Athlete of the Week Basketball Long Beach Poly Millikan Soccer Water Polo Wilson’s Athletes of the Week

Congratulations to this week’s Athletes of the Week, and thanks to Naples Rib Company for their sponsorship.


Rob Diaz, Millikan Basketball

Millikan clinched a playoff spot with a win over Wilson last week, overcoming Jackson Barnhill’s 33 points for the Bruins. The win came in large part thanks to freshman guard Rob Diaz, who had 19 points, including five 3-pointers.

Tara Johnson, Long Beach Poly Water Polo

Long Beach Poly beat Millikan in the pool last week, 10-6, to take control of second place in the Moore League. The Jackrabbits were led by Tara Johnson, who had four goals, as well as Kate Sarantos and Aristiano Modica, who each had three goals.

Lesley Garcia, Millikan Basketball

Millikan’s girls’ basketball team had a big win over Wilson last week to force this week’s Moore League championship game at Long Beach Poly. Junior Lesley Garcia led the Rams in the win over the Bruins, scoring 15 points with five 3-pointers.

Kristin Berry, Wilson Soccer

Allanah Cutler put Poly ahead 1-0 in a big showdown with Wilson last week, but it was the Bruins’ Kristin Berry who equalized in the 53rd minute to force a 1-1 tie, which kept the Moore League standings tight headed into the final week of the season.


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.