Rancho Dominguez’s Nathaniel Gomez and San Pedro’s Renee Ketner were named the 2019-20 CIF LA City Section Scholar-Athletes of the Year on Friday, the LA City Section announced.
Both Gomez and Ketner finished number one in their respective classes with perfect 4.0 GPAs. They were presented their awards virtually in a Zoom call in front of LA City Section officials, friends and family. In addition to plaques, Gomez and Ketner will each receive $2,500 college scholarships.
Gomez played four sports all four years at Rancho Dominguez (football, cross country, soccer and baseball). He was a captain in each sport.
Gomez was the starting quarterback in football, a state qualifier in cross country in 2018, a First-Team All-Marine League selection in soccer this year and a Second-Team All-Marine League selection in baseball in 2019. Gomez will be playing soccer at Vanguard University.
When asked how tough it was to play four sports and maintain his GPA, Gomez answered: “There were a lot of times where I was tired, but I wanted to keep going for everyone that I love.”
Ketner played soccer and ran track at San Pedro. She will be playing soccer at Sonoma State University.
At San Pedro, Ketner was a part of four consecutive Marine League soccer titles. She was also an All-City pick in soccer in 2018 and 2019 as well as City qualifier in track & field in 2019.
“Balancing everything was hard,” Ketner said. “There were some very long nights, but I enjoyed it. I don’t have a trick, I just had a really good time.”