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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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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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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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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 […]

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Beach Cities Sports: Baseball, swimming, volleyball and more

Beach Cities Sports: Baseball, swimming, volleyball and more

Triathlon: Redondo Beach athletes emerged victorious in the 33rd San Diego International Triathlon, highlighted by Chris Foster’s sixth win at the event.The 33-year-old finished the 1 kilometer swim, 30K bike and 10K run in 1 hour, 29 minutes, 23.4 seconds to capture the men’s title. Taylor Spivey, 24, a Los Angeles County Lifeguard JG instructor […]

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Hermosa Beach to host AAU, USAV tournaments

Hermosa Beach to host AAU, USAV tournaments

by Randy Angel The next generation of beach volleyball stars will showcase their talent this month when three major tournaments are held on the sands of Hermosa Beach. The Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) holds its 22nd annual Junior National Beach Volleyball Championships Saturday and Sunday, July 11-12 at the Hermosa Beach Pier. The tournament includes […]

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Beach Cities Sports: Baseball, tennis, volleyball and more

Beach Cities Sports: Baseball, tennis, volleyball and more

Soccer: Open to boys and girls ages 6-9, the Fram Skills Academy will be teaching basic soccer skills during its eight-week session (one hour per week) at four locations beginning the week of July 6. Registration fee of $125/player includes a t-shirt and instruction from licensed Fram coaches. For more information, locations and to register, […]

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Beach Cities Sports: Baseball, running, soccer, volleyball and more

Beach Cities Sports: Baseball, running, soccer, volleyball and more

Running: Village Runner hosts it 22nd annual 4th of July 5K and Firecracker Dash beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, July 4 in Redondo Beach’s Riviera Village. Prior to the start of the race, there will be the Red, White, and Blue Costume Contest with cash prizes awarded for the best and most unique running costumes. […]

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Beach Cities Sports: Baseball, basketball, running, volleyball and more

Beach Cities Sports: Baseball, basketball, running, volleyball and more

Soccer: Ian Lonergan, of Manhattan Beach, was recently called up by US Soccer to attend the US U-16 Boy’s National Team Training Camp to be held in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Lonergan, a freshman at Mira Costa, is a member of the LA Galaxy U-16 Academy team that won the 2014 US Soccer Developmental Academy National […]

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Soaring Sea Hawk

Soaring Sea Hawk

After helping Redondo win a girls volleyball State Championship, senior Abril Bustamante has turned her focus to the sand courts   by Randy Angel When Abril Bustamante was in 8th grade, she stood in the gym at Long Beach Poly High School as part of a frenzied crowd, watching older sister Olivia and the Redondo […]

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