First published in the Sept. 9 print issue of the San Marino Tribune.
Former San Marino Titans Kade Wentz (Class of 2019) and Trevor Davis (Class of 2017) have found success in their respective sports both at the community college and Division I levels.
Wentz Is Big Man On Campus
Kade Wentz is now a big man on campus at Pasadena Community College.
The 2019 graduate of San Marino High School was recently featured on a “welcome back” campaign aimed at reopening the campus following the pandemic. Wentz, who plays quarterback for the Lancers, has a slightly-larger-than-life photo splashed on a window at the school’s arts building.
“I was told by my coach to show up for a photo shoot and then one day some of my teammates said, ‘You’re on the wall over there,’” Wentz said with a hearty chuckle.
Wentz earned a lot of playing time during the 2019 season, splitting the signal-calling duties with a teammate. The Lancers skipped the 2020 a season entirely and played this season’s opening contest Saturday afternoon at Cerritos College.
Wheeler Smith, a wide receiver and teammate at San Marino High School, is also a member of the PCC football team and is expected to get a lot of playing time this season.
During his senior year, Wentz was named to the All-Rio Hondo League first team in both baseball and football, additionally earning first team all-area designation in baseball.
Wentz, who also played middle linebacker at SMHS, is a distant relative of NFL quarterback Carson Wentz.
Davis Gets Extra Year to Make His Pitch
Trevor Davis, a 2017 graduate of San Marino High School, was recently named to the Academic All-Ivy League baseball team for the 2021 spring semester. Davis graduated from Cornell University in May with a bachelor of arts degree in government and minors in business and history.
But neither Davis’ study skills nor right arm will get much rest as the right-handed pitcher is headed to Johns Hopkins University, where he will begin a masters program in marketing at the Carey Business School. Davis will also take advantage of an exemption brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic which allows for a fifth year of athletic eligibility, which will allow him to pitch for the Blue Jays.
While at San Marino High School, Davis — a 6’4” right hander known then to his Titan schoolmates by the nickname Young Orwell — was the ace of the SMHS pitching staff. He felt a dreaded twinge in his right inner elbow after throwing a pitch in February 2017. His worst fears were confirmed when a doctor diagnosed his condition as an injury to the ulnar collateral ligament and recommended the famous surgery named after former Dodger pitcher Tommy John.
He later became a fixture in Cornell’s bullpen and in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season posted 1.93 ERA in 4.2 innings, holding opponents to .118 batting average. In 2019, he ranked second on the team with 14 relief appearances.
“After having so many starts and stops the last couple years due to COVID, I am really looking forward to getting in a full season,” said Davis, who was busy the past few months with summer baseball. “I really loved my experience at Cornell and am looking forward to Johns Hopkins.”
Davis was a member of the staff at San Marino High School’s Titan Shield newspaper, serving as its editor his senior year.