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J.P. Crawford Steps Up Again To Sponsor Lakewood High Coverage For 2023-24

For the second consecutive year, The562 is pleased to announce that our coverage of Lakewood High School for the 2023-24 school year will be sponsored by Lancers alum and current MLB star J.P. Crawford.

Crawford’s sponsorship will help support The562’s Lakewood coverage with articles, photos, videos, feature stories, and more.

“I loved the highlight videos and coverage when I was in high school and I’m happy to make sure that they keep going,” said Crawford last year.

Crawford is Class of 2013 from Lakewood where he was Moore League Player of the Year and then drafted straight out of high school by the Philadelphia Phillies. He’s played shortstop for the Seattle Mariners for the last five seasons, and won a 2020 Golden Glove. Crawford had a great season this year, and his .818 OPS is ranked No. 40 in the league.

The Crawford family legacy also runs deep at Lakewood, where JP’s sisters Eliza and Julia were standouts on the softball and volleyball teams, respectively.

“Nothing means more to us than when athletes that JJ, Mike and Tyler covered in high school come back and support our non-profit outlet,” said publisher Andy Kerr. “I hope the next generation of Lancers understands how special it is for one of their own to make a donation that allows us to keep providing our award-winning coverage.”

As a non-profit news outlet, The562 depends on reader support and sponsorships in order to cover the Long Beach community. Visit our “562 100” page to see a list of our existing sponsors. If you or your business would like to support The562’s coverage of a particular sport, please email Tyler Hendrickson at

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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.