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Jermayne Lole, Long Beach Poly Football

Poly’s defense continued to dominate this week, allowing negative total yardage to Millikan and holding them to just one completion in the passing game. The tip of the spear is lineman Jermayne Lole, a highly-touted prospect who was unstoppable against the Rams. Lole finished with 11 tackles including seven tackles for a loss, three sacks, a forced fumble and a recovered fumble.

Oni Ofoegbue, Long Beach Poly Volleyball

In a clash of two top-ten programs in the state, Poly knocked off Lakewood in a four-set thriller last week. There’s several college-committed players on both teams, but Poly’s junior middle blocker Oni Ofoegbue was a cut above. Ofoegbue had 13 kills and five blocks, with no hitting errors. She hit over .600 in the match, including three kills in the final five points.


Natalia Munoz, Long Beach State Tennis

Sophomore Natalia Munoz won the top flight singles title on Sunday at the Las Vegas Fall Invitational, defeating Washington State's Bara Michalkova in the championship match. Munoz ended a perfect 3-0 weekend with a 6-4, 6-4 victory, claiming a singles title one day after earning her first victory over a nationally ranked opponent.

Andres Figueroa-Flores, Long Beach City Soccer

The LBCC soccer team is a perfect 8-0-0 to start the season and is now ranked No. 2 in the nation. Goalie Andres Figueroa-Flores out of Bellflower is a big part of why—he’s allowed just two goals in 598 minutes in those eight games, with 33 saves. The Vikings have won five games by shutout with Figueroa-Flores in goal, including their last two.

Sports Guy Mike Guardabascio has been writing professionally for a decade, with his work published in dozens of Southern California magazines and newspapers. He's won numerous awards and is the author of the historical book "Football in Long Beach."

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