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COLUMN: The Hard Part of Rooting For a Mid-Major Like Long Beach State

Long Beach State fans, it happened again. Things were going great–the Beach won the Big West Commissioner’s Cup last year for being the best athletics program in the conference. The men’s volleyball team recently won back-to-back national championships, and the university invested in volleyball heavily, making national waves with the hire of alum Tyler Hildebrand […]

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COLUMN: Long Beach Rolled Deep in NBA’s Summer League

Mike Guardabascio “You can take the Summer League out of Long Beach, but you can’t take Long Beach out of the Summer League.” That was the thought I had as I was driving my family home from Las Vegas last weekend, after 72 hours of nonstop basketball action at the NBA’s Summer League, hosted at […]

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COLUMN: Title IX’s Legacy Felt in Long Beach

Mike Guardabascio A few weeks ago we celebrated a milestone moment in American sports history, the 50-year anniversary of the passage of Title IX. A federal civil rights law that has influenced so much around gender equality in education, arguably Title IX’s biggest impact was leveling the playing field for girls and women in sports. […]

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COLUMN: Big West Baseball Needs a Conference Tournament

The562’s coverage of Dirtbags Baseball for the 2022 season is sponsored by P2S, Inc. Visit to learn more. When Long Beach State played Hawaii for the men’s volleyball national championship last month, it was a banner day for the Big West Conference. Those two teams have won every national title since 2017, solidifying the […]

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COLUMN: Cabrillo Football and the Value of A Win

Stat sheets and standings boxes can measure how many points a team scored or how many games they’ve won and lost, but they can’t measure the value of those things. That much was obvious last Friday night at the Cabrillo Lynwood football game, which the Jaguars won 26-12 to secure their first win in 694 […]

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COLUMN: Long Beach Goes Back to School During Emotional Week

Long Beach is a city built around its schools in the same way that some towns are built around a coal mine, or an automobile factory.  Education employs more Long Beach residents than any other industry, by a mile, and the Long Beach Unified School District is the city’s biggest employer, as well as its […]

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COLUMN: Let’s Appreciate Friday Night Lights While They’re Here

I covered two important events in the world of Long Beach schools last week, and they helped me chart the course for how I’m going to try and navigate the rest of the COVID-19 pandemic. On Wednesday, I was in attendance for the Long Beach Unified School District’s Board of Education meeting. At the meeting, […]

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COLUMN: New Belmont Pool a Win For All of Long Beach

Finally. More than seven years since the closure of the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool, the crown jewel of the Long Beach sports world is getting a worthy replacement. Last week the California Coastal Commission issued what should be the final “yes” vote to construct the new Belmont Pool, after years of red tape, lawsuits, rallies […]