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Stars Shine At Club’s Sports Night By Mike Guardabascio SPORTS EDITOR
—Gazette photo by William Johnson
OVER THE TOP. Poly’s Roschon Prince, seen here going for a dunk against Lakewood, has been a dominating force all season, and took it to another level against Compton, scoring 33 points.
Poly Rules Moore Boys’ Round Ball By Mike Guardabascio and JJ Fiddler SPORTS EDITORS
The best boys’ basketball rivalry in the Moore League heated up last Friday night, when Poly extended their league win streak to 34 games with a huge road win over Compton, 66-56. The dominant storylines of the game, which gives Poly an inside track on another league title, were the play of Roschon Prince and a controversial play at the end of the game. Prince scored 33 points while grabbing 12 rebounds and 6 steals (all game highs), dominating the game from the free-throw line, where he knocked down 21 of 26. Sensing his shot was off, he was able to attack the rim and draw contact, with a poise and maturity level not often seen in preplevel scorers. “He went after us,” said Compton coach
Tony Thomas. “He killed us on the boards, and he went after us. I can appreciate that.” The Jackrabbits led throughout, and had pulled away to a 16-point lead headed into the fourth quarter. Compton exploded on offense as the Jackrabbits stalled, and with a minute left, the Tarbabes had shrunk the Poly advantage to just five points. Then, as Poly inbounded it, Compton swarmed point guard Chris Croom and forced a timeout. Compton coaches then rushed onto the floor, yelling to the refs that Poly had played the possession with six players on the court. The officials assessed a technical on one Compton coach who was especially insistent, giving Prince the opportunity to knock down two more free throws, and essentially ending the game. The Tarbabes were adamant after that the refs had blown the call; Poly coaches
claimed the opposite, and offered video evidence that there were only five on the court. Compton coaches say they are arranging to submit their own video evidence to CIF. In other words, the bad blood between these two programs isn’t going away any time soon. The other big game saw third-place Jordan defeat fourth-place Cabrillo 64-60, as the Jaguars’ Tylen Douglas (27 points) wasn’t enough to flip the standings. Kahleal Ferguson led the Panthers with 14 points in a game that wasn’t quite as close as its final score. Jordan led throughout, before Cabrillo made a late push, including a three-pointer sunk at the buzzer. On Monday, Compton beat Wilson by a healthy margin, 85-56, Jordan knocked off Millikan 81-50 behind 19 points from Deonta North and 15 from Kahleal Ferguson, (Continued on Page 2B)
February is known to entertainment junkies across the country as Oscar season, so it’s only fitting that the “Oscars” of Long Beach sports is taking place this month as well. The Century Club’s annual Sports Night Awards Banquet, this year in its 56th iteration, long has been the premier red-carpet event of the city’s sports landscape. After all, with how segmented the high school, college and professional sports world are, there’s simply not many other places you’ll see this much crossover. Where else can anyone see Long Beach State’s Casper Ware sitting next to high school volleyball players, or coaches like LBSU women’s soccer coach Mauricio Ingrassia sitting just a table over from Wilson baseball legend Bobby Grich? Of course, nobody knows what strange combinations this year’s event might hold, but that’s always one of the joys of the banquet for local sports buffs. The 56th Sports Night Banquet will be on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at the Grand in Long Beach, with doors opening at 5 p.m. and the program beginning later. The major awards feature some premier names from throughout Long Beach’s sports history, as well as a mega-famous star of today. The three Hall of Fame inductees this year are David Chapman, Marlene Hagge and Greg Barton. The Athlete of the Year, for his work with the Angels in 2011, is former Long Beach State Dirtbag Jered Weaver. “It’s a great group of honorees, just as it is every year,” said Century Club president-elect John Fylpaa. “A lot of great names from different sports.” Also being honored are the Athletes of (Continued on Page 3B)
Long Beach State’s Club Rugby Runs Over Competition STAFF WRITER
The shoulder was clearly separated. He let out a wail and jumped out of the pile of bodies, clutching his limp arm with a grimace. There may or may not have been serious damage, but either way, the Long Beach State rugby player would be out of the game for some time. As he turned for the sideline, an opposing player whooshed by him with the ball. The injured 49er stopped and turned, and for a split-second, seemed to contemplate chasing after him with his useless left arm flapping behind him like a parachute on a dragster. He thought better of it and
trudged off the field. But it was close. After the game, there were plenty of other 49ers with their own battle scars. They chuckled as they compared crooked fingers and various bruises — after two straight years of offseason training sessions with Navy SEALS, your pain threshold changes. “There’s a difference between being injured and being hurt,” says the head coach of Long Beach State’s club rugby squad, Kevin Quinn, reciting a popular rugby mantra. The mood was aided by victory, as Long Beach State outlasted visiting UC San Diego, 27-24, on a cloudless day during one
of Long Beach’s annual January weekends of unreasonable beauty. It was a thrilling victory, a little too close for comfort according to Quinn, but still, an inspired rally from the 49ers capped by a gutsy drive late to put the game out of reach. Students barked out cheers and sorority girls basked in the grass, oversized footballs propping up blonde heads. The 49ers are 11-2 on the season and have won four of their last five. But up until three years ago, there was more concern with behaving like rugby players at the bar than on the field. “We’re focused on winning the game,” Quinn says, “and not win(Continued on Page 4B)
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ACROBATIC. The 49er Rugby Club completes a set piece during the game last weekend.
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and Cabrillo beat Lakewood 7559. The Jaguars, who were 0-12 in the Moore League last year, are solidifying their hold on fourth place and a playoff spot in the Moore League. Jordan Augustus led the Jags with 18 points. Girls’ Soccer After last week’s showdowns between Millikan and Wilson, and Poly and Lakewood, it was a quiet week for Moore League
girls’ soccer. Wilson, Lakewood, and Millikan all defeated Compton, Cabrillo, and Jordan, respectively, in last Thursday’s games. On Tuesday, everything went as planned to set up the marquee matchup of second-place Poly at first-place Wilson today. Poly traveled to Jordan and took a lead in the 24th minute when Shannon Shier scored a goal assisted by Bridget McWaid. However, 10 minutes after halftime, Arlene Hernandez put away a beautiful through ball from El-
sie Gutierrez and complimented it by lobbing it over the goalie for the equalizer. With time winding down, Selena Cuara scored the go-ahead goal for Poly in the 75th minute, a header off a Celeste Dominguez cross. Elliott Gentile add a goal in the 76th minute on a direct free kick to win 3-1 and set up the battle for the league title at Wilson toady. Meanwhile at Cabrillo, the third-place Millikan Rams were keeping pace with a 5-0 win over the Jaguars. Alex Palomino scored two early goals, the second assisted by Katie Kemeny, before Kelly Johnson scored on a penalty kick. Megan Mayo got the fourth with a great second effort and the fifth and final goal off a Palomino redirected header. At Compton, Lakewood handled the Tarbabes an 8-0 loss with two goals each from Kendahl Fisher, Amanda Bolanos and Hannah Martinez. Boys’ Soccer Just like the girls’ schedule, expected results last week set up a huge showdown this week. The one surprise was Wilson and Millikan’s 2-2 draw, as the 4-3-1 Bruins gave the nationally ranked Rams everything they could handle. “We really gave them away,” said Millikan head coach Rod Petkovic of a poor free kick and loose rebound that led to the Wilson goals. The Rams outshot the Bruins 16-to-9. “We can’t be perfect all of the time… I want (the team) to come back mad and refocused on the basics.”
Poly defeated Lakewood on a late goal by Bryce King, and Cabrillo topped Compton 5-1 last Wednesday. In the Friday games, Millikan got back on the winning foot with two goals from Luis Cervantes in a 3-1 decision against Jordan, Wilson beat Compton 2-1, and Cabrillo topped Lakewood 4-1. That sets up this week’s clash between Millikan and Cabrillo, who played to a remarkable 2-2 draw in the first round of league play. The Rams (6-0-2 in league) and Jaguars (5-0-2 in league) are still the class of the Moore League, and their second-round game should determine this year’s league champion. Girls’ Basketball The best game played by a Moore League team was outside of league competition last weekend, as national powers Poly and Windward (both national top 10s on MaxPreps.com) met in a very well-played game at LBCC on Saturday. The Jackrabbits were without leading scorer Keyla Morgan, who was hospitalized with seizures last week but on the bench in street clothes on Saturday, but Poly still almost won, falling 56-55 to the Wildcats. “We fell behind in the fourth but then came back and had a chance to win, and the shot didn’t fall,” said Poly coach Carl Buggs after the game. “You can’t ask for much more than that.” The Wildcats have two players in the top 10 of their recruiting classes, with senior center Imani Stafford (who’s signed with Texas) the number seven senior in the
—Photo by Stephen Dachman
NO MERCY. Wilson’s Michaela Reed put the full court press on Lakewood during Friday’s 62-39 win.
nation, and guard Jordin Canada the number four sophomore. Poly was able to limit Stafford to eight points with great post defense, and by attacking her on offense and getting her in foul trouble. Canada, though, was a tougher matchup, as she scored 21 points, including a buzzer-beater at the end of the first half that was ruled a three-pointer, though video evidence later revealed her left foot to be entirely over the three-point arc when she released the ball. Poly fell behind by 10, but played great fourth quarter defense and had the lead with 11 seconds, when a layup from the Wildcats’ Macchiati Smith put them behind by a point. Justyce Dawson got a decent three-point look for Poly at the buzzer, but the shot clanged off the heel of the rim to end the game. After Monday’s games, the standings are the same, with Poly in first, Millikan in second after beating Jordan, and Wilson in third after defeating Compton.
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—Gazette photo by Jim Cayer
Lakewood senior Alina Aviles wins a header at midfield during the Lancers’ win over Cabrillo.
the Year, boys’ and girls’, from each sport played at the high school level, a trio of coaches, and several community awards, designed to recognize those who work behind the scenes to keep Long Beach’s sports world humming. The Hall of Famers present an interesting trio. Chapman was a four-year tennis star at Wilson, but is being honored because of his prowess at handball. By the time he’d won his second AllMoore League tennis recognition, he’d already been crowned Junior National Champion in handball 10 times. After graduating, he won the National Championship another 10 times, and threw in another 10 national victories in the doubles category as well. Chapman also was crowned World Champion twice, and was the first non-Irish player to be invited to the Irish National Tournament. At the ripe age of 18, he was crowned Irish National Champion. Chapman spent 11 years ranked as the number one
player in the world before retiring in 2004. Marlene Hagge-Vossler is a seminal figure in the world of golf, not just in Long Beach but for women’s players across the country. She’s already a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, a wonderful outcome for an athlete who dropped out of high school in 1950 to join the LPGA Tour, as one of the group’s 13 founding members. She went on to win 26 events, including the 1956 LPGA Championship. Hagge’s family moved to Long Beach when she was 9, and was disappointed that there wasn’t a place for young girls to play the sport she already excelled at. “There were no junior programs at the time for us, and many times we’d be kicked off the courses,” she remembered recently. The city allowed her to compete in the Long Beach City Boys’ Open at Recreation Park — and she won, at the age of 10. After that, she competed mostly against adults, winning the Los Angeles Women’s Championship in 1948 (at age 13). Two years later, she won the U.S. Girls Ju-
nior and the Western Girls Junior, leading the Associated Press to name her Female Athlete of the Year at the age of 15. Her 1952 Sarasota Open win made her the youngest player to ever win an LPGA event, a record that lasted 59 years, until last summer. The final Hall of Famer, Greg Barton, was a star on the gridiron. At LBCC, Barton started for two years in 1964 and 1965, leading his Vikings to an undefeated national championship in 1964. He was named an All-American both years, as the Vikings won the Junior Rose Bowl in ’64 and the Prune Bowl in ’65. In two years, he passed for 2,905 yards and 27 touchdowns, before transferring to the University of Tulsa. After that he played for the Lions for three years, and then in the Canadian Football League and the World Football League after that. Also, don’t miss out on the banquet’s largest joy: all the people you don’t expect to run into. If you’re interested in attending (tickets are $50) the event, you can RSVP to Sam Breuklander at the email address SBreuklander@ aol.com.
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ning the aftermatch.” Since Quinn took over in 2009, the club has created the 49er Rugby Foundation to help with costs, moved up from playing DIII to D-II, and next season hope to make their case for D-I play in 2013-14. Moving up to the top level of
NCAA play would be quite a feat, especially for a club team that offers no scholarships, collects player dues and employs a completely volunteer coaching staff. Quinn shows up for his day job at 5 a.m. every day to make sure he can make it to practice, which sometimes runs into the night. His wife’s license plate reads “RGBYWDW.” For Quinn and his assistants, it’s a labor of love: all of
the eight assistant coaches with the men’s and women’s programs are Long Beach State alumni. “We do it for the simple reasons,” Quinn says. “One thing they all bring is passion.” Quinn brings plenty of passion all by himself. Standing at least 6’3” with hands that could slap a moose to the floor, by the time he says “I’ve had broken noses and still played” you had already figured that out. He came to Long Beach State in 1987 on a swimming scholarship but left the team and found a calling in rugby. He was named an All-American and captained the squad. Later, he would captain the Belmont Shore adult team that earned a 1998 National Championship — its first of four since then. At Long Beach State, Quinn is trying to re-instill dedication to
the sport he loves, while defeating its stereotypes. “The perception of a rugby player is a dumb guy — the Belmont Shore team had two doctors,” he says. “The players make the decisions out there… You have to be smart.” Since rugby is more free flowing in its play, like soccer rather than American football, there isn’t time to regroup and instruct. It’s go-go-go, fall down, pitch and go-go-go again. Quinn relies on the experience of players like Matt Kinsell and Jaime Bigornia to keep the team focused on the field, a responsibility they’ve embraces and exceeded. “I think we’ll finish strong and make the playoffs,” Quinn says. “I think we should win league.” But it’s not just about this season, it’s about building a sustainable program, which isn’t easy for a club team that can’t offer scholarships. The 49ers pursued 10 prep players last season, and while four were accepted to Pac-12 schools and two were admitted to Berkeley, none were accepted to Long Beach State. Blame shrink-
ing enrollment and, therefore, stricter admission policies. The club will need to step up on-campus recruiting and plans to target international students that may already be familiar with the sport (a vast majority of players learned to play rugby during their first practice with the team). So far, the numbers prove that Quinn can turn athletes into rugby players, but he’s also trying to turn students into men. Rugby is an international sport that has never been at home in America, so Quinn is going to take his American rugby team international. The team took a summer vacation trip to Australia — where Quinn lived at age 21 — last year, and is making arrangements to visit Spain and Portugal in 2013. Rugby is, in many ways, its own international fraternity. It’s tradition that the home team treats the visiting team out after the game, no matter how many of your opponent’s bones you just broke. “Rugby connects people no matter where you’re from,” he smiles. “You could go anywhere in the world, and you’re in.”
Wilson Inducts Quartet In Hall Last Friday night, at halftime of the Bruins’ boys’ basketball game against Lakewood, Wilson High School inducted a new quartet into their Athletics Hall of Fame. It was the first ceremony for the Bruins since 2008, when Jessica Hardy, Bobby Grich, Tom Hermstad Jr/Sr, Neil Arnold, Jeremy Williams and Dan Gooch were welcomed in. 2012’s class was a family affair, as Alli Dillon-O’Dell was joined by three members of the Smitheran clan. Dillon-O’Dell was a member of the great early2000s Bruins girls’ volleyball teams, and went on to captain USC to the Final Four in her NCAA career. William “Smitty” Smitheran was a three-sport star in football, track and boxing, and was a member of the first graduating class in 1927. William “Dr. Bill” Smitheran graduated in 1949 after a decorated basketball career, and went on to play at the University of Arizona. Finally, Jack Smitheran graduated in 1962, and went on to win a national championship as an infielder on Arizona State’s baseball team. He spent 35 years coaching college baseball, most of them at UC Riverside, coaching two national champions. He was recently inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame.
Seminar For Parents A seminar for parents, “You Can’t Make Me: How to End Power Struggles,” begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, at Westerly School, 2950 E. 29th St. Melody Creighton will discuss four basic emotional needs of children and how parents can meet those needs. A graduate of Ohio State University, Creighton has been working with parents on relationships with their children for 16 years. The seminar is free. RSVP to email@example.com.
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Rivals Play For Soccer Crown By JJ Fiddler
Long Beach Polytechnic and Wilson Classical High Schools have been doing battle for as long as anyone can remember. In the classroom, in the community and in athletics, the Jackrabbits and Bruins push each other to be better. That’s what a good rivalry does. And historically speaking, the girls’ soccer rivalry is one of the best between these two fine institutions. The proof is in the numbers, and the fact that the teams are playing today (3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31 @ Wilson High) for the Moore League crown, again. Over the past 10 seasons, Wilson has won all but one Moore League title. The 10 years before that, Poly won a share of the title in all but two seasons. Both teams have a CIF Championship to brag about, and both teams send players to NCAA Division I teams every year. But sport has a short memory. All the Bruins can remember is the 2-1 defeat at Poly last month, and all the Jackrabbits can remember are the last 11 trips to the corner of Ximeno Avenue and Seventh Street. “It’s more of a battle than a rivalry,” says Poly 13-year head coach Terri Collins, who hasn’t won at Wilson in more than a decade. “We have to win over there to make it a rivalry.” The Jackrabbits have a chance to do that today when they visit the Bruins with the Moore League title on the line. Division II No. 3 Wilson sits in second place with an 8-1-0 league record (16 points) while No. 10 Poly won Tuesday to take over first with a record of 8-0-1 and 17 points. The tie for Poly came against Millikan after it handed Wilson its only league loss on Jan. 10. A goal from senior Sam Shier with less than nine minutes to play gave the Jackrabbits a 2-1 win— just the second time in eight years that Poly beat Wilson. “The girls have a game-to-game mentality,” says Wilson eighthyear head coach Jason Krikwood, who hasn’t lost a Moore League game at home. “It doesn’t matter what else has happened, this is for the league title and that’s the mindset.” League championships aside, this biannual battle is intense for
—Gazette photo by Stephen Dachman
CRASH. Poly’s Sam Shier slides to take the ball away from WIlson’s Sara Weismann during the Jackrabbit 2-1 victory last month.
one of the most basic reasons in youth sports: familiarity. “These girls have played recreation and club soccer together, everyone knows everyone,” Collins says. “And it’s the games they talk about for the other 10 months of the year.” “You don’t just play the game and leave,” adds Kirkwood. “You see each other everywhere.” With familiarity inevitably comes physicality. And in a game that means as much as this one, everyone is expecting bumps and bruises, but as Kirkwood says: “It depends on the referees… If they don’t call early fouls, you get into retaliation and extra shots before you get punished. I’d like to see two or three cards given in the first half to set the tone.” The small pitch at Wilson High also leads to more physical play because, simply put, there’s less space to move around. It also requires more emphasis on set pieces because any free kick near midfield can now find its way into dangerous areas. Kirkwood knows his team will need to be ready to defend well and limit those set pieces because Poly scored both of their goals off of corner kicks in the January win. And, Poly senior Elliott Gentile gave her team a huge early season win at Lakewood with two goals off of 30+ yard free kicks. “We’re obviously more comfortable at home,” Kirkwood says. “And we need to take advantage of that comfort early and play in their end more than ours.” “We can’t get caught up in the
hype, the officials or the crowd,” Collins replies. “We’ve got to play good soccer between the lines.” All things considered, big time players win big time games, and (Continued on Page 7B)
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Rowing Around Winter Weather By Chris Ericksen There’ve been some really fun things going on this winter at the Long Beach Rowing Association headquarters in the Pete Archer Boathouse on the historic Marine Stadium. And when I say “in” the boathouse, I do mean “in the boathouse.” Modern, ergonomic rowing machines are not the old-fashioned units we see in the movies. Users pull on handles and ropes that look a lot like water-skiing ropes, and the units feature state-of-the-art electronics that can keep track of the virtual distance rowed in each session based on the strength and length of pull of each stroke. And if you can measure it, you can bet there’ll be competition in it. Concept2, the builder of a very popular and successful line of the machines (and a builder of oars and sculls as well) annually hosts a distance challenge on their machines. Called the Virtual Team Challenge, it gets teams of rowers from all around the world competing to see how many virtual meters each team can row (they call it “erg” in the virtual-rowing world). With a fleet of the Concept2 machines installed in the Pete Archer Boathouse, LBRA entered a team. And the team is thriving. The
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both teams have junior strikers who’re looking for that big time moment. For Poly, Celeste Dominguez (#7) is coming off a breakout sophomore season that has a lot of California collegiate soccer programs knocking on her door. The success also has brought heightened attention from opposing defenses, and Dominguez has yet to score a goal against the top three teams in the league. For Wilson, Madi Grieve (#18) is also coming off a big sophomore campaign that included a huge playoff goal and NCAA offers, but she has struggled with an ankle injury for the entire league schedule. Of course the old adage goes “defense wins championships,” and Poly has only given up two goals in Moore League play. Wilson has given up three goals in league play, two to Poly in that loss.
leaders, at last report, featured 293 members (there is no limit), and the average distance “erg’ed” was 160,000 meters; their total distance was nearly fifty million meters. The LBRA team, in the top 25 of more than 300 teams entered, has erg’ed just less than a tenth of that distance — but there are only two dozen on the team, and their average is nearly 200,000 meters per member. The challenge ran the entire month of January. The recording machines stopped counting at midnight last Tuesday, Jan. 31. Hopefully we’ll get a report to see how the LBRA team fared. Beach Sprints But that’s not the only competition on the Concept2 machines: this Saturday, Feb. 4, LBRA will host the Beach Sprints. This is a “meet — I guess you’d call it that, even if it is indoors — where the competitors go 2,000 virtual meters on the machines. And, lest you think this a trivial event, it is far from that. Last year, nearly 350 rowers from rowing clubs all over Southern California came to town for the Sprints. They included men and woman rowers, boys and girls who were members of youth groups like Long Beach Junior Crew, and nearly 20 rowers aged 65 and older.
But this is more than just a regional event, for the top finishers in several categories are qualifying for the Big Time. The annual World Indoor Rowing Championships that will be in Boston later this month. Real Rowing And if all this ergonomic, virtual competition on Concept2 machines were not enough, there’ll be real rowing in real boats this weekend as the penultimate event in the wintertime Bay Series is on Sunday, Feb. 5. The Bay Series consists of five races, one each on five Sundays from October to March. The course is simple: start in Marine Stadium, row around Naples Island and finish back at the Pete Archer Boathouse. Adults and juniors, men and women, individually or in pairs, quads or eights — all row the same five-kilometer (5,000 meter) distance. So that the racing can get done before the water gets riled up — and before there are too many powerboats plying Alamitos Bay — the races start at 7:30 a.m. sharp. And they are over pretty quickly, too: if I read the results from last month’s event correctly, the times ran from 15 to twenty 20. I’ll leave it to you to do the math to see what that is in miles
per hour, but they’re definitely “hauling the mail.” Your best bet to keep up to date on the activities of the Long
Beach Rowing Association, both on and off the water, is the LBRA website, www.longbeachrowing. org. Or call them at 438-3352.
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Bike Lane City Efforts Continue Downtown By Jonathan Van Dyke Staff Writer
City officials and bicycle enthusiasts gathered last week to celebrate new identification banners for the separated bike lanes on Broadway and Third Street in downtown — the lanes will be a year old in March and more information on how they’re affecting pedestrian and motor vehicle traffic is emerging. City Bicycle Coordinator Allan Crawford said the bicycle lanes had three main purposes when they were installed: • Officials wanted to create a more “complete street” that included infrastructure that made the streets friendlier for pedestrian, bicycle and vehicle interaction. • Officials hoped that narrowing the street and including the bike lanes would slow traffic down, making Broadway and Third Street safer for motor vehicles. • And, of course, officials wanted to provide a safe bicycleonly lane. The lanes consist of about 2 miles of pavement for cyclists, going from Alamitos Avenue to Golden Avenue. Modeled after similar designs in New York, the separated bike lanes are on the left side of the street, then there is a lane of parking and then there are two lanes of traffic (Broadway
and Third Street are one-ways). Critics have complained that the lanes are not worth the potential traffic problems that will occur through the elimination of a traffic lane (there were previously three on each street) and several strategic parking spots. Broadway and Third Street are connectors to the Long Beach (710) Freeway. The lanes were created with federal government money specifically to study the effects of the bike lanes on cyclists and motor vehicle traffic, so Crawford’s department has been keeping track of various statistics. “A lot of the conversation nationally is about the complete streets initiative — that streets should be for everyone,” he added. Also, the bike lanes are meant to spur more commerce at the businesses and restaurants that line Broadway and Third Street, he said. There will be a survey for residents and business owners going out with the help of the Downtown Long Beach Associates soon. So far, Crawford has been able to compile statistics comparing traffic from June 2010 (before the lanes) versus traffic during November 2011 (after lanes). He noted that people should keep in mind, too, that June is peak bicy(Continued on Page 9B)
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Wilson Water Polo Rallies For Title By Mike Guardabascio Sports Editor
Since the Moore League added girls’ water polo in 1995, Wilson has only lost possession of the league championship once. In that incredible run, their grasp on command of history has rarely been as tenuous as it was at Poly on Tuesday afternoon, when the Jackrabbits gave them everything they could handle in an overtime game, that Wilson came back to win, 12-8. “It was a nice game for the fans,” said Wilson’s first-year head coach, Katlin Sherrin. “Both teams really wanted it.”
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cle riding season and November is a time when weather impacts the number of cyclists on the street. Overall bicycle traffic has increased about 10% on Broadway and Third Street — from about 429 cyclists in June to about 474 cyclists in November. This was counting only for three separate two-hour time slots during the survey period — 7-9 a.m., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. Crawford said that Third Street has seen a larger increase in traffic than Broadway — specifically at the corners of Third Street and Pine Avenue and the corner of Third Street and Linden Avenue. Each of those corners saw more than a 20% uptick in cyclists’ us-
Poly trailed 7-3 after three quarters, and it looked like a walkaway Bruin victory, especially since Wilson was on a 7-1 run to that point. But the Jackrabbits had other ideas, battling back with a furious fourth quarter, outscoring the Bruins 5-1 in the final frame to force overtime. “(After the third quarter) I just told my team, ‘I want three words in your head,’” Poly coach Scott Penttila said. “’Nothing to lose. Nothing to lose.’” Penttila’s Rabbits played that way, too. After only mustering three goals in the previous 21 minutes, with only five shots even age. Perhaps the most important part about the data-gathering period so far, he said, is that there have not been any accidents involving cyclists on either Broadway or Third Street where the bike lanes are present. He said the goal is to have the design be safe for anyone ages 8 to 80. His department is still gathering complete motor vehicle traffic accident statistics. Car volume has decreased about 10% on both streets, but Crawford said most of that decrease is seen during peak rush hours only. Motor vehicle speeds also have taken a small dip. Still, more time will be taken to research the situation — more information from the spring eventually will be released later this year, Crawford said. He said he felt it would take about two years
on frame, they found their stroke, and pounded in five scores, off eight shots on goal. More impressively, they completely shut down a Wilson attack that had produced seven goals in two quarters. On the Bruins’ first seven possessions, Poly stole the ball away, keeping both time of possession and scoring chances on their side. Poly pulled to within one with 2:39 left in the game, when an exclusion gave Wilson a man advantage, which they converted to take an 8-6 lead. But Poly scored on their next possession, and scored the equalizer in shocking fashion. to figure out the complete affect the bike lanes have on the area — and to make any decisions on the finality of them — but that the early results have been positive.
The Bruins grabbed the ball with 36 seconds on the clock, meaning they could run the clock down to six seconds before needing to turn it over. Wilson goalie Melanie Slater was rushed, however, and her pass was deflected by Cori Reynolds, falling into open water with just seconds remaining. Poly’s Asha Pluton scooped it up and tossed it in, tying the game with two seconds left. Sherrin told her team to settle down before the overtime period. “There’s no need to panic,” she
said. “Go show everyone what you can do.” The Bruins did, rallying from what looked like a bleak finish, to outscore the Jackrabbits 4-0, as Devon Beebe scored a hat trick in extra time to give her team the win, and, barring a major upset, another league title. Wilson’s winning effort was led by Alexis Angermund’s three goals and three steals, two scores from Alexandria Loveless, and three steals from Maddie Carreon.
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LONG BEACH STATE: NOTEBOOK By Tyler Hendrickson STAFF WRITER
The Long Beach State men’s basketball team is riding a ninegame win streak in conference play. They keep getting favorable results, and last Saturday drew a record crowd (5,649) to the Pyramid to see a nationally televised victory over rival Fullerton. The 49ers avoided a trap game this past Thursday as they withstood a tremendous effort from UC Riverside on the road. The ’Niners needed overtime to secure the win, and it looked as if the Highlanders would’ve needed a sixth defender to contain Casper
Ware in the extra frame. “The Friendly Guard” scored 11 points in OT en route to a team-high 18 for the night. Long Beach withstood 31 points from UCR star Phil Martin, who found remarkable success against a 49er team that has been much improved in slowing down perimeter scorers. Perhaps Long Beach was just looking ahead to their return home, where they’d get the chance to beat up on the Titans. With the students back from winter break, the Monson Maniacs got a healthy boost in their numbers and the Walter Pyramid was at standing room only status.
One 49er who seemed to feed off the crowd was junior wing James Ennis, who had a team-high 19 points, including an obligatory highlight-reel dunk on an alleyoop from Larry Anderson. If Ennis can provide a consistent scoring threat, it will make the 49ers tough to handle. “We tell (Ennis) all the time that he needs to be aggressive,” Anderson said. “I think he’s starting to realize that he can take over games just like we can.” Ware had 11 points for Long Beach, but it was his five assists that helped him make history. He became just the second 49er
—Gazette photo by Kevin Oules
GET OUTTA HERE. Edis Dervisevic stuffs Cal State Fullerton’s Omondi Amoke driving to the lane.
to record 500 career assists, and he needs four more to pass Billy Walker for the all-time record at Long Beach State. In scheduling news, the 49ers finally got their BracketBuster opponent as it was announced that they will visit No. 12 Creighton on Feb. 18 in Omaha, Neb., in their eighth nationally televised game of the year. It will be the last chance for The Beach to improve their resume against a nonBig West foe. A victory would be their third road win over a ranked opponent, potentially giving them a shot at an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament should they lose in the Big West Tournament. In the immediate future, the 49ers (16-6, 9-0) will host Cal State Northridge (6-13, 2-6) at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, looking to extend their home winning streak to 19 games. It’s currently the
seventh-longest home win streak in the country. Women’s Basketball As this young team has played above the meager expectations for this season, there has been a glaring flaw in their efforts. The 49ers simply aren’t the same team outside Walter Pyramid. They dropped yet another road game this past week, 74-53 at the hands of Cal State Fullerton. The Beach are now 1-10 on the road, only partially offset by an 8-2 home record. Long Beach had three players reach double figure scoring against the Titans, as Bianka Balthazar’s 11 put her with usual suspects Alex Sanchez (11) and Tipesa Moorer (10). The ’Niners just couldn’t contain the three-point shooting from the Titans, who hit 10 of their 21 (Continued on Page 11B)
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be on the horizon. This Friday, the 49ers (3-4, 0-3) are looking for their first MPSF victory when they host Cal State Northridge (3-5, 1-3) at 7 p.m. Track & Field The ’Niners went to the UW Invitational and broke three school
records in indoor track, highlighted by the efforts of Rosa Del Toro. The senior set a new school mark in the women’s mile with a time of 4:50.75, but was also a member of the distance medley relay team along with Chelsea Hairanian, Catherine Martinez and Jes-
sica Barnard that broke the school mark in that race, finishing third. The other record-breaker was Matt Maldonado, who topped his own time in the mile at 4:03.39. The 49ers will be back in Washington Feb. 10-12 for the Husky Classic & UW Open Meet.
—Gazette photo by Kevin Oules
FULL HOUSE. More than 5,600 fans packed into the Pyramid Saturday for the basketball game against Cal State Fullerton.
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attempts from deep. The 49ers (9-12, 4-4) have three games left on their road trip, playing two of them this weekend. They’re at UC Irvine (9-12, 5-3) today, then at UC Riverside (4-16, 2-6) Saturday. Long Beach beat both of these teams the first time around, but must try to duplicate that success without the comforts of their home arena. Women’s Tennis Long Beach State opened the dual portion of the schedule with a resounding defeat of Loyola Marymount, 6-1 at the Rhodes Tennis Center. The 49ers won eight of nine matches in the win, including a sweep of doubles. The team of Sarah Cantlay and Julie Luzar spearheaded the doubles efforts with an 8-3 win. The pair won 22 matches together in 2011 and look to be a strength for Long Beach. On the singles side, Cantlay
made quick work of her opponent in #6 singles, winning 6-0, 6-0. In #1 singles, Long Beach star Anais Dallara had her back against the wall, dropping set one and trailing 5-2 in the second. But the senior bounced back to win five straight games to take set two and won the super-tiebreaker 10-5 to steal the match. Next for the 49ers is a matchup with BYU on Friday. It will take place starting at 2 p.m. at the Rhodes Tennis Center. Men’s Volleyball Trying to rebound from a rough start to the MPSF schedule, the 49ers finally got back into the win column with a 25-16, 25-18, 25-10 sweep of Cal Baptist in the home opener last Wednesday. The ‘Niners got a great game from Jim Baughman, who had a match-high 12 kills on just 17 swings with a dominant .647 hitting percentage. If his struggles are behind him and he’s ready to be the leading offensive weapon for this team, good things might
ON THE WEB ~ Every sports fan likes to see a record broken, and Long Beach State men’s basketball fans got to be part of one last Saturday when a Walter Pyramid record 5,649 49er fans showed up to root on the men’s basketball team in a victory over rival CSU Fullerton. If you weren’t there and missed it on television, go to GazettesSports.com and search “VIDEO LBSU Basketball” 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. It’s the one and only sports talk show in Long Beach, where we will have previews of the local basketball games this weekend and a mailbag full of your questions, which you can leave in the comment sections or send to firstname.lastname@example.org. Just click the “SportsNight” story at the top of the website, and if you miss any show, come back after for the podcast version. ~ Don’t have a question for SportsNight, but want to make your voice heard around the LBC? The comment section on every story is a perfect place to do so. Send a good luck to your favorite team on a game preview, shout out a player on a game recap, or ask Mike and JJ a question about the week in Long Beach sports.
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LBCC: ROUNDUP By Tyler Hendrickson Staff Writer
Headed toward a challenging end to their regular season schedule, the Long Beach City College men’s basketball team got a split this week, losing 87-75 on the road at East LA, then returning home to rout Compton 113-81. The 113 points is a season high for LBCC; it’s the second time they’ve broken the century mark going back to their 106-74 victory over La Jolla Prep on Dec. 17 of last year. The Vikes had a whopping 66 points at the break, and did a great job in sharing the scoring load. Kristien Owens led with 20 points and was joined in double figures by four other Vikings: Will Ervin (19), Ashton Edwards (18), Brandon Moore (11) and Holsey Johnson (10). Raynard Tyler surprisingly had just eight points, well below his season average, but did contribute a game-high eight as-
sists. LBCC shot 53% from the field. Four of the final five games for Long Beach will be on the road, including games against some solid teams. The Vikings (9-12, 6-2) will be in action at 7 p.m. this Saturday at Gahr High School facing Cerritos. The final home game of the season is at 7 p.m. next Wednesday, Feb. 8, against LA Southwest. Women’s Basketball After winning just one conference game the past three seasons combined, Long Beach can already look at this season as a resounding success. With a pair of wins this past week, they’re up to 16-4 overall, and 8-3 in the South Coast Conference. It appears that Mt. SAC has the conference all sewn up, as the #2 team in the state sports a flawless league mark, but the Vikings have a real shot at being the second seed. In order to achieve that,
they’ll need a road win this weekend over Cerritos. That game is at 5 p.m. Saturday, right before the men’s game at Gahr High. In this week’s results, Long Beach earned a tough road win against East LA, eking out a 5249 win. Then against Compton, the Vikings put the smack down behind 18 points from Symphony Logan in an 82-34 win. Logan was 9/11 from the field and also pulled down eight rebounds. The Vikings return home from their challenging road trip on Wednesday with a 5 p.m. game against LA Southwest. Men’s Volleyball The Vikings hosted the LBCC Invitational to get their season underway and had a strong showing, finishing third. Long Beach cruised through pool play, sweeping three of the four matches and only being challenged by Orange Coast (25-18, 17-25, 15-11). The only loss for the Vikings
came in the semifinals to eventual champion Irvine Valley, 2517. The third-place finish is a good jumping point for co-head coaches Matt Silva and Jonathan Charette moving forward. The Vikings will quickly get the chance to avenge their lone loss as they are on the road at Irvine Valley on Feb. 3. Softball Melissa Angel’s squad started their season this past week at the Glendale Tournament. Much like the men’s volleyball team, they
put on a strong showing, but ultimately fell short of their goal. The Vikings started the season with a dominant 11-3 win over San Bernardino Valley, then gutted out a 2-1 win against Ventura. LBCC played just five innings in a mercy rule of Imperial Valley 17-0 on Saturday, and followed that up with an 8-7 victory against Grossmont. Long Beach couldn’t get that important fifth win, however, losing 6-4 against East LA. The Vikings are at home at 3 p.m. this Friday, taking on Riverside.
FOR THE FRIDGE
The USC Trojans of the Los Alamitos Friday Night Lights flag football league took home championship trophies for the 3rd/4th Grade Division that had 54 teams. The Trojans were a second place finisher in the PAC-12 Conference after its nine-game regular season run, and were the 13th seeded team in the season-ending “everyone plays” single-elimination, winner-takes-all tournament.
They proceeded to win six consecutive playoff games over two weeks, culmulating in the title game with a 14-7 victory over PAC-12 rival Arizona State. Pictured, front row, from left to right, Phillip Whicker, Nolan Ornelas, Eli Glickman, Mason Kaplan. Middle row, from left to right , Harrison Cofell, Nicholas Timko, Dylan Byrne, Braden Kirk. Back Row, Coach Monte Cofell.
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Some of Poly’s fans have begun a campaign to change Prince’s last name to King, and the junior is certainly giving them lots of supporting arguments. He’s averaging 20 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 assists per game, but last week he turned in a masterpiece against second-place Compton. Sensing his shot was off, Prince drove the lane and drew a host of fouls. He scored 33 points to give Poly a win, despite hitting only six field goals.
Carter, just a sophomore, is averaging almost 10 points a game this year, third most on the Jackrabbits. But she played beyond her years on Saturday in a clash between Poly and fellow national power Windward. Carter tied her career high at Poly with 18 points, including 3 for 4 shooting from beyond the arc. Her smooth handles and well-selected shots make it hard to believe she’ll be prepping in Long Beach for another two full seasons after this year.
The junior Ennis is Long Beach’s only new starter this year, but he’s undeniably made a difference. Not only has he been huge in the 49ers’ big-stage games against national opponents, but he’s been a key spark in their 9-0 start to Big West play. Case in point, his play in a dangerous home game against Fullerton last week when the 49ers gave up a big lead, allowing the Titans to tie them. That was when Ennis scored 13 of his team-high 19 points in the final seven minutes to bury Fullerton.
Del Toro, a senior majoring in Human Development, has already proven herself as one of the finest 49er distance runners in school history. Her senior season, she seems determined to remove “one of the” from that praise. She set two school records last weekend at the UW Invitational. She was part of the distance medley relay team (with Chelsea Hairanian, Catherine Martinez and Jessica Barnard) that ran a record 11:48.81. The next day, she broke the school record in the women’s mile.
By Mike Guardabascio 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. Boys’ Basketball Things are stable in the boys’ basketball CIF polls this week. Poly is still No. 2, behind Mater Dei, and above Etiwanda and Loyola. Jordan falls a spot from No. 13 to No. 14. The Division 2A poll holds good news for Compton, who suffered what was apparently a very valuable loss to Poly last week. Despite going 1-1 in league in the last seven days, the Tarbabes have now jumped up to be ranked No. 1 in Division 2, leapfrogging Mayfair and Murrieta Valley. St. Anthony makes their debut in the 4A poll at No. 13, meaning four of the eight Long Beach/ Moore League schools are now ranked in CIF, which is quite a coup for area basketball. Moving up the ladder to the national polls, Poly is still No. 20 in the nation according to MaxPreps.com’s poll, up to No. 22 in the nation according to ESPN, and they’ve moved up in the nation’s most respected (and oldest) high school rankings, the USA Today Super 25, to No. 16 in the nation. Girls’ Basketball Things are more or less the same in the CIF polls for girls’ hoops, too. Poly is still No. 2 in Division 1, behind Mater Dei and above Brea. Millikan has moved up a spot from No. 9 to No. 8, and St. Anthony is still No. 11 in Division 4 despite a hard loss to St. Bernard (No. 4 in Division 4) on Saturday. The Jackrabbits are up to No.
17 in the nation on ESPN’s Top 50, and No. 8 on MaxPreps.com. USA Today has them at No. 21. Boys’ Soccer A tie with Wilson last week apparently cost Millikan, as they slip from No. 2 to No. 3 in CIF’s Division 1 poll, behind Servite and San Clemente. The Rams can draw solace from the national polls, where their long unbeaten streak is rewarded even with the surprising tie with the Bruins. They’re still No. 12 in the nation on ESPN, and No. 20 on MaxPreps.com. Girls’ Soccer Wilson is still No. 3 in CIF Division 2 and Poly, despite beating Wilson and a strong showing in the Moore League this year, is still tied for No. 10. We’ll see if this week’s clash of the Moore League’s top two programs changes anything in next week’s poll. Girls’ Water Polo Wilson is the only Long Beach school recognized this week, at No. 8 in Division 2. LBSU Volleyball The 3-4 49ers are still just out of the Top 10, at No. 11 in the nation in the NCAA’s coaches’ poll. If they can win this week at home against No. 10 Cal State Northridge, they’ll likely swap in next week’s rankings. LBCC Women’s Basketball After a dip to No. 15, the Vikings are back up to No. 12 in the state this week. LBSU Men’s Basketball More big-margin wins and a lengthening win streak actually have the 49ers’ RPI ticking up again this week, to No. 34. With Monday’s announcement that Long Beach will travel to No. 12 Creighton (No. 14 in the RPI), the 49ers may control their RPI destiny again with a win. A victory would mean three non-home wins over ranked opponents this year, along with a 9-0 start to conference play. They’re also back to receiving votes in the National Top 25 polls. They’re not close to cracking the list yet, but do come in at No. 35 with three votes.
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LOOK AT ME! LOOK AT ME! By JJ Fiddler Sports Editor
FRIDAY LBSU Women’s Tennis vs. BYU, Rhodes Tennis Center @ 2 p.m. In their second duel match of the season, the No. 38 49ers are hosting the Cougars today just six days after taking eight of nine total matches and sweeping the doubles at home against Loyola Marymount. BYU is led by senior Aubrey Paul, who won 17 matches last season and reached the finals of the Utah Invitational in November, which was the Cougars’ last action. Meanwhile in Long Beach, Senior Anais Dallara and the 49ers are defending their 2011 Big West Title this spring while they seek a conference-record ninth crown. Long Beach State also is making a run at a ninth NCAA Tournament appearance. LBSU Men’s Volleyball vs. CSU Northridge, Walter Pyramid @ 7 p.m. The 49ers (4-4) are coming off a straight set win over Princeton on Tuesday night, and remain at home to continue this latest winning streak. No. 10 Northridge (35, 1-3 MPSF) was swept by No. 3 UCLA before edging Cal Baptist in five sets last week. Freshman Julius Hoefer (#12, 6’9” 230 lbs.) leads the young Matadors with 3.79 kills per set, while fellow freshman Sina Aghassy (#4) has registered a team-best 2.31 digs per set. Sophomore Filip Tomicic (#5, 9.89 assists/set) and freshman Travis Magorien (#3, 7.93 assists/set) have shared setting duties on the season. For Long Beach State, the dynamic duo of senior Jim Baughman and sophomore Taylor Crabb have provided a big chunk of the 49ers’ offense. Baughman (#2, 3.14 k/s) and Crabb (#4, 2.86 k/s) have combined for 168 kills and have accounted for more than half of the team’s total attempts with 407 swings. SATURDAY LBSU Men’s Basketball vs. CSU Northridge, Walter Pyramid @ 7:30 p.m. Still sitting atop the Big West standings with an 18-game home winning streak, the 49ers (16-6, 9-0) play only once this week, and it’s in the friendly confines of the ‘Myd against a Northridge squad they’ve already beaten. The Matadors (6-13, 2-6) have
lost four of six games since falling to Long Beach State at home, 81-68, in early January. In that game, LBSU senior Larry Anderson led the charge offensively with 20 points, five assists and nine rebounds as the 49ers racked up 19 assists and out-rebounded the Matadors 47-to-33, including 18 offensive rebounds. The assist total is second highest this season to the 24 helpers at Pittsburgh when the 49ers upset the then No. 9 team in the nation. The reason why that game in Northridge was even that close was because of the play from CSUN freshman Stephen Hicks (#3, 6’5” 190 lbs.) and sophomore Josh Greene (#0, 6’0” 180 lbs.) who were able to get out in the open floor for some easy buckets and combined for 27 points. LBSU Women’s Water Polo vs. San Diego State, LBSU Campus Pool @ noon. The 49ers will open their season today against the Aztecs. Long Beach State has a big suit to fill in goal with the departure of senior Kristen Stragier, who was first-team All-Big West with 250 recorded saves (7.7 per game). The number one candidate to take the spot in the cage is Wilson High grad Kelly Ringel, who spent her freshman season backing up Stagier and made 26 saves on the season. National Gymnastics Invitational, Long Beach Open 2012 @ LB Convention Center This three-day event will feature more than 1,000 gymnasts, coaches and families from all over the western United States and Hawaii. The 2012 Long Beach Open is also a “Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup”(NLS) event qualifier. Saturday evening (5:15 p.m.) will be the Premier Session with 125 of the best Junior Olympic and Elite athletes vying for their spots in the NLS, which will take place on March 2 in New York City, N.Y. Only two girls can qualify (one junior and one senior) out of all of the 125 Open division athletes. For more information on the event, visit longbeachopen.com.
—Gazette photo by Jim Cayer
Long Beach State fans filled the Walter Pyramid for Saturday’s game against Cal State Fullerton. The most jubilant of fans even had some famous props to distract free throw shooters.