Randy Angel

Beach Cities Sports: Baseball, paddleboard, volleyball and more

Beach Cities Sports: Baseball, paddleboard, volleyball and more

Catalina Classic Paddleboard Race: The 34th consecutive running of this historic race starts Sunday at 6 a.m. at Two Harbors on Catalina Island and finishes at the Manhattan Beach Pier. Top paddlers are expected to finish the 32-mile race in just over five hours. Over 100 paddlers are expected to compete. For more information visit […]

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Beach Cities Sports: Baseball, triathlon, volleyball and more

Beach Cities Sports: Baseball, triathlon, volleyball and more

Honors: Cal Hi Sports named Mira Costa High School its Division 2 State School of the Year. The honior was the first for the Mustangs who won a state title in girls golf, captured the CIF Southern California Division 1 championship in boys volleyball and their baseball team won the state championship in the prestigious […]

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NVL brings pro volleyball back to Hermosa Beach with West Coast Championships

NVL brings pro volleyball back to Hermosa Beach with West Coast Championships

By Randy Angel When the National Volleyball League holds its West Coast Championships in Hermosa Beach this week, many fond memories will be recollected for NVL founder and CEO Albert “Al-B” Hannemann who now resides in Florida. “I am thrilled to be back home in Hermosa Beach where I learned to play beach volleyball,” said […]

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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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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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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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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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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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