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NBA season starts without spectators

Amid the different safety measures in place across the country because of COVID-19, the National Basketball Association has decided to restart its season with new safety measures and no spectators. The season was forced to stop in early March 2020 because of safety concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic. The players, coaches and NBA administration met […]

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Kobe Bryant’s wife releases Bryant’s final book

Kobe Bryant’s final project, the young adult novel “The Wizenard Series: Season One,” was released March 31, leaving fans emotional and nostalgic. Bryant’s wife, Vanessa Bryant, announced the first teaser of the book release on her Instagram, leaving fans eager to read the final words of the former Los Angeles Lakers player. Bryant collaborated on […]

Luc Stringer | Banner | JT Boyd, sophomore aviation takes a shot on Ej Oziengbe (number 10), senior kinesiology major.

Intramural basketball offers students way to stay active

Students at California Baptist University have the opportunity to participate in intramural sports, which way to be active without the commitment and competitive level of playing on the university’s Division I athletic teams. Marnie Kavern, intramurals program director, is in charge of intramurals at CBU and said she enjoys working with students in the area […]

Phillip Ndowu | The Banner | A group of mourners pay their respects Jan. 26 to Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna at L.A. Live outside the Staples Center, home of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Fans mourn basketball legend

Basketball fans around the world and the greater Los Angeles community continue to mourn the loss of Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others after a helicopter crashed into a hillside in Calabasas, Calif., Jan. 26, killing all on board.  His wife Vanessa Bryant recently announced via Instagram that […]

Luc Stringer | Banner | Milan Acquaah, junior business administration major, strikes his way towards the hoop were makes his shoot, he finishes the night with 30 points

Men’s basketball team succeeds

The California Baptist University’s men’s basketball team is new and improved this 2020 season with a current record  of 17-7. Head coach Rick Croy discussed how ready and focused the team needs to be throughout the mid-season. He said they need to continue to battle and fight to have an edge in its second season […]

Reagan Lee | Banner Sydney Palma, redshirt freshman communications major, dribbles the ball around her opponent during a game against CSU Bakersfield.

Women’s basketball improves over break

The women’s basketball team went 1-6 over the semester break, snagging a win Dec. 16 in an upset against Idaho State University. The Lancers’ current overall record is 8-10, but the women’s basketball team is known for gaining momentum as the season unfolds. Head coach Jarrod Olson said, “Typically, our teams have finished the year […]

Cullen’s Column: Top Storylines For New School Year

Lancer fans who thought the transition process from Division II to Division I would be a long, fruitless waiting period were in for a great surprise last year.  The 2018-19 sports season was chock-full of success and delightful storylines that went well beyond DI “firsts.” Now, it appears the 2019-20 school year will be kind […]

Cullen’s Column: Safe to call first DI season successful

When the California Baptist University Athletic Department announced the school’s transition from NCAA Division II to Division I in January 2017, it started a cycle of excitement and speculation.  When fall 2018 rolled around, the Lancers not only put all speculation to bed, but exceeded expectations and surprised a large number of fans in Riverside […]