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CLARK: LBSU will experience some growing pains this year

Jason Clark, Sports Editor

August 26, 2013

Filed under Commentary, Sports, Women's Soccer, Women's Sports

It’s a common problem to have in college sports: key players graduate, leaving a multitude of holes in a starting lineup. That problem, however, is what keeps college sports interesting. It’s what prevents schools not named Alabama from reeling off championship after championship like the New York Yankees. It’s what opens up opportunities for new players to fight their way to the top. In the case of the Long Beach...

CLARK: Despite losses, LBSU will still compete for a Big West title

Jason Clark, Sports Editor

August 7, 2013

Filed under Commentary, Sports, Women's Soccer, Women's Sports

In most cases, when a mid-major team loses an All-American forward and an NCAA All-West region defender in the same year, it earns them a one-way ticket to irrelevance. This is not most cases. The 49ers may have lost Nadia Link, Alex Balcer and five other seniors, but an incredible amount of depth may keep head coach Mauricio Ingrassia’s team near the top of the Big West Conference. Last year’s squad returns a...

MORRIS: Steve Nash’s soccer tryout could help grow sport

Michael Morris, Assistant Sports Editor

July 31, 2013

Filed under Commentary, Sports

Ron Artest was amnestied, Dwight Howard wanted to “have fun again” and Steve Nash worked out for Inter Milan? While his workout on Tuesday was something that could remove another starter from a deteriorating Lakers’ lineup, don’t expect Nash to jump ship like Howard. Inter Milan is a professional soccer club in Italy’s Serie A league that is based in Milan. It has hosted elite soccer players like Kaka and Ronaldinho. So...

CLARK: Braun is hopefully the beginning of the end

CLARK: Braun is hopefully the beginning of the end

Jason Clark, Sports Editor

July 24, 2013

Filed under Commentary, Showcase, Sports

The steroid era was supposed to be over. It was supposed to have ended with Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire and Roger Clemens. The only traces of it were supposed to have been with veterans like Alex Rodriguez...

MORRIS: Miami is the best possible destination for James Ennis

MORRIS: Miami is the best possible destination for James Ennis

Michael Morris, Assistant Sports Editor

July 4, 2013

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

Long Beach State forward James Ennis went from Long Beach to South Beach in the 2013 NBA Draft. He won’t be playing for the team that drafted him, but for Ennis, the situation couldn’t be better. The...

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 30, 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 21, 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...