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PODCAST: Long Beach Football Practice Is Back!

This week on the podcast we’re talking to Wilson football coach Mark Ziegenhagen about returning to the practice field this week under new restrictions. We also catch up with Long Beach State athletics director Andy Fee to find out why the Los Angeles Angels are using Bohl Diamond at Blair Field and what it’s going […]

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Lakewood, Dirtbags Alum Matt Duffy Signs With Yankees

Lakewood and Long Beach State alum Matt Duffy has signed with the New York Yankees as part of their 60-player roster, the team announced over the weekend. Duffy is part of an expanded player pool for the 2020 season, which will be a truncated 60-game schedule due to the COVID-19 shutdowns.  Duffy will join Wilson […]

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PODCAST: Long Beach Schools Plan Athletics Return

This week on the podcast we’re talking about all of the Long Beach schools moving into position for the return of athletics on campus. Millikan athletics director Kevin Marchael joins us to discuss what’s going on with the Rams. 10:30 Millikan athletics director Kevin Marchael 32:45 Sports ranked by difficulty

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FEATURE: Local Businesses Design Custom Masks for Long Beach Schools

“I’m a very resilient person. That’s one of the key elements to having a business. You have to be resilient. And many times, you have to reinvent yourself.” Isaac Zambrano is one of several store owners who has seen his business impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, but he’s also one of a few local business […]

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COLUMN: Can We Keep the Drive Through Graduations?

Like most people in Long Beach, I cannot wait for the COVID-19 clouds to pass us by, and to resume something resembling normal life. I’m craving an absent-minded trip to Target or a an anxiety-free date night down in the center of my bones. But even as we continue to muddle through this strange new […]

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PODCAST: Why Change Long Beach High School Names?

This week on the podcast we’re joined by a few guests to discuss Long Beach high school name changes, old school football championships and what’s new with the Long Beach State Dirtbags. 01:00 The562.org’s own Tyler Hendrickson talks about our classic look back at the 2012 Long Beach Poly football championship. 05:00 Jordan High teacher […]

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Long Beach State Dirtbags Part Of Abbreviated MLB Draft

The world of baseball has been changing quickly this month. The breakdown of economic return to play talks between MLB owners and the players association started the ball rolling, and the draft last week maintained the unprecedented momentum. A shortened five-round draft and an overall cut of slotted salary levels created a record run on […]

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LBUSD Board Votes To End Moore League Transfer Rule

The Long Beach Unified School District’s Board of Education voted to abolish its one-year ineligibility rule for student-athletes transferring between Moore League schools at last week’s board meeting. The vote passed unanimously, 5-0, undoing the rule which had been on the books since March 17, 2015. The rule has been widely decried by Moore League […]

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Long Beach Sports World Reacts To Protests

This past weekend, for the first time in months, the nation’s attention shifted away from the COVID-19 pandemic. Discussions about face masks, testing, and reopening businesses quickly shifted to a fervent, open dialogue about race and police brutality in America following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Long Beach was very much a part […]