Basketball Compton Obituary

Obituary: Carl Lewis’ Death Rocks Compton, Long Beach Hoops Community 

The Compton community was rocked last week by another shooting death of a young basketball player, Carl Lewis, who was killed near Compton High. Lewis, 19 years old, was a talented player well-known in the city. He is the third teenaged basketball player to be shot and killed in Compton in the last four months, […]

COVID-19 Long Beach State Obituary

Obituary: Long Beach State Mourns Loss of Longtime Scoreboard Operator, Jim Farrell

For the last 15 years, the scoreboard inside Walter Pyramid has been at the trusted fingertips of Jim Farrell. The Long Beach State alumnus was a loyal supporter of Beach athletics and a mainstay on the scorer’s table. On the morning of November 8, Farrell died at the age of 69 due to complications from […]

Football Long Beach Poly Obituary

Obituary: Community Mourning Loss of Keith “Slice” Thompson

The Long Beach community is mourning the loss of a beloved mentor and longtime Long Beach Poly football assistant Keith “Slice” Thompson, who passed away last week after a battle with cancer. “He was a real community guy who did everything he could to give back and uplift the kids here,” said Poly boys’ athletic […]

Baseball Obituary

Feature: Ford Family’s Special Reason to Root For Dodgers Title

Millions of baseball fans across Southern California are rooting for the Dodgers as they try to win their first World Series since 1988—perhaps none louder than Long Beach’s Ford family.  The Fords lost the patriarch of their family, Bruce, last November. The longtime Long Beach Port operating engineer’s unexpected passing devastated his wife and five […]

Obituary Soccer Wilson

Obituary: Tierney Kaufman Hutchins Left Mark At Wilson High

The Wilson High community is still mourning the death of Tierney Kaufman Hutchins. Last month, the accomplished alum and her unborn child, Keira Wade Hutchins, passed away due to complications during pregnancy. Kaufman Hutchins was 35. “Her biggest super power was the ability to connect with people,” her brother Dalton Kaufman said. “She was very […]

Acura Grand Prix Of Long Beach Obituary Racing

Obituary: Bruce Flanders, Longtime Grand Prix Voice

Bruce Flanders, the longtime voice of the Grand Prix of Long Beach, passed away last Friday at the age of 75.  Flanders had been the official race announcer for the race since 1978, with an energetic and enthusiastic voice that became synonymous with the sunshine and excitement of Long Beach’s signature event. “The ‘Voice of […]

Obituary Volleyball Wilson

Obituary: Wilson Volleyball Coach Susan Pescar Passes Away

PHOTO BY Stephen Dachman; Susan Pescar and her son Spencer accompany Wilson volleyballer Cynthia Barboza for her induction into the school’s Hall of Fame last Fall. Legendary Wilson volleyball coach Susan Pescar passed away earlier this month at the age of 70 after a long battle with cancer. Pescar, who coached both girls’ and boys’ teams […]

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Obituary: Jim Herrick, Understated and Irreplaceable

10/2/41-7/1/20 The Long Beach sports world lost a unique and irreplaceable figure earlier this month with the passing of baseball/softball champion and longtime Century Club volunteer Jim Herrick. Herrick was golfing at Little Rec with three friends when he passed away at the age of 78. “You don’t find guys like him very often,” said […]

Aquatic Obituary

Long Beach Paralympian Angela Madsen Tragically Dies At Sea

Three-time Paralympian Angela Madsen died at sea over the weekend while attempting a solo row from Southern California to Honolulu. Madsen was about halfway through her record-setting solo row when she stopped responding to messages on Sunday. A cargo ship enlisted by the U.S. Coast Guard discovered Madsen in the water with her boat, Row […]

Basketball Long Beach Poly Millikan Obituary

Long Beach Basketball World Mourns Passing of Wright, Mosley

The Long Beach basketball world is mourning a pair of losses with the passing of Millikan alum Naomi Iman Wright and Poly alum and longtime volunteer Matthew Mosley. Wright, 23, was tragically killed in late January after being stabbed while dancing at Catch One, a nightclub in Los Angeles. A recent Millikan alum, Wright was […]