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All-City Spirit of Long Beach Award: Athletic Administrators

Each year, we award the Spirit of Long Beach to a person or group of people who move us, and who we feel we’ll remember for years to come when we look back. This year, the Spirit of Long Beach is going to a large group, but one that rarely gets mentioned in print: administrators, […]

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All-City Highlight Video of the Year: Poly vs. Millikan Baseball

One of the most memorable games of this past season wasn’t played with a CIF championship plaque on the line, or even in the playoffs. The second regular-season meeting between the Poly and Millikan baseball teams was such an exciting, well-played, back-and-forth game, it needed a highlight video almost 10 minutes long to capture the […]

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All-City Inspirational Story of the Year: Long Beach Poly Football

There was a moment after the Long Beach Poly football team’s season-opening overtime win over Serra where Jackrabbits coach Stephen Barbee was overcome with emotion, and needed a second before he could answer a question. “These kids inspire me,” he said. “They put in work every day, they didn’t take days off, even when stuff […]

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All-City Dual-Sport Athletes of the Year: Kenny Barnabee, Xavier Heard

Hopefully there will never need to be another sports schedule like the one we saw this past spring. Sports seasons overlapped in new and difficult ways, making it even more challenging for multi-sport athletes to pursue their various passions. There were a number of athletes who navigated those choppy waters, but two of them stood […]

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VIDEO: Long Beach Boxer Ashton Sylve Part Of Docuseries

Long Beach boxer Ashton Sylve is one of the young athletes spotlighted in a ‘No Days Off’ episode from Whistle. READ MORE about Sylve. 17-Year-Old Boxing BEAST Got Floyd Mayweather’s Attention 👀 This episode of No Days Off is in partnership with Axe. 17-year-old boxer Ashton Sylve has already caught the attention of some of […]

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All-City Coaches of the Year: Carl Buggs, Torie Frapwell

This year was the hardest year we’ve ever had selecting Coaches of the Year, with six Moore League teams winning CIF Southern Section championships and a number of others pulling off dramatic turnaround. Every coach deserves a salute for bringing a team onto the playing field during such a turbulent year, but we’re choosing to […]

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All-City Girls’ Team of the Year: Long Beach Poly Basketball

Perhaps no team in the city represented the nationwide perseverance through the COVID-19 pandemic than the Long Beach Poly girls’ basketball team, which overcame the odds to win a CIF Southern Section Division 1 and a CIF State Southern California Regional championship.  The Jackrabbits finished the season at 18-2, but their story was so much […]

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The562.org All-City Athletes of the Year: Hank Rivers, Jade McDonald

This is the eighth year of the revived All-City Awards, which resurrect a decades-long tradition of honoring the city’s best high school athletes. Last week, we looked at the top athletes in each sport, and this week we present other awards including Game of the Year and Coach of the Year. The centerpiece of the […]

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Ricky Tiedemann Headlines Long Beach’s 2021 MLB Draft Class

The 2021 Major League Baseball Draft wrapped up on Tuesday, with seven Long Beach area ballplayers hearing their names called during the 20-round affair. Last season’s draft was condensed to just five rounds, leaving an even larger crop of talent in this year’s player pool. One of the most notable hold-overs from last year’s shortened […]