December 24, 1998 |
Chris Lewis sat in the press box at Veteran's Stadium in Long Beach, staring down at the Long Beach Poly football team. It was 1995 and Lewis was a quarterback for the Jackrabbit freshman team. "We'd watch the varsity play and my best friend would say, 'That's going to be you next year.' " Lewis recalled. "It just didn't register in my mind. I was just playing football. I had no idea it would take me this far."
December 7, 2007 |
Long Beach Poly has produced more NFL players than any high school in California, and the position that college coaches count on for the Jackrabbits to deliver a top prospect every season is defensive back. Former Poly defensive backs are scattered around the nation, from Donovan Warren at Michigan to Vincent Joseph at USC, from Rodney Van at UCLA to Byron Davenport at Washington.
February 27, 2002 |
The road to perfection is paved with good luck, and unbeaten Long Beach Poly traversed that road Tuesday in its victory over Chino Hills Ayala. Two marquee players for Ayala fouled out, and two players who had done nothing offensively turned into heroes in the final minutes of the second-seeded Jackrabbits' 42-40 Southern Section Division I-AA semifinal victory at Long Beach City College.
September 23, 2011 |
Alex Bridgford did not need to have his best game Friday to beat a mistake-prone Long Beach Poly. The Mission Viejo quarterback had two touchdown passes but also threw three interceptions as the host Diablos (3-1), ranked No. 3 by The Times, held on to beat the No. 8 Jackrabbits (3-1), 17-12, in a Pac-5 Division showdown. Bridgford found success early, connecting on touchdown passes to give the Diablos a 14-6 halftime lead. An injury to running back Jahleel Pinner slowed Mission Viejo in the second half, but Bridgford strung together a series of completions on the Diablos' final possession to run out the clock.
March 28, 2010 |
Forgive me for doing something very foolish. I'm going to make a prediction on the top high school boys' basketball teams for 2010-11 before the travel-ball season has begun, meaning there are lots of transfers that will take place before the new school year begins. So barring someone 6-foot-10 arriving from Mississippi or a couple players from Lancaster moving to Orange County, here are the teams to beat: Long Beach Poly. With two guards, a forward and a center returning from a 28-5 team, the Jackrabbits start out as the No. 1 team in California.
November 28, 2010 |
There's usually a debate when starting any basketball season over which team deserves to be No. 1. Not this season. With action beginning on Monday, Long Beach Poly starts out as a clear No. 1 in boys' basketball. And the Jackrabbits aren't just interested in knocking off Santa Mater Dei, Etiwanda and Corona Centennial en route to winning a Southern Section Division 1AA title. "Our kids are extremely focused on winning a state championship," Coach Sharrief Metoyer said. "Our sights are set on being the last team playing in Division I and the last team standing.
May 12, 1994
Long Beach Poly guard Dion Holton, who earlier indicated he had committed to Cal State Fullerton, has signed to play basketball with Portland. A Portland athletic department spokesman confirmed this week that the school had received his signed letter of intent.
June 8, 2002 |
When Long Beach Poly won the boys' and girls' 400- and 1,600-meter relays in the state track and field championships at Cerritos College last Saturday, it marked the first time that a school had taken all four relay events in the same year. Nine girls' teams have won both relays since girls began competing in the state championships in 1974. Six boys' teams have also been double relay winners during that time.
June 21, 2002 |
Long Beach Poly has been named school of the year by Cal-Hi Sports for the second consecutive year. The Jackrabbits didn't finish No. 1 in the state in any sport, according to the publication's rankings, but are considered to have the best combination boys' and girls' track and field and basketball programs. Poly had previously been honored in 1980-81.
February 22, 2002 |
Shantae McKinney, a two-time City Section champion in the girls' 800 meters for Westchester High, will run track for Long Beach Poly this season. McKinney, a junior who transferred to Poly at the start of the school year, has career bests of 2 minutes 12.38 seconds in the 800 and 55.21 in the 400.