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Athlete of the Week Compton Long Beach Poly Long Beach State’s Athletes Of The Week

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Elijah Dolphin, Long Beach Poly Football

World, meet Elijah Dolphin. The Poly defensive lineman had a great summer at various camps but he really burst onto the scene Friday night against Dorsey. He had three sacks, a fumble recovery, an interception and a touchdown, about as good a game as a D-lineman could ask for.

Niles Hibbert, Compton Football

Niles Hibbert and Compton want to finish with a winning record for the first time in almost a decade, and the speedster got his team off on the right food Friday, with a 41-0 win over Compton Centennial. Hibbert was a part of a 300-yard rushing effort and had a 55-yard touchdown in the second quarter.

Adonia Faumuina, Long Beach Poly Volleyball

Poly’s freshman class has turned heads already this year, and Adonia Faumuina had a sensational high school debut last week against Harvard-Westlake, a week and a half before she’ll actually start ninth grade. Faumuina had 17 kills on .380 hitting, six digs, and three blocks for the Jackrabbits.


Imani McDonald, Long Beach State Soccer

The 49ers went 1-1 in their opening week, with a heartbreaking loss to UCLA that came in the final seconds of the game. McDonald followed that up with a clean sheet in Long Beach State’s home opener against SMU, in which she made five saves. She also made seven saves against the Bruins.

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.