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SET TO DOMINATE. Roschon Prince, left, and Jordan Bell, both playing for Poly High School, are among the most sought-after players in the country, according to national college scouting combines. Both are juniors, ready to make their name in the Moore League.

Long Beach Expected To Be Roundball Hotbed By Mike Guardabascio and JJ Fiddler SPORTS EDITORS

It’s basketball season in Long Beach, and that’s reason to celebrate. With three of Long Beach and the Moore League’s eight teams ranked in CIF, and Poly nationally ranked for the second straight year, expectations are running higher than a brand-new rim. It will be months before we know whether or not teams can make a playoff run, or hoist a cham-

pionship plaque, but as squeaking sneakers fill gyms across the city, here’s everything you need to know about this year’s Long Beach basketball season. Visit for extended previews of each team as well as video previews. Poly Once again, the Jackrabbits are the city’s elite boys’ basketball program. The difference this year? Just about everything besides the color of the laundry. Poly graduated four starters

and five major senior contributors from last year’s CIF champion squad, which finished ranked in the Top 10 in the nation with a 31-2 record. They return one starter, 6’6” junior Roschon Prince, who will be looked to for leadership along with fellow junior Jordan Bell. “They have the potential to be (the face of the program),” says coach Sharrief Metoyer. “They’re our leaders through their performance right now.” If national recruiters and scouts

are to be believed, they could be going an awful long way. Prince started for Poly as a freshman, on a team where it’s rare to see a freshman even on the varsity roster, and his NBA potential has been discussed since he was in middle school. Bell is possibly the best athlete in the city in any sport, with a lean 6’8” frame and a vertical leap that stops just short of the ceiling. He’s been called the best shot blocker in the nation at the high school level, and with an average of more than six per

game so far this year, it’s hard to argue with that. Prince and Bell are both considered top 50 prospects in the junior class, and form a frightening one-two punch. Throw in big bodies like football star Alonzo Williams (currently committed to Texas A&M) and Joshua Jackson, Poly’s frontcourt is set. The test will be their guard play, where they’re searching for consistency and offensive production, particularly from long range. (Continued on Page 2B)

Millikan Still Rules Soccer San Diego State Will Join


No team wants to admit that they’re chasing one team from their league before the league season has even started. However, in Moore League boys’ soccer with the Millikan Rams, it’s hard not to think that way. For the last 29 years, head coach Rod Petkovic has guided his program to the CIF Playoffs every season, taking the Moore League title eight times since 2000 (16 times total) with a 2001 CIF Championship. “Everyone shoots for us. It’s professional jealousy,” says Petkovic, who is sneaking up on 600 victories as head coach while winning 80% of his games. “It’s like

Poly football or Wilson swimming… If you’re successful, other people want that success, so we’ve got a target on our back every time we got out there.” A target and a spotlight, as it were. The Rams are young and inexperienced at the varsity level since losing goal-scoring machines like Moore League Co-Most Valuable Player Andres Montes and an Offensive Player of the Year Daniel Delgadillo to graduation after they led the Rams to a staggering 110 goals last season. However, Millikan was tabbed as sixth best boys’ soccer team in the nation according to ESPN High School Team Rankings, and is also sixth in the CIF Division I poll as the lone (Continued on Page 4B)

Big West In All But Football By Ryan ZumMallen STAFF WRITER

The last 12 months of college football conference jockeying have created ramifications that extend far beyond the gridiron. This week, the tentacles of realignment reached the Big West Conference — or should we now call it the Bigger West Conference — once again, as they add San Diego State just a year after adding the University of Hawaii to the conference in all sports except football. San Diego State shook up the college

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(Continued from Page 1B) Senior Chris Croom is running the point, bringing a surprising defensive intensity to the team this year along with his welldocumented speed. He’s backed up by freshman Ke’jhan Feagin, one of the best freshman guards in the state. Shooting guard Reuben Strickland has been “a pleasant surprise” as Poly’s second or third best scorer this year, according to Metoyer. Other options in-

clude seniors Josh Munzon and Brandon Staton, but Poly will come into their own (especially offensively) when transfers Demetrius Birdlong and Kevin Toney can see the floor. Compton “You don’t replace a kid like Allan Guei,” says Compton’s sixth-year head coach Tony Thomas of his point guard for the last three years. As a senior, Guei averaged 14 points, four assists and three steals per game, but more importantly he was the

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leader of the program. With Guei at Cal State Northridge now, Thomas says, “We’re going to have to lead by committee. (Allan) left a big spot to fill.” The number one candidate to do that in the box score is senior Victor Robbins, who was second on the team in scoring last season. The 6’5” tweener is a matchup nightmare for any team trying to play man-to-man with the Tarbabes in the open floor. That’s what Mayfair tried to do against

Compton in the fifth-place game of the 60th Annual Pacific Shores Tournament two weeks ago. Robbins messed around and got a triple-double with 20 points, 18 rebounds and 10 assists. Senior forward Chris Lewis had 16 points for the Tarbabes while fellow senior big man Roman Pruitt added 18 points (7-for-11 FG) with seven rebounds and was named to the All-Tournament team. The 6’3” 240-pound Lewis and 6’4” 200-pound Pruitt will have their hands full against the massive front line of Poly if Compton has any desire to knock off the highly touted Jackrabbits, but more imperative to a run though the CIF Division II Playoffs will be the guard play from seniors like Lorenzo Murphy and sophomores Isaiah Bailey and Kyrun Cartwright. Both have shown unselfish passing skills in the early going this season, and fearless attitude when attacking the zone. “We’ve got a few things to tighten up, but I’m happy with where we’re at,” says Thomas, who takes his 3-1 team to the Sacramento Tournament this week

where they will start with Archbishop Mitty High School, who is No. 15 in the MaxPreps national rankings this week. Lakewood After losing three senior captains that took the Lancers into the 2010 playoffs, Lakewood and head coach Matt Ruiz is trying to build back up with a defensive minded, hard-working squad. The Lancers are only averaging about 45 points per game through their first five contests, but a “personnel driven” zone only gave up an average of about 50 points per game to their opponents — and these opponents are no slouches. In the season opener, Lakewood took on state-ranked St. John Bosco and the Hamilton brothers, Daniel and Isaac, who combined for 39 points in a 63-32 win, and demonstrated the kind of athleticism and skill that the Lancers will have to contend with when they play Poly and Compton in league. “That’s why I like this game to open up with,” Ruiz says. “I don’t care what the score is, we need to work against this. We can’t simu(Continued on Page 3B)

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late that kind of height or reach in practice.” The Lancers are led by uberactive 6’2” senior Trey Pruitt, who is averaging a team-high 12 points, eight rebounds (six offensive) and seven steals per game. Alongside Pruitt is fellow senior Brandon Ballhagan, who’s a streaky shooter averaging seven points per game and is shooting 30% from behind the arc. Wilson The Bruins are in rebuilding mode, but the style remains the same as first-year head coach Niles Livingston will keep his undersized, veteran team on the move. “I’m familiar with the Moore League and this program,” says Livingston, who played professional basketball overseas and served as a varsity assistant coach for the last three years. “I know the kids, and I know we’re going to run. We’re going to press, we’re going to push, and we’re going to go nine or 10 deep.” So in other words, it’s going to

be up to the guards to make the Bruins go, and senior captains Ian Thomas and Alexus Aragon will be the key. The duo of 5’8” point guards work well together and can both create off the dribble with killer crossovers and deceiving quickness. On a team with only one junior, seniors lead the frontcourt as well with Darren Curtis and Billy Kazane on the wing while Poly transfers Orion Murray and Davontay Lewis have been getting in rhythm as twoguards. “Yes, we’ve got seniors, but we need to gel as a unit,” says Livingston, who got his first wins as coach in the La Quinta Tournament, where the Bruins went 2-2. Jordan After a very disappointing first year as head coach, which saw Jordan fail to make the playoffs, Joel Rosborough says things are looking up at Jordan. Even with top player Isaiah Hicks transferring out, optimism is running high for the Panthers. “Basically, our personnel is just a lot better,” Rosborough says of this year’s Jordan team. With transfers Kahleal Fergu-

son and Raushead Johnson leading the way, Jordan is smaller than you may remember them being, but they’re almost faster than you could believe, too. Ferguson is averaging 22 points per game, much of it in transition, as a result of the Panthers’ harrying, pestering defense. Semaj Moore and Chris Spencer are the closest things to post players that Rosborough will employ, with Andrew Springer running point. “Basically, we try to speed everyone up, and see if they can keep up with us,” he says. “Teams have tried sitting back in the zone to slow us down, but all of our guards can shoot.” Rosborough says he knows it will be tough to return Jordan to prominence with Poly and Compton playing at elite levels right now, but has scheduled a tough nonleague schedule (including the Pasadena and Westchester Tournaments, and a one-off with St. John Bosco) to help prepare his team. “By the time we get to league, I just want to be able to compete with everyone, and let the chips fall where they may,” he says.

Millikan Looking at the Rams this year, you can’t help but think about the Rams next year. Millikan has some of the best young talent in the league, with just two senior starters. And while they’ve looked overwhelmed against bigger opponents this year (as in their 9463 loss to Bosco), the seeds of potential are certainly there. Sophomore Isaac Deese, a captain on the team, is a speedy, smart passer who can score from just about anywhere on the court. He’s the perfect point guard for the Rams, who will be happy to see Deese and freshman Jordan Dallas, and freshman Sequan Walker, in blue and gold jerseys for years to come. The veteran leadership will come from Cary Sjobakken and Josh Streeter. Sjobakken is a tweener player that plays good sound defense, and can get hot shooting the ball in a hurry, while Streeter is going to see the bulk of the Rams’ floor time at shooting guard this year. Cabrillo Jamaal Johnson has a tall task ahead of him, as the new coach of

the Cabrillo Jaguars tries to help the team rebound from a 1-22 season last year, which saw the Jags win not a single Moore League game. The obstacles are certainly tall and plentiful, but Johnson’s hoping he’s got the horses to get through, with Tylen Douglas, Ricky Schexnayder and Jammal Roebuck suiting up this year for the Jags. They’ve already equaled last year’s win total as part of a 1-4 start — but the doughnut in the Moore League from last year is the number they’re really interested in replacing. St. Anthony The city’s third ranked team, aside from Poly and Compton, isn’t Jordan, or Lakewood, or Wilson, all of whom have seen postseason success in recent years. No, it’s the St. Anthony Saints, who are ranked No. 6 in Division 4A after their 5-0 start to the year, which included winning their own tournament. Three of their five games were won by 20 points or more, something coach Chris Morrison says doesn’t surprise him. “We have a lot of returners,” (Continued on Page 5B)

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compete simultaneously in the Big East and Big West, which is a little like wearing a tuxedo with a snap-back hat. The Rainbow Warriors filled the empty football slot in the Mountain West created by San Diego State’s departure, and will compete in the Big West in all other sports. Hawaii will join in July 2012, while SDSU will come into the Big West in July 2013. “This is a day where our vision that we’ve had to elevate our conference’s image as a national profile conference has really taken a major step forward,” said Big West Commissioner Dennis Farrell, himself a SDSU alum, in Monday’s press conference. “Today, this is a game-changer for the Big West Conference.” But is the Big West outgrowing its britches? The moves will bring the total number of Big West schools to 11, and the expansion

could have a significant impact on Long Beach State and the other remaining programs. “It’s a real challenge for us,” Long Beach State Athletic Director Vic Cegles says. “When you have football schools that have something different to sell, they have an added chance to promote themselves through football.” Hawaii and San Diego State both have impressive athletic budgets compared to their new Big West brethren, and that could pose a real problem for schools like Northridge and Fullerton that are struggling to keep up with the financial demands of running dozens of Division 1 sports. Already spread thin by dwindling state funds, the 49ers will need to find creative ways to compete with the larger budgets of their new conference rivals. “We’re one of the schools that has a chance to compete,” Cegles says. “We have a supportive community and other mechanisms in place, we have good stuff.”

There are concerns from the other side of the deal, as well. Many view the move from the Mountain West to the Big West as a downgrade for San Diego State, particularly in basketball. If the football move to the Big East is a money-grab, then the move to the Big West is playing at the small stakes table. The truth is, though, that the Mountain West never raised any eyebrows, either, and leaving the conference for the Big East in football left San Diego State without a lot of options. With all the money they’ll be spending on travel and boosted expenses for football, administration wanted to keep other programs

close to home. Sure, San Diego State would have loved to join the PAC-12, but that phone call never came. The Big West may be a consolation, or they may have been the Aztecs’ only suitor. But upon closer inspection, the Big West has plenty to offer. “We were extremely impressed by the strategic vision to elevate their programs,” SDSU President Elliot Hirshman said. “There’s competition at the highest level (in the Big West), with multiple programs having won national championships.” Aztecs baseball coach Tony Gwynn, a Long Beach native and legend, echoed those statements. “It’s a great move for the base-

ball program,” he said in a statement. “Long Beach State has been among the best in the nation the past several years… If you’re going to make a move for baseball, it can’t get much better than going to the Big West.” Sports like baseball and volleyball are perennial national contenders and will push Hawaii and San Diego State to keep up. In basketball, the Big West enjoys a contract with ESPN. San Diego State, which reached the Sweet Sixteen last season, hasn’t appeared on ESPN since 2005. In a best case scenario, the Big West will be able to leverage their newest members into a new ESPN


and junior Kyle Nicolau. Hernandez, who made second team All-Moore League last season, is a strong central defender with a nose for the ball who put in his work in the weight room this summer, and it’s paying off. Nicolau, whose Dad played on Petkovic’s first Millikan varsity team, is a tall, lanky marking defender with deceiving speed who can and will push forward to create. The most veteran unit for the Rams is in the midfield, with senior Hugo Gonzalez and Jaime Salazar coming back with a combined four years experience. In front of them is a host of unproven talent like first time starting

seniors Luis Cervantes and Luis Ortega and sophomore speedster Muny Chan. But behind Gonzalez and Salazar might be the best crew of goalkeepers in the Southern Section. Junior Edwin Elizerraraz is coming off a breakthrough sophomore campaign that was cut short due to injury, and senior Alexis Beltran is also getting healthy, while St. John Bosco transfer Steven Barrera has seen majority of the playing time in his senior season. Nipping at the Rams’ heels for the last few years has been the Cabrillo Jaguars. Under the lead-

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Long Beach representative. As is true with any good soccer team, it all starts on the back line, and Petkovic has two good returning starters as anchors in senior captain Miguel Hernandez

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he says. “And we’re deep. I really play 15 guys a game, and on any given night any of those guys could be our top scorer.” Morrison’s not kidding. Carl Sanford was named MVP of the St. Anthony Small Schools Tournament, as voted on by all the coaches of the teams that compete — and, fittingly, he didn’t

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deal worth more money and more national appearances. The realignment also may have ramifications that we aren’t even aware of yet. “The size is good for the conference,” Cegles says. “If (adding San Diego State and Hawaii) can help us attract some basketball schools, maybe UNLV, Nevada or Fresno State, then you may be a two-bid league.” Farrell’s comments on Monday indicated he may be thinking along the same lines as Cegles. “The biggest focus sport for the conference right now is men’s basketball, obviously,” he said. “That certainly is our goal, to be a multiple bid conference on a regular basis. When that happens, there will certainly be a revenue stream that can be reinvested into some of our other programs.” The flip side is that if you’re trying to build a two-bid league, the last thing you want is to have your best teams playing two games each against Northridge,

start a single game. Just about all of the 15 guys that Morrison has at his disposal are guards, which he says fits the team’s fast style on both ends of the court. Freshman point guard Tony Warwick has been running the show, with a constantly rotating group of players around him. The Saints’ deep roster could have them where they’d like to be — deep in the CIF playoffs.

“If (adding San Diego State and Hawaii) can help us attract some basketball schools ... then you may be a two-bid league.” —Vic Cegles UC Riverside and UC Davis. Playing every team twice would create a whopping 20-game conference schedule, though the conference is discussing the idea of cutting that to 12 or 14. Still, any tournament contenders will be weakened by the Big West unless more power basketball programs move in. But adding any more schools may not happen for several seasons, if at all. It will be years before we fully understand the consequences of the conference expansion. In the meantime, it could be time for Cegles and his coaches to start game-planning for new archrivals.

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ership of 12th year head coach Pat Noyes (the only boy’s varsity soccer coach the school has had) the Jaguars play a high-pressure style that’s made for some classic Moore League clashes. It’s also turned the twice-annual Cabrillo/ Millikan tilt into the most underrated rivalry in Long Beach, since most of the players come from the same neighborhoods and play on the same club teams. Even though Noyes lost his two best players from last year in defender Oscar Enriquez and Moore League Co-Most Valuable Player Angel Ayala, he’s returning an Offensive Player of the Year in Jose Vaca and first-team All Moore Leaguer Joseph Gaskins. An emphasis on fitness and one-touch passing will come in handy at home on the impeccable pitch in the spacious Cabrillo

confines. The field that is almost 80 yards wide and 120 yards long has opponents stretched out with their hands on their knees in the second half while the Jaguars are still running hard, always adding more pressure. It’s worked to the tune of 13 goals in the first four games. Gaskins has four of those scores, including a powerful header to finish a play against Lawndale last week that typifies the Cabrillo attack. Already leading 1-0 in the 24th minute, Vaca started it by stealing a lazy pass in the offensive zone. He played it back to Hector Zepeda and went to the right corner. Zepeda played it to his midfield partner Frankie Contreras, who went wide right back to Vaca, who didn’t hesitate to play it high to the back post where the unmarked Gaskins headed it home. The Jaguars would go on to win 4-0 and outshoot Lawndale 17-to-3.














Noyes is very happy with his sophomore goalkeeper Danny DeHaro, who has only allowed one goal in four starts, but the back line is a different story. After graduation took Enriquez and the rest of the defense, Noyes has moved midfielders and forwards Leo Cuevas, Luis Garcia, Jonathan Lopez and Oscar Ochoa to the back line — a move that makes Cabrillo both more dangerous and vulnerable. “We could have won the league title last year, but one week of two 3-2 losses to Jordan and Wilson on counter attack goals stopped us,” Noyes says. “But we refuse to go on the road and sit back and play negative soccer. We will go after it.” As for the rest of the league, it’s full of unfulfilled talent and relatively new head coaches. Of course, that doesn’t mean the talent isn’t worthy of a league title or the coaches aren’t qualified.





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For example, Jordan secondyear head coach David Moreno took his team to the playoffs last year but lost six All-Moore League players to graduation, including a Defensive Player of the Year in Erick Zarate and Goalkeeper of the Year Daniel Vazquez. However, he does return junior Jose Cano, who surprised people last season like he did in that 3-2 win over Carbillo. It would be foolish to take your eyes off Wilson, Poly and Lakewood as well. Because, let’s be honest, this is high school soccer, and according to Noyes, “I stopped making predictions a long time ago.” Get to next week before Moore League play starts on Wednesday, Dec. 21, to read the full previews on all teams, including St. Anthony.

Millikan Football Hires New Coach After parting ways with longtime coach Kirk Diego, Millikan High School’s administration has decided on their next head coach, and it’s a familiar face. The Rams’ next head football coach will be Lyn Perryman, who has been an assistant at the school for the last seven years. “I’m very excited for the opportunity to look forward,” Perryman said. “We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us, and we’re going to get started right away.” Perryman has been in charge of Millikan’s weight program recently, in addition to spending time as the football team’s linebackers and defensive line coach.

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Moore League Girls’ Show Parity In Soccer By JJ Fiddler Sports Editor

Parity has not been synonymous with Moore League girls’ soccer over the past decade. The Wilson Bruins and Poly Jackrabbits have spent that time atop the league ladder, with the Bruins winning it all in 2008 and making the CIFSS Division II Finals last season. But the 2011-2012 season looks to be a wide-open race as Long Beach is full of teams with bona fide goal scorers, inexperienced goalkeepers, and high hopes that this is their year to make a move up the standings and a run in the playoffs. “The league is going to be very tight this year,” says Wilson head coach Jason Kirkwood. “I don’t think anyone is going undefeated… Everyone has someone who can score, and that’s dangerous in a tough, physical league. One goal can change everything.”

After yet another league title and the graduation of five AllMoore League players, including Co-Midfielder of the Year Kim Marshall and Goalkeeper of the Year Breegan Saller, Kirkwood and his new team are, “A work in progress,” the head coach says. A change to the school schedule has cut offseason practice time in half, and that was compounded by injuries and club commitments, so Kirkwood is still adjusting his lineup. Well, he’s pretty good at it so far, as the Bruins won the President’s Cup at the Aliso Cup on Monday night, 2-1, on yet another comeback effort. Both of the Wilson tournament wins have been via the comeback with impressive play from forwards Sierra Skelly and Sara Weismann. The junior Skelly, who was second on the team in scoring last season, netted the (Continued on Page 9B)

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game winner against Corona-Santiago on Monday, and Weismann scored two second half goals to take out St. Lucy’s in pool play of the Aliso Cup last week. The lineup shuffles for the Bruins have come mostly at the midfield and back line with defenders like sophomore Niki Voulgaris moving up and junior Chloe Gharios moving all around. AllMoore League first teamer Deanna Empleo is holding it down on defense in front of sophomore goalkeeper Samantha Moreno, who saw limited time last season but has played at the top club levels. For the Poly Jackrabbits, they too have an inexperienced goalkeeper in Imani McDonald alongside the 2010 Moore League Offensive Player of the Year, junior Celeste Dominguez. McDonald has been nothing short of brilliant for head coach Teri Collins’s team, averaging seven saves per game already this season with two saves in back-to-back Aliso Cup wins. Coming back from club season, Dominguez still hasn’t found the back of the net for Poly, but when Collins does get senior captains like Sam Shier, Elliott Gentile on the pitch and in their comfort zone, we will see a whole new Poly. Over at Lakewood, the Lancers and head coach Scott Manson have finished third and second the last two years, so the obvious goal is to take one more step up the ladder with fantastic senior for-

ward Kendahl Fisher and sophomore goalkeeper Isabella Reynoso. Fisher netted a team-high 18 goals (13 more than closest teammate) and her long throw-ins were a constant hassle for teams on the small local fields. According to Manson, Reynoso is, “unlike any keeper we’ve had since I’ve been here.” She is rangy with quick reflexes; something the team got to see when she went backwards for a high, one-handed save to preserve a win at Mayfair last week. As for the Millikan Rams, you might want to call them the dark horse. Second-year co-head coach Tino Nunez worked hard with his returning senior starters Alex Palamino, Carly Mariette, Alex Karloswitch and Kelly Johnson in the offseason. “We worked on first touches,” he says. “If we’re stronger on the ball and connect with our passing, we could do some big things Millikan girls’ soccer hasn’t seen.” Millikan does have the most experienced goalkeeper in the Moore League with Olivia Bedard returning between the pipes. If senior defender Katelin Fricke

and a host of newcomers including freshman Ashley Franco have anything to say about it, Bedard won’t have to be a game saver, which she was multiple times last season. Everything went according to plan on Monday night as Palamino and Karloswitch scored to earn the Rams their second straight Ocean View Tournament Championship. Over at Jordan, the Panthers and second-year head coach Christopher Larios are excited about their early season success that included a third place finish at the Artesia Tournament last week. That has a lot to do with the emergence of senior Arlene Hernandez as a go-to scoring option, something Jordan girls’ soccer hasn’t had in a long time. Hernandez scored twice to earn the Panthers that third place trophy and leads the league with eight goals. Of course, Larios is rotating young goalkeepers in freshman Clarissa Lopez and sophomore Carina Martinez, but he’s very confident in his back line led by returning sweeper Jessica Torres.

Meanwhile at St. Anthony, the Saints are trying to improve on back-to-back third place finishes in the Santa Fe League. So far, so good as they’re 2-0-1 in the early going with a pair of 6-0 wins over Fairmont Prep and Brethren Christian, who beat St. Anthony 10-1 just two years ago. Seniors Tara Lujian and Isabel Jauregui are leading the way alongside junior Adriana Santillan in the center midfield. And wouldn’t you know it; the Saints have the most experienced girls’

goalkeeper in the city with third year starter and junior Brianna Ritzius is back between the posts. If the weather cooperates and the fields drain correctly, the Moore League schedule should start this week. To find out when and where teams will be playing before and after the holiday break, go to for the full preview as well as articles, photos and video highlights throughout the season.

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Rarely does one call a 0-2 road trip a success, but in the case of Long Beach State and their gaunt-

let of a preseason schedule, that might be a fair assessment. The 49ers created great expectations with the win against then No. 9 Pittsburgh. But during the

stretch since that decisive road victory, the ‘Niners have gone a disappointing 2-5, including losing five straight games away from Walter Pyramid.

That said, the level of competition might be used to justify those struggles to a large extent, and after back-to-back single-digit losses to a pair of highly ranked teams, there’s reason to hope. After all, the basketball season is not defined in November or December. And there is much to be learned in these early months both for players and spectators. Few teams would fair well at #13 Kansas and at #4 North Carolina in the same week, with a trip home for the players to attend classes in between (and a visit to another top 5 team, Louisville, the week before). The ‘Niners were able to compete with both teams. After falling behind early against Louisville and Kansas, Long Beach was unable to get back to the top of the mountain as they ran out of gas in the final minutes. That slow start was a worrisome trend that Long Beach managed to buck against the Tar Heels. The 49ers relied on the hot shooting of Casper Ware to keep them close in the early minutes, and the 49ers would take a lead into halftime, up 45-40. The Tar

Heels were able to bounce back strong in the second half, pulling out an 84-78 win, but it was definitely hard earned. Ware had another defining performance to add to his growing legacy as he dropped a career-high 29 points on just 24 shot attempts while dishing out five assists. Larry Anderson had 17 points for The Beach while TJ Robinson had another double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. The lack of depth for the 49ers once again appeared to be a real issue as only two players off the bench got more than three minutes of run. Those players took advantage of their opportunities as Edis Dervisevic showed off his beautiful (and unexpected) passing touch with four assists, and freshman point guard Mike Caffey looked poised facing the daunting surroundings of UNC. As the season wears on, it will be imperative for head coach Dan Monson to find some productive minutes off the bench in order to keep his starters fresh and healthy. As nice as it would be to get (Continued on Page 11B)

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wins in these games, the 49er faithful have to take comfort in the fact that this team is showing flashes of excellence, and are unafraid of big-time challenges. Going on the road against teams stacked with NBA talent is often an insurmountable challenge for mid-major teams, but this Long Beach State team has looked ready to compete with the big boys.

Junior Crew Takes Medals

Student athletes won more than 175 medals at the Christmas Regatta on Dec. 4 at the Pete Archer Rowing Center. Long Beach Junior Crew rowers from Long Beach, Orange County and the greater Los Angeles County Area competed in the event hosted by the Long Beach Rowing Association. Last weekend, LBJC sent five athletes to training camps to prepare for the 2012 World Junior Championship Aug. 12-14 in Bulgaria. Training in Marin were: Allen Reitz (Poly High), Logan Carter (Wilson) and Daniel Amado (Los Alamitos High). Training in Austin, Tex., were: Reilly Hayes (Poly) and Katie Newmaker (Wilson). All five have been invited to the US Rowing High Performance Camp this weekend, which is a step toward competing in the World Championship.

The 49ers (4-5) will make a pit stop back at home to face Eastern New Mexico at 8:05 p.m. on Monday before heading to the Diamond Head Classic in Hawaii on Christmas weekend. Women’s Basketball They say home is where the heart is, and the 49ers have found that and plenty more within the confines of the Pyramid this season. After being on the road for nearly a month, it was a happy return home against Nevada as Long Beach got a thrilling over-

time win against the Wolf Pack, making them 2-0 at home this season. The ‘Niners followed that conquest with a brief trip to Arizona where they suffered a 66-42 loss at the hands of a talented Wildcats team. Tipesa Moorer was the star of the week for Long Beach, and she got off to a great start in the Nevada win, going for 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead the team in both categories. The first half made it look like

Long Beach would run away with things, switching up their defense and frustrating the Wolf Pack attack to the tune of a 30-19 halftime lead for LBSU. But in the second half, Nevada came all the way back and into the lead thanks to a Long Beach scoring drought that lasted from more than 7 and a half minutes. However, the 49ers showed great poise down the stretch and got some big hustle plays from Chantel Dooley, who forced a Nevada turnover with 45 seconds

left to set up her game-tying free throw. In overtime, redshirt freshman Alex Sanchez was there for Long Beach, scoring five of the team’s six overtime points. Nevada had a last chance prayer at the buzzer that bounced off the heel of the rim, giving the ‘Niners an exciting comeback win. It was a great revelation of maturity for such an inexperienced team, and Moorer agreed after the game, saying, “Even with so many young players, there was no panic at all.”

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2012 Speedo Championship Swims Through Long Beach


The waters of Alamitos Bay and the Long Beach Outer Harbor will be pretty quiet for the next couple of weeks. The yacht clubs have pretty well finished off their seasons and are settling in for holiday parties, and the last regatta of the year has closed on Marine Stadium. Other than athletes training or sailors out for a winter cruise, the waters will be still. But there’ll be plenty of noise in the waters of the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool over the next few days as hundreds of young swimmers from all over the west arrive in Long Beach for what may be the biggest meet this side of the Nationals. The 2012 Speedo Champions Series is a grouping of 18 swim meets conducted across the country. Sponsored by Speedo USA, the American branch of the Australian-based worldwide leader in the field of competition swimwear, the Long Beach meet is the first of the batch for the year. Other West Coast meets in the series will be in Washington, Oregon and Northern California. The balance of the meets will be in locations as far afield as Buf-

falo, Orlando, Wisconsin and Texas. Speedo’s story is a fascinating one, not widely known outside of the world of swimming. In 1910 a Scot, Alexander McRae, immigrated to Australia and set up a knitting factory to make hosiery. He soon expanded into something needed in Australia: swimwear, or “swimming costumes,” as they were then known. After World War I, the company developed daring but formfitting suits for competitive women swimmers, the “Racerback.” In the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles, an Aussie lass in one of McRae’s “Speedo” suits won gold, but earned the disapproval of the swimming world for showing off too much of her form. Speedo continued to lead the public in to more “daring” swimwear: the two-piece suit developed after World War II was banned on Australian beaches. But, in the pool, Speedo suits were undeniably fast. In 1956, when the Olympics were held in Melbourne, the Australian team took eight gold medals wearing them. Since then, whether it be

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Moore League: Notebook By Mike Guardabascio Sports Editor

The Long Beach’s Equalizers Club cross country team nabbed a big honor in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina last week. Competing in the United States of America Track & Field Cross Country Junior Olympics, the Boys’ Intermediate team, featuring five Poly runners, all sophomores, won a national championship. It was a 5K race with 188 runners; the five Long Beach runners’ times were: Miquel Bautista, fourth, 15.25; Jovani Gamboa, 12th, 16.01; Christian Vazquez, 15th, 16.06; Eris De La Torre, 18th, 16.09; and Christian Kerr, 137th, 18.11. A 5k distance works out to 3.1 miles, which means Bautista averaged about five minutes flat in his mile times in South Carolina. In addition, the Midget Girls Division (3k, with 251 runners) saw the Long Beach club take second, just three points shy of the national title. Their times

were: Melissa Tanaka (Rogers 7th grader), 17th, 10.56; Lauren Fillipow (Hill 7th Grader), 55th, 11.21; and Olivia Gleason (Rogers 7th Grader), 76th, 11.32. Powe Commits To Cal The long wait is over for those curious about the college destination of the Moore League’s top football recruit. Lakewood wide receiver Darius Powe, a Moore League Player of the Year in 2011, has committed to be a Cal Bear, he confirmed Saturday. Powe was ESPN’s number 14 wide receiver in the senior class in the nation, and the number 8 recruit in the state of California. With offers from just about every Pac-12 school, along with Nebraska, Miami and Boise State, Powe had his share of choices, but made the commitment to the Bears while on his official visit to their campus. For Cal to nab him signifies their resurgence in the SoCal recruiting area, where they’ve also gotten Bosco WR Bryce Treggs this year, among other top talent.

McArthur Shines At Junior Nationals Swim season for high schools is still a few months away, but swim clubs like Lakewood Aquatics are keeping kids busy year round. One of their swimmers, Daniel McArthur, who will swim for the Lakewood Lancers as a freshman this year, just had a great performance in Austin, Texas, at the Junior Nationals meet. While setting personal bests in the 400 IM and the 100 backstroke, McArthur competed with the nation’s best in the 200 backstroke. With a time of 1:48.33, a personal best, he finished 13th in the nation. The time would have been good enough to make the cut at the Senior Nationals Meet that Olympians compete in. McArthur has been ranked in the top 10 swimmers in his class, and showed why with a nice performance on the national stage. Poly Wins Clovis East The 2011-2012 Jackrabbits won their first championship of the year on Saturday night in Fresno,

at the Clovis East Invitational, defeating the Australia Basketball Club 58-33 in the tourney title game. Head coach Sharrief Metoyer said their opponent posed a good challenge for his defense, as their starting unit’s heights went 6’4”, 6’6”, 6’9”, 6’10” and 7’2”. In holding the Australians under 40 points, Poly made it five of their eight games hitting that defensive mark, which is especially impressive considering that the Jackrabbits’ defense tends to get better

On The Water (Continued from Page 12B)

competitive swimwear or beachwear, Speedo suits are distinctive — and, in the pool, nearly unbeatable. The meet this week in Long Beach is dubbed the California/ Nevada Winter Championships. It will draw swimmers from the Central California, the Central Coast, Southern California, San Diego and Imperial counties and the Sierra Nevada region. The Golden West Swim Club of Huntington Beach is the official

through the course of the season. Roschon Prince was named Tournament Most Valuable Player, and served a crucial role on defense, as well as averaging 20 points per game. Guards Josh Munzon and Reuben Strickland were named to the All-Tournament team. The Jackrabbits are next in action on Dec. 16 in the Wild West Shootout in Reno. Read more about them and the other teams in Long Beach in our boys’ basketball preview in this issue. meet host. The sanctioning organization is Southern California Swimming. The meet kicks off with the distance freestyle events— 1,000 yards for women and 1,650 yards for men — the afternoon of Friday, Dec. 16. The rest of the competition picks up early the morning of Saturday, Dec. 17, and runs right through the weekend and into next week, finishing up on Tuesday, Dec. 20. Preliminary heats are in the mornings to seed the finals, which will be in the afternoons.

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Miguel Bautista, Poly Cross Country Bautista, a sophomore sensation for the Jackrabbits, won every Moore League meet last year, including the individual championship at Heartwell Park. But that wasn’t his most impressive title of the year. Last week in South Carolina, Bautista led the Long Beach cross country club Equalizers to a national championship, with a 5K time of 15:25, an average of about three five-minute miles backto-back-to-back. Expect to see more from Bautista in 2012 and 2013.

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It’s been an up and down start for the youthladen Jackrabbits, but their freshman goalkeeper has kept them in every game they’ve played. Averaging seven saves per game, McDonald’s first jaw-dropper performance came in the quarterfinals of the Governer’s Cup last week. McDonald had two penalty kick saves to boost her team to the semifinals, where they won against Etiwanda, thanks in large part to McDonald’s two diving saves in overtime.

The friendly point guard had a heck of a week, and almost led his 49ers to their second signature upset of the season on the road at No. 4 North Carolina. After a 16-point, 4-steal performance against No. 13 Kansas, Ware went to NC and scored a career-high 29 points, with 5 assists as well. The 49ers came up short, but Ware is proving time and time again that the bigger the stage, the bigger his performance will be.

The senior Moorer led her team in scoring both times they played last week. In the second game, a loss to Arizona, she put up a third of Long Beach’s total points, scoring 14 of the 49ers’ 42. But it was her performance in the Pyramid against Nevada that impressed, as she led the team with 18 points and 11 boards, both highs in the game. The double-double also earned all fans in attendance a free In-nOut burger, its own accomplishment.

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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 CIF polls are finally out, with no real surprises. Poly is No. 3 in CIF Division 1AA, behind Mater Dei and Loyola, where we expected to see them. Compton is only No. 2 in Division 2A, behind Glendora. St. Anthony, who has started the season a perfect 6-0, are No. 6 in the Division 4A poll. Beyond the CIF coaches’ polls, Poly is still No. 3 in the LA Times’ SoCal poll, behind (you guessed it) Mater Dei and Loyola. Compton moved up a spot from No. 25 to No. 24 and will have the chance to move up by playing quality teams in Sacramento this week. ESPN has Poly down a spot from No. 40 to No. 41 in their most recent poll, but they should move up this week after going undefeated in Clovis and seeing some teams above them fall. ESPN has the Jackrabbits No. 5 in California. Girls’ Basketball We saw what we expected to see in the CIF polls for Poly and St. Anthony. The Jackrabbits are No. 4 in CIF Division 1AA, behind Mater Dei, Corona Santiago, and Brea Olinda. Millikan is No. 10 in the same poll. The Saints are No. 6 in the Division 4AA poll. Neither the Jackrabbits nor the Saints are getting any love in ESPN’s national poll, but St. Anthony’s top player, Kendall Cooper, sure is. ESPN recently released their rankings for top recruits, and have Cooper as the No. 7 recruit in the junior class, and the top recruit in California. Boys’ Soccer The growing discrepancy between the CIF rankings and the national rankings is becoming a

little bit laughable. In this week’s CIF Division 1 poll, Millikan is No. 6 in Division 1. Not bad. But in this week’s ESPN national rankings? Millikan is up to No. 6 in the country, and are currently the top ranked team in the state of California. Obviously there’s a lot of season left to find out who’s right and who’s wrong, but right now either the CIF coaches are underrating the Rams, or ESPN is overrating them. Girls’ Soccer No surprises here, as the Wilson Bruins sit atop the Division 2 poll, as Long Beach’s only number one-ranked team in CIF right now. Girls’ Water Polo Wilson moved up a spot to No. 7 in the Division 2 rankings, as Santa Margarita (who the Bruins beat last week) falls down to No. 8. Poly is in the “Also Receiving Votes” category just outside the top 10. LBSU Basketball Though they aren’t ranked, and it’s essentially impossible that they will be this year, the 49ers are still getting recognition in the AP Top 25, where they are receiving three votes. They’re the only team with a losing record listed in the “Others Receiving Votes” category, due to their strength of schedule. LBSU Soccer The final NCAA coach polls and RPI rankings for the 2011 season are out, and while the 49ers aren’t as high as fans may have hoped they would be after their Elite 8 run, they’re still very, very high for a program that had never won a postseason game as recently as five weeks ago. The NCAA coaches put Long Beach State as the No. 14 team in America. Pepperdine, who Long Beach beat in the first round, is No. 10. The 49ers are No. 19 in the RPI rankings, about as high as you will ever see a Big West team. That’s part of what made it easier for the 49ers to book a high-profile home schedule for 2012, which you’ll hear about in the coming weeks and months.

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THURSDAY Moore League Girls’ Soccer, 3 p.m. Finishing out the opening week of league play are two games that will tell us plenty about the 2011 Moore League prospectus. Lakewood will host Poly just two days after hosting Wilson while Cabrillo travels to Compton. Simply put, Lancer wins will flip this league on its head, and we’ll have all of the coverage and videos on FRIDAY LBSU Women’s Basketball vs. Dartmouth, 7 p.m., Walter Pyramid The 49ers (3-7) are coming off a huge home win over Nevada in overtime before losing big to 9-1 Arizona, 66-42. Up-and-down results have become common place for Long Beach State women’s basketball, but the team is 2-0 at home this year, and they’ll look to stay perfect in the Walter Pyramid tonight against the Big Green of the Ivy League. Dartmouth (2-5 as of Monday) is riding a three-game losing streak right now. They’re led by junior Faziah Steen (#25). The 5’8” guard started all 28 games for Dartmouth last season and averaged 13 points, but this year she is the go-to scorer and has already racked up 102 of her team’s 342 through the first seven games. She dropped 32 points on Vermont in a 72-62 victory in November on 9-of-16 shooting and four three pointers. SUNDAY LBSU Women’s Basketball, Beach Classic Presented By Residence Inn/Courtyard The 49ers will host this annual

tournament and welcome Western Michigan, Wichita State and UT Arlington. Long Beach State will play Western Michigan at 3 p.m. Sunday before Wichita and Arlington play in the nightcap. The four teams will play again on Monday. MONDAY LBSU Men’s Basketball vs. Eastern New Mexico, 8 p.m., Walter Pyramid After more than a week off — and a much needed rest at that — the 49ers (4-5) are home for only the fourth time this year. Even though the Eastern New Mexico Greyhounds aren’t the likes of Kansas and North Carolina, they were 7-3 coming into last week and have veteran size across the front and two scoring guards. They’re led by the senior backcourt of Reggie Nelson and Stefan Mirabal. Nelson (#1, 6’1”) averaged 11 points per game last season as a junior college transfer but he’s filling it up this year. In one three-game stretch, he scored 82 points and leads the team with 14 points per game and 38 assists while shooting 43% from threepoint land. Mirabal (#3, 6’3”) is the only returning First Team All-Lone Star Conference player after averaging 14 points last season. This year he’s playing off Nelson well, and is averaging 13 points per game with a teamhigh 25 made three pointers. In the frontcourt are seniors Aaron Edwards (#2, 6’8” 215 lbs.) and Curtis Wilkinson (#45, 6’8” 240 lbs.). Edwards, who is from Long Beach, went to ENMU, where he averaged 10 points and five rebounds last season. This season he’s averaging 11 points and six rebounds.

ON THE WEB ~ The Long Beach State women’s basketball team has only been in the Walter Pyramid twice so far this season, and if you haven’t been able to make the games, you can watch the comprehensive video highlights of both games right now at You can watch any video on our YouTube Channel under GazettesSports. ~ Make sure you come to at noon Thursday to listen to the last 2011 episode of SportsNight, LIVE on the KBeach Global Radio airwaves. SportsNight is the one and only sports talk show in Long Beach where we will be reviewing everything 2011 and previewing everything 2012. For our mailbag segment, please leave your favorite moments of this year in our comment section, or send and email to ~ Is this weekly print edition not enough Long Beach sports for you? Sign up for our daily email newsletter from Every morning you can wake up to a rundown of everything on the web site right there in your inbox just like a daily sports section. To sign up, you can enter your email address in the “Sign up for our Email Newsletter” box below the advertisements on the right side of the page.


The Vikings women’s basketball team moves into the meat of the schedule, just two games into league play, questions remain. The results this week were mixed, as on the one hand the Vikings made history with a 54-51 road win at Pasadena. They then returned home for an ugly 66-54 loss against East LA. Long Beach’s overall record still is an impressive 9-2, but the more important mark now is their 1-1 conference record. The Vikings, who are now ranked No. 11 in the state, defeated Pasadena for the first time since 1997, which snapped a 19game losing streak in the series. Keshonda Moore once again led LBCC’s scoring, finishing with 15 points.

Luna Amico joined her in double digits by adding 11. It became a real nail-biter down the stretch as Long Beach was unable to score over the final six minutes of play, but fortunately they didn’t need it as a Pasadena three-pointer just rimmed out with time expiring. Then on Friday night, LBCC was unable to defend their home floor in a 12-point loss to East LA, who improved to 10-1 with the win. Long Beach struggled on the glass, getting outrebounded 65-41. In fact, East LA had more offensive rebounds (29) than the Vikings had defensive rebounds (28). Additionally, East LA had three players with double-digit rebounds, led by Jamie Robinson’s 20, whereas LBCC didn’t

have anyone reach double-digit boards. That result is a major concern for this relatively undersized group, and it will take a team effort on the boards to win games. Trailing by 14 near the middle of the second half, the Vikings tried to make things a little more interesting, going on an 11-3 run to pull it to 53-47. But East LA pulled away from there for the victory. The leading performer in the loss was Charmaine Nelson, who had 12 points on 6 of 9 shooting with nine rebounds for Long Beach. The Vikings will get back on the court at 6 p.m. Friday at Compton. Their next home game is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 21, against Mt. SAC, with tipoff set for 7 p.m.

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1 Bedroom, Remodeled Very Cute & Clean! with New Stove, Refrigerator and Hardwood Floors 3 Blocks to Beach Walk to Cafes & Shops! $1095 a month

PET FRIENDLY Charming Studio, Walk To Beach! Hardwood & Appls Tenant Pays Electric Only! 1750 EAST 3RD STREET $725/month 562-433-0775

BELMONT HEIGHTS 445 Redondo Avenue #1 Clean 1 Bed 1Bath - Open to Show! $725/mo., Call Kurt 949-887-5200 949-725-8660

Alamitos Beach 1052 East Broadway

Blocks To Ocean! 1 Bedroom 1 Bath Living Room, Dining Room, Appliances, Carpet and Drapes! $850., no pets please

Call (562) 438-6614 Or (562) 547-7820 Belmont Heights

500 Ximeno Avenue AVAILABLE NOW! Great Location!

1 & 2 Bedroom Apartments Near Wilson, CSULB The Beach, 710 & 405 Fwy’s Blinds, Carpet, Refrigerator Range + On Site Laundry & Large Courtyard, Swimming Pool, BBQ Area & Putting Green! + 1 Parking Incld!

1 Bedrooms $1065/mo 2 Bed 1 Bath $1375/mo 2 Bed 2 Bath $1425/mo

No Pets 562-438-9758 JTM Property Mgmnt Belmont Heights 3509 E. Broadway

Call (562) 810-2657

Belmont Heights 733 Termino Ave #1 PRIME LOCATION

4 Plex Large Lower Apt 1 Bedroom 1 Bath + On Site Laundry & Parking $875/mo no pet

Call 714-655-5397 or 562-439-0395 email

Belmont Heights 827 Grand Avenue

Hugemungus Upper 1 Bed 1 Bath, Priv Patio Plush Carpet, Fresh Paint DW, Microwave, Refrig Stove +On Site Laundry & Private Garage $1050.,

Call 1 (800) 400-8030

Belmont Hts Rear Duplex Upr 1Bd New Carpet & Paint + Garage 220 Mira Mar Ave $1195/month 562 439-9172

Call 562-433-1005

Brockman Properties CALL 562-597-0676 Seasons’ Greetings Long Beach! 1 Bedroom 1 Bath Unit 40 ~ 63rd Place $1025 a month 2 Bedroom 2 Bath Unit 3437 East Ransom Avenue $1250 a month 2611 East Broadway $1275 a month 2 Bedroom 1 Bath Units 1424 East 2nd Street $1150 a month 1109 Ximeno Avenue $1300 a month 1135 Martin Luther King Avenue $875 a month 3509 East Ocean ~ with Garage ~ $1695 a month 676 Coronado Avenue ~ House ~ $1250 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





VEHICLES $2,501 - $5,000



1997 Ford Expedition Big & Black with Grey Leather Interior

Quality Late Model or Non-running KLUNKERS. Bad Tags, Smog Issues, Bad Paperwork, Crashed. We Buy All, CASH Paid & We Pick UP!

(562) 684-0901

Car Wanted for Grad Student low milage/price 562-200-2270


Brake Winch System for Jeep Wrangler/Unlimited Only used a couple of times. Easy to set up in garage and Comes with Harness and

Instructions. Sells for $275 new. $150/OBO

Call 562-852-5144

Any Condition! Not Running, Crashed, Bad Paperwork, Any Bike Considered.

I Pay CASH and PICKUP. (562) 684-0901

Powerful 5.4L V - 8 Engine, New Battery Tow Package, Roof Rack, Privacy Glass 3rd Row Seat & More! 206k miles ~ $3200.,

Call the Original Owner Dave at 562-244-0165

Another TRUE Testimonial! Good morning, The house has thankfully been rented, so there is no need to renew. More of my inquiries came through the gazette than through any other source, so I am certain to call you again when I am ready to rent a unit. Thanks again, David Call Bob “YOUR Rental Advertising Expert!” at 562-433-2000 to Place Your Ad & Start Getting Calls Today!



$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ CASH FOR ALL CARS TOP $$ PAID Running or Not Junk Cars, Nice Cars $100 to $10,000 Free Pick Up/Tow 24/7 1- 800-864-5781 or 562-304-7798 $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ PETS


The Seal Beach Animal Care Center Needs Your Help!

The hard facts are these: Seal Beach Animal Care Center takes in abandoned cats faster than we can adopt them out. The number of cats currently housed at our small facility threatens their physical health on a daily basis. They need good, safe homes immediately! So for the month of December, all cats over 6 months old will go home with approved adopters for a donation of your choice*! (*$25 minimum please Combines $350-$450 value)

"Call Long Beach Home"

Seasons Greetings from... BobJonesApartments.Com

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HOUSECLEANING Get a fair price for the best job!

sh Live FreClean and

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Grunion, Downtown & Uptown = 67,000 Distribution + ONLINE




We clean windows, carpets and pressure wash patios

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HUGE POTENTIAL! LONG BEACH $484,900 Close to CSU, parks, shopping & dining. 4BR, 2BA + huge family room w/FP & wet bar. Master suite has expansive BA w/whirlpool tub. 2-car garage. Needs TLC. (518236) CALL (888) 335-8628

BIG HOME, SMALL PRICE! LONG BEACH $489,000 Private, highly upgraded corner home in gated community. Custom wood staircase, custom marble FP & remodeled kitchen are just a few features. Just move in & enjoy! (518237) CALL (888) 335-8628

GIANT 6BR, 4BA BEAUTY! LONG BEACH $669,000 Live the good life in a gorgeous home - impressive entry, spacious family room. Romantic FP in master suite, 2nd master down & private putting green! (518455) CALL (800) 387-5430


NAPLES FIXER! LONG BEACH $699,000 Great potential in 2BR, 2BA home near Marina & Yacht Club. Over 1,250 SF of living space + 3-car garage. Rare opportunity to own in Naples at bargain price! (518263) CALL (888) 305-9043

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