Bixby diver competing for spot at Youth Olympic Games

Bixby Knolls resident Deon Reid (pictured) is in Columbus, Ohio this week, competing as a diver for the U.S. Youth Olympic Games trials. Top finishers there will travel to Guadalajara, Mexico in March for the qualifying event administered by Fédération Internationale de Natation– the organization recognized by the International Olympic Committee for conducting international competitions…

Roller derby league seeking female skaters

The recently formed Long Beach Roller Derby League is seeking women interested in participating in any capacity. There are spots for both skating and non-skating. Roller derby is a fast-paced, high-energy sport played on an oval track with two teams on quad (four-wheel) skates. Each team has five players on the track at a time,…

Three golfers added to LB Hall of Fame

The Long Beach Golf Hall of Fame will be welcoming three exceptional golfers as new members in 2009, according to Hall of Fame chairman Len Kennett. The new members are John Mallinger, John Merrick and Peter Tomasulo. “The City of Long Beach has a rich tradition of good golf and good golfers, and these fine…

Puppy Bowl V offers alternative for non-football fans

For those not so interested in the Super Bowl, there’s an alternative: Animal Planet’s 5th Annual Puppy Bowl. The unique show will air at 3pm Sunday, Feb. 1, on Animal Planet. While the Arizona Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Steelers go helmet-to-helmet at Superbowl XLIII, “Pepper the Parrot” will kick-off the Puppy Bowl with a unique…

Before Filling Up on Thanksgiving, Run It Off

Caption: Participants from the 2007 Turkey Trot Run/Walk The 6th Annual Thanksgiving Day 5K/10K Turkey Trot Run/Walk will take place on Thursday, Nov. 27 at the Belmont Pool in Belmont Shore, two blocks east of the Belmont Pier. More than 4,000 runners and walkers are expected. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit Community Action Team. Event T-shirts…

Long Beach Golf Learning Center begins program for children

The Long Beach Golf Learning Center’s new management team has approved and supported the LBGLC Junior Golf Program, which was started in early June 2008. Fabian Rivera, program and tournament director, and Brian Gonzales, professional golfer and program financial officer, have been working on the formation and improvement of this golf venture for local youths.

Rowing for the Gold

BY NICK DIAMANTIDES Staff Writer On land, Ron Harvey and Angela Madsen use wheelchairs to get from place to place. But put either one of them in a rowboat and the next thing you know, they’re on the other side of the bay. Harvey and Madsen are paraplegics. They are also world-class rowers who have…