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Long Beach State Men’s Basketball Back To Practice

Just like the women’s team before them on Monday, the Long Beach State men’s basketball team was cleared to return to practice today. The Beach had three false-positive COVID-19 antigen tests on Friday, but received the necessary negative PCR results today to avoid a second shutdown this season. The first one came in December when […]

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CIF Southern Section Cancels Fall Sports Championships

In a move that was widely expected, the CIF Southern Section–the governing body for all local high school sports–announced that it’s canceling its Fall sports championships on Tuesday morning. Football, girls’ volleyball, cross country, and water polo will officially not have CIF-SS championships in the 2020-21 school year. “There has not been enough progress made […]

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Long Beach State Women’s Basketball Returns To Practice

That sound you heard today was a collective sigh of relief. The Long Beach State women’s basketball program was back on the Walter Pyramid court today for practice just three days after having their historic season was put on pause. The Beach (7-1, 6-0) had a positive COVID-19 test come back on Friday from someone […]

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OBITUARY FEATURE: James Hardy, Long Beach Legend

Story by Earl Williams NOTE: Earl Williams is a longtime sportswriter who worked at the Press-Telegram during its glory years under editor Jim McCormack. He’s provided an expanded obituary on Long Beach hoops legend James Hardy–thank you to Earl and to Jim for making the connection. Click here to read our obituary from last week. […]

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BREAKING: Long Beach State Basketball On Pause, Spring Sports Coming Back

It’s been a very busy day full of breaking news and changing schedules for Long Beach State. First, the Big West Conference Board of Directors voted to restart competition for sports other than men’s and women’s basketball. However, the Beach also had positive COVID-19 tests come back that have now put both basketball programs on […]

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Feature: Raymond Graham Turns Tragedies to Triumph

From where the undersized running back is standing behind the line of scrimmage, every play is chaos. There’s the clarity of the ball being pressed into his gut and his hands closing around it to secure it, but everything ahead is disorder. There’s the way the play was drawn up, taught, and reviewed all week, […]

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FEATURE: LBSU’s Isaiah Washington A Big Name With Big Game

Rule changes, the transfer portal and social media have helped NCAA basketball players become the authors of their own stories, and Isaiah Washington is one of the most prolific in the nation. Washington garnered attention with his natural feel for the game and flair for the dramatic while growing up in Harlem. The 6’1” point […]

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PODCAST: Interview With Long Beach State Basketball’s Justina King

This week on the show we’re talking about how the Long Beach State basketball programs are overcoming unique obstacles this season. We also catch up with junior guard Justina King who explains why the Beach is 6-0 in the Big West Conference. 01:00 What’s new with Long Beach State basketball? 06:30 Interview with LBSU junior […]

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Obituary: Jordan Hoops Legend James Hardy Passes Away

IMAGE COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO Former NBA player James Hardy, one of the best athletes to ever come out of Jordan High, passed away in late December of a heart attack. Hardy, who was 64, was from Knoxville, Alabama but came to Long Beach with his parents as a child as part of the […]

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Long Beach Poly Alums “Going Forth to Serve” With Donations

After 12 months of almost exclusively bad news, 2020 ended on a positive note thanks to several Long Beach Poly pro sports alums, as well as some students. Poly NFL and NBA products hosted several events and made several donations to local charities, helping to brighten the spirits of many in the city. “We’re really […]