BallIsLife Puts on a Spectacle

The heavily popular BallIsLife basketball organization held their annual All-American showcase game earlier this month at Long Beach City College.  It was an event that featured twenty-six of the best high-school seniors in the nation as they competed in a slam-dunk contest , 3-Point contest and 40 minute full length game.

2017AAGRosterAn eventful night saw Isaiah Washington (St. Raymond High School, Bronx, NY) take home the 3-point contest while Jalen Hands (Foothills Christian High School, San Diego, CA) awed the crowd with amazing creativity to win the slam-dunk contest.  The game itself was nothing but a show, take a look!


Michael Conlan Strives for Greatness

History says that Michael Conlan is the best amateur fighter ever to come out of the country of Ireland. After an impressive debut victory in his first pro fight, Conlan is determined to take his game to another level and looks to continue to re-write the history books.

The 25-year-old super-bantamweight fighter from Belfast, Northern Ireland bursted onto the boxing scene by winning a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.  Conan carried that medal momentum into the 2015 World Championships and proceeded to win the gold medal at Doha.

After great success as an amateur, the Irish sensation was signed to Bob Arum’s promotional boxing group, Top Rank.   Last March, he competed in his first professional fight and won by technical knockout in the 3rd round over Tim Ibarra.

Conlan has a unique ability to move in the ring and uses his athleticism and quickness to excel as a boxer.  He also has solid power for a super-bantamweight but says that he needs to improve on his inside game.

“My short-term goal is to become a world champion…as far as long-term goals, I want to become a three-weight world champion and the best fighter ever from Ireland,” Conlan expressed.




The Mexican Heavyweight

Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola has been a professional heavyweight boxer since 2003 and has a record of 36-5-1 with 31 wins coming by way of knockout. He has been in championship fights against some of the best in the game but has not been able to get over the hump and win a world title belt.

In 2009, Arreola challenged Vitali Klitschko (37-2, 36 KOs) for the WBC belt in Los Angeles, California amongst a crowd of 18,000. The Mexican boxer made an asserted effort to come forward in the early going and force pressure on Klitschko by throwing big shot after big shot. Unfortunately, most of his punches were blocked as Klitschko (6’7″) went on the defensive and used his height to control the range of action. Once it was known that Arreola could not hurt the Ukrainian, Klitschko began to line his big right hand up and fired it off frequently. Arreola took substantial punishment throughout the fight, and eventually retired on his stool in the 10th round as Klitschko was awarded the TKO victory.

Arreola got another chance at the belt last July as he faced the dangerous Deontay Wilder (36-0, 35 KOs) in a 12-round title bout at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama. The fight was a mismatch all the way as Wilder controlled the pace with his superior athleticism and hand-speed. Arreola was knocked down in the 4th round after being unable to sustain a barage of punches and retired in his corner before the start of the 8th round.

Nevertheless, Arreola has had a solid career and has been one of the few Mexicans to put his stamp on the Heavyweight division.

“The most memorable moment of my career was when I beat Damien Wills. I guess it was because he was undefeated and I was undefeated and it was a big battle for California and we were both Heavyweights on the rise,” Arreola says.


The Voice of the USC Trojans

Pete Arbogast is one of the best radio announcers in the country.  Over the years he has broadcasted play-by-play for the Los Angeles Clippers, Cincinnati Bengals, as well as professional baseball and ice hockey.  Arbogast currently works radio for the University of Southern California athletics and is most recognized for his play-by-play of Trojans football.

A local man from John Marshall High School and a former Trojan himself, Arbogast always aspired to be in sports media.  When working his way up the broadcast ranks, he had trouble making it to primetime but with a little advice from some great people, he found a way to make it his own.

“Vin Scully told me that the real trick is to be yourself…if you have a good personality or a story to tell, then you will always be able to be entertaining and convey things in a personable way,” Arbogast learned.


Northstar Holds Local Combine Training

Over 25 junior college athletes, who play football in the greater Los Angeles Area, attended Northstar Performance Training’s skills development camp held at Citrus College over the weekend.  The players competed in the 40-yard dash, L-Drill, shuttle and long jump.  The camp was solely based on getting athletes prepared for the tests they will receive in college as well as the NFL.

Keith Johnson (CEO of Northstar) held the JC showcase to expose young players to the prerequisites of an actual combine.

“One thing we consistently offer to these young athletes is more technical training and the ability to change directions and move the correct way…its important to be explosive on the football field and that is exactly what type of work that goes on at these camps,” Johnson explained.

Players from Citrus, San Bernardino, Long Beach, Golden West and many more were just some of the participants at the combine training.

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Bryce Hamilton is Underrated

Bryce Hamilton (Pasadena High School c/o 2018) is one of the most underrated prep athletes in the country. He has a unique ability to handle and score the basketball while also being a leader and stellar student-athlete. This kid is a dynamic player with great versatility and you’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone that can cover him 1 on 1. #Beast