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Noah Song gets drafted by Red Sox; track, rowing, Webb highlights

Navy pitcher and Claremont High School graduate Noah Song was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the fourth round of the Major League Baseball draft.

“I am super excited about being drafted and my head is still whirling,” Song said in an interview with the Navy Sports Information Office. “I really like the organization and the Red Sox area scout has been great throughout the process. Boston is a place that is steeped in the tradition of winning and I am really excited to have been selected by the Red Sox.”

Song and the Navy baseball team played Army at Fenway Park in 2018, where Song threw a complete-game shutout against the rival Black Knights, striking out 11 batters over 9 innings.

“This is an amazing acknowledgment of what Noah has done, and to be picked in the fourth round really speaks for itself,” Head Coach Paul Kostacopoulos commented. “I know this is really an exciting day for him.”

In 14 starts during the 2019 campaign, Song lead the nation with 161 strikeouts while compiling a 1.44 ERA. He posted a strikeout per nine innings mark of 15.41 this season, which is the best in NCAA Division I since 2009 and is tied for sixth all-time in Division I history. Song also posted a record of 11-1 this year in a tie for third-best record in the country.

He also became the program’s first player to earn First Team All-American honors after garnering the recognition by Collegiate Baseball last week.

Strash wins rowing title

Katrina Strash, a 2017 Claremont High School graduate, and her crew teammates on the third varsity eight boat at the University of Virginia won the ACC Conference Championships on May 18 in Clemson, South Carolina. This is the tenth championship in a row for UVA women’s crew.

Strash, who is a sophomore at UVA, was a championship swimmer for the Pack and had the opportunity to swim in college but chose rowing instead.

Boos sets record in steeplechase

University of California Berkeley sophomore and 2017 CHS graduate Annie Boos set a school record in the 3000-meter steeplechase (10:14.83) at the Stanford Invitational in March. She then took fourth place in the event at the Pac-12 Championship on May 12 in Tucson.

During her time at CHS, Boos was a decorated distance runner, setting multiple school records. She was the captain of the cross country team and placed third in the California state meet in 2017, in which the girls claimed the team title.

Webb Schools hires new boys basketball coach

Director of athletics Stephen Wishek announced this week that The Webb Schools have hired Devin Fly to be the next boys varsity basketball coach.

Coach Fly has twelve years of coaching experience at the high school level, most recently at St. Francis High School in La Cañada as an assistant. During the 2018-2019 season he helped St. Francis win a school record 24 games. He spent eleven years at Crespi Carmelite High School in Encino, including seven years as the JV coach. He was also an assistant varsity coach at Crespi, helping the program win two CIF championships and two state championships.

“Coach Fly is excited for the opportunity to coach The Webb Schools basketball program,” Mr. Wishek said. “He will be incorporating his coaching philosophy of hard work, accountability, humility, communication and leadership.”

The Gauls ended their 2018-2019 season with a 2-6 Academy League record and was 10-8 overall.

—Steven Felschundneff

steven@claremont-courier.com