A handful of Long Beach high school basketball, soccer and water polo teams made school history with playoff success this month, but none of them lifted the spirits of their community like the Jordan High School boys’ basketball team did with a CIF championship.
The Panthers beat Sage Hill 68-57 on Saturday at Edison High School to win their first CIF Southern Section title since 1996, and they did it in front of a huge crowd representing the Northside.
Jordan students, teachers, alumni and families came together and filled more than half of the Edison gym to support the Panthers. There were also multiple Long Beach high school administrators and coaches who came wearing Jordan blue, and even the Panthers cheerleaders and band made the trip to Huntington Beach—turning Edison into J-Town for a few hours.
“This is special for our school and our community,” Jordan basketball coach Chris Francis …