Ja’Quan Gardner couldn’t top what he did in 2015, but 2016 wasn’t bad.
Gardner, the Central Valley High graduate and already Humboldt State’s all-time leading rusher, finished the season with a Great Northwest Athletic Conference-leading 1,300 yards and 18 touchdowns for the 6-5 Lumberjacks.
He earned his second straight All-GNAC selection despite being slowed by an ankle injury for about half the season. All things considered, it was a good follow-up to 2015, when he was the Harlon Hill Trophy runner-up after he rushed for 2,226 yards.
“Ja’Quan had a great year by anybody’s standards,” Humboldt State coach Rob Smith said. “He has well over 4,000 yards in his career with one more year to go. He also caught over 40 balls out of the backfield, which was a big improvement for us offensively.”
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Gardner, who averaged 5.2 yards per carry, amassed 1,759 all-purpose yards. He was named the GNAC Offensive Player of the Week twice this season, giving him eight weekly honors for his career.
Hagens in Japan – Pitman High graduate Bradin Hagens continued his career for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp of Nippon Professional Baseball. Hagens, 27, a former Merced College standout who played briefly for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2014, went 7-5 in 50 appearances this season for the Carp. He recorded an ERA of2.92
Terry at Life Pacific – Former Waterford High and Modesto Junior College standout Blake Terry has found a basketball home at Life Pacific College in San Dimas. The 6-foot-1 Terry, who played for the Pirates in 2013 and ’14, scored 15 points as the Warriors scared Pepperdine before losing 85-79.
Last week, Terry had 13 points during an 82-74 win at UC Merced. Life Pacific is off to a 4-2 start.
Pena golfing for Pacific – Pacific freshman Daniel Pena, a Johansen High graduate, placed 37th as an individual during the Tigers’ own Visit Stockton Pacific Invitational. Pena, a former Sac-Joaquin Section Masters medalist, shot 73, 71 and 75 at Stockton Country Club.
Nunes signs with Concordia – Ceres High senior pitcher Callie Nunes, who led the Bulldogs to a Sac-Joaquin Section Division III softball title last spring, has signed a letter of intent to attend Concordia University (NAIA) in Irvine. The softball title for Ceres was its first in 21 years.
Silver Gloves boxer – Modesto’s Andre Flores, 9, will fight for a Silver Gloves state title Dec. 3 in El Monte. Flores, a member of the Red Shield Boxing Club, has boxed for about two years, according to coach Juan Barrera.