Long Beach City College wins women’s basketball South Coast Conference title

On a night when Coaches vs. Cancer raised money for the American Cancer Society, the Long Beach City College Vikings women’s basketball team clinched the South Coast Conference title with a 58-50 win.

Cerritos won the men’s game 70-66 as both teams clinched a playoff spot.

In the women’s game, Cerritos led for the majority of the first half but was unable to sustain the lead as the Vikings were able to rally behind sophomore guard Shakeena Benton, who scored 11 of her team’s 30 points in the first half and finished with a game-high 22.

The Vikings took advantage of the 3-point line early, with three of Benton’s baskets coming from long distance that half. Freshman guard Abbey Goodsell sunk two 3’s as well, with the first bringing Long Beach within three and the next one tying the game at 17-17 with 8:25 left in the half.

Long Beach City College wins women’s basketball South Coast Conference title

The Rev. James Lawson, civil rights pioneer, delivers keynote at Long Beach breakfast

LONG BEACH >> One of the central architects of the nonviolent civil rights movement delivered the keynote address at an annual interfaith breakfast Tuesday that drew hundreds of religious leaders and community members.

The booming voice of the Rev. James Lawson Jr., 85, filled the auditorium at the Long Beach Convention Center during the 23rd annual Interfaith/Intercultural Breakfast hosted by the California Conference for Equality and Justice.

The Rev. James Lawson, civil rights pioneer, delivers keynote at Long Beach breakfast

 

49ers respond from loss to UCI with British Night win over UCR

The Long Beach State women’s basketball team split their games against UC Irvine and UC Riverside, falling at UCI 78-58 on Thursday before defeating the Highlanders at the Walter Pyramid, 65-52.

Both games featured slow starts out of the gate, with the 49ers not hitting double figures until the five-minute mark against the Anteaters. On Saturday, both teams managed to score just five points in the first seven minutes of play.

But while LBSU was unable to recover from their slow start on Thursday, freshmen Raven Benton and Anna Kim made sure the same couldn’t be said on British Night.

“Raven Benton did a really nice job,” head coach Jody Wynn said. “She got frustrated at times, but she got offensive rebounds and did a good job of controlling the glass. She finished around the rim really well, which then made her relax in terms of her perimeter game.”

Raven Benton comes off the bench to lead LBSU past the Highlanders.

 

Belmont Shore Chocolate Festival packed with fans

LONG BEACH >> Sweet tooth’s were being satisfied up and down Second Street on Saturday at the 10th annual Belmont Shore Chocolate Festival.

The chocolaty event is hosted by the Belmont Shore Business Association, and Executive Director Dede Rossi has been heading it up for four years.

“Any event we do down in Belmont Shore is to get people down the street to see what we have to offer,” said Rossi, who admits to being more of a vanilla girl. “We’ve had less than 20 restaurants in the past, but now we’ve got 30 restaurants participating.”

Belmont Shore Chocolate Festival packed with fans

 

 

Pyramid to go British

Junior forward Ella Clark won’t be blowing the candles out at home, but she will be celebrating her 22nd birthday inside a British-themed Walter Pyramid with her sisters.

Following the Saturday game against UC Riverside, the 49ers will be hosting British Night at the ‘Mid to help send Clark and her teammates to the land of Big Ben, Fish and Chips and David Beckham.

“I’m not sure what the whole game entails, but I’m hoping to see a flag that big hanging up in the Pyramid,” Clark said as she looked up at the giant American flag displayed inside the Pyramid.

But while there may or may not be a giant British flag flying in the ‘Mid that night, it will be the closest thing to hoops outside of the states.

The LBSU women’s basketball team will host British Night at the Pyramid after a game Saturday.

 

Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority to hold final workshop on renovation

A Great Egret searches for a meal in an inlet next to the San Gabriel River in the Los Cerritos Wetlands, near Gum Grove Park, Seal Beach. Activists are worries that the change of the inlet could endanger nearby eucalyptus trees that are habitat for wetland. Wednesday, November, 13, 2013. (Stephen Carr / Staff Photographer)

 

LONG BEACH >> The last of a series of workshops on how to renovate and protect 500 acres of sensitive wetlands between Seal Beach’s Gum Grove Park and Pacific Coast Highway will be held next month.

The March 20 hearing is the culmination of a process to involve and recruit residents to help protect the Los Cerritos Wetlands near the San Gabriel River. This final workshop will look specifically at three separate restoration designs in order to finalize an outline to protect the sensitive habitat. The work is being facilitated by Long Beach-based consultants Moffatt & Nichol Engineers.

Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority to hold final workshop on renovation

LONG BEACH >> The last of a series of workshops on how to renovate and protect 500 acres of sensitive wetlands between Seal Beach’s Gum Grove Park and Pacific Coast Highway will be held next month.

The March 20 hearing is the culmination of a process to involve and recruit residents to help protect the Los Cerritos Wetlands near the San Gabriel River. This final workshop will look specifically at three separate restoration designs in order to finalize an outline to protect the sensitive habitat. The work is being facilitated by Long Beach-based consultants Moffatt & Nichol Engineers.

Mark Stanley, executive director of the Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority, knows this initiative has been a long process; there are no quick fixes.

“We want to do the restoration to get these wetlands to where they were once before,” Stanley said.

Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority to hold final workshop on renovation