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Athlete of the Week Football Long Beach Poly Long Beach State Soccer’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.


Josh “Noodles” Cason, Long Beach Poly Football

Poly senior Josh “Noodles” Cason did yeoman’s work on the islands last week in Poly’s season opener. Cason started at middle linebacker and running back and made an impact at both positions, scoring two touchdowns rushing and grabbing an interception and returning it for a score on defense.

Quimari Shemwell, Long Beach Poly Football

Poly’s put more defensive backs into the NFL than any other high school, but Quimari Shemwell might have made history for the Jackrabbits on Friday. He had two interceptions in the third quarter, and returned both for touchdowns as part of the Jackrabbits’ 60-28 season-opening win.


Julie Lopez, Long Beach State Soccer 

The freshman scored the lone goal in The Beach’s exhibition draw with USC on Saturday. The goal came late in the 74th minute to force a 1-1 tie with the No. 22 Trojans. The Beach are favored to win the Big West and open their season at home this week.

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.