Many legends and stories have come out of this Marine League rivalry known as “The Harbor Battle” dating back to 1948. The nickname came about since most of the students’ parents work in the adjacent industrial harbor area of Long Beach. Wages are bet on the outcome of this game and proud parents earn bragging rights from their kids. The teams are from the two oldest schools in the area. Banning, founded in 1926 and formerly a predominant all black school, now has a large Hispanic demographic as does San Pedro, founded in 1935. Legendary Coach Chris Ferragamo, brother of LA Ram Vince, has been Banning’s coach since 1969. Until he took over the coaching program, San Pedro led the series. Banning has produced 14 NFL players under his direction, including Frank Manimaleuna, Courtney Hall, Travis Davis, Stanley Wilson and of course, Vince. San Pedro’s Head Coach Mike Walsh is no slouch himself, having won many Marine League titles and four city titles, as well as having coached three undefeated seasons and having been in the playoffs every single year.
James Sykes II
James Sykes II is the starting cornerback for Banning and a member of the basketball and track teams. He has been on the Honor Roll every year in high school. James is in the top 10% of his class and plans to attend Arizona State University.
Marc LaGrande is a four-year letterman on the San Pedro varsity football team, receving 2nd Team All-Marine League as a sophomore. Marc coaches flag football in his spare time. He plans to attend San Diego State University and pursue a degree in criminal justice.
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