49er women win close game against Hawaii, blow out Fullerton

The Long Beach State women’s basketball team got back on the winning track by taking down the Big West’s top-ranked Hawaii in a 74-72 game that was close throughout.

The Beach got things started off how it had hoped, with good post defense and constant commotion down low. Senior Jade Wilson, who set a career-high 24 points and 10 boards, played a key role in the paint production as the 49ers didn’t rely on their outside shots. – See more at

49er women win close game against Hawaii, blow out Fullerton 



Dodger players make pitch for recess at Moffitt Elementary in Norwalk

A sea of blue Dodgers caps cheers on the former Dodgers in attendance for the Playworks event at Moffit Elementary. (Press-Telegram)

Dodgers legends Tommy Davis, “Sweet” Lou Johnson, Derrel Thomas and Tim Leary visited Moffitt Elementary school in Norwalk last week to promote the importance of recess.

The retired ballplayers who played as early as 1959 and as late as 1994 are just a few of the former professional athletes joining Playworks, a structured-play program designed to improve the physical and intellectual well-being of children through handball, jump rope, hula hoop, tag and other physical activities.

“What’s most important to us is helping students, families and schools understand that play is important for kids,” Playworks’ Southern California Executive Director LaVal Brewer said. “There are schools in the country who don’t even have recess.”

Dodger players make pitch for recess at Moffitt Elementary in Norwalk


Long Beach School for Adults celebrates 100 years

LONG BEACH >> The Long Beach School for Adults celebrated 100 years on Saturday, a milestone some feared the recent recession would keep them from reaching.

A group of about 30 faculty members and former students, some who have been with the program from the late 1960s, gathered in the school’s auditorium to share their experiences and hopes for the future.

Many thanks were made to the teachers and faculty members who have made adult school a springboard to success.

However, getting to this point wasn’t easy.

“This celebration today means a lot because we made it through a very tough period these last few years,” said Janet Cassara, English as a Second Language coordinator. “The program was once thriving but started to diminish in 2008.”

With cuts that took a $4.9-million budget to zero by 2011, LBSA was forced to rely solely on state funding and increased registration and class fees, while also losing programs like its High School Diploma program.

Classes that were once free now cost roughly $250 to $350 per semester. The school offers such classes as animal care, job skills, clerical and computer classes and a certified nursing assistant program. More than a thousand students a year earn their GED certificates through LBSA programs.

“Despite the budget crisis and the many obstacles faced, the program has continued to remain because of dedicated people in the community and the valuable teachers,” said LBSA Principal Matt Saldana, who is also principal of Beach High School. The two schools share facilities.

Long Beach School for Adults celebrates 100 years


Book chronicles Lakewood family’s loss of two children from rare liver disease

A longtime Lakewood resident has chronicled the challenges of losing a daughter and then a son to the same liver disease, and the journey of faith that carried his family through it.

“When you go through a trial like this you don’t stay the same; you either get closer to God or you run from him,” said Danny L. Deaube, whose book “I Will Praise You in the Storm” was released in November.

The storm began when their second child, Stephen, was diagnosed as an infant with a rare form of chronic active hepatitis called familial intrahepatic cholestasis (FIC) that attacked his liver. After their third child and only daughter Holly was born, they learned she too carried the disease.

Stephen, 8, and Holly, 4, visiting Disneyland with their parents in 1983. (Submitted photo)

Holly endured three liver transplants but became so infected by the third transplant that when a fourth liver was found for her, the Deaube family chose to decline it so that it could be used to save another transplant patient’s life.

Holly died at age 8, in the winter of 1987. Stephen was 12.

Almost two decades later, Stephen died as well, likely because of a virus contracted from a blood transfusion during a liver transplant.

Deaube offers a perspective of burying not one child, but two.

“God is good, God is in charge and he doesn’t make mistakes. God was good before our kids passed away and he’s still good now.”

Deaube and wife Bonnie lived in Lakewood for 35 years where they discovered their faith, Danny working as a bricklayer and Bonnie as a behavioral aide for the Los Angeles County School District. The were high school sweethearts at Jordan High School.

“We became born-again Christians when Stephen was born and we began having these storms of life,” Deaube said.

They both retired in 2007 and moved to Monroe, Ore., a town of 600.

While he completed the book rather quickly for someone who doesn’t consider himself a writer, there were a number of obstacles that Deaube had to overcome before completing the book in 2011.

“When I first started writing, I didn’t think I’d remember all the dates. It was hard to go back and remember some of the details. Normally you don’t talk about some instances, but I thought it was important to share what happened during that time. Some of it was very graphic and intense.”

The Deaubes live on 10 acres in Monroe with their 20-year-old son, Dustin, who was born after Holly died. He is not a carrier of the disease, nor is brother Donald, 44, who lives in Lakewood with his wife and four children.

“What we try to do is promote organ donation. Most people that are waiting for organs die waiting, as was the case for Stephen,” Deaube said. “There’s such a need for organs, and there’s just not enough to go around.”

Cal Poly wins game, Sanchez gets ring

Alex Sanchez, 3, is surrounded by teammates as she watches a video before being proposed to by boyfriend Chris Helmage after Saturday’s game at the Walter Pyramid.

Alex Sanchez, 3, is surrounded by teammates as she watches a video before being proposed to by boyfriend Chris Helmage after Saturday’s game at the Walter Pyramid.

Tears were shed after Saturday’s game against Cal Poly, but it wasn’t because the 49ers lost in overtime.

Long Beach State fell to the Mustangs, 107-102, in its first 100-point game in eight years, but the mood quickly turned positive as guard Alex Sanchez accepted a marriage proposal at half court after the game.

The game itself certainly lived up to its high expectations given that the reigning Big West Champs were in town with the dynamic Cal Poly lineup that yields two of the top three scorers in the Big West: Molly Schlemer (18.6) and Ariana Elegado (17.5).

The 49ers lose to Cal Poly in overtime, but the evening ends on a positive note as guard Alex Sanchez gets engaged.

49ers’ comeback effort falls short in loss at UC Davis

DAVIS, Calif. – The Long Beach State women’s basketball team was forced to come from behind for a second time in as many games this week, but the final result yielded a different outcome as it lost to UC Davis, 63-60.

Unlike the game against UC Irvine on Thursday, the 49ers were unable to extend their lead to anything of significance because of a rough night shooting and an inability to establish themselves at the free throw line.

However, despite the rough night on offense in which the 49ers shot just 35.6 percent compared to the Aggies 44.2 percent, The Beach was presented with multiple chances to take the game late thanks to a healthy combination of good team defense and unforced turnovers by UC Davis.

“We dug ourselves into a hole, and they played really well in the first half,” head coach Jody Wynn said. “We were able to recover on defense in the second half and our presses were really good.”

With about eight minutes left in in the first half, a rare four-point play by Idit Oryon sparked a 17-2 run for the Aggies and would eventually hold a 39-28 advantage at the half.

Long Beach State has a chance to send the game into overtime, but missed threes leads to a 63-60 loss. 

49er women use late runs to force overtime, beat UC Irvine

Basketball is a game of runs. For the Long Beach State women’s basketball team, it made runs when it mattered most Thursday afternoon, winning 84-75 over UC Irvine.

The black and blue rivalry game certainly fit the billing as LBSU beached the Anteaters in overtime after the 49ers made an 11-2 run to force the extra period.

With 3:30 left on the clock in the second half and the momentum in UC Irvine’s possession, the ‘Niners not only established a run to force the game to overtime, but also continued that run into overtime. A Jade Wilson jumper sparked a 12-3 run that led to the nine-point victory in both teams’ Big West opener.

Not only were their runs impressive on the offensive end, the ‘Niners made stops when they needed to and held UCI without a field goal in the final five minutes. “We didn’t quit,” head coach Jody Wynn said. “We made big plays and got big stops as time was winding down in regulation.”

Long Beach State comes back to beat the Anteaters, 84-75.