L.B. Poly athletics to be recognized

ESPN High School will recognize the defending national champion Long Beach Poly girls' track team during halftime of Thursday night's football game at Veterans Stadium, and also honor the school's 2010-11 all sports POWERADE FAB 50 championship.

The 2011 Poly girls' track team was deep with talent, led by nationally ranked Melia Cox and Akawkaw Ndipagbor.

The boys' basketball team was the state's top-ranked squad for most of the 2011 season. The Jackrabbits won the CIF-Southern Section title behind forward Ryan Anderson (Boston College) and guard Alexis Moore (USC). They fell short of the state crown, losing to eventual state champion Mater Dei in the regional semifinal.

Poly's football team (8-1, 5-0), No. 5 in the ESPN Los Angeles top 25, can take the Moore League outright with a win against Cabrillo on Thursday.