Athlete of the Week Basketball Millikan Soccer Water Polo Wilson’s Athletes Of The Week

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Brooke Gruneisen, Wilson Water Polo

Wilson’s first goal on the checklist this year was to win the Moore League title, and the Bruins are in first place after wins over Poly and Millikan. Last week they beat the Rams 17-5 and UCLA commit Brooke Gruneisen was a big reason why. She had a hat trick in the first quarter and four goals in the first half, tied for the game high with teammate Carolina Newton.

Kalaya Buggs, Long Beach Poly Basketball

Poly sophomore Kalaya Buggs is the best all-around basketball player in the city this year, and she proved it last week with big games against Wilson and Millikan. Against the Bruins, Buggs had 16 points, five rebounds, three assists, five steals, and a block. Against the second-place Rams she had 15 points, eight rebounds, eight assists, eight steals, and two blocks.

Olivia Tostado, Millikan Soccer

Millikan is alone in first place after a great week that saw them beat Poly and draw with Wilson. The Rams have allowed just one goal in league play so far as they’ve dominated defensively. Midfielder Olivia Tostado scored the game-winner in a 2-1 victory over Poly last week and then dropped back to play defense and help defend the lead.

Carlos Mota, Wilson Soccer

The Wilson boys’ soccer team is also clear of the rest of the Moore League, also thanks to their defense. Wilson played to a scoreless draw with Cabrillo last week, then beat Poly 1-0 on the road after a 15th minute goal by Jared Dissman. It was center back Carlos Mota who anchored the defensive effort against the Jackrabbits. “He’s the best player on the field, every time we’re on the field,” said Wilson coach CJ Brewer.


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.