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Athlete of the Week Compton Long Beach Poly St. Anthony’s Athletes Of The Week

The top performers from the local high schools this week–congrats to the winners and thanks to Naples Rib Company for their sponsorship.

Elijah Juarez, Long Beach Poly Football

It was Elijah Juarez’s night to shine at Veterans Memorial Stadium last Friday as Long Beach Poly beat Millikan. Juarez was expected to get reps at fullback after moving from tight end, but an injury to Poly’s starting running back forced the ball into his hands. All he did was rack up 19 carries for 142 yards and three touchdowns, probably earning a spot as the ‘Rabbits’ featured back.

Jaheim Williams, Compton Football

Compton is the feel good story of the year so far with an undefeated 4-0 start. They put up a 69-6 win over Gardena on Friday thanks in part to senior Jaheim Williams, one of a bevy of talents in the backfield. Williams led Compton with three touchdowns on Friday, one running, one receiving, and one on kick return. He finished with 201 all-purpose yards in addition to the three touchdowns.

Jaden Cabbs, St. Anthony Football

St. Anthony’s Jaden Cabbs was determined to get the Saints their first win last week. Down 28-23, the Saints were driving, and Xavier Hernandez was headed for the end zone. That’s when he fumbled the ball, and Cabbs saw a potentially game-ending turnover happening in front of his eyes. Instead he pounced on the ball and recovered it for a Saints touchdown, giving them a 30-28 win. Cabbs also had eight tackles in the game on defense.

Allanah Cutler, Long Beach Poly Volleyball

Every time Long Beach Poly needed Allanah Cutler, she delivered. The Jackrabbits played a five-set thriller with Lakewood last week for the Moore League championship, and she delivered in a big way. The West Point-bound senior piled up 27 kills, nine digs, five blocks and two aces in the win. Cutler had consecutive blocks to end one competitive set and had the final kill of the match to take the fifth-set victory.


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.