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49ers Chase Key NCAA Tournament Berth Poly Boxed Out

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BY RYAN ZUM MALLEN STAFF WRITER

Cal State Fullerton defeated Long Beach State in the last game of the conference season, that much is true. But just as surely as it happened, it also didn’t matter one bit. Well, it mattered to the Fullerton players, and their fans who rushed and mobbed the court. And it mattered to the Long Beach State faithful, who could taste a legendary 16-0 Big West record and had it ripped away in the final minutes. But in the grand scheme, it really didn’t matter. Long Beach State had long ago wrapped up the No. 1 seed in the Big West Tournament, and Fullerton managed to secure a No. 2 seed instead of No. 3, meaning that in the first round they’ll play UC Irvine instead of Pacific, neither of whom should pose much challenge. Besides, the old coaches’ mantra is that there’s nothing harder than beating a team three times. By that logic, Long Beach State’s loss matters only in that it makes Fullerton easier to beat if they meet again. So on the 49ers’ side, perfection was not accomplished. It was a good ride, and it very nearly happened. But the Long Beach State men’s basketball team fell just short with a 77-74 loss at Cal State Fullerton on Saturday, dropping them to a 15-1 finish in Big West play. The 49ers wanted that win, wanted that unblemished gem on their legacy. If not for the tweaked knee of Larry Anderson and the Titans’ blazing outside shooting, they might have had it. Ultimately, though, it wasn’t to be. Perfection was never their goal this season, the players say. It became a goal as it became more feasible, as the 49ers ran roughshod through the conference to 100, then 12-0, and finally within one game of the first perfect Big West season since Pacific’s 18-0 in 2005. An undefeated conference record would have solidified their status in the all-time Big West pantheon. “Just because we didn’t win Saturday,” says head coach Dan Monson, “I’m not overly alarmed. We did a lot of good things on Saturday, too.” The real prize, a trip to the NCAA Tour-

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—Gazette photo by Kevin Oules

READY FOR A FIGHT. LBSU’s Larry Anderson muscles his way to the basket during the 49ers win last week again UC Irvine. The team will be without the nowinjured Anderson at this week’s Big West Tournament.

nament, is still attainable, and it begins this week with the Big West Conference Tournament. Many believe that whether the 49ers win the conference tournament championship or not, they’ll still be rewarded with an at-large bid into March Madness. But when you have as much on the line as the senior-laden Long Beach State team does, you can’t leave anything

to chance. They must win the Big West Tournament. They will first face UC Davis, a team that is, no exaggeration, possibly the worst in Division One basketball with an RPI ranking of 340 out of 344 total. The 49ers beat the Aggies by a 24-point average in their two meetings this season. (Continued on Page 2B)

It was about as close to an upset as Poly could have come last Saturday night, pulling within one point of Mater Dei, 60-59, with just more than 30 seconds left in the game. But despite the Monarchs missing five free throws from that point until the end of the game, Poly just couldn’t get the final bucket they were looking for, and fell short, 63-59, in the CIF Division 1AA boys’ basketball title game. “The ball bounced not in our favor late in the game,” said Poly head coach Sharrief Metoyer of a few unlucky breaks at the end of the game. But Metoyer acknowledged immediately that the game was really lost on the boards for Poly, who is usually the team that dominates the rebounding stats. On Saturday, Poly was outrebounded 44-32, and they allowed 21 offensive rebounds to the Monarchs, including 11 alone to Xavier Johnson, who finished with 19 points and 20 rebounds. “21 offensive rebounds is unheard of,” said Metoyer. “We might not give up that many in the whole Moore League, and we gave that up in one night.” Ironically, Mater Dei’s top concern was keeping Poly off the boards. “That was our number one priority,” said Monarchs coach Gary McKnight. The first quarter saw a lot of missed shots for both teams, as they felt each other out. Mater Dei got eight points from Katin Reinhardt (who’s headed to UNLV), while Poly got five points from Roschon Prince to open the game, and a three from Ke’Jhan Feagin to keep the Mater Dei lead to four, 12-8. In the second quarter, the offensive glass began to play a big part, as Johnson and Stanley Johnson both got put-backs, while Poly struggled to find their rhythm (Continued on Page 4B)

Millikan Rolls To CIF Title, Top Seed For State

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Football coaches always tell their players, “the eye in the sky don’t lie,” when referring to the video camera high above the playing surface that sees all. Millikan boys’ soccer head coach Rod Petkovic knows something about that, because the preparation, execution and result of the Rams’ CIF Division 1 Championship was almost more football than futbol. Using game footage of Millikan’s opponent in the CIF Final, Ventura, and attacking the weakness he saw on film, Petkovic led his young Millikan team to a his-

toric and impressive win over the Cougars at Warren High School last Saturday by the footballesque score of 7-2. The seven goals are the most ever scored in a CIF Finals victory, and the win was the 600th for Petkovic, who has been at Millikan for 30 years. “Wow, what a trip,” Petkovic said after the game, still wet from getting drenched with Gatorade and water during the team celebration. “We thought we could break them down with our speed, and the kids played so well and stuck to the game plan… But did we think we would score seven times? No way.” Usually when you hear a coach

breaking down what he saw on film, it’s a football coach preparing all week for a Friday night battle. For Petkovic, he only had three days to collect all the information he could on a Ventura team that entered Saturday’s Final undefeated. The speed discrepancy was immediately clear to the head coach, and he had his team prepared to attack the flanks of the Cougar defense from the opening whistle. They did exactly that, and after Luis Cervantes earned the Rams their first corner kick in the sixth minute, Jaime Salazar’s service found Matt Lane in the (Continued on Page 3B)

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—Gazette photo by Stephen Dachman

FITTING FINISH. The Millikan boys soccer team surrounds Coach Rod Petkovic Saturday after taking the CIF Division 1 championship 7-2 against Ventura.

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(Continued from Page 1B) If all goes as expected, Long Beach then will face either UC Riverside or Cal Poly, two middle-of-the-road teams that play a one-dimensional game. Riverside is over-dependent on scorer Phil Martin, who scores 29.5% of the team’s league-low 59.6 points per game. Cal Poly tries to slow the game down, a strategy with moderate success against the high-

octane 49er attack in two losses by a combined 14 points. Ahead lies the Big West Conference Tournament championship game, the bane of Long Beach State’s existence in the two previous seasons. If they reach it for a third straight time, they’ll likely face the aforementioned Titans or the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos, who defeated them in both the 2010 and 2011 title games. It was those games — walking off the court as yellow-and-blue Gaucho

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fans danced in confetti — that taught the 49ers what truly matters at this time of year. They’ll face added difficulty this year, taking the floor without three-year captain and Big West Defensive Player of the Year Larry Anderson. Anderson sprained his right knee in the Fullerton loss and will miss the tournament. This was the first injuryfree season in Anderson’s illustrious career, and since he’ll likely be ready for the NCAA Tournament if Long Beach reaches that far, it’s up to his teammates to extend his playing career. “Larry will play in the NCAA Tournament, we just have to get him there,” says Monson, who also pointed out that the loss of Anderson is more than just X’s and O’s. “He’s been a leader of this team, he’s a three-year captain. You need leadership in these environments, and a lot more of that burden is going to fall on Casper Ware now.” If they put it all together — defending in packs, attacking the basket and moving the ball with surgical precision — as they did in the second half of the conference schedule, we could witness something truly special. They have one more chance to show that ability to the Big West, and then, to show the world. That’s what truly matters. The postseason begins against No. 8 UC Davis in the first round of the Big West Tournament at 7:30 p.m. tonight, Thursday. All games will be played at the Honda Center in Anaheim. See LongBeachState.com for ticket details.

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—Gazette photo by William Johnson

Philip Moroso, 12, pushes his brother, Dylan Moroso, to home plate where his coach greets him during Plaza Little League’s Challenger Division opening day at Cherry Park.

Golf Local League Selecting Teams The founding Long Beach affiliate of the United States Golf Local League is selecting teams for its March 31 Opening Day at Recreation 9 Golf Course. The LBGLL is a Match Play Team Format, which is different than current existing youth golf programs. As stated on its website, the LBGLL “strives to instill the individual growth of self worth and accomplishment

of each player, good citizenship, growth in academics both on and off the golf course, working cohesively as a team with others to arrive at and execute what can sometimes be difficult decisions, and lastly, commitment to themselves and the team.” For more information on the league and how to get your youngster or business involved, visit www.lbgll.org.


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ON THE WEB ~ No one saw the 7-2 CIF Division 1 Boys’ Soccer Final coming, not even the Millikan Rams. But we’ve got the video evidence of the most prolific offense in CIF Finals history as the Rams got their head coach Rod Petkovic his 600th victory. You have to see the video to believe it, so go to GazettesSports.com today and search “VIDEO Millikan Soccer” and also go to the Gazettes Sports YouTube channel. Subscribe now to get the videos as soon as they hit the web. ~ Make sure you come to GazettesSports.com and listen to SportsNight live at noon today, Thursday. It’s the one and only sports talk show in Long Beach, where we will talk about all of the local playoff games and Big West basketball tournament this weekend. Plus, we will open the mailbag full of your questions, which you can leave in the comment sections or send to fiddler@gazettes.com. Just click the “SportsNight” story at the top of the website, and if you miss any show, come back after for the podcast version. ~ With all of the CIF State games for basketball and soccer, as well as the Big West Conference Tournament for Long Beach State basketball, it’s impossible to be everywhere at the same time. That’s why you have us. Follow @GazettesSports and @GazettesUpdates on Twitter for all of the LIVE Score Updates from all of the big games all year long.

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back of the six-yard box. Ventura goalkeeper Eric Kam stopped his header, but junior Connor Johnson was waiting in the heart of the box to slot in the rebound. After the high-scoring Cougars answered a minute later, it was Johnson making a run into the heart of the box as Salazar chipped the ball to the top of the 18-yard box. Johnson played the ball high with his right foot, ran around a Ventura defender, and then drilled it home off the bounce. “We know it’s hard for any team to run with us like that,” Johnson said. “Where I got the ball, I couldn’t miss from there, not in a Final anyway.”

Nine minutes later, Hugo Gonzalez and Jordy Silva played a little give-and-go for the 3-1 lead. With the floodgates officially open in the 30th minute, Gonzalez played a through ball for the speedy Cervantes down the right sideline. He played it hard and low across the box where Silva beat his defender with a nice long run, and one-timed it home for the three-goal lead. The Rams weren’t done, and in the 39th minute Luis Ortega one-timed a deflected header in the heart of the box for the 5-1 lead at the half. It was like the USC Trojan football teams of old with the Student Body Left, Student Body Right run plays — as if saying to the defense, “here’s what we do, stop us.” (Continued on Page 4B)


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(Continued from Page 3B) “We have the kids to do all of this,” says Petkovic of his versatile team. For example, Johnson played defense against Montebello in the second round because of a matchup Petkovic liked. The coach also started Marc Wilson on the right wing for that game because he saw a Montebello

weakness on film. Wilson scored the eventual game-winning goal. Even Silva, who didn’t start a playoff game before the CIF Final, was put into the starting lineup because Petkovic saw that the talented Ventura forwards were not going to expect Silva’s recovery speed. The forwards in question combined for two shots, while Silva scored two goals. But it really is a total team ef-

fort because after Petkovic learns the tendencies of the next opponent, he has to have his “scout team” act and play like the enemy — something the young group relishes. The self-proclaimed “lab rats” have played a variety of different formations on offense and defense to prepare their teammates for the game, and so far so good. But what happens when the

Rams have to prepare without the aide of game film? Take, for example, Tuesday’s first round CIF Southern California Regional Championship game at home against La Costa Canyon. No one from Millikan had ever seen the Mavericks play, even though they won the CIF San Diego Section title. When the dust settled after the Rams ran circles around the visitors in the

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offensively. At halftime, Mater Dei led Poly 27-21, as the Jackrabbits were shooting 25% from the field, and the Monarchs just 26%. The third quarter belonged to Chris Croom for Poly, as the senior point guard nailed three threes to keep Poly close. Without them, the Jackrabbits would have fallen off, as the Monarchs opened the game up with 22 points, scoring the transition buckets Poly has been so good at preventing in the first half. Croom’s 11 points kept Poly in it, and the Jackrabbits trailed just

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second half, Millikan posted a 4-1 victory with two more goals from Johnson. “Once we get on a roll, the goals just come,” said Johnson, who also had an assist. The Rams (28-2-3) continue this CIF State bracket at 4 p.m. today (Thursday) against Crescenta Valley (21-0-6) at Millikan High for the right to play in the CIF State Final on Saturday. 49-41 after three quarters. Mater Dei pulled away to lead by 12 after four field goals, 5341. But then Josh Munzon hit a three, Jordan Bell had a steal and a dunk, and Prince sunk three free throws. Suddenly, with four minutes left in the game, Poly only trailed 53-50. Their defense was stifling, only allowing one Mater Dei field goal in the final frame. Mater Dei scored effectively from the free throw line, however, and Poly needed three free throws from Croom to pull within two, 59-57. After a pair of free throws for the Monarchs, Munzon banked in a three to make it a one-point game. A free throw for each team later, and Poly was playing defense with 33 seconds left in the game, and 22 seconds on the shot clock for Mater Dei. They were able to knock the ball loose, but Munzon was whistled for a foul in the scramble for the ball. Johnson missed one and hit the other to make it a twopoint game, Poly’s ball. Croom, the ‘Rabbits’ leading scorer at the time, looked for a basket, and ended up shorting a layup. “I was just trying to get a good look, or get a foul,” he said. “Maybe I looked for the foul too much, I don’t know.” Mater Dei missed both free throws on the ensuing possession, but got the offensive rebound, and was able to get a one of two to go down to take a threepoint lead. Prince took the ball upcourt looking for an opening to take a three, but the Monarchs snatched the ball away, and finally sealed it by hitting one of two at the line to make it a four-point game with three seconds left. The Jackrabbits aren’t down and out yet, however. They’ve got to try and recover as quickly as possible so they can head into the state bracket with clear heads. “I definitely think we’re confident, because we won CIF last year but Mater Dei beat us in state, so this year we’ll try to flip it,” said Prince. He finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Croom had 19 points. The Jackrabbits have reason to feel good about the state bracket, as they were seeded second in the bracket of 16 teams in SoCal, over several teams who won CIF titles. The seeding is significant in State because top seeds always host games, unlike in the section playoffs. That means that should Poly keep winning, they will host all three of their games en route to the SoCal Regional Final, which will be played on a neutral floor. The state journey starts this week for Poly’s boys’ and girls’ teams, who hosted a state playoff doubleheader on Wednesday, March 7. The girls are seeded third, so if both teams won on Wednesday, they will host another doubleheader on Saturday.


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Three Up, Three Down By JJ Fiddler Sports Editor

After taking back-to-back rubber matches to win two weekend series at Blair Field, the Dirtbags (4-8) lost four straight games on the road. The last three came at the hands of No. 12 Oregon, and all three were one-run, waddle off style. A return to Blair was no respite, as San Diego State came to Long Beach on Tuesday night and scored two runs in the ninth inning to win, 3-2, extending the Dirtbag losing streak to five. THREE UP Lesson Plan — Dirtbag head coach Troy Buckley was optimistic as you can be about dropping close games after the Tuesday night loss. “We have to find a way to pull ourselves out of this… This could be the best thing for us because it will force the guys to look at the small things. The details are the key to consistent play, and that’s what we talked about before the season started… I’d rather learn these lessons now than during conference play.” Starting Right — The starting pitching has been the key to keeping the Dirtbags in these tough games against ranked opponents, and even Matt Johnson got in on the act at home on Tuesday night. The senior went five strong innings, striking out six and giving up just four hits and one run. This coming after the trio of Shawn Stuart, Matt Anderson and Ryan Strufing finished their third weekend of work together with impressive numbers. They have combined for nine starts, three wins, 52.1 innings pitched, 43 hits, 16 earned runs, 44 strikeouts and just 20 total walks with a sub-three ERA.

Prigatano Coming On-O — The freshman Richard Prigatano that everyone was waiting to see has struggled in the early going, but some good at-bats over the weekend and a two-hit night on Tuesday has Buckley happy with the outfielder’s progress. “That at-bat to start the ninth is not what you normally see from a freshman,” said Buckley about the walk drawn to start a possible comeback. He was stranded at second. “That shows his character at the plate.” THREE DOWN Opportunity Is Knocking — And the Dirtbag offense is not answering. Tuesday night, Buckley watched his team leave 10 runners on base after they stranded 29 possible runs in the weekend series at Oregon. “We need to be grateful for those opportunities,” Buckley said. “But we can’t get too big and try to be someone we’re not a the plate… We need to stay within ourselves.” Nobody Walks In LB – While the Dirtbag pitchers are doing a fine job limiting walks, the Dirtbag hitters have only been able to grab 38 free bases while striking out 65 times. For a team that thrives on pushing runners around the bases with productive outs, the base-on-balls are imperative, and the Dirtbags are just not showing the patience necessary to make that happen on a consistent basis. Lesson Plan — Even if Buckley is optimistic about these close games not going the Dirtbag way, the fact remains that they are winless on the road and are 3-9 in those one-run contests, and they need to learn these lessons sooner than later.


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MOORE LEAGUE: ROUNDUP By Mike Guardab ascio Sports Editor

We’re officially in the swing of baseball season now, as all of the Long Beach teams are playing. Stay tuned for next week’s comprehensive Long Beach high school baseball preview. If you notice any scores missing, it’s because they weren’t called or emailed to us. Please have the coach of your team email mike@ gazettes.com. The Wilson Bruins (3-1) are going to be known for their pitching this year, so it’s only fitting that they picked up their third win of the season in a shutout effort. Mike Semonsen pitched a complete game, scattering two hits over seven innings, walking two and striking out six. Wilson only had two hits, as well, but Ryan Emma scored in the fifth inning to give them the win. Brett Harper had the only

—Gazette photo by John Fajardo

GREAT EFFORT. Teammates console Poly’s Chris Croom, who led the team in scoring in its loss to Mater Dei.

other hit for the Bruins. In their fourth outing, they fell to Mira Costa in the Loara Tournament, 4-3. The Lakewood Lancers (1-1) came into the first round of the Loara Tournament as the No. 9 team in the nation according to ESPN, so it comes as quite a surprise that the Lakewood squad was held scoreless. Shane Watson started the season for Lakewood on the mound, and pitched five innings of shutout ball. But Villa Park scored in the bottom of the seventh to take a 1-0 decision over the Lancers, who couldn’t get one across. The Lancers followed that effort up with a feel-good 7-1 win over Yorba Linda, a big win thanks to a five-run second inning. Poly would like to be the upstart of the year against two ranked programs, and their 3-1 start shows that they’ll be a factor, at least pitching. They got a 3-2 victory over Banning thanks to a great outing from ace Chris Castellanos, and followed it up with a 9-5 victory over Torrance, with both games coming in the El Segundo Tournament. Millikan (0-2) are off to a tough start, with an 11-1 loss to El Modena, and a 6-1 loss to Pacifica, which saw some sloppy defense give up six runs on seven hits. Head coach Scott Glasser said his team needs to get clutch hits. They had 10 hits against Pacifica, but just couldn’t get runners home to score. Cabrillo (1-1) followed up their blowout win over Lynwood in their season opener with a blowout loss to the Mayfair Monsoons, 16-0. Louie Terrazas and Wesley Madera both had hits, but the team mustered just four total in the shutout loss. Cabrillo’s Stewart Signs Cabrillo quarterback Derek Stewart has signed on to attend Minnesota-Crookston, a NCAA

Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC). Stewart led his team to the playoffs in his senior season while compiling 2,589 yards passing, 21 touchdown tosses, 422 yards rushing and seven rushing touchdowns. “I’m ecstatic to attend Crookston to help the program get to the top,” Stewart said. “I’m happy with my decision and looking forward to starting my collegiate career.” Softball The league is wide open in softball this year, with Wilson and Millikan both ranked in CIF and traditional power Lakewood finding themselves in the role of underdog. Millikan proved their quality last week by beating Chino 4-2 in the finals of the Redondo Tournament. Poly’s Prince Earns Honor Poly’s Roschon Prince collects honors and accolades the way most high school students collect homework, but this is a relatively big one. Prince was named one of ESPN’s five national high school players of the week for two great showings in the playoffs last week, including his Poly playoff record 40 points in the quarterfinals against Eisenhower. Boys’ Golf In the Moore League season opener, Jordan hosted Poly at Skylinks Golf Course with the Jackrabbits prevailing 208-237 on the Par 36 nine holes. Jordan’s Ricardo Chavez and Poly’s Kip Lindley shared Medalist Honors with a 3-over Par 39. Meanwhile, the Wilson Bruins boys’ golf team finished second at the Fourth Annual Servite Invitational that took place last Monday at Western Hills Country Club (Par 72) in Chino Hills. The invitational event features an elite field of the top high school teams in the CIF Southern Section. (Continued on Page 7B)


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Kirkwood Leaves Wilson Soccer After Big Success By JJ Fiddler

Sports Editor

After eight seasons, six Moore League titles, two CIF Finals appearances (2008, 2011), a CIF Southern Section/CIF State title and a National Championship (’08), Wilson Girls’ soccer head coach Jason Kirkwood is stepping down as head coach of the Bruins. Coming off of a second place finish in the Moore League, just the second one in the Kirkwood era, the 2012 Bruins (14-7-4, 9-2) struggled to score on a consistent basis and suffered a heartbreaking loss in the CIF Division 2 Playoffs at Upland, 1-0. After Kirkwood told the Wilson administration about his decision, he sent a heartfelt email to the Bruin parents, players and supporters, saying: “I have truly cherished the opportunity to work with so many wonderful players/kids, parents, and school administrators that have made this the best job of my life. There are so many wonderful

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The event began at 9:45 a.m. under cold and windy conditions. Then the rain came around 2 p.m. and the final five holes of the day were played in the wet conditions. The inclement weather resulted in higher scores than normal, but the host Friars were able to maintain their lead. This is the fourth consecutive year Servite has won its own tournament. The Friars were led by junior individual medalist Martin Manalo, who fired a three-under par round of 69. The Bruins finished in a tie for second with the Loyola Cubs, but won the tiebreaker (each team’s sixth score) and took home the second place plaque. Wilson sophomore Harold Calubid was the low finisher for the Bruins with a five-over par round of 77, which included two birdies. “It was nice to see our players battle today through the tough conditions,” said Wilson head coach Jeff Evans. “We beat a lot of great teams today, and it should give our players some confidence heading into the season.”

memories that will stay with me forever. I have taken great satisfaction in seeing so many studentathletes mature from little girls as freshmen into wonderful young adults as they graduate as seniors. It makes me feel happy to know that I have helped in some small way to accomplish their goals.” He went on to say he’s stepping down to spend more time with his family and two young children. Sometimes the long commute from his Orange County home was causing him to see his son and daughter for only a few minutes a day, and as he stated in the email, “This has nothing to do with players, parents,or school, it has everything to do with me wanting to be the best husband and father that I can be.” Kirkwood will stay on as a fulltime teacher at Wilson, and has thrown his support behind lower levels coach Joe Ojeda to be his replacement. Also in the email, Kirkwood says of Ojeda: “Although I don’t know how

much say I have in the manner... (Ojeda) has proven himself a capable coach, winning at the frosh level and JV level. He knows the paperwork and landscape of high school, and most importantly he knows the traditions of Wilson soccer. He has displayed the commitment, and loyalty to this program over the past five years that is necessary for it to continue to succeed.” Fellow Moore League coaches know what this means for the league. Lakewood head coach Scott Manson said, “this is a huge loss for the Moore League as (Kirkwood) and his teams always represented our league with class and style. The next Wilson coach will have some big shoes to fill.” Poly head coach Teri Collins added, “(Kirkwood) did great things with the talent he was given. I know how much Jason prides himself as a father and a husband and I respect his decision to spend more time with his family. It’s their gain and Wilson’s loss.”

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LEADING THE WAY. Coach Jason Kirkwood addresses the Wilson girls’ soccer team during the season.


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Harbor Invitational Starts With Spring Forward The nearly yearlong Long Beach Harbor Invitational Series of races put on by and for the members of Little Ships Fleet Yacht Club, Navy Yacht

Club Long Beach and the United States Power Squadrons, District 13, will begin this weekend with the running of the Spring Forward Race on Saturday, March 10, the

day before Daylight Savings Time begins. Nearly a decade ago, members of several smaller yacht clubs banded together and combined

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several of their individual events into a series of races open to the members of the various clubs. Some of the charter members of the consortium have withdrawn, and District 13 of the USPS joined a few years ago. What the series lacks in numbers it more than makes up for in enthusiasm, and the stated goal of the series — referred to as the LBHIS — is “designed to encourage competition, camaraderie and the free exercise of FUN for all participants.” This series consists of eight races in two, four-race series, one dubbed the Spring Series that begins in late winter and ends in June and the other dubbed the Summer Series that begins in July and ends in early fall. Each of the three host clubs will host two or three of the races, which will begin and end in the Long Beach Outer Harbor. The series is raced among boats that compete under the Performance Handicap Racing Fleet (PHRF) handicap system for mono-hull sailboats. The first race will be hosted by LSFYC. Information on the race and the series is best available at the Little Ships Fleet Yacht Club website, www. lsfyc.org. If you click on the Race Calendar link of the Racing menu on the homepage, you can find the entire schedule and a link to the Notice of Race. Harbor Cup Over in the western end of San

Pedro Bay, Los Angeles Yacht Club will again this year host the Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup Regatta Friday through Sunday, March 9-11. Sailed in the fleet of Catalina 37s owned by the Long Beach Sailing Foundation and used in Long Beach Yacht Club’s Congressional Cup Regatta, the regatta will pit 10 teams of collegiate sailors to sail for a cup sponsored by the Port of Los Angeles. As befitting the port’s sponsorship, many of the teams have maritime connections, including host school and defending champion Cal Maritime, Maine Maritime, Mass Maritime, New York Maritime, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy. Collegiate big-boat teams from USC, UC Berkeley, Cal State Channel Islands and the University of Michigan will round out the field. Racing will take place in the ocean outside the Los Angeles Breakwater, the entrance of which is marked by the historic Angel’s Gate lighthouse. Currently undergoing extensive repairs, the light is also featured on the Harbor Cup itself in an engraved reproduction of a pen-and-ink work created by the late artist and LAYC Staff Commodore Ray Wallace. Details on the event may be found on the Los Angeles Yacht Club website, www.layc.org. A link to the event webpage is found on the homepage. Or call LAYC at 310-831-1203.


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CITY COLLEGE: NOTEBOOK BY TYLER HENDRICKSON STAFF WRITER

In a two-game weekend series against Oxnard, the Long Beach City College baseball team suffered a 7-1 loss on the road before evening things up at home with a 4-2 win. The series was the last of their non-league action as the team ends the preseason schedule at 5-7. The Viking offense never got going on the Thursday trip to Oxnard as opposing starter Sheldon Ekstrand went eight strong innings allowing just one unearned run. For the return trip, Long Beach turned to Omar Jimenez to shut down the Condors, and he delivered 7.1 strong innings, allowing just one run while striking out six. He didn’t get the win however, as the Vikings offense waited until the bottom of the eighth to open up a 1-1 ballgame. The source of the runs was Stefan Miladinovich out of Wilson High. Stepping to the dish with the bases loaded, the freshman

outfielder roped a double into left center field, driving in a pair. The double gave Miladinovich a team-high three on the season, while tying him for the team lead in RBIs with five. He would later score on a Ryan Dickison RBI to make it a 4-1 advantage. Edwin Santiago got the win in relief, striking out three batters in his 1.1 innings of work while allowing an earned run in the ninth before ending the game. The offense has been slow to come around, mustering just 38 runs in 12 games, but with so many freshmen in the lineup, it may be just a matter of time for them to adjust. The next adjustment will be to league play as the Vikings face Cerritos College this week to begin the second part of the schedule. They’re on the road Thursday, but host SoCal’s 12th-ranked Falcons at noon Saturday. Softball The Vikings of the small diamond already are underway in league play, falling to the .500

mark after going 0-2 on a difficult road trip against Mt. SAC and Cerritos. Going against the alwaystough Mt. SAC, Long Beach was held to just one hit in seven strong innings from Natalie Sanchez. The Vikings were able to draw six walks against her, but never pieced enough offense together to score a run in the 3-0 loss. Facing Cerritos, the Vikings actually took a lead in the second inning, scoring three runs off of back-to-back doubles from Reanna Guzman and Shanise Compton. But LBCC starter Frances Campoy was roughed up a bit in the circle, going just three innings while allowing five earned runs, suffering her fourth loss of the season. The Vikings (8-9, 3-3) continue league play at 3 p.m. today, Thursday, as they host East LA before turning around for a Friday trip to Santa Barbara. The Vikings then come back home for a Tuesday afternoon matchup with El Camino before a three-game road

trip beginning next weekend. Hall Of Champions Long Beach City College honored six former Vikings this week, inducting the group into the Hall of Champions. It is the 11th class to be inducted into the Hall, adding to the 100+ previously enshrined Viking greats. The six are honored as emeritus selections, eligible for that distinction because their involvement with LBCC athletics occurred more than 50 years ago. The inductees are Sam Cathcart

Formula Drift Tickets On Sale Tickets are on sale now for Formula 1 Drift Round 1 car races, which return to Long Beach April 6 and 7. Drift racing involves controlled skidding through turns. Drivers are judged on execution and style rather than who finishes the course in the fastest time. Racing will feature defending champion Daijiro Yoshihara, the debut of the Scion Racing FR-S along with drivers from 14 countries. Tickets start at $28 and twoday packages and VIP packages are available. For more information about Formul Drift, or to purchase tickets, http://formulad.com.

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(Football, 1942), who is also in the Long Beach Poly Football Hall of Fame; Tom Delong (Swimming & Diving/Football, 1957-59); Ed Knox (Water Polo, 1932); Harry Nelson (Track & Field, 1954-55); Bill Sprague (Football/Track & Field, 1959-61); and Kent Taylor (Water Polo, 1959-60). These six Viking greats were honored in the foyer of the Hall of Champions Gym, where their accomplishments will continue to be remembered alongside the previous inductees.


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LONG BEACH STATE: NOTEBOOK By Tyler Hendrickson Staff Writer

Perfection is a difficult thing to achieve, a lesson learned by the Long Beach State men’s basketball team last weekend, as the 49ers lost their chance at a perfect 16-0 Big West mark thanks to 77-74 loss at Fullerton. Finishing atop the conference for the second straight year, Long Beach State will again be the #1 seed in the Big West Tournament and have the easiest path — on paper — to the championship game. Before the showdown with Fullerton, the seven seniors of the Class of 2012 said goodbye to Walter Pyramid with a highly successful Senior Night win over UC Irvine. The 49ers led most of the night and the game was never in doubt, ending in a 77-50 win. Casper Ware led the team in scoring with 16, while TJ Robinson recorded another double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Edis Dervisevic tied his career high in scoring with 10, while fellow senior Sean Starkey set a new career high with eight points off the bench. One of the more special moments of the night was when senior guard Corey Jackson entered the game in the final minute wearing a walking boot on his left leg. He hobbled around the court for the last time and got the biggest ovation of the night. Head Coach Dan Monson acknowledged how unique the night was in his career. “Doing this for 30 years, I’ve had some special seniors to say goodbye to, but I’ve never had a group of seniors as special as this.” The good vibes of Senior Night didn’t travel to Fullerton, though, as the 49ers went up against an inspired Titans side. It was clear that the home team was looking for a season-defining win, motivated by the chance to end Long Beach’s 24-game conference winning streak.

The bright spot was the play of freshman Mike Caffey, who poured in a career-high 20 points to lead the team. His increased production came at a price, however, as senior guard Larry Anderson, a leading contender for Big West Defensive Player of the Year, left the game with a knee injury. Anderson has been declared doubtful with an MCL sprain for this week’s Big West Tournament, but Monson said he will be available for next week in NCAA or NIT Tournament play. The 49ers now return to the Big West Tournament. They finished the regular season with a 22-8 overall record, 15-1 in conference, but will need to win all three games at the Honda Center in order to be certain of their selection into the NCAA Tournament. Though there still is a possibility for at-large consideration, the 49ers would be pushing their luck if they let history repeat itself and came up short of a tournament title. Their first-round opponent is UC Davis (5-25, 3-13), and that game is at 6 p.m. tonight, Thursday. The semifinals and the championship game will be held Friday and Saturday night, respectively. Women’s Basketball With the season in its final stages, it can already be said that the 49ers out-performed expectations. They were picked to be the last place team in the Big West, but instead have been competitive and resilient, even through incessant injury and misfortune. They closed the regular season with a narrow loss in the rescheduled Pacific game, and got an even narrower victory on Senior Night against Fullerton. They followed that with an upset of two-seed Northridge on Wednesday in the first round of the Big West Tournament. In her final game at Walter Pyramid, Tipesa Moorer put up 20

points to lead the 49ers to a 62-61 victory over the rival Titans in the regular season finale. She was 10of-14 from the field, helping her team shoot a blistering 58% for the game. Alex Sanchez chipped in 14 points and three blocks. The win gives the 49ers (12-17, 7-9) a bit of momentum moving into the conference tournament. On Wednesday night, in the second half of the opening game

of the Big West Tournament, the seventh-seeded 49ers trailed the host Northridge Matadors by 19 points. But the 49ers have absolutely no quit in them, and they stormed back, finishing the game on a 37-13 run to win, 57-52, at the Matadome. They face Cal Poly at noon Friday in the semi-finals. Basketball Awards It was a bonanza day for the

49ers’ basketball programs Monday, when the Big West Conference announced its annual awards. For the second straight year, Casper Ware was named conference Player of the Year. He didn’t repeat as Defensive Player of the Year, but for a reason he said he’s more than happy with: teammate Larry Anderson took those honors. Dan Monson was (Continued on Page 12B)


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named Coach of the Year. Ware and Anderson are joined on the first-team All-Conference squad by teammate TJ Robinson. Eugene Phelps was named second-team, and James Ennis was named to the honorable mention group, meaning all five 49er starters were honored. On the women’s team, two 49ers were honored. Senior Tipesa Moorer was named second-

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team, and freshman Alex Sanchez got an honorable mention. Baseball Difficult as the opponents may have been, the Dirtbags have to be unhappy with the year’s first road trip. They went 0-4 against UCLA and Oregon, getting swept by the No. 15 Ducks in a weekend series of one-run walk-offs. Long Beach was in every game, but fell by scores of 5-4, 3-2 and 8-7. Juan Avila has been one of the few offensive weapons in the early going, hitting .357 with three

of the team’s eight extra-base hits and a team-high 10 runs scored. The Dirtbags are now 4-7 against a difficult preseason schedule, with plenty of tough games ahead. They’ll be hosting #11 Arizona State for a weekend series starting at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Men’s Volleyball Though the 49ers are playing better volleyball of late, it’s tough to put winning streaks together in the MPSF. Long Beach was swept by UCLA before taking a five-set battle from UC Santa Barbara to

conclude a four-game road trip at an even 2-2. Senior opposite hitter Jim Baughman combined for a teamhigh 35 kills in the two matches, including a great performance against the Gauchos. He had a balanced night with 22 kills, eight digs, five blocks and four aces. The 49ers (9-8, 5-6) return home to host the Active Ankle Tournament, featuring nonleague games against IPFW (7 p.m. Friday) and Lewis (7 p.m. Saturday).

Softball Things have gone from bad to worse for the ’Niners, who have lost 10 of their last 11 contests after a 1-4 showing at the San Diego Classic. Included in those four defeats were losses of 10-1, 6-1, and 7-1. The 49ers (7-15) host the Long Beach State Invitational this weekend at Mayfair Park. They begin action with a pair of Thursday games against Eastern Kentucky (4 p.m.) and Oregon State (6:30 p.m.).

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Tipesa Moorer, LBSU Basketball In her four years as a 49er, Moorer has turned in some impressive performances. But the game she played on Senior Night last week against Cal State Fullerton has to rank among her best. Moorer was 10/14 from the field, scoring a game-high 20 points, with five rebounds. Long Beach needed every one of those points, as the 62-61 victory for the 49ers ensured that Moorer was sent out on the high note that her career certainly deserved.

Kevin Roy, LBSU Golf Roy, a senior from Syracuse, N.Y., had a dream February, playing well enough to be named Big West Player of the Month. His recent highlights include a ninth-place finish at the Folino Invitational, his second top 10 performance of the year, finishing the 54-hole tournament with a 5-over-par score of 221. He was also the only 49er to win all three of his matches at the Del Walker Match Play Championship last week, with wins against UCLA, USC and UC Davis.

By Mike Guardab ascio Sports Editor

Welcome back to By the Books, where we break down how all the Long Beach teams are doing in polls both local and national. Basketball The postseason is marching right along, with both Poly’s boys’ and girls’ basketball teams still in the national rankings, despite CIF-SS playoff losses. The Poly boys’ team is No. 15 in the nation on MaxPreps.com, and only fell two spots to No. 14 in the nation on USA Today’s rankings list. It helps that the team Poly lost to, Mater Dei, is nationally ranked in the top 10 by most rankings. The Poly girls’ team took a bigger hit, as they fell in the semifinals to an unranked team, as opposed to the finals to a ranked team as the boys’ squad did. They dropped 10 spots in the USA Today poll, and down eight spots to No. 19 on MaxPreps.com’s rankings. Baseball It looks like last week’s quandary is going to sort itself out. We told you in the last column that Lakewood was ranked No. 9 in the nation by ESPN, but were unranked in the CIF Division 1 top 10, a complete disconnect between opinions. Well, the Lancers dropped their first game of the season 1-0 to an unheralded Villa Park team, so it looks like, for now, they can say goodbye to the national rankings. In the LA Times’ poll, the Moore League is still well represented, with the 1-1 Lancers No. 5 in the SoCal region, and Wilson No. 8.

LBSU Men’s Basketball It’s official do-or-die time on the RPI watch. The RPI formula is used to help determine at-large bids and seedings to the NCAA Tournament. With Big West Defensive Player of the Year Larry Anderson likely missing the whole Big West Tournament, 49er fans are turning to their calculators, as it’s now a real possibility they will lose the tournament and have to hope for an at-large bid. The news, provisionally, is good. Long Beach is No. 35 in the RPI, well within comfort zone on the at-large watch. Of course, that RPI is going to come down during the Big West Tournament, as they will open with a game against UC Davis, the No. 340 RPI team in the nation (out of 344). We’ll know next week what the 49ers’ fate is, so stay tuned for an explanation of how the RPI formula we’ve been tracking all year played a factor. LBSU Men’s Volleyball With a sweep loss to UCLA and a five-set victory over UC Santa Barbara, the 49ers stayed in the same spot this week, at No. 8 in the nation. They host No. 7 Lewis in the Pyramid at 7 p.m. Saturday night, in a game that will undoubtedly impact next week’s rankings. LBSU Women’s Water Polo It’s been a difficult season for these 49ers, who are ranked No. 19 in the nation, a poor showing for a SoCal team in a SoCal sport. UCLA, USC, San Diego State, Loyola Marymount, UC Irvine and UC Santa Barbara, all of whom are in Long Beach’s recruiting area, are all ranked in the top 10 in the country. LBCC Men’s Volleyball The Vikings are a welcome source of steadiness in the world of Long Beach sports rankings. No matter who else is up, or down, LBCC can be counted on to maintain their chokehold on the No. 1 ranking in the state. As has been the case every week so far the rankings have been out, California’s only undefeated team is still the unanimous top pick.


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PONY Opening Day Draws Crowd By JJ Fiddler Sports Editor

THURSDAY CIF Boys’ Soccer Southern California Regional Semifinals, Millikan vs. Crescenta Valley @ 4 p.m. Millikan is back at home for the second time this week after dispatching La Costa Canyon, 4-1, on Tuesday. Now playing their third game in six days, the Rams will face the undefeated Falcons (22-0-6) of Crescenta Valley who held off Buchanan of Clovis, 1-0, in their first round battle. The Falcons were awarded a free kick in the 17th minute when senior forward captain Pavle Atanackovic (#14, 6’3”) was fouled at the 35-yard line. Senior midfielder captain Alex Berger (#13, 6’0”) alertly lined up to take the kick as the Buchanan goalkeeper was setting up his wall and blasted the shot inside the right post. Crescenta Valley is ranked No. 3 in California and No. 6 in the nation by MaxPreps as they’ve outscored their opponents 81-17 this season. Senior goalkeeper Nick Ruiz (#1, 6’1”) has racked up 162 saves and 13 shutouts. Big West Conference Tournament Round One, LBSU Men’s Basketball vs. UC Davis, Honda Center @ 6 p.m. Even without the services of senior Larry Anderson (knee) the 49ers should be able to handle an Aggies team they have beaten twice this season by a combined score of 175-127. If Long Beach State advances, they will play the lowest remaining seed on Friday (6:30 p.m.) and if they win that semifinal, they will advance to the Big West Championship game (7 p.m. Saturday, ESPN2) for the third straight season. FRIDAY Big West Conference Tournament Semifinal, LBSU Women’s Basketball vs. Cal Poly, Honda Center @ noon The 49ers came into the season picked to finish last in the Big West Conference, and they entered the first round of this tournament at Cal State Northridge as huge underdogs. But an inspired defensive effort lifted Long Beach State to a 57-52 upset win over the Matadors. That sets up a semifinals matchup with the top-seeded Mustangs, who eas-

ily handled the visiting Cal State Fullerton Titans, 71-53, also on Tuesday night. In that game, Big West Player of the Year, senior forward Kristina Santiago (#12), led all scorers with 31 points while freshman guard Ariana Elegado (#5) came off the bench to add 14 points. The 49ers and Mustangs split their season series in odd fashion. Last week in San Louis Obispo, Long Beach State freshman Bianka Balthazar fainted on the floor of Mott Gym and was taken to the hospital while the remainder of the game was called and the 49ers lost, 68-41. This came almost exactly a month after the Mustangs came to the Walter Pyramid for a game of runs that saw senior Tipesa Morrer lead Long Beach State with 16 points while junior Jhakia McDonald had a breakout game with a season-high 14 points. Dirtbags vs. No. 10 Arizona State, Blair Field @ 6:30 p.m. After a string of real unfortunate losses on the road, the Dirtbags are home for a weekend series against another ranked Pac-12 opponent. The Sun Devils (8-3) come to Blair Field in the return-half of a three-game series that saw Long Beach State sweep them in Tempe last season, even though ASU does hold a 33-8 lead in the all-time series. Junior Joey DeMichele (#18) has been an offensive juggernaut for the Sun Devils, hitting .553 with 10 extra base hits, and is slugging .974 on the season. The second baseman from Phoenix won the 2011 Pac-10 batting crown with a .368 average and was named a First Team ABCA All-American. Senior first baseman Abe Ruiz (#19) is second on the team in hitting at .432, but the pitching at the top of the rotation has been just as good, with senior righty Brady Rodgers (#20) posting a 3-0 record with 24 strikeouts in 22 innings pitched. He will pitch tonight as the teams will face off again at Blair on Saturday (2 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.).

With a clear, blue sky and a hot sun shining down, it was an auspicious day for America’s pastime, and a perfect day to start a new season for Long Beach PONY baseball. At a well-attended Opening Day ceremony at the nicely revamped Whaley Park field, the defending West Zone champions introduced their 2012 teams. With red, white, and blue bunting and balloons around the outfield, and speakers that included Millikan coach Scott Glasser, Wilson coach Andy Hall, a representative from PONY HQ, and Long Beach City Councilman Patrick O’Donnell, it was a well-produced ceremony for the local organization, whose All-Star team reached the Final Four of the World Series last year. It took a slightly emotional

—Gazette photo by Mike Guardabascio

PLAY BALL. Councilman Patrick O’Donnell catches the first ceremonial pitch from Kadin Nicolau, who was injured last year.

turn at the end, when O’Donnell caught the ceremonial first pitch from 14-year-old Kadin Nicolau. Nicolau was severely injured when hit by a car in May, and not expected to survive.

Since last May, Nicolau has made enormous strides in physical therapy and was able to walk to the mound under his own power, drawing an ovation from the crowd.


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COTTAGE in Signal Hill 1848 Temple Avenue 1 Bed with Designer Paint, New Carpet Built Ins, Gas Stove W/D Hook Ups and Parking! small pet ok! $950/mo., Move In Special!

call 1-800-400-8030 jwprops@aol.com

Downtown 823 Linden Avenue

near shopping & buses Upper & Lower Units Large 1 Bedroom 1 Bath New Carpet Fresh Paint Air Conditioning, Stove

plus On Site Laundry Private Storage and Undergrnd Parking $950/mo * 12th mo FREE with Year Lease call Patrisha or Stacey 562-437-4500 EASTSIDE 1512 Sherman Place Large 1 Bedroom 1 Bath, Tile Floors + On Site Laundry $800 a month, Call Lance 562-544-3862 TLC Properties

Open Daily 10am - 7pm Upper 1 Bed 1 Bath New Blinds, Stove Laminate & Carpet Laundry $900/mo + $600/dep, small pet ok

562 . 498 . 0159 abetterproperty.com

Large Upper 1Bed 1Bath Carpet, Walk In Closet Refrigerator, Stove, Washer/Dryer plus Small Patio $990/mo

$795/month Cat OK Call 562-230-8575 or 562-301-9377

~ COTTAGE ~

1 Bedroom 1 Bath Hardwood Floors Refrigerator, Stove Wash/Dryer, Garage Front Yard! Pets OK! $1325 a month

BLUFF HEIGHTS 1739 East 1st St #7

1 Bedroom 1 Bath Balcony with View! Dshwasher, Microwv Refrig, Stove plus On Site Laundry, Gated Parking & Swimming Pool! $1295 a month

Quiet & Private

Carroll Park 4 Blocks To Ocean 347 Junipero Avenue

Call 562-900-6817 Frank 562-537-6003

Bluff Heights 255 Molino Avenue

Sharp Single, Full Bath Full Kitchen Fresh Paint Refrigerator and Stove plus On Site Laundry.

Call 562-412-2037

Completely Remodeled 1 Bed 1 Bath Fresh Paint

Large Upper Condo

On Bus Line!

Bluff Heights

3130 East 2nd Street near Obispo & 2nd 1 Bedroom 1 Bath Hardwood Floors Stove, on site laundry Storage & Covered Parking $1100/month

BIXBY KNOLLS 4569 Banner Drive

FREE UTILITIES!

Common Courtyard Students Welcome!

Open House Daily 9-6

Includes Water & Trash

Newly Remodeled

Very Nice Courtyard Unit 1 Bed 1 Bath, Fresh Paint Laminate Wood Floors Microwave, Refrigerator Stove + On Site Laundry $1250 a month

Belmont Heights 4045 East 3rd Street

Eastside Garden Apartments Starting At $695 Charming Older Building in the Artist’s Village

Call 562-597-4991

#3 - $695 a month

BELMONT SHORE 254 Santa Ana Ave

ROSE PARK AREA 2611 East 4th Street 5 Blocks To Beach,

Studios

$775/mo Inc All Utilities

Belmont Heights

3418 East 7th St #3 & #4 (2) STUDIOS both have Refrigerator and Stove

PARK OCEAN

5585 E Pacific Coast Hwy

901 Coronado Avenue Totally Refurbished Studio with Full Bath & Kitchen, Refrig & Stove New Carpet & Paint +

only $495 a month Call 213-324-4031 Equal Oppourtunity Non Discriminatory

$750 Large Quiet 1Br Appls near 7th/Gardenia 598-5705

Peninsula Studios 6209 Seaside Walk # B 6200 East Ocean Bl # 5 "Enjoy the Casual Beach Lifestyle of Long Beach’s Belmont Peninsula!" Non Smoking Units Featuring... Fresh Paint New Kitchen Cabinets and Laminate Floors Granite Countertops Refrigerator & Stove $750 & $1150 a month Jessica 562-344-3559 Pabst Kinney & Assoc’s

Downtown Studio

Full Bath & Kitchen has Refrigerator & Stove + Fresh Paint, Tile Floors + Gated Parking Included!

700 East 5th St/Lime Av owner/mgr 562-594-0443

Downtown 328A West 6th Street nr City Place, Pine Av The Pike & Ocean Tri Plex ~ Craftsman Style ~ Upper Studio with Patio, Full Bath Full Kitchen w/Stove and Refrigerator! $700 a month

CALL 310-467-4822

West Long Beach 1640 West 19th Street Lower Studio Unit with

Call 714-841-9357

Secure Complex $900.,

Available April 5th 2012

Spacious Studio

Belmont Shore 5275 The Toledo

Call 562-439-9950 or 760-241-5995 x59

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Belmont Heights 425 Coronado Avenue Few Blocks To Ocean

Call 562-439-0551 aptlivinglb@yahoo.com

All Utilities Paid!

Quiet 2nd Floor Studio Condo Facing Courtyrd Many Upgrades and Amenities plus Secure Enclosed Parking $875

$695/mo +$600/sec dep

Large Balcony, Large Bathrm Wall to Wall Vanity Mirror Full Kitchen, Disposl, DW Refrig, Stove, Dinnette Area Closets & Shelving, Elevator Laundry, Garage, Storage Pool & Rec Room in Quiet sec entry bldg $900 - $1400

NAPLES ISLAND 5920 Naples Plaza #204 Cute Spanish Style! Quiet 2nd Floor Studio with Full Bath & Full Kitchen with Refrigerator & Stove + New Carpet, Fresh Paint & Ceramic Tile $825/mo + $900/dep

only $695 a month Includes ALL Utilities! sorry, no pets please Go by first then Call Angie 562 . 438 . 5024 Sandy 562 . 313 . 2576

Remodeled Large Studio with Stove Refrigerator + Large Courtyard & BBQ! Bonito & Appleton Mgr 562-607-4167

IMMACULATE! 1 Bedroom & 2 Bed 2 Ba

RENTAL ONE BEDROOM

RENTAL ONE BEDROOM

RENTAL ALL

3 Blocks To Ocean

(562) 434-6000

Gated Grass Courtyard 1521 Freeman Ave Large Unit ~ Looks Sharp! 1 Bed 1 Bath Quality 2 Tone Paint plus On Site Laundry $835/mo + $700/dep Good credit required call cell 562-243-5095

Call (562) 621-1966

Clean Belmont Shore 1Bed Good Area, 20 Belmont Ave $925/mo., Call Tyler or Earl 562 438-2902 Downtown 1 Bedroom Apt New Carpet. Stove & Refrig $700., no pet 562-435-3840

International Tower 700 East Ocean Blvd LARGE CONDO

1 Bedroom 1.5 Bath with

City & Ocean Views!

W/D, TV, Reservd Parking

& Heated Pool in 24 Hr Sec Bldg $1550 a month inclds Part Utils & FiOS

Call (562) 888-0505

Brockman Properties CALL 562-597-0676 May the luck of the Irish be with you! Studio Units

Belmont Hts Lrg Lwr 1 Bed 4plex on site lndry unique 20’s bldg many builtins sec gated priv $875 No pets N/S 2639 E Broadway 494-8660

Belmont Shore 111 Bennett Avenue #A Lower Front 1 Bed 1 Bath with Lots of Windows and Hardwood Floors Fresh Paint, Refrigerator Stove +On Site Laundry $1250/month sm. pet ok

Call 310-529 9545 or 310-908-4776 or 310-259-5388

Belmont Shore 1 Bed Apt W/Appls $1075. No Pet, N/S 224 Nieto Ave 562-439-8727

3509 East Ocean Boulevard 1207 Mira Mar Avenue

$850 a month $895 a month

1 Bedroom 1 Bath Units

678 1/2 Coronado Avenue 650 Junipero Avenue

$995 a month $795 a month

2 Bedroom 2 Bath Units

3437 East Ransom Avenue 2611 East Broadway 1441 Locust Avenue

$1250 a month $1275 a month $1100 a month

2 Bedroom 1 Bath Units

1135 Martin Luther King Avenue $875 a month 3509 East Ocean Boulevard $1750 a month

Attention: Property Owners! Let us show you what We CAN DO! 3720 East Anaheim St #201 in Long Beach Call 562-597-0676 Today! Or email vacancies@BrockmanProp.com


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