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

Jason Clark, Sports Editor

April 16, 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 26, 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 18, 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 12, 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,...

VAN HOOSIER: 49ers are breaking out of shadow cast by Ware and company

Daniel Van Hoosier, Staff Writer

February 19, 2013

Filed under Commentary, Men's Basketball, Sports

Could this Long Beach State basketball team really be as good as the one before it? There is no reason it shouldn't be, as long as it continues to grow at the rate is has over the last few weeks. Despite head coach Dan Monson's vow to never again take on so many transfer players in a single season, he is pleased with what his team is becoming. After a pair of wins over Cal State Fullerton and UC Riverside last week, which came b...

VAN HOOSIER: Long Beach State is well on its way to a Big West championship

Daniel Van Hoosier, Staff Writer

February 7, 2013

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

Dan Monson is finally beginning to see his team improve and develop at the rate he's been hoping for. After Saturday's win over Cal Poly, the coach said his players have put together a sustained effort in practice over the last few weeks, something he was begging for from them earlier in the season. With junior transfers Keala King and Tony Freeland now 10 games into their Long Beach State basketball careers, the landscape of...

CLARK: Monson finding temporary stars in transfers

CLARK: Monson finding temporary stars in transfers

Jason Clark, Sports Editor

January 22, 2013

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

Dan Monson has found a solution to the graduation of his core four from last year in a trio of transfers: Dan Jennings, Keala King and Tony Freeland. A year after losing four seniors that had been starters f...