Elite sports teams don’t typically get to map out their own route to greatness, but there’s nothing typical about the 2019 Long Beach State men’s volleyball team.
Long Beach has produced more professional football and baseball players than any other city in America, so it’s not surprising that more than 30 athletes with ties to Long Beach competed in the most recent National Football League and Major League Baseball seasons.
Cesar Vazquez is a naturally deft defender who is here to learn English before returning to his native Mexico. Brayan Mora is a talented striker who fled Venezuela as a political refugee last year with an unpredictable future.
After almost a half century of entertaining fans and serving the community, the stars have aligned this year for McDonald, now 66.
His popularity in Pittsburgh and on the internet have led to his jersey being the No. 8-selling jersey in the NFL, according to Dick’s Sporting Goods.
They all took very different paths to playing for local schools this season, and this month they have chances to add CIF Southern Section playoff success to their already impressive resumes.
Whether you’re a Viking or a 49er, your team is getting some new flash this year as Long Beach’s college teams rebrand.
In the last three years Xue has gone from a shy newcomer to a fully integrated part of the Long Beach culture—but the road wasn’t easy.
For decades Long Beach was known as a place where prominent alumni left the community, and often didn’t return. That trend has changed over the last 10 years.
Five Long Beach youth sports organizations—baseball, softball, water polo, soccer and rugby—are competing in multiple national tournaments this summer.