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Athlete of the Week Baseball Lacrosse Long Beach Poly Long Beach State Softball Volleyball 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.


Nathon Donovan, Wilson Lacrosse

Wilson picked up a huge boys’ lacrosse win over Long Beach Poly last week, thanks to a golden goal in overtime by Nathon Donovan. His score in the extra period gave Wilson a 4-3 OT victory over the Jackrabbits.

Sakarah Buckner, Long Beach Poly Softball

Long Beach Poly senior Sakarah Buckner was the star for the Jackrabbits in a big win over Wilson last week. Buckner had three hits including a home run and 4 RBIs to help power the Jackrabbits to the win.

Marek Turner, Wilson Volleyball

Wilson sophomore Marek Turner is a rare talent in the volleyball world, and he showed his skill in a sweep of Poly last week. Turner, who is a member of the USA National youth team, put up 13 kills and three blocks in the win over Poly.


Jonathon Long, Long Beach State Baseball

Junior Jonathon Long led the offense with a .444/.500/1.167 slash line as the Dirtbags extended their win streak to eight consecutive games. In their four games last week the junior launched four home runs, two of which were walkoff homers including the series clincher against Cal Poly on Saturday. Long earned National Player of the Week honors from Baseball News.

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.