End of an era at Long Beach State

Long Beach actually did it. I didn’t think they would pull it off. The 49ers looked tired, defeated and lost for most of the first set and the beginning of the second. But everyone was shown once again why there’s so much hype surrounding this team. The greatest dynasty this school has ever seen. Not just for success on the court, but the culture that the team has created for the city. The city loves the Long Beach State men’s volleyball team, and the team loves them back. A few hours after the game, wearing their championship shirts and hats, the team was able to recollect their thoughts and reminisce on the last few years. “Everything that the city has done for us, its something I’ll never forget,” redshirt senior Nick Amado said. “Long Beach will always be my home, I’m thankful for everything.” TJ DeFalco, Josh Tuaniga and Kyle Ensing sat together and for the first time in two years, they dropped their humble act and celebrated like champions. The trio went out on top as the best players in the nation on the best team in the nation and they knew it. Getting one to two percent better

By | 2019-05-06T17:54:35-07:00 May 5, 2019 | 8:56 pm|Categories: HP Sports, Men's Sports, Men's Volleyball, Sports, Sports Showcase|

Dirtbags suffer fourth straight loss in home opener

Something about Calvin Estrada’s body language as he tracked an otherwise routine fly ball to left in a Tuesday night game against University of San Diego didn’t feel right. He took tentative steps toward foul ground with his glove above his head as the ball bounced off the glove and allowed a run to score in the defensively abysmal second inning of the Dirtbags 4-0 loss in their home opener. “We just gotta be more aggressive at the plate,” sophomore catcher Chris Jimenez said. Long Beach State is now 0-4 to start the season. The second inning exploited the liability that is the Dirtbags’ defense. With a runner on first, the Toreros’ Shane McGuire hit a hopper over third base that freshman third baseman Kaden Hogan misplayed. Hogan took a first step in the wrong direction as the ball rolled into the outfield. The error left Toreros at second and third with no outs. Then Estrada’s error scored a run. Pinch Hitter Preston Miller grounded into a fielder’s choice, scoring McGuire from third putting the Dirtbags in a 2-0 deficit. “I just gotta throw strikes, hopefully the defense picks me up after those errors,” pitcher Basilio Pacheco said. A ground

By | 2019-04-08T11:46:07-07:00 Feb 19, 2019 | 11:21 pm|Categories: Baseball, Men's Sports, Showcase, Sports, Sports News, Sports Showcase, Today|Tags: , , , |

Dodgers’ loss was expected, but what’s next?

The Boston Red Sox completed the gentleman's sweep on the Los Angeles Dodgers Sunday night, but the sting of back-to-back World Series losses has already vanished for me. Last year the Dodgers had a chance with a game seven at home and momentum swinging for the boys in blue. They still fell, and it still hurts today. The seven game series last season was competitive, this years was one-sided. It took a seven hour, 20 minute and 18 inning match for the Dodgers to take only one game from the Red Sox. There was no way they were going to take the series, even if at times it felt like the Dodgers could make a comeback. So where do the Dodgers go from here? The two biggest variables right now are what is next for Clayton Kershaw and manager Dave Roberts. If Kershaw opts out of his contract, the Dodgers may have to consider moving on from their franchise ace. The pitcher has developed a reputation to choke in big moments, and with the rise of rookie pitcher Walker Buehler, the team may be able to invest in a deeper bullpen, something that haunted them the whole season. As for

By | 2018-10-30T12:28:17-07:00 Oct 29, 2018 | 10:07 pm|Categories: Sports, Sports Showcase, Today|Tags: , , |

Long Beach State loses heartbreaker to Cal State Fullerton

With the bright lights on Titan Stadium in Fullerton, both Long Beach State and Cal State Fullerton looked to make a statement in the Big West conference. The 49ers (6-6-2) lost to the Titans (6-8) 1-0 after senior goalkeeper Ashton McKeown mishandled a shot that ended up being an own goal in the 17th minute. "We kind of got unlucky in the first half so we knew we had to bring it on in the second half,” freshman forward Kaitlin Fregulia said. “We kept attacking, attacking –, unfortunately we couldn't [score].." The first half seemed to favor the Titans after they got on the scoreboard and controlled the pace of the game. In typical Big West fashion, the game was very aggressive as there was a total of 21 fouls, four yellow cards and one red card. While the lone goal proved to be the backbreaker for LBSU, the defense fought to keep the team in the game while not allowing a shot by CSUF in the final 42 minutes. "We figured out the game plan — what we needed to do to go forward and we did it," head coach Mauricio Ingrassia said. Heading into the second half, the

By | 2016-10-09T22:58:24-07:00 Oct 9, 2016 | 10:58 pm|Categories: Sports, Sports Showcase, Women's Soccer, Women's Sports|
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