Athlete of the Week Basketball Lakewood Long Beach Poly Long Beach State Soccer St. Anthony

The562.org’s Athletes of the Week

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HIGH SCHOOL

Amir Diaz Espinoza, Long Beach Poly Soccer

Long Beach Poly goalie Amir Diaz Espinoza helped the Jackrabbits nab a scoreless draw against CIF-SS Division 1 No. 5 Cathedral last week. He had 10 saves in the game including a last-minute PK save.

Chris Willis, Lakewood Basketball

Lakewood stud Chris Willis helped the Lancers to a 4-0 performance and the team championship in the Sonora Cage Classic last week. Willis hit the game-winning layup in a win over Mayfair in the championship and was named Tourney MVP. Willis had 25 points in the win over Canyon as well.

Tatiana Fernandez, St. Anthony Soccer

St. Anthony two-sport star Tatiana Fernandez had a big game on the pitch last week in a 4-1 win for the Saints’ girls’ soccer team. Fernandez, who also runs cross country at the school, had a hat trick in the win over St. Pius X-St. Matthias Academy.

COLLEGE

Justina King, Long Beach State Basketball

Senior Justina King led the way with a team-leading 15 points, while adding three rebounds, three assists, and three steals in a win over Air Force last week. Long Beach State remained undefeated with the win.

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Mike Guardabascio
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