Los Angeles County lifeguards are prepared to defend their national title when hundreds of top professional lifeguards come to Hermosa Beach for the United States Lifesaving Association (USLA National Lifeguard Championships. Hosted by the LA County Surf Lifesaving Assn. (LACoSLSA), the four-day event returns to Hermosa Beach for the first time since […]

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Girls soccer team places second at National Championships

Girls soccer team places second at National Championships

By Randy Angel Head Coach Mauricio Ingrassia stood on the sidelines in disbelief, distancing himself from the girls on his Beach FC 98 Academy soccer team. His squad had just suffered a heartbreaking 3-2 overtime loss in the championship game in the Under-17 Girls division at the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships held July 31 […]

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Lifeguards to compete in Hermosa Beach at 55th International Surf Festival

Lifeguards to compete in Hermosa Beach at 55th International Surf Festival

by Randy Angel Over next two weekends the Los Angeles County lifeguards will have the opportunity to show the public why and how they play such vital roles in beach communities. Starting at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, lifeguards will showcase their athletic prowess in events held on the north side of the Hermosa […]

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NBC Sportscaster Michele Tafoya dives into new role at Rio de Janeiro Olympics

NBC Sportscaster Michele Tafoya dives into new role at Rio de Janeiro Olympics

by Sean McDonald In her senior year at Mira Costa High School (class of ‘83) Michele Tafoya was torn between  attending Stanford and UC Berkeley. Her mother and father had attended Cal and her older sister  Meg was a senior at Cal. But like many 17 ­year­ olds, Tafoya wanted to buck the trend. She […]

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Junior cyclists help bridge gap at Manhattan Beach Grand Prix

Junior cyclists help bridge gap at Manhattan Beach Grand Prix

by Randy Angel The 55-year-old Chevron Manhattan Beach Grand Prix is the nation’s second-oldest, one-day bicycle race for elite cyclists. Over the years the races have also included popular kids races. Missing, however, has been a race for teenagers. That has changed this year. New to the MBGP, which takes place Sunday, will be a […]

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Beach Cities Sports: Beach tennis, volleyball and more

Beach Cities Sports: 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.   Beach Tennis: Coinciding with the […]

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Backhanded compliment

Backhanded compliment

A strict fitness regimen and strong backhand have helped Peninsula High’s Connor Hance become one of the top junior players in the country   by Randy Angel Facing match point against the top seed, up-and-coming tennis player Connor Hance was trying his best to dig himself out of a hole. The 14-year-old had dropped the […]

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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, […]