Athlete of the Week Lakewood Long Beach City College Long Beach State Athletes Of The Week

Welcome back to’s Athletes of the Week, honoring the best of the best each Monday from around the city.


Teilon Tufuga, Lakewood Volleyball

Junior standout Teilon Tufuga has been a standout for the Lancers the last two years, and he was sensational last week on the road in a sweep of defending league champion Wilson. Tufuga had 13 kills, eight blocks, five aces, and 15 digs, accounting for 26 of his team’s 75 points in the match.

Kaiya Yonamine, Lakewood Softball

With ace pitcher Cassie Perryman sick, Lakewood relief pitcher Kaiya Yonamine came in and pitched five scoreless innings against Millikan to earn the Lancers their 64th consecutive league win last Tuesday. Yonamine scattered five hits and struck out five and worked around eight baserunners in the win.


Reese Berberet, LBCC Baseball

Another Berberet makes Long Beach baseball history as sophomore third baseman Reese Berberet set both the single season and career homerun records at LBCC last week. Berberet had three homeruns in the doubleheader sweep of Compton, giving him 12 on the season.

Naomi Hernandez, Long Beach State Softball

It was another perfect week for the No. 22-ranked LBSU softball team, which won a pair of games to improve to 26-7 on the year. Naomi Hernandez tied a school record with five hits in the opening game of a doubleheader with LMU, tying an 11-year old record set by assistant coach Panita Thanatharn. Hernandez went 5/5 with three runs and three RBI.


Mike Guardabascio
An LBC native, Mike Guardabascio has been covering Long Beach sports professionally for 13 years, with his work published in dozens of Southern California magazines and newspapers. He's won numerous awards for his writing as well as the CIF Southern Section’s Champion For Character Award, and is the author of three books about Long Beach history.