Athlete of the Week Basketball Cabrillo Compton Soccer St. Anthony’s Athletes Of The Week

Skylar Herrera, Long Beach Poly Soccer

Long Beach Poly battled its way into the CIF-SS Division 2 quarterfinals with a pair of wins, both of which included a goal from Oregon State signee Skylar Herrera. Her goal against Palos Verdes in the first round was one of the best of the year, curling from outside the frame to in the net.

Isabella Meyer, Millikan Soccer

Millikan’s first-round playoff win game in large part due to the heroics of goalie Isabella Meyer, who did something that no coach or writer present had ever seen. Meyer blocked the first three attempts by La Mirada in the penalty kick tiebreaker, sending the Rams through to the next round.

Kalaya Buggs, Long Beach Poly Basketball

Poly’s win over Lynwood in the CIF-SS Division 1 playoffs came on the shoulders of sophomore Kalaya Buggs, who guarded Lynwood All-American Rayah Marshall, and also led the Jackrabbits in scoring with 12 points.

Jabari Steward, Compton Basketball

Compton big man Jabari Steward stole the show in the first round, leading all players in both scoring and rebounding with 23 points and 20 boards in a win over Lynwood.

Josh Belvin, St. Anthony Basketball

St. Anthony came from behind in its first-round playoff win over Alemany, and they couldn’t have done it without four-year varsity contributor Josh “Juice” Belvin, who scored all 20 of his points in the second half for the Saints.

Leonardo Corona, Cabrillo Soccer

Cabrillo was scoreless in overtime and looked headed for the penalty kicks tiebreaker last week when Leonardo Corona saved them the suspense. The senior ended the game on a golden goal in the 89th minute, punching home the game-winner and sending Cabrillo to the next round.


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.