College Aotw
Athlete of the Week Basketball Long Beach City College Long Beach State Volleyball’s College Athletes Of The Week

Congratulations to all of this week’s winners.

TJ DeFalco, Long Beach State Volleyball

Senior TJ DeFalco had five aces in a sweep of UCLA last weekend, obliterating the UCLA defense even with the serves that didn’t find the floor. DeFalco is now just seven aces shy of the school record. He also had six kills, five aces, three digs, a block, and an assist in the win.

Jamiu Akinbile, LBCC Basketball

The LBCC men’s basketball team is 22-4 and is No. 10 in the state. They had two wins last week, and Jamiu Akinbile had a huge hand in a critical victory over Compton. Akinbile had 28 points, four rebounds, and six assists while playing all 40 minutes of the game.

Nichole Fry, Long Beach State Softball

Senior Nichole Fry had a highlight-reel game last week. Fry started the season injured and has had to work her way back into things. On Sunday in a game against Oregon State, Long Beach was trailing early and tied it in the seventh inning to force extras. Fry’s walkoff home run to left field gave Long Beach State a thrilling 6-4 win over the Beavers.


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.