Athlete of the Week Basketball Compton Long Beach Poly Millikan Soccer Wilson’s Athletes Of The Week

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


Carlos Mota, Wilson Soccer

Wilson won its first Moore League boys’ soccer championship in 12 years last week, thanks to the literally last-minute heroics of Carlos Mota, who scored the decisive goal in a 1-0 win over second-place Cabrillo in the final minute of the game.

Deja Williams, Long Beach Poly Basketball

CSUN signee Deja Williams had a big performance in Long Beach Poly’s narrow 41-38 Moore League championship win over Millikan last week. Williams had a team-high nine points, five of which came in a crucial fourth-quarter stretch, as well as five rebounds, three assists, and four steals.

Karli Slater, Millikan Soccer

Millikan senior Karli Slater comes from a long line of Slaters to have played sports at Millikan, and she added a memorable chapter to the school and family lore last week. Her first-minute goal against Long Beach Poly gave the Rams their first outright girls’ soccer title since 1985.

Shayna Sanders, Compton Basketball

Senior Shayna Sanders was a star for Compton last week in a one-game tiebreaker game with Wilson to decide which team was going to the playoffs as the Moore League’s fourth seed. Sanders had 25 points on 9/13 shooting with 16 rebounds, four assists, and three steals to give Compton the win.


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.