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Mustangs hold off relentless Panthers

Mustangs hold off relentless Panthers

by Paul Teetor Mira Costa won a wild 35-27 shoot-out with Peninsula Friday night, but had to survive an epic 21-point Peninsula comeback, a 20-minute blackout and a last-second on-side kick that could have given the Panthers one last chance to send the game into overtime. “What a great game!” said a happy and relieved […]

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Preston Sturges a prescient screenwriter

Preston Sturges a prescient screenwriter

The Hollywood legend’s struggles disclosed in biography by son by Paul Teetor      If Thursday night’s book signing at Pages Bookstore was a Preston Sturges film, it would have been called “The Manhattan Beach Story.” The plot summary: a son who worships his long-dead, celebrity father as a hero finds some old letters and diaries that […]

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Bay League battle becomes Battle of the Bunglers

Bay League battle becomes Battle of the Bunglers

  by Paul Teetor The much-hyped, highly anticipated Battle of the Bay League Big Boys quickly turned into the Battle of the Bay League Bunglers Friday afternoon. Palos Verdes ground down Mira Costa in a game that featured an all-you-can-stand buffet of fumbles, interceptions, penalties and missed field goals and points after. In the end, […]

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LeBron’s Lakers locked and loaded

LeBron’s Lakers locked and loaded

My mother always told me, don’t talk about it, be about it.” — LeBron James by Paul Teetor “I’m happy to be a Laker,” LeBron James declared as he put down the mic and walked away from the media after baring his soul for 14 long minutes.  James’ horrible, no good, very bad Lakers experience […]

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Mustangs trample Torrance, next up Palos Verdes

Mustangs trample Torrance, next up Palos Verdes

by Paul Teetor                        After Friday night’s destruction of West Torrance, the Mira Costa football team is now on a three-game winning streak and hungry for more.  Next up for the galloping Mustangs: Palos Verdes, the traditional Bay League bully. This time the mercy rule wasn’t invoked — but it was still their second straight blow-out […]

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Costa’s ‘Slingin’ Sam shoots down ES Eagles

Costa’s ‘Slingin’ Sam shoots down ES Eagles

by Paul Teetor The rivalry game between the El Segundo and Mira Costa football teams Friday night turned into a one-sided rout quicker than you can say “Lord have mercy.” The rarely invoked mercy rule – in which the game clock does not stop for time-outs, injuries, scores, etc. — was in effect for the […]

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Friendships formed, hearts broken at Manhattan Open

Friendships formed, hearts broken at Manhattan Open

by Paul Teetor       Trevor Crabb and Reid Priddy took the concept of “frenemies” – two people who seem friendly but are under-the-surface enemies — to a whole new level at the Manhattan Beach Open Sunday afternoon. Redondo Beach’s Crabb and his new partner Priddy – a former Olympic indoor gold medalist — capped off a […]

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The old man and the little mermaid

The old man and the little mermaid

“You’re on your own, just you and the ocean.” – Dwight Crum Pier to Pier announcer Dick Douglas by Paul Teetor        She’s the youngest person ever to swim in the two-mile Dwight Crum Pier to Pier race. He was the oldest person in Sunday’s race. In an after-race photo, he looked like a proud grandfather […]

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Day, Flint dominate, Budinger, Patterson break through at HB AVP

Day, Flint dominate, Budinger, Patterson break through at HB AVP

by Paul Teetor There were two very different endings Sunday afternoon for two local favorites with huge fan clubs – Sean Rosenthal of Redondo Beach and Emily Day of Torrance. After a long, grueling day of monster blocks, diving sets and laser-like kill shots in front of a standing-room-only crowd at the AVP Hermosa Open […]

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MB Tennis Open proves value of city Parks and Rec program

by Paul Teetor The Manhattan Beach tennis pipeline is starting to produce good players – even tournament-tested, college-level championship players – thanks to a comprehensive Parks and Rec kids program that enrolls several hundred beginners every year. Local legend Maegan Manasse started her career at Live Oak Park, dominated SoCal high school play while at […]

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Manhattan Beach Charles Reilly is MB’s Man of Letters 

Manhattan Beach Charles Reilly is MB’s Man of Letters 

by Paul Teetor Retired Colonel Jim Montano of Huntington Beach came to Pages bookstore Sunday afternoon just as his fellow Vietnam veteran Charlies Reilly was finishing up a brief talk on why he started writing letters to the editor 20 years ago – and how he ended up as the Los Angeles Times undisputed champ […]

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Consolation Kids prevail at Manhattan Beach Live Oak Park 3 on 3 basketball tourney

Consolation Kids prevail at Manhattan Beach Live Oak Park 3 on 3 basketball tourney

“This is like watching the Bad Boy Detroit Pistons play the Bad Boy Detroit Pistons.”    by Paul Teetor Three brand new Live Oak Legends – Jersey Joe, The Kid, and Turbo – were born last Friday afternoon during the 48th Annual Live Oak Park 3 on 3 Basketball Classic. They achieved legendary status by pulling […]

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Redondo boys win seventh straight Bay League basketball championship

Redondo boys win seventh straight Bay League basketball championship

By Paul Teetor A star was born – for at least a day – Thursday night. It’s every end-of-the-bench scrub’s dream scenario, the fantasy that keeps them going through practice after dreary practice and endless games where they sit and watch: Come off the bench, hit the big shot, win the big game, take home […]

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ES Sports – Pedaling back down Mainstreet

ES Sports – Pedaling back down Mainstreet

Jack Spiro’s Schwinn bike shop harkens back to when bikes were meant for pedaling

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Hawks evokes mercy rule, Mustangs upsets Palos Verdes

Hawks evokes mercy rule, Mustangs upsets Palos Verdes

  Redondo center Chase Bowsher (left) and power forward Chimeze Maduno (center) led attack against Compton Centennial. Lucas Hobbs (left) led Mustang scoring with 18 points. Photos by Ray Vidal by Paul Teetor There’s an obscure CIF rule that says that if a basketball team takes a lead of 40 points in the fourth quarter […]

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