Another Fall semester means another chance for the Long Beach State men’s basketball team to make a run at returning to the NCAA tournament, something it hasn’t done since the 2011 season. However, the return of last year’s leading scorer Mike Caffey and an infusion of a talented recruiting haul and transfers from other programs could see the 49ers’ season continue into the madness of March.
Richard Rossi grew up in Pittsburgh emulating the iconic Pirates’ right fielder Roberto Clemente. He’d attend home games in the dollar seats at Forbes Field where he learned the idiosyncrasies of his childhood hero before replicating them as a youth on the baseball diamond. It was only natural that he cried his eyes out when Clemente perished in a plane crash in 1972, and now as a director and actor, that he becomes the first to dramatize the Puerto Rican superstar’s life.
Skyler Boles and Shaun Boyer are used to being stared at by strangers. It’s not uncommon for crowds of curious onlookers to gather as they dive and swat a little yellow ball onto what looks like miniature trampoline. In fact, they count on passerby’s inquisitive looks as they hone their skills on the sands of Alamitos Beach, hoping to spread the gospel of the obscure but growing sport of Spikeball.