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Athlete of the Week Baseball Long Beach State Millikan Softball St. Anthony Track & Field Wilson’s Athletes of the Week 

The562’s Athletes of the Week is sponsored by the Long Beach Century Club.

Congratulations to our Athletes of the Week and thanks to the Long Beach Century Club and Naples Rib Company for their support.


Ky Stopp, Wilson Golf

Wilson’s Ky Stopp shot a one-under 71 on Finals day and his birdie on the 18th hole clinched the Moore League boys’ golf individual title.

Gannon De La Cruz, Millikan Baseball

Millikan cruised through a first-round playoff win with 10 runs, and Gannon De La Cruz was a big part of the reason why. He went 3/3 with 3 RBIs and a run in the victory.

Rose Cano, St. Anthony Softball

St. Anthony pitcher Rose Cano celebrated her 18th birthday by pitching a complete game in the first-round playoff win over Lakewood. Cano had five strikeouts while allowing just five hits and one run.

Nico Colchico, Wilson Track & Field

Wilson’s Nico Colchico has been having a great senior season, setting the school record in the mile. He was the top qualifier in the 1600 at last week’s CIF-SS D1 prelims with a 4:11.50 time.

Kaliyah Johnson, Millikan Track & Field

Millikan’s Kaliyah Johnson is having a breakout season, and she led the Rams by qualifying in the 100 and 200 for CIF-SS prelims, where she will contend for the gold in both races.


Juaron Watts-Brown, Long Beach State Baseball 

The redshirt freshman threw the second no-hitter in program history to complete the Dirtbags’ sweep over UC Riverside. It is also the first complete game no-hitter in Long Beach State history. He struck 16 Highlanders in the game, just one shy of the program record.

Samantha Fowler, Long Beach State Softball

Watts-Brown wasn’t the only Long Beach State pitcher to throw a no-hitter. Samantha Fowler did the same in a win over CSUB which moved the Beach into a tie for first place in the Big West.

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.