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Pandemic Keeping Stars Home And Stopping Transfers

The effects of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic have been wideranging on sports and the larger world as well. One of the more subtle effects of those changes has been a desire to stay closer to home, with commercial air travel no longer something people can take for granted. The result has been a recent spate […]

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Long Beach Poly Volleyball Star Rylie McGinest Commits To USC

Long Beach Poly junior middle blocker Rylie McGinest did not need long to make the biggest decision of her athletic career so far. When she received a formal offer from USC a few days ago, McGinest committed immediately. “Oh I did commit on the spot, yes,” she said. “They said, ‘You can wait and think […]

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Nominate Your Long Beach Youth Sports Teams Of The Decade

The COVID-19 shutdowns have stolen so much joy from everyone. The sports community of Long Beach felt that the most this summer when fields and courts across the city were left unused. For the last decade, we have provided in-depth coverage of the incredible achievements of the elite Long Beach youth sports teams. We respect […]

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Long Beach Poly Volleyball Star Adonia Yandall Faumuina Commits to USC

Adonia Yandall Faumuina College Commitment Adonia Yandall Faumuina (Long Beach Poly HS) is one of the top women’s volleyball recruits in the nation. The standout of the Class of 2022 makes her college… Long Beach Poly junior outside hitter/setter Adonia Yandall Faumuina has ended a whirlwind college recruitment by announcing she’s staying close to home […]

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Oral History: Covering Long Beach At 2012 London Olympics

It was a true team effort when The Grunion covered the 2012 London Summer Olympics and all 32 athletes and coaches who had ties to Long Beach. Long Beach State’s Misty May-Treanor and Long Beach Poly’s Bryshon Nellum were two of the headliners, and the small but significant stories that Mike Guardabascio and JJ Fiddler […]

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Moore League Assembles Condensed 2020-21 Sports Schedule

The 2020-21 high school sports season will be unlike any other that came before it. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the entire sports calendar will be condensed into 197 days from December 12, 2020 until the final day of CIF State competition on June 26, 2021. The shortened time frame forced local administrators to get […]

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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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Love in the Time of COVID-19: Planning a Virtual Wedding

When engaged couples sit down to plan their dream wedding, there’s always plenty of considerations: venue, cost, guest list. For those planning their big day during the COVID-19 pandemic, of course, there’s a whole host of other concerns. That’s something that Long Beach’s Zana Bowens and Jonathan Kidd have learned over the last few months […]

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LBSU Well Represented At Long Beach AVP Event

PHOTO COURTESY AVP There weren’t any fans surrounding the large constructed beach volleyball courts in the Long Beach Convention Center parking lot over the weekend, but Long Beach State represented itself very well during the first AVP Champions Cup series since the COVID-19 shutdown. NBC started its national broadcast on Saturday afternoon with a Monster […]