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Kevin Fink swims to second Dwight Crum Pier-to-Pier championship

Kevin Fink swims to second Dwight Crum Pier-to-Pier championship

by Randy Angel Lifeguard Kevin Fink had a weekend he will not soon forget. The 19-year-old from San Pedro was all smiles Sunday morning after racing to the finish line on the north side of the Manhattan Beach Pier. He had just won his second championship in three years in the Dwight Crum Pier-to-Pier Swim, […]

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Past, present Mira Costa runners rule Dick Fitzgerald 2-mile run

Past, present Mira Costa runners rule Dick Fitzgerald 2-mile run

by Randy Angel Mira Costa High School dominated the field at the Dick Fitzgerald 2-mile Run Saturday morning in which a former Mustang standout and a budding hopeful took home top honors. A generation apart, the male and female winners were prime examples of what has made the race so popular as part of the […]

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Australia, South Bay lifeguards repeat winners at Surf Festival

Australia, South Bay lifeguards repeat winners at Surf Festival

by Randy Angel Despite fielding what is thought to be its youngest squad, the Life Saving Victoria team of Australia retained its claim to the 24th biannual Wieland Shield with an impressive win over the California lifeguards in competition held in Hermosa Beach. Although California won the Surf Teams and Surf Rescue Relay-Mixed competition, the […]

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Lifeguards to compete for coveted Wieland Shield at 54th International Surf Festival

Lifeguards to compete for coveted Wieland Shield at 54th International Surf Festival

by Randy Angel Many of the world’s best lifeguards will display their athletic and lifesavings skills at the Hermosa Beach Pier this weekend when teams from California and Australia compete for the coveted Wieland Shield as part of the 54th International Surf Festival. The 24th edition of the biannual lifeguard competition pits defending champion Victorian […]

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National Volleyball League holds West Coast Championships in Hermosa Beach

National Volleyball League holds West Coast Championships in Hermosa Beach

by Randy Angel Professional beach volleyball players will be competing for a prize purse of $75,000 when the National Volleyball League holds the West Coast Championships Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 6-8 on the north side of the Hermosa Beach Pier. The tournament includes a 16-team draw per gender and will feature Southern California professional players […]

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Local teams win back-to-back AAU Junior Olympic beach volleyball titles

Local teams win back-to-back AAU Junior Olympic beach volleyball titles

by Randy Angel Young South Bay beach volleyball players had impressive performances in Hermosa Beach last weekend at the AAU West Coast Junior Olympics, highlighted by local teams defending their gold-medal status. After winning the Boys 16-and-under championship last year as 14-year-olds, the five-year partnership of Manhattan Beach’s Luke Grafton and Dane Johnson remained golden […]

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Beach Cities Sports: Basketball, golf, volleyball and more

Beach Cities Sports: Basketball, golf, volleyball and more

Golf: Andrea Lee, of Hermosa Beach, was named Golfweek’s Junior Girls Player of the Week after winning an individual silver medal at the Pan American Games. Lee shot a 7-under-72 finishing two shots behind gold medalist Mariajo Uribe, an LPGA golfer from Colombia, while helping the United States win the silver medal in team competition. […]

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Beach Cities Sports: Baseball, basketball, table tennis, volleyball and more

Beach Cities Sports: Baseball, basketball, table tennis, volleyball and more

Table Tennis: Located inside the LA Galaxy Club, 540 Maple Ave, in Torrance, South Bay Table Tennis is offering camps for boys and girls ages 7-14 July 27-30 and Aug. 3-6. Camps include basic skills taught in small groups, ball machine practice, Batskills™ learning and skills-testing games and individual and team competition. For more information, […]

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Locals enjoy medal-winning performances at USA Volleyball Beach Championships

Locals enjoy medal-winning performances at USA Volleyball Beach Championships

by Randy Angel Going into the USA Volleyball High Performance Beach Championships, Abril Bustamante was set to leave her mark in the elite beach volleyball tournament by capturing gold in the Girls U19 Division. Plans changed, however, a day before competition featuring teams from the U.S., Canada and Australia began on Thursday, July 16, in […]

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South Bay boys swim to berth in USA Water Polo National Junior Olympics

South Bay boys swim to berth in USA Water Polo National Junior Olympics

By Randy Angel Based in the South Bay, the Trojan Water Polo Club is sending five teams to the USA Water Polo National Junior Olympics held Saturday, July 25 through Sunday, Aug. 2 in Orange County. Joining the boys and girls high school teams and a boys U12 squad, two boys U14 teams will compete. […]

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Rains fails to dampen Smackfest spirit

Rains fails to dampen Smackfest spirit

by Randy Angel Rain, thunder and lightning did not deter thousands of players and spectators who flocked to Hermosa Beach Saturday for the 22nd Annual Smackfest 4-man beach tournament. “Smackfest was once again a huge success,” Director Bill Sigler said. “Creative costumes, an amazing venue and great people really capture the Southern California lifestyle. For […]

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Four Manhattan Beach girls medal at AAU National Beach Volleyball Championships

Four Manhattan Beach girls medal at AAU National Beach Volleyball Championships

by Randy Angel The Kelly household in Manhattan Beach experienced the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat in one afternoon after sisters Leah and Lindsey reached the championship games in the respective age divisions at the 22nd annual AAU Junior Beach Volleyball National Championships in Hermosa Beach. The siblings came close to bringing […]

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Junior indoor volleyball players become national medalists

Junior indoor volleyball players become national medalists

by Randy Angel Although the volleyball community’s focus is on the beach game during summer months, many local indoor volleyball teams enjoyed medal-winning performances at recently held Junior National Championships. At the 42nd AAU Girls Junior National Volleyball Championships in Orlando. Fla. June 15-26, the Southern California Volleyball Association (SVCA) Girls 15 Roxy team were […]

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Beach Cities Sports: Baseball, swimming volleyball and more

Beach Cities Sports: Baseball, swimming volleyball and more

Baseball: Three local players were selected to the Cal-Hi Sports All-State Baseball Underclass team. Named to the first team were Mira Costa junior pitcher Trevor Franklin and Redondo junior Cooper Gallion in the multi-purpose (hitting and pitching) category. Making the second team as a multi-purpose player was Redondo sophomore Danny Zimmerman.   Mira Costa coaches […]

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Saikley 6-man beach volleyball event adds junior tournament

Saikley 6-man beach volleyball event adds junior tournament

by Randy Angel The City of Manhattan Beach Parks & Recreation Department has added a new beach volleyball tournament to coincide with the International Surf Festival. On Sunday, Aug. 2 beginning at 9 a.m. south of the Manhattan Beach Pier, the inaugural Junior 6-Man Beach Volleyball Tournament will be held for boys and girls ages […]