A Point Loma High School baseball alum has earned honors playing at the collegiate level.
Andy Martin, class of 2008, was named Pitcher of the Week in the NCAA Division III Landmark League.
Pitching for the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Mariners, Martin did not allow a run in 10 innings of work over two games last month. In his team’s league-opener, Martin, a 5-foot 10-inch, 180-pound senior, tossed a complete-game shutout, scattering seven hits and striking out two.
Earlier in the week, Martin came on in relief and struck out two others during a three-inning appearance.
The Mariners are currently in second place in the Landmark League standings with a 5-1 record. Overall, the team is currently 10-6.
Martin’s younger brother, Jake (class of 2009), is also on the Mariners team. Jake Martin, at 6-foot 1-inch, 220 pounds, shares time on the mound with his brother.
The Martin’s parents, Jim and Mary, were mainstays of the Pointer baseball Booster group while their sons attended PLHS.
The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy prepares students for service in the merchant marine, military or transportation industries. A total of 910 students are enrolled at the King’s Point, N.Y. campus.
PLHS grappler earns ‘Wrestler of the Year’
A four-year veteran wrestler at Point Loma High School has wrapped up his prep career by earning the title of Eastern League “Wrestler of the Year.”
Kevin Desta, a senior who wrestles in the heavyweight division, was named the top wrestler and leads an impressive group of teammates named to All-League teams last week.
Joining Desta on the first team are senior Alex Blea and juniors Keegan Bell, Baily Dugdale and Jovanny Sanchez.
Named to the second team were sophomore Daniel Harris, brother Michael Harris and Anthony Melfi, both juniors.
“I would have never gotten this award without my (teammates),” said Desta. “It is their award as much as it is mine.”
Desta also praised Pointer coaches Phil Moore and Miles Doughty, calling them “the best coaches there are.”
The All-League selections validate the hard work put in by Pointer wrestlers and coaches Moore and Doughty in recent years. This year’s Pointer team lost only one dual meet, that coming at the hands of league champion Mira Mesa.
With the Pointers returning six All-League wrestlers next year, Moore, Doughty and their squad will be looking to hang a league championship banner in the Lee Trepanier Gym.