It's going to be a busy Friday for Long Beach sports teams.
High School Football, 7:30 p.m.
Four local teams start the CIF Southern Section playoffs tonight. Long Beach Poly hasn’t won a postseason game at Veterans Memorial Stadium since beating Servite in 2014. The Jackrabbits take on another Trinity League opponent, JSerra, in the first round of Division 1. Poly has been outscored 83-28 in its last two playoff losses.
Two teams with recent playoff success are playing local opponents as Wilson travels to Paramount in Division 5, and St. Anthony hosts Norwalk at Clark Field in Division 6. The Bruins reached their first semifinal since 1991 last season, and the Saints won their first CIF title since 1948.
Millikan is back in the playoffs for the first time since 2009, and the Rams are hosting Northview in Division 8. It will be the first playoff game at Millikan in 31 years.
Long Beach State Men’s Basketball at San Francisco, 8 p.m.
This is the official season opener for the 49ers after their exhibition win over Cal State Dominguez Hills last weekend. LBSU has won four of its seven games against San Francisco, and lost the last meeting in a 2008 double overtime thriller. The Dons return a quality group of players that went 20-13 last season en-route to the program's first postseason appearance in three years.
Long Beach State Women’s Basketball vs. Pepperdine, 2 p.m.
The 49ers open the season at Walter Pyramid against Pepperdine. LBSU has won seven of 10 games against the Waves, and has won the last two meetings. The 49ers last opened up the season against Pepperdine in 1982 with a 92-52 win. The Waves are coming off of a 7-23 season full of injuries, and have a first-year head coach in Olympic gold medalist DeLisha Milton-Jones.
Long Beach State Women’s Volleyball vs. UC Riverside, 7 p.m.
The three-game homestand to end the season starts tonight against the Highlanders. LBSU (7-19, 4-9) started the Big West Conference schedule with a five-set win at UCR back in September. In that match, junior Megan Kruidhof had a career-high 21 kills plus 11 digs for her sixth career double-double.
Long Beach State Men’s Water Polo at UC Irvine, 7 p.m.
The 49ers (12-11, 2-2) close out the regular season on the road. LBSU beat UC Irvine in their most recent meeting at the Mountain Pacific Invitational in September, 12-7. LBSU will start the Golden Coast Conference Tournament in Irvine on Nov. 17.
Long Beach State Cross Country at NCAA West Regional
Both men’s and women’s teams are in Seattle, Wash., today for the NCAA West Regional at Jefferson Park Golf Club hosted by the University of Washington. The women run a 6K at 10:30 a.m. followed by a 10K for the men.
Long Beach State Women’s Tennis at CSUN Fall Tournament
This is the last tournament of the year for LBSU. Last year, Lena Pacholski, Maren Helgo and Natalia Munoz all won their individual matches on the third and final day in Northridge. The last time LBSU was in action it was late last month at the ITA Southwest Regional in San Diego where Pacholski, Munoz and Georgia Gulin had solid outings. The 49ers return to action in January when they host the Beach Tennis Winter Invitational.
Long Beach City College Football vs. El Camino, 6 p.m.
The Vikings (6-3, 3-1) lost a first-place conference game at Riverside last week, and finish the regular season at Veterans Memorial Stadium tonight. El Camino (5-4, 2-2) hasn’t beaten LBCC since 2013. The Vikings are averaging 39 points per game and quarterback Grant Lowary is averaging 271 yards per game with 23 touchdowns.
Long Beach State Women’s Volleyball vs. Cal State Fullerton, 7 p.m.
LBSU’s last three Big West wins have come in a sweep, and one of those was last month when the 49ers beat Fullerton on the road. In that match, LBSU had one of its best offensive nights of the season with a .371 hitting percentage. The 49ers are hitting .191 this season. Two wins this week could move LBSU up as high as fifth in the conference.
Long Beach State Women’s Basketball vs. Montana State, 1 p.m.
The 49ers are starting the season with a three-game homestand, and this is the second contest against the two-time defending Big Sky Conference champion Bobcats. Last year, Montana State made its first NCAA appearance since 1993. Returning seniors starters Hannah Caudill and Delany Junkermier lead a team that outscored its opponents by an average of 72-64.