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Athlete of the Week Basketball Cabrillo Long Beach Poly Long Beach State Soccer Wilson Wrestling’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.


Kiara Van Deusen, Long Beach Poly Soccer

Kiara Van Deusen knew she’d need something special to get a ball past Wilson keeper Olivia Herrera, an Arizona State commit. Van Deusen found it with a shot that fell just under the crossbar in the 31st minute, giving Poly a season-opening 1-0 win.

Kennedy Justin, Long Beach Poly Soccer

Van Deusen’s strike wouldn’t have amounted to much if Poly hadn’t kept a clean sheet, and keeper Kennedy Justin was able to help them do just that. She had a handful of impressive saves in the game and was able to withstand a barrage of Bruin attacks in the final ten minutes.

Dorian Ortloff, Wilson Wrestling

Senior Dorian Ortloff got the match-winning pin in an exciting Moore League opener. Ortloff’s pin lifted his Bruins to a 1-0 start to league competition with a 38-33 win over Poly.

Jovani Ruff, Long Beach Poly Basketball

After an 0-3 start to the season, the Long Beach Poly basketball team played six games in six days last week, and went 3-3, with the losses including an impressive 52-48 defeat to St. John Bosco. Poly sophomore Jovani Ruff led the Jackrabbits in scoring and assists on the week.

Ian Bond, WIlson Soccer

Wilson’s Ian Bond scored a goal late in the game against Downey, salvaging a point for the Bruins by forcing a 1-1 tie.

Moises Estrada, Cabrillo Soccer

Cabrillo was knotted at 1-1 with Oxford Academy and looking for a win. Junior Moises Estrada was happy to oblige with a game-winner that came with less than two minutes in the game, giving the Jags a 2-1 win.


Kristyna Jeskeova, Long Beach State Basketball

Kristyna Jeskeova led Long Beach State to its best offensive performance of the season as the Beach shot 55.8-percent from the field as Jeskeova connected on 6-of-7 field goals and went 2-for-2 from long distance en route to a career-high 14-point performance. She also led LBSU in rebounding with five boards, while adding four steals, and one assist.

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.