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LH Rotary celebrates outstanding student athletes

By Jane Williams
La Habra Journal

In March La Habra Rotary Club saluted the top boy and girl athletes at each high school. For the girls two were soccer players and one a basketball player, the boys were a volleyball player, a wrestler and a soccer player.

Fatima Montelongo not only played Soccer for Whittier Christian she was captain of the team her junior and senior year and ran track and cross country. She is also was a member of the Junior Class Council and Secretary of the Green Thumb Club.

According to her principal she is an incredible dancer who attended an advanced 5-week class in the summer at Princeton University. She has applied to Yale, USC and UC Santa Barbara and plans to study environmental science.

Cade McGee was named Whittier Christian spring male athlete. An outstanding volleyball player he can slam the ball with considerable force and high jumps in track so he is a true threat at the net. Cade has been Second Team All Area and First Team All League. As a sophomore he was on the All-Area volleyball team and also on the All League first volleyball team. He also plays basketball and football. In football he was the top receiver in Orange County, he was also a starter this past Fall. In his spare time he is On ASB and joins the Surf Club in the waves regularly. But volleyball is his sport and he plans to continue playing in college.

Sonora brought wrestler Sebastian Perez who had won all three of his matches and the sectional and went to the state finals in Bakersfield, the top spot for wrestling enthusiasts in Southern California. At 285 lbs Sebastian it is no surprise that he also played football for the Raiders.

Alaina James was the Raiders outstanding woman athlete and with a 4.09 GPA obviously a scholar. She has been on the All League First Team all four years. As the center and captain she lead the girl’s basketball team to the Division I semifinals. But perhaps the most satisfying feat for the Raiders was ending Troy’s 22-year winning streak in league and the beating the same team a second time to prove the first win was no accident.

Alaina has been On the Freeway League First Team all four years, been a Best Bud and an enthusiastic participant in the holiday food drive. She is thinking of going to Concordia University.

La Habra High outstanding athletes came from both soccer teams. Makayla Gutierrez is the youngest girl in her family and like many youngest she has works hard to be as good as her older sisters. A natural athlete, she has played every sport she could and is a cheerleader. While playing softball her best friend asked her to try out for the friend’s club soccer team. She did, and as she improved she found her running speed was a great plus in soccer.

By the time she reached high school she not only made the varsity, she was a starter. After soccer was over her sophomore year she joined track and ran the 100, 200 and the 400 relay making it to the prelims and finals for all three.

She was named MVP of soccer First team All League and as captain she led her team to the finals of Division 3 where the game was decided by a shoot-out, which the Clan did not win.

Travis James Cooms is the second of 4 boys and Captain of the La Habra soccer team team. Travis played midfielder and his younger brother, Tanner, a sophomore, played forward. The team made it to the semifinals in CIF and played in CIF State Regional Championships Bracket. Travis is life member of the National Honor Society. At this time he plans to attend Vanguard for college and would like to coach soccer in the future.

Started in 1995, the La Habra Journal is an independent community news source serving the cities of La Habra and La Habra Heights.