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CLARK: Make an exception and root for CSUF

Jason Clark, Sports Editor

June 5, 2013

Filed under Baseball, Commentary, Sports

There is only one circumstance during which a Long Beach State fan should root for the Titans of Cal State Fullerton. LBSU fans should only hope that their bitter rivals from inland Orange County win if a CSUF victory directly helps a 49er team’s chances at winning the Big West Conference or improving its place in the conference standings. Even then, 49er fans can simply root for the team opposing the Titans to lose —...

CLARK: In a battle of even teams, LBSU should have gotten the NCAA tournament bid

Jason Clark, Sports Editor

April 29, 2013

Filed under Commentary, Men's Sports, Men's Volleyball, Sports

It seems that the oft-criticized NCAA may be lacking more common sense than we originally thought. A three-person selection committee made its picks for the four-team NCAA men's volleyball tournament Sunday afternoon and decided to give No. 3 UC Irvine the at-large bid over No. 2 Long Beach State. This was just one day after the 49ers defeated the Anteaters in the semifinals of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournamen...

CLARK: Men’s volleyball is making up for a tough year at LBSU

Jason Clark, Sports Editor

April 20, 2013

Filed under Commentary, Men's Sports, Men's Volleyball, Sports

It's been a tough year at Long Beach State. The athletic success of 2011-12 hasn't carried over to 2012-13, but the expectations have led to disappointing finishes in just about every sport. The women's soccer team followed up a Big West Conference title and elite eight appearance in the NCAA tournament with a season in which it finished fifth in the Big West despite being ranked in the national top 25 early in the seaso...

CLARK: Success of Dirtbags’ season will come down to results in road games

Jason Clark, Sports Editor

April 15, 2013

Filed under Baseball, Commentary, Men's Sports, Sports

Big West Conference play is still in its early stages, but one thing is already abundantly clear: the Dirtbags will need to win on the road to stay in contention. Long Beach State (16-18, 6-3 Big West) is coming off a three-game sweep of UC Davis, which is the only Big West team that is still winless in conference play. The sweep moved the Dirtbags into a tie for second in the conference standings and within striking distance ...

CLARK: Next year can’t come quickly enough for LBSU basketball

Jason Clark, Sports Editor

March 25, 2013

Filed under Commentary, Men's Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

The last time the Long Beach State men's basketball team was on the court, it was enduring a 112-66 blowout at the hands of Baylor. That's an ugly way to end a season that began with a lot of promise. Despite having to replace 80 percent of their starting lineup, the 49ers were expected to make a second straight NCAA tournament appearance because of the addition of several talented transfers. They certainly won more games a...

CLARK: There is plenty of blame to go around, but it shouldn’t be placed on Ennis

Jason Clark, Sports Editor

March 17, 2013

Filed under Commentary, Men's Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

At the postgame press conference following Long Beach State's 67-60 loss to UC Irvine in the semifinals of the Big West tournament, senior guard James Ennis sat with his head resting on his hand, his eyes pointed straight down at the table in front of him. Ennis stayed like that for three full minutes. He didn't do more than glance up or speak more than a word until the very end of the press conference. "I'm just down on mys...

CLARK: ‘Niners must solve recent issues to win the Big West tournament

Jason Clark, Staff Writer

March 11, 2013

Filed under Commentary, Men's Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

Yesterday afternoon, Long Beach State head coach Dan Monson was sitting in his office, his hand grasping the remote control to his flat-screen TV. He had just been named Big West Coach of the Year for the third time and senior star James Ennis had just won Player of the Year honors, but you wouldn't know that by the look on his face. That's because he was watching the tape from Sunday's blowout loss to Pacific. The score on the scr...

CLARK: Pitchers and freshmen are playing big roles in Dirtbags’ success

Jason Clark, Sports Editor

February 25, 2013

Filed under Baseball, Commentary, Men's Sports, Sports

Arguably the biggest question mark going into the Dirtbags' 2013 season was how head coach Troy Buckley would deal with the complete turnover of his starting rotation. Three starting pitchers from last year's staff, including All-Big West selection and MLB draft pick Shawn Stuart, either graduated from Long Beach State or turned professional. The fourth regular starter from 2012, All-Big West honorable mention Ryan Strufing,...