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Athlete of the Week Basketball Football Long Beach Poly Long Beach State Millikan Soccer Track & Field Water Polo 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.


Isaac Lewis, Wilson Track & Field

Track season is just around the corner, but the Winter preseason is already hot, with Wilson’s Isaac Lewis dropping a 37.41 in the 300 hurdles last week to set a new school record and claim the top mark in the state in 2023.

Keon Young, Wilson Basketball

Wilson’s big win over Lakewood last week came in large part thanks to the heroics of Keon Young. Playing inside without teammate Sean Oliver, Young put up an eye-popping 39 points and 15 rebounds in the victory.

Jermonie Billingsley, Wilson Water Polo

Wilson remained undefeated in the Moore League with a big 22-6 victory over Long Beach Poly last week. Jermonie Billingsley was the Bruins’ lead scorer as she piled up five goals in the win.

Juan Vasquez, Millikan Soccer

Millikan’s win over Lakewood last week put the Rams in the driver’s seat to claim this year’s Moore League title. Juan Vasquez scored the opening goal for Millikan than played great defense in the midfield to secure the win.

Destiny Moreno, Millikan Wrestling

Millikan had seven girls win Moore League championships at last week’s girls’ finals, and Destiny Moreno wrapped up a great high school career with her fourth individual league title.

Paige Williams, Wilson Basketball

Wilson secured third place in the Moore League with an exciting win over Jordan last week. Sophomore Paige Williams put up 19 points to lead the Bruins to victory.

Aniyah Wilson, Long Beach Poly Football

Long Beach Poly’s historic girls’ flag football season was powered by a number of players, but a standout on both sides of the ball was Aniyah Wilson, who helped get Poly into the championship game last weekend. Wilson is being recruited to continue playing at the collegiate level on scholarship.


Ryley Fick, Long Beach State Track & Field

Ryley Fick competed in two events at the UW Invitational and had two record book performances. On Friday, she ran the second fastest 5,000m in program history and followed it up with a new school record in the women’s mile, running 4:46.32 on Saturday. The previous program best for the mile stood untouched since 2013.

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.