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Young Mustangs play like vets against Gondoliers

Young Mustangs play like vets against Gondoliers

by Paul Teetor The Mira Costa boys basketball team got its Pac Shores Tournament off to a rousing start Monday night with a dramatic, two-point, come-from-behind win over Venice in the first round of pool play.  Year two of Head Coach Neal Perlmutter’s rebuild of Costa’s traditionally mediocre basketball program got a jolt of rocket […]

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Sea Hawks deliver first win to new head coach Welch 

Sea Hawks deliver first win to new head coach Welch 

by Paul Teetor Redondo boys basketball head coach Nick Welch sounded more relieved than happy after his team opened the Ryse Williams Pac Shores Tournament Monday night with a gritty, first-round 60-50 win over South Gate South East High School. “I’m just glad it’s out of the way,” Welch said after his very first game […]

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First half momentum propels Mustangs past Sea Hawks

First half momentum propels Mustangs past Sea Hawks

Whitney, Southey connect for three TDs  by Paul Teetor It was only a 3-yard pass, but rarely has a single play had such a huge impact on a rivalry game. After the Mira Costa and Redondo football teams fought and scrapped their way to a 7-7 tie shortly before halftime Friday night, the Mustangs got […]

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Mustang, Sea Hawk victories ramp up rivalry tensions

Mustang, Sea Hawk victories ramp up rivalry tensions

  by Paul Teetor The Mira Costa and Redondo football teams both won last Friday night to set up their annual end-of-the-season rivalry game as a battle for second place in the Bay League and all the playoff seeding advantages that go with it. There is even a remote chance that the winner will share […]

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Mira Costa, Redondo rival for second, playoff seeding

Mira Costa, Redondo rival for second, playoff seeding

by Paul Teetor The Mira Costa vs. Redondo rivalry football game is always a high point of the regular season, regardless of the teams’ records. But this year the Nov. 1 game at Costa is shaping up as an even bigger deal than usual. It looks like it will be a battle for second place […]

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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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