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Beach Cities Sports: Pier2Pier registration, Broadway Gymnastics, Brett Hextall goes to NHL, Hermosa volleyball signup…

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Mira Costa basketball standout Thomas Johnson won co-MVP honors for the South Bay in the Dream All-Star Challenge that pitted players from the South Bay against a squad from Long Beach. Johnson finished with 29 points, 18 rebounds and five assists in a 97-90 loss.

Gymnastics: Broadway Gymnastic School’s Level 4 USAG Girls Gymnastics Team placed 2nd at the State Championships Qualifiers and contributors to Level 4‘s second-place team win from Manhattan Beach include Samantha Anderson, 7, Abby Anderson, 10, Daniela Arensdorf, 10, Kelly Tyukody, 14, Claire Barone, 11, Hannah Harris, 10, and Ashlyn Friedlander, 8. Samantha Anderson took 2nd place AA and won 1st in the state beam competition. Abby Anderson won 1st in the floor competition and 1st AA, 2nd on Bars and 3rd on Vault.  Tyukody won 3rd AA and tied for 2nd on beam. Arensdorf and Barone won 3rd on Bars. Harris won 5th on Bars and Friedlander took 8th on Vault.

Hockey: Manhattan Beach native Brett Hextall will skip his senior year at the University of North Dakota, signing an entry level contract with the Phoenix Coyotes of the NHL. In 115 career games with the Fighting Sioux, Hextall recorded 39 goals and 42 assists. His father, Ron, had a 13-year career as a goaltender in the NHL and is the assistant general manager for the L.A. Kings.

Volleyball: A co-ed 4-person beach volleyball league begins Tuesday, May 10 with games being played form 6-8 p.m. at 10th Street and The Strand in Hermosa Beach. Cost is $240 per team plus $5 per non-Hermosa Beach resident. Registration is available online at www.hermosabch.org or at the Hermosa Beach Community Center, 710 Pier Ave. prior to the opening day. For more information, contact Bill Sigler, bill@smacksportswear.com or Chris, cyj@prankmonkey.org.

Local Offers

Boys and girls ages 8 to 18 years old are invited to take part in Beach Cities Volleyball’s Summer Indoor Volleyball Program. The program will beheld in July and August allowing players of all skill sets, beginner to advanced, to have fun and improve their volleyball skills. Each week-long camp features a 5-star coach-to-player ratio and lunch or dinner for full-day participants. Full-day and half-day programs are available. Week 1: July 18-22, American Martyrs (Manhattan Beach); Week 2:  July 25-29, Westchester Park or Christ Lutheran Gym (Palos Verdes); Week 3: Aug. 1-5, Rolling Hills Prep Gym (Torrance); Week 4: August 8th – 12th at Rolling Hills Prep Gym (Torrance); Week 5: Aug. 15-19, Vistamar High School (El Segundo). For more information, visit www.beachcitiesvbc.com.

Running: The G.I. Joe Spring Pier-2-Pier Run/Walk will be held Saturday, June 11 at 7 a.m. The 4-mile course in the sand begins and ends at the Hermosa Beach Pier. The event is professionally timed and festivities include finish line entertainment, refreshments and lots of giveaways including free backpacks filled with goodies for the first 100 pre-registered participants. Proceeds benefit the Air Force Sergeants Association and El Segundo Unified School District. Registration is $25/runner before May 12th ($35 thereafter) and available at www.mbbootcamp.com. For more information, contact 310-836-9339 or jc@mbbootcamp.com.

Registration is open for the American Cancer Society Relay For Life Beach Cities to be held from 9 a.m. July 23 until 9 a.m. July 24 at Alta Vista Elementary School in Redondo Beach. Supporting Redondo and Hermosa Beach communities, the family-oriented event helps raise funds to help eliminate cancer while celebrating the lives of those who have faced the disease. Team registration is available online at www.relayforlife.org/beachcitiesca. For more information, call 310-348-0356.

Fitness: The SuperStar Fitness Sand Fun/Walk for Wounded Warriors takes places Saturday, May 21 at 8 a.m. beginning at the north side of the Hermosa Beach Pier. Proceeds benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, Paralyzed Veterans of America and Disabled Veterans of America organizations. Donation entry fee of $20 includes T-shirt and raffle ticket for chance to win a free six-week beach boot camp by SuperStar Fitness. To register, visit www.hermosabch.org. For more information, e-mail alec@ssfitness.com.

AdventurePlex, 1701 Marine Ave., Manhattan Beach is offering its Open Rock Wall and Ropes Course on Saturdays from 12-3 p.m. (Rock Wall is also open Sundays from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.). Whether a single child, the whole family, or just a group of friends (Ages 5 and up for rock wall, 8 and up for ropes course), the course provides challenges of solving problems and overcoming obstacles. Groups of seven will start every hour and will take approximately 45 minutes to complete the courses. Advance registration is recommended. Cost is $8-$20 depending on activities. For more information, call 310-546-7708.

Football: An eight-week Lineman Academy for football linemen in grades 9-12 will be held from 11 a.m. – noon Saturdays from May 7 through June 25 at Velocity Sports Performance, 2607 Manhattan Beach Blvd. in Redondo Beach. Players learn how to improve hip mobility, hand explosiveness, conditioning and leverage techniques. Cost is $149. For more information or to register, visit velocitysp.com/southbay.

Triathlon: Registration is open for the 7th annual Redondo Beach Triathlon sponsored by CaliforniaHealthPlans.com. The sprint event will be held Sunday, June 12 at 7:30 a.m. Sunday at the Veteran’s Park/Marina area in Redondo Beach. All of the proceeds go to Cheer for Children, a nonprofit organization that gives seasonal parties and raises money for acutely ill children at Harbor UCLA Medical Center. The USAT sanctioned scenic course event consists of a 1/2-mile swim, 6-mile bike, and 2-mile run. Space is limited to the first 600 entries. A non-competitive mini-sprint (half the distances) is also available. Awards will be given to the top three finishers in each division and the top two relay teams. Sprint fees are $80 (ages 13-19 and 65 and older), $90 (ages 20-64), $120 (relay). Mini-sprint fees are $70 and $100 for the relay. To register, visit rbtriathlon.com.

Martial Arts: The 8th Annual South Bay Open Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Tournament will be held July 16-17 at Cal State Dominguez Hills. To register, visit cjjusa.com.

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