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Taft’s Arce-Torres, Hatton, Rini to sign college athletic letters

Gabe Arce-Torres
Gabe Arce-Torres – Photo by Lon French

Taft High senior track star Gabe Arce-Torres will sign a letter of intent to attend Western Oregon University on Wednesday, May 2, in the Taft High Commons.

Arce-Torres, who turns 18 Saturday, will join senior golfer Maya Hatton and senior soccer player Naomi Rini at 11:45 a.m. in signing letters to attend colleges on athletic scholarships. Hatton has committed to play at the College of Idaho in Caldwell, while Rini has committed to Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton (see below).

Maya Hatton
Maya Hatton

Naomi Rini
Naomi Rini

“I’m just overjoyed with the opportunity to continue running in college,” Arce-Torres said. “Collegiate sports have always been my dream and it’s amazing to see all the hard work pay off.”

Also a star soccer player, Arce-Torres is the defending Class 3A State titleholder in the 200-meter dash. He intends to study marine biology in the field of natural sciences at the NCAA Division II school in Monmouth.

“As a coach, I am pleased he decided to go D2 rather than NAIA. The competition is much higher and the facilities much nicer,” his father and coach, Joey Arce-Torres, said. “As his father, I love that he is closer to home and that the campus is larger and provides more opportunities for his studies.”

joey-and-Gabe Arce-Torres
Gabe Arce-Torres with father Joey

A first-team All-State player and three-time team captain in soccer, the 5-foot, 11-inch, 145-pound National Honor Society member owns a 3.75 grade point average and is the 2017 West Valley League Runner of the Year.

“Ultimately, I am just thankful for all the time I have put into this sport and the fact that I get to continue doing what I love for the next four years of my life,” Arce-Torres said.

Arce-Torres also swam for Taft and was the only swimmer to qualify for State in an individual event (50-meter freestyle). He is the only current Taft athlete to compete at State in every sport he or she has participated in.

“I am extremely proud of him and his work ethic,” his coach and father said.

Stay tuned to LincolnCityHomepage.com for a feature profile on Arce-Torres’ stellar athletic and academic career at Taft High.


The Arce-Torres file


2014 — Honorable Mention conference

2015 — Second team conference

2016 — First team conference (17 goals)

2017 — First team conference (24 goals)

Conference Player of the Year

First team All State

Runner up All State Player of the Year

2015-2017 — Team Captain


Track & Field


400 meters: Second at District, third at State

4×400 relay: Second at District, fifth at State

4×100 relay: First at District


West Valley League Runner of the Year

200 meters: First at District, first at State

400 meters: First at District, third at State

4×400 relay: Second at District

PR: 200 meters, 22.47 seconds


PR: 400 meters, 50.44 seconds

PR: 100 meters, 11.39 seconds


High School GPA: 3.75

2015-2018 — Student Council

2017-2018 — National Honor Society



2014-2017 — Younglife

2015 — Soccer referee and camp instructor

2016 — Internship at OSU Marine Center

2017 — Summer Employment at Grill 1646


To read about Maya Hatton’s signing at the College of Idaho:

Taft senior Hatton to play golf at College of Idaho

To read about Naomi Rini’s signing at Blue Mountain Community College:

Taft’s Naomi Rini nets career goal

Jim Fossumhttp://SilverandBlackToday.com
Homepage Executive Editor and former longtime Sports Editor of the near-200,000 circulation Las Vegas Review-Journal, Fossum brings 40 years of award-winning experience covering virtually every facet of print and digital journalism to Lincoln City Homepage. The former longtime reporter for the Newport News-Times and Lincoln City News Guard is also Editor-in-Chief and Senior Columnist for SilverandBlackToday.com, which covers the NFL's Oakland (Las Vegas) Raiders.


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