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Athlete of the Week Basketball Long Beach Poly Long Beach State Volleyball’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.

Lauryn Zwerner, Long Beach Poly Football

The QB for Long Beach Poly’s first-ever girls’ flag football team this year was Lauryn Zwerner, who led the Jackrabbits to the Chargers’ 11-on Girls’ Flag Football championship last weekend. Zwerner impressed all season and on Sunday won the long-throw contest against other girls from around Southern California.


Brooklyn Taylor, Long Beach Poly Basketball

Long Beach Poly’s girls’ basketball team has gotten a big boost with Brooklyn Taylor becoming eligible for the Jackrabbits. She’s averaging 15 points and 15 rebounds per game and last week put up 16 points and 12 rebounds in a big win over Wilson.


Mason Briggs, Long Beach State Volleyball

Long Beach State played two exhibitions last week in Canada against that country’s top program, previously-undefeated McMaster (10-0). The Beach won both matches, with libero Mason Briggs averaging 3.5 digs per set.

Lassina Traore, Long Beach State Basketball

Traore recorded two double-doubles last week and now has three straight while leading the Big West with eight this season. He scored 15 points with 16 rebounds in a win at CSUN, and led LBSU with a career-high 22 points and 13 rebounds in a loss at UC Irvine. 

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.