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


Gavin Laverde, Millikan Wrestling

Gavin Laverde won his matchup against Long Beach Poly last week, helping to lead the Rams to a dual meet win as well as clinching this year’s Moore League team championship.

Athziri Guizar, Long Beach Poly Wrestling

Long Beach Poly’s Athziri Guizar came up with a big pin last week against Millikan to help lead Poly to a win, and clinch a three-way league championship with Poly, Millikan, and Wilson sharing the top spot.

Tyler Small, St. Anthony Basketball

It was a big night for senior Tyler Small in a St. Anthony win over St. Paul last week. The Saints stay in the title hunt with the win, which came in large part thanks to the 20 points by Small.

Mason Pacheco, Lakewood Basketball

Lakewood guard Mason Pacheco scored 12 of his team-high 22 pts in the fourth quarter against Long Beach Poly last week, helping to force overtime where the Lancers ultimately picked up the W.

Andrea Perkins, Long Beach Poly Basketball

Long Beach Poly junior Andrea Perkins celebrated her birthday in a big way, dropping 17 points for the Jackrabbits down the stretch to lead Poly to a win over Lakewood, all but clinching another league title.

Olivia Herrera, Wilson Soccer

Wilson stayed in the Moore League title hunt with a big win over Long Beach Poly last week. Freshman Zoe Fontenot scored the game-winner but ASU signee Olivia Herrera put up a massive shutout in goal to secure the victory.


Marcus Tsohonis, Long Beach State Basketball

Tsohonis scored the most points in a single-game over the 73-year history of Long Beach State Men’s Basketball, putting up 46 points in a triple-overtime thriller on the road at UC San Diego. Tsohonis broke the record shared by Ed Ratleff and Gabe Levin of 45 points.

Tori Harris, Long Beach State Basketball

Tori Harris had a career night with 32 points for Long Beach State in an impressive win over UCSD last weekend, the most points scored by a player for the Beach in a decade.

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.