L.B's 100 Greatest Sports Moments: 11-100

11. Mark O'Meara wins the Masters to top the best season of the former 49er's career. Augusta, Georgia, April 12, 1998.

12. Misty May, Benishe Dillard, Anja Grabovac, Brandy Barratt, and Veronica Walls lead the 49ers volleyball team to a dream, record-making unbeaten season. Madison, Wisconsin, Dec. 19, 1998.

13. Lisa Fernandez smothers the competition to lead the U.S. Olympic softball team to its third gold medal. Athens, Greece, Aug. 23, 2004.

14. The Long Beach Nitehawks win the International Softball Congress World's Fast-Pitch Title for the 10th time. Kimberly, Wisconsin, Aug. 31, 1975.

15. St. Anthony wins the CIF title behind its great backfield, a terrific accomplishment for a small school in the one-division era of CIF play. L.A. Coliseum, Dec. 11, 1948.

16. Wilson's Jeff Burroughs is selected American League MVP, Arlington, Texas. Jan., 1974.

17. The U.S. Olympic men's eight rowing team wins the gold medal in a terrific duel with Italy. Long Beach Marine Stadium, Aug. 13, 1932.

18. No. 3 Long Beach State, before a sold-out arena and national TV audience, beats No. 6 Marquette. Long Beach Arena, March 3, 1973.

19. Joan Lind wins a silver medal in the Olympic single sculls, the first U.S. medal in women's rowing competition. Montreal, July 24, 1976.

20. Wilson's Jessica Hardy breaks the world record in the 100-meter breaststroke at the 2005 World Championships. Montreal, July 25, 2005.

21. Charlie Sifford makes history by winning the Long Beach Open. Long Beach, Nov. 10, 1957.

22. Tyus Edney (a Poly High graduate) goes coast-to-coast in 5.8 seconds to beat Missouri en route to UCLA's first NCAA title in 20 years. Boise, Idaho, March 19, 1995.

23. Earl Thomson wins Long Beach's first Olympic gold medal. Antwerp, Belgium, Aug. 18, 1920.

24. U.S. Olympic swim trials attract record crowds as a moveable pool proves swimmingly good. Long Beach, July 7-14, 2004.

25. Jered Weaver strikes out the first 10 Trojans in a game that set the tone for the best season ever by a Dirtbag. Blair Field, Feb. 13, 2004.

26. Susie Atwood shows she's the world's best swimmer at the age of 16. Louisville, Kentucky, Aug. 19, 1969.

27. Greta Andersen, the mermaid of long-distance swimming, becomes the first person to swim from Long Beach to Catalina and back, and in record time. Oct. 5, 1958.

28. Maureen O'Toole, who broke in with men, finally realizes her Olympic dream. Sydney, Australia, Sept. 23, 2000.

29. LBSU football player Mark Seay loses a kidney, keeps his career and shows what courage is all about. Clemson, South Carolina, Sept. 1, 1990.

30. Jeff Severson intercepts two passes against San Diego State to set an NCAA college division record for picks in a year with 15. San Diego, Nov. 29, 1969.

31. Bob Ctvrtlik helps U.S. to the 1988 Olympic volleyball gold medal. Seoul, South Korea, Oct. 2, 1988.

32. Poly beats Phoenix High School, 102-0, to win the Southwestern title in a triple crown season. Long Beach, Jan. 10, 1920.

33. Long Beach State alum Jason Giambi is chosen 2000 American League MVP. Oakland, Jan. 2001.

34. Dwight Stones high jumps 7-7 to set a world record in the NCAA Championships. Philadelphia, June 5, 1976.

35. Long Beach State finds out how hard it is to beat UCLA in a heartbreaking NCAA Regional final. Salt Lake City, March 20, 1971.

36. John Van Blom and Tom McKibbon win the European double sculls title, the first international title by Americans. Klaugenfurt, Austria, 1969.

37. Veteran Long Beach City College water polo coach Monte Nitzkowski goes unbeaten (but not golden) in the Olympics. Malibu, Aug. 10, 1984.

38. Laura Baugh becomes the youngest female golfer to win the U.S. Amateur title, at 16 years and two months. Atlanta, Aug. 2, 1971.

39. Tony Azevedo, the youngest U.S. Olympic water polo player, begins his Olympic career by scoring 13 goals. Sydney, Australia, Oct. 1, 2000.

40. George Allen's amazing comeback, and the last shining moment for LBSU football. Long Beach Veterans Stadium, Nov. 17, 1990.

41. Long Beach City College football makes it three national titles in five years with a 28-6 win in the Junior Rose Bowl. Pasadena, Dec. 12, 1964.

42. John Rambo jumps 7-1 to win the bronze medal in the 1964 Olympic Games. Tokyo, Oct. 21, 1964.

43. Poly beats Mater Dei, 45-44 in overtime, in the game of the decade to win the CIF basketball title en route to the state title two weeks later. L.A. Sports Arena, March 3, 1984.

44. The Dirtbags are born and make their first trip to the College World Series. Tucson, Arizona, May 27, 1989.

45. Valerie Brisco-Hooks wins the last of a record three gold medals in the 1984 Olympics. Los Angeles Coliseum, Aug. 11, 1984.

46. Lute Olson leads Long Beach City College to the state basketball title with a 57-54 win over Cerritos. Santa Maria, March 13, 1971.

47. Kate Schmidt sets a world record in the javelin, throwing the spear 227-5, Furth, East Germany, Sept. 11, 1977.

48. Marlene Bauer Hagge beats Patty Berg in sudden death to win the second LPGA title. Detroit, June 24, 1956.

49. Poly's Earl McCullouch sets national scholastic records in two hurdles events at the CIF championships. Cerritos College, May, 1964.

50. Jordan's Ron Fairly is chosen CIF player of the year. Long Beach, May, 1956.

Moments 51-100

The 50 moments that make up the rest of the Top 100, in chronological order:

1905: Poly's girl's basketball team wins the school's first state title, and the first of six in a seven-year span.

1921: Poly goes 16-0 and wins its first state boys basketball title behind coach Eddie Kienholz and Morley Drury, beating Monrovia 36-17 for the CIF crown and Berkeley 21-17 for the state title.

1923: Morley Drury runs Poly to a 15-8 CIF football title game win over Glendale.

1929: LBCC's basketball team wins the school's first state title, the first ever offered in California JC ranks.

1936: Poly goes 24-0-1 under Orian Landreth in a three-year span, taking 1934 CIF football crown 34-14 over Chaffey and 1936 title 21-0 against Glendale. The team did not enter the 1935 playoffs but beat eventual CIF champ Santa Barbara during the regular season.

1941: Wilson's Al Brightman drops 51 points on Leuzinger, averages a city record 22.7 points and is chosen CIF basketball Player of the Year.

1941: Betty Hicks (Poly, LBCC) wins U.S. women's amateur golf title.

1942: Poly wins its third CIF basketball title in four years under Charlie Church, going 82-10 between 1939 and 1942. Bob Howard (1939) and Ed Gillean (1940) are the first two CIF players of the year.

1944: Vern Stephens (Poly, LBCC) leads the A.L. in RBI with 109 and the St. Louis Browns to their first and only World Series appearance.

1948: Rory Cochran wins two track gold medals at the London Olympics, in the 400 hurdles and 4x400 relay team.

1950: Behind George Van Zant, George Timberlake and Dewey Tompkins, Long Beach City College wins its first state football title.

1950: Bud Daley's two-out, two-run, last-inning single keys Wilson's run to the CIF baseball title and his player of the year award.

1953: St. Anthony's Bill Bond scores a state record 59 points against Serra in a season in which he set a national scholastic basketball career scoring record.

1959: Poly's Willie Brown throws a touchdown pass with two seconds left to keep Poly alive in the CIF football playoffs en route to their second straight title.

1959: Chuck Stearns and Vicki Van Hook win World Water Ski Championships in Milan, Italy.

1961: Wilson's Bob Bailey is chosen CIF baseball player of the year and signs a $175,000 contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

1964: The Congressional Cup shoves off from the Long Beach Yahct Club for the first time.

1964: Mary Jo Peppler (Millikan) is chosen to the first U.S. Olympic volleyball team.

1969: Mando Ramos (Poly) wins world lightweight boxing title at the age of 19.

1970: Gary Gabelich becomes the 34th man to set the world land speed record at Bonneville Salt Flats, going 622.457 mph.

1970: Long Beach State beats its rival San Diego State, 27-11, before 39,005 at the Big A to claim PCAA football title.

1972: Cathy Rigby, competing out of Long Beach SCATS gymnastics club coached by Bud Marquette, leads the U.S. to its best Olympics, finishing fourth in the team competition.

1975: Competing against boys, Poly's Jane Ward wins the CIF diving title.

1975: Millikan's Matt Livingston wins six of seven individual titles at the CIF gymnastics championships.

1976: Greg Harris goes 16-4 and leads LBCC and coach Joe Hicks to its third state baseball title.

1976: Poly sprinter and long jumper Martha Watson competes in her record fourth Olympics.

1976: Jericho Poppler, one of the founders of women's professional surfing, wins the world surfing championships.

1977: Del Walker (Wilson, Poly, LBCC, LBSU) wins his ninth Virginia Country Club title at the age of 64, 37 years after winning his first. In his career, he also eagled every hole at Virginia, won two state titles while at LBCC, coached Poly basketball to a CIF title, was A.D. at LBCC during its heyday, and was one of the premier amateur golfers in several generations.

1979: Bobby Grich (Wilson) hits .294 with career highs of 30 homers and 101 RBI to lead the Angels to their first playoff appearance.

1980: LBCC's gymnastics team wins its 13th consecutive state title.

1983: Ron Crawford (LBCC, LBSU) is the first American inducted into the International Water Polo Hall of Fame.

1983: Long Beach State's LaTaunya Pollard Garrett wins the Wade Trophy as the nation's best women's college basketball player.

1984: Americans won medals in all seven events (four gold, three silver) during the ''best-ever'' Olympic yachting competition off Long Beach.

1984: Mike Tully (Millikan) sets an American pole vault record (19-1/4) while winning the Olympics silver medal.

1986: Mark Templeton sets a still-standing NCAA football record for most receptions in a season (99) and a career (252) by a running back.

1987: Long Beach State's women's basketball team under Joan Bonvicini advances to its first Final Four.

1989: Tara Cross-Battle, Sheri Sanders and Antoinette White lead Brian Gimmillaro's Long Beach State women's volleyball team to its first NCAA title.

1990: Loyola and Bo Kimble, with the memory of Hank Gathers' tragic death still in mind, set the NCAA record for most points in the NCAA tournament in a 149-115 win over defending champion Michigan at Long Beach Arena.

1991: Long Beach State and coach Ray Ratelle wins its first NCAA men's volleyball title behind Brent Hilliard, Brett Winslow and Alan Knipe.

1991: Jordan under coach Ron Massey wins its first CIF basketball title.

1993: Long Beach State's basketball team, led by Lucious Harris and Bryon Russell, upsets No. 1 Kansas in Lawrence.

1993: Tom Amberry makes 2,750 consecutive free throws, a Guinness world record.

1995: Ron Allice leads LBCC to its 11th state track and field title.

1995: Long Beach City College, behind quarterback Neo Aoga, rallies from a 46-18 deficit to win the national football title.

1996: Wilson and Long Beach State product Paul Goydos wins his first pro golf tourney, the Bay Hill Classic.

1998: Former Long Beach State running back Terrell Davis of Denver is chosen MVP of Super Bowl.

2002: Wilson's Cynthia Barboza is selected CIF girls volleyball Player of the Year. She would later be chosen high school athlete of the year twice.

2004: For the fourth consecutive year, Poly sprinter Shalonda Solomon posts a 100/200 double win at the CIF track championships.

2005: Poly's Willie McGinest wins his third Super Bowl ring as New England beats Philadelphia.

2005: Wilson's boys water polo team wins its fifth consecutive CIF title and tenth in the last 11 years.

 

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