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Long Beach Sports Top 10 Moments Of 2022-23: Jordan Boys’ Basketball Wins CIF Championship

At the end of every school year we look back to reminisce on the accomplishments that defined Long Beach sports over the last 12 months. This year has been extra special because of the variety of schools and sports represented on this list— which is a hallmark of our diverse city and athletic community.

No. 10 – Poly Football Beats Mission Viejo

No. 9 – Poly Adds Girls’ Flag Football

No. 8 – Lakewood Hosts CIF Championship

No. 7 – Wilson Boys’ Tennis Makes School History With CIF Title

No. 6 – Millikan Girls’ Golf Wins First Ever CIF Championship

No. 5 – Long Beach Takes All The Hardware At CIF-SS Track Finals

No. 4 – Long Beach Poly Softball/Baseball Walk-off Wins

No. 3 – Jordan Boys’ Basketball Completes Turnaround With Coach Chris Francis

Everyone knew exactly what Jordan was getting when they hired Chris Francis to revive its boys’ basketball program two years ago. Francis has been coaching locally for years with this patented high-tempo style and boisterous attitude.

That approach, and an impressive senior class of experienced guards, helped the Panthers make history in February when they beat Sage Hill 68-57 in the CIF Southern Section Division 4A championship on Saturday at Edison High School.

“It was part of what we signed up for when I took over,” Francis said through tears at the CIF championship postgame press conference. “The pandemic was rough on these kids and on the North Side. We even had some kids who ended up losing their lives who grew up with Dennis. It was tough on the community. To be able to bring this community together with such a positive moment, it’s special. It was amazing that the alumni came back out. There was even a guy out there who was Class of ’74. That’s a beautiful thing for people to still have that pride for the community and the school.”

Jordan Boys’ Basketball Wins CIF Championship
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JJ Fiddler
JJ Fiddler is an award-winning sportswriter and videographer who has been covering Southern California sports for multiple newspapers and websites since 2004. After attending Long Beach State and creating the first full sports page at the Union Weekly Newspaper, he has been exclusively covering Long Beach prep sports since 2007.