All City’s All-City Athletes of the Year 2021-22

We’re thrilled to be in our ninth year of presenting the Grunion Sports and’s All-City Awards, a revival of a beloved city tradition. This week we’ll be presenting our individual All-City Athletes of the Year awards to the top performers in each sport, then next week we’ll name our top boy and girl athlete […]

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Heartwell Fast Pitch 10U Softball All-Star In State Tournament

The Long Beach Heartwell Fast Pitch 10U Softball All-Star silver team is starting the California State Championships in Lancaster today. The games will last for three days. The silver teams from local leagues are not made up of the top players, so they usually lose in the early rounds, but this group of local youth […]

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Millikan Hires Randy Wright as Boys’ Water Polo, Swim Coach

All of The562’s water polo coverage for the 2021-22 school year is sponsored by Aqualand. Visit to learn more. The Millikan Rams have new leadership for their boys’ aquatics program after the hiring of accomplished water polo player and coach Randy Wright. A Long Beach native, Wright is excited to be back in his hometown where […]

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Long Beach Poly’s Peyton Watson Taken By Denver In NBA Draft

Growing up in Long Beach, playing basketball at the JCC as a kid and at Long Beach Poly as he grew, Peyton Watson dreamed of the moment that happened last night. The Long Beach and Bixby Knolls native was in the Barclays Center in Brooklyn where he heard NBA commissioner Adam Silver announce his name […]