Beach Cities Sports: Tony Gwynn holds hitting clinic, running events, paddleboard racing, volleyball, tennis and more

Brett Aspel

Redondo ace Brett Aspel was the winning pitcher in the Blue All-Stars’ 11-5 victory over the Red All-Stars in the annual South Bay Athletic Club Senior All-Star Game held at El Segundo’s Recreation Park. The Blue squad also included Redondo infielder Linda Park and Mira Costa first baseman Chloe Krasnoff. Redondo coach Jennifer Dessert was an assistant coach for the Red team, which included Sea Hawk infielder Cindy Zamudio, catcher Jessie Cotton and first baseman Jennifer Stevens, who had an RBI single. Mira Costa infielder Kamyle Glover and outfielder Sabrina Stewart also played on the Red squad. Photo by Ray Vidal

Baseball: South Bay Surf Baseball will be hosting two hitting clinics with Hall-of-Famer Tony Gwynn on Thursday, June 16 from 4-6 p.m. at Torrance American Baseball, 23009 Doris Way, Torrance and from 7-9 p.m. at the Redondo Union High School varsity field. Information and registration is available at E-mail for additional questions.

In the South Bay Athletic Club’s annual senior all-star game, Mira Costa’s Sean Isaac and Redondo’s Grant Wessel were two of seven pitchers who combined for a one-hitter leading the Blue All-Stars to a 3-1 victory over the Red squad. Isaac struck out the side in the fifth inning and Wessel earned the save striking out two in the final frame.

Aquatics: The Jimmy Miller Foundation and Hennessey’s presents the South Bay Dozen surf, paddleboard and surfski event on Saturday. Competition begins at 8 a.m. at Torrance Beach. All participants are awarded raffle tickets and prize money is allotted to the events top five men and top three women as scored by overall points. For more information, contact Michael Murphy, 310-991-1837,

The annual Rock-to-Rock paddleboard race will be held Sunday. Paddleboarders compete on the new 22.17-mile course from the Isthmus on Catalina Island to Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro beginning at 6:30 a.m. The $100 entry fee includes shirt, pre- and post-race meals and finishers’ awards. For more information, contact George Loren, 678-1179,

Volleyball: The City of Manhattan Beach hosts a Father’s Day beach volleyball tournament Sunday from 9 a.m. – noon on the south side of the Manhattan Beach Pier. Fee is $50 per player with proceed benefitting Project Fatherhood. Divisions include 10U, 11-14, 15-18, 19 up and 4-person (full court). All participants receive a T-shirt. 310-802-5448.

Surfside Volleyball Club is offering two hour indoor classes twice a week for beginning, intermediate and advanced volleyball players (girls) ages 10-14 starting June 27 and going throughout the summer. For more details, contact Carolyn Lawson, 310-372-6595, or visit and view clinics on the top tool bar.

California Beach Volleyball Association (CBVA) will be holding Men’s AA, B and Women’s A and Open competition on Saturday and Men’s AA, B and Women’s A and AA tournaments on Saturday, June 25. Both events begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Manhattan Beach Pier. For more information, contact JP Saikley, 310-220-9558 or visit

Registration and Volunteer Positions are now open for the United States Youth Volleyball League (USYVL) Fall Season. Register now and don’t miss out on the exciting youth volleyball league. The 8-week league in Hermosa Beach at South Park will run from September until November. The USYVL is also looking for volunteer coaches, site directors, and clinicians (volleyball instructors). For more information on registration, volunteer positions, or locations near you, log on to or contact the National Office at 1-888-988-7985.

Olympic gold medalist and former professional beach volleyball star Eric Fonoimoana will be holding an Elite Beach Volleyball Academy for two weeks at the south side of the Hermosa Beach Pier. The goal of the camp is to produce Division 1 talent for girls to earn a beach scholarship and boys to become a better indoor player by becoming a better-rounded player. The Academy runs from 12-3 p.m. July 18-21 and July 25-28 for boys and girls ages 12-18. Boys and girls ages 8-11 meet from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. July 25-28. Registration is available through the city of Hermosa Beach.

Boys and girls ages 8 to 18 years old are invited to take part in Beach Cities Volleyball’s Summer Indoor Volleyball Program. The program will be held in July and August allowing players of all skill sets, beginner to advanced, to have fun and improve their volleyball skills. Each week-long camp features a 5-star coach-to-player ratio and lunch or dinner for full-day participants. Full-day and half-day programs are available. Week 1: July 18-22, American Martyrs (Manhattan Beach); Week 2:  July 25-29, Westchester Park or Christ Lutheran Gym (Palos Verdes); Week 3: Aug. 1-5, Rolling Hills Prep Gym (Torrance); Week 4: August 8th – 12th at Rolling Hills Prep Gym (Torrance); Week 5: Aug. 15-19, Vistamar High School (El Segundo). For more information, visit

Running: The 10th Annual Manhattan Beach 5K Summer Solstice race will be held Saturday at the Manhattan Beach Pier. The race is held on the morning of the year’s lowest tide, creating a wide, flat, fast, out-and-back course on hard packed sand. Entry fee $30. Kids races $25. Unique awards given to top five in each age group. Free T-shirts to pre-registrants and late entrants while supplies last. Event begins at 7 a.m. For more information, contact Jeff Atkinson, 938-5544, or

Guinness World Record holder Christian Burke hosts the Hermosa 24 Ultramarathon Saturday and Sunday from noon to noon giving participants a chance to break his record of running in the sand for 83.04 miles in 24 hours. The 3.46-mile soft-sand course goes from the Hermosa Beach Pier to the Manhattan Beach Pier and back. Solo and relay categories available with proceeds benefitting local schools. Individual fee is $120, team prices vary. For more information, visit

Registration is available through July 1 for the 18th annual Village Runner 4th of July 5K Run/Walk. The race begins at 8 a.m. in front of Village Runner, 1881-A Catalina Ave., Redondo Beach. The event also includes the Little Moon Firecracker Dash for kids. Cost is $25, kids’ dash $20. Medals awarded to top three in each age division. Cash prizes to top three male/female finishers. For more information, call 310-546-1888 or visit

Registration is open for the American Cancer Society Relay For Life Beach Cities to be held from 9 a.m. July 23 until 9 a.m. July 24 at Alta Vista Elementary School in Redondo Beach. Supporting Redondo and Hermosa Beach communities, the family-oriented event helps raise funds to help eliminate cancer while celebrating the lives of those who have faced the disease. Team registration is available online at For more information, call 310-348-0356.

Tennis: Redondo Tennis is holding its Jr. Summer Break Special for boys and girls ages 5-17. Held at Redondo Union High School beginning June 20, 10 weeks of unlimited tennis is $495. Directed by two-time Manhattan Open Champion Dave Mahoney, sessions are held Mon.-Fri. from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 2-5 p.m. For more information, call 310-619-7349 or visit

Fitness: AdventurePlex, 1701 Marine Ave., Manhattan Beach is offering its Open Rock Wall and Ropes Course on Saturdays from 12-3 p.m. (Rock Wall is also open Sundays from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.). Whether a single child, the whole family, or just a group of friends (Ages 5 and up for rock wall, 8 and up for ropes course), the course provides challenges of solving problems and overcoming obstacles. Groups of seven will start every hour and will take approximately 45 minutes to complete the courses. Advance registration is recommended. Cost is $8-$20 depending on activities. For more information, call 310-546-7708.

Martial Arts: The 8th Annual South Bay Open Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Tournament will be held July 16-17 at Cal State Dominguez Hills. To register, visit

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