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


Sam DeCarlo, Millikan Baseball

Moore League co-Player of the Year Sam DeCarlo did at the Moore League/SGVL All-Star Game what he’s done all year: come up with clutch hits. His RBI single drove in Lakewood’s Nohea Mapu for the only LB run of the game, giving them a 1-0 lead that lasted five innings.


Jason Smith, Long Beach State Track & Field

Jason Smith closed out one of the best Long Beach State track and field careers ever last weekend, with two All-American finishes at the NCAA Finals. Smith finished 13th in the triple jump and 13th in the long jump. The seven-time All-American graduates with the school record for the long jump and top ten performances in the high jump and triple.

Tiare Jennings, Oklahoma Softball

St. Anthony alum Tiare Jennings was a star for Oklahoma’s NCAA championship last weekend, as the sophomore went two-for-two with national titles. In two wins over Texas Jennings went 5-for-8 with four runs and six RBIs and a pair of homeruns, scoring or driving in 10 of her team’s NCAA-record 26 runs in the championship series.

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.