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NEWS AND NOTES FROM PRESS ROW: Humbert sends Gahr into Division III quarterfinals

By Loren Kopff

For the fifth time in the past nine seasons, Gahr’s baseball team will be playing in a California Interscholastic Federation-Southern Section divisional quarterfinal game. This past Tuesday, the Gladiators rode the arm of senior Greg Humbert en route to a 6-1 road victory at La Quinta.

Gahr, the third ranked team in Division III, has now won 13 straight games to improve to 22-5. It’s the ninth time since 1999 that the Gladiators have won at least 20 games and the 22 wins are the most since going 23-6 in 2005.

Humbert, a transfer from Mayfair High, worked six innings, scattering four hits and striking out three. Humbert improved to 7-2 and has been a key part of a pitching staff that has allowed five runs in the past eight games. Humbert now sports an earned run average of 1.08.

Offensively, Gahr was led by senior Kevin Franklin, who drove in four runs and added a home run. He, along with senior Edgar Morales, each had a pair of hits as Gahr will host Diamond Bar today. Senior Andrew Encinas is expected to make his second start of the playoffs. He defeated Highland 6-0 in the first round on May 16.

Cerritos junior Ryan Shelton is the lone area representative to compete in today’s CIF-Southern Section Track and Field Masters Meet. Shelton finished third in Division III in the high jump with a mark of 6’ 7”, which is the eighth best mark overall. Shelton was the only area athlete from the league to compete in the divisional championships last Saturday at Mt. San Antonio College.
Norwalk’s baseball team was eliminated by second ranked Temecula Valley 10-0 last Friday in a Division II first round game. The loss snapped a seven-game winning streak. The Lancers still finished with a winning record (13-12) for the second time in three years and advanced to the first round for the first time since 2006.

Senior Ricky Ellis was Gahr’s lone representative in the track and field divisional championships and finished in fifth place in Division III in the 400 with a time of 50.26.

Valley Christian was well represented in the track and field divisional championships but none of its athletes moved on to today’s Masters Meet. Senior triple jumper Bryce Mulder finished in fifth place in Division IV with a mark of 42’ 8 ¼” while sophomore Brian Cok had a mark of 40’ 11 ½”. Cok also had a mark of 19’ 9 ¼” in the long jump.
Senior Jahdai Dunk came in sixth place in the 100 with a time of 12.58 and was part of the 4 x 100 relay team with senior Alyx Henry, junior Rataeja Shoeles and freshman Anaya Wesley that came in seventh place with a time of 50.66. Shoeles also was a seventh place finisher in the 100 hurdles (15.52) and a fourth place finisher in the high jump (5’ 1”). Also competing in the high jump with a mark of 5’ 1” was sophomore Alex Fenderson.

Whitney junior Michaela Platt had a mark of 4’ 11” in the high jump and 15’ 7 ½” in the long jump while junior Reyna Ta’amu of basketball fame finished in third in Division IV in the shot put with a distance of 36’ 1 ¼”. She also threw 103’ 4” in the discus, good enough for sixth place.