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Athlete of the Week Baseball Lakewood Long Beach Poly Long Beach State Millikan Softball Swimming Volleyball 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.


Austin Paul, Millikan Baseball

Millikan pitcher Austin Paul turned in a gem last Friday against Lakewood, pitching a complete game shutout while giving up just three hits and walking only one batter. The win keeps the Rams within striking distance of first-place in the Moore League.

Katelynn Lewis, Lakewood Softball

Lakewood’s big win over Long Beach Poly has the Lancers just a game out of first place. Freshman Katelynn Lewis hit a walkoff two-RBI single up the middle to walk it off for the Lancers in a comeback 3-2 win.

Colin Geer, Long Beach Poly Swimming

Long Beach Poly senior and Michigan signee Colin Geer led Long Beach Poly to their biggest win over Wilson in more than a half-century, as the Jackrabbits defeated WIlson 104-66. Geer won the 200 IM, 100 fly, and led Poly to wins in the 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay.

Sammie Hamilton, Wilson Swimming

The Wilson girls won a 92-78 thriller over Long Beach Poly, thanks in part to star swimmer Sammie Hamilton.  Hamilton had individual wins in the 200 and 500 freestyle and led Wilson to wins in the 200 and 400 free relays.

Jae Simon, Long Beach Poly Baseball

Long Beach Poly’s Jae Simon hit a grand slam and had an RBI triple in a big win at Wilson last week, keeping the Jackrabbits undefeated in Moore League play.

Jackson Cryst, Millikan Volleyball

Millikan standout volleyball/basketball player Jackson Cryst didn’t want to let his team lose to Long Beach Poly a second time this year, and he led his Rams to a sweep of the Jackrabbits with a 20-kill performance on the road last week, hitting over .500 in the match.


Anne de Kleer, Long Beach State Women’s Water Polo

Junior Anne de Kleer scored a hat trick in one of the program’s signature wins in recent memory as Long Beach State defeated No. 3 Cal in a neutral site meeting, 8-7 in overtime. de Kleer scored five goals on the week, rising to 20th in career goals scored at Long Beach State.

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.