The Claremont High School girls varsity tennis team continued their winning ways by defeating South Hills High School, 16-2, on Thursday in Claremont. The win moves them to a 2-0 league record, 3-2 overall, according to coach Kathy Settles.
A trio of talented freshmen is leading girls tennis as the season gets underway.
The number one singles player, freshman Goldie La, has yet to lose, going 12-0 in the girls’ first three matches, which included two very competitive teams, Redlands and Arcadia. Number two seed is freshman Caren Uribe, but number three is a toss up between freshman Jahday Drewery and senior Liz Wu.
Former UCLA star Karue Sell won 13 consecutive matches over 10 days in Claremont on Sunday, 7-6 (4), 6-4, 6-3, beating his one-time Bruin teammate Martin Redlicki in three sets in the final of the $15,000 USTA Men’s Pro Circuit Futures Claremont Club Pro Classic played at the Claremont Club.
Just like he did warming up with his doubles partner Deiton Baughman before he faced him in a Saturday semifinal, Sell warmed up against his final opponent and good friend Redlicki before the two squared off.
Eight players won four rounds of qualifying matches over the past three days to earn main-draw entry into the 22nd Annual Claremont Club Pro Classic, a $15,000 USTA Pro Circuit Men’s Futures Tournament taking place at the Claremont Club.
Former UCLA Bruin Karue Sell’s win moves him into the main draw, where he will next take on the tournament’s top-seeded Chris O’Connell of Australia on Wednesday. Sell has been teaching locally since finishing his fourth year after the 2015-16 season.
The Claremont USTA Pro Classic will celebrate its 22nd year, and once again will feature some of the rising stars in pro tennis. The first of three consecutive $15,000 USTA Pro Circuit hard-court men’s events held in Southern California following the US Open. Qualifying concludes on Monday, September 11, with main draw singles and doubles matches starting on Tuesday. The doubles final is scheduled for Friday, the singles semifinals Saturday and the final on Sunday, September 17.
Claremont quarterback Reggie Retzlaff finds a hole to run through early into the Pack’s varsity football game against rival Damien High School Friday at CHS. The Spartans were just too good for the Pack this year outscoring Claremont in every quarter ending in a final score of 41-13. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Claremont’s Kendra Bratzler and Sonia Bliss successful block a shot from South Hills’ Mariah Robles on Tuesday as the Pack hosted the Huskies in their Palomares League opener for 2017. Claremont won, 3-0, however they had to work hard for the victory as South Hills kept each set within a few points. With construction closing the main gym at CHS, the game was played at El Roble Intermediate School. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Claremont High School football coach Shane Hile is happy the Pack won its opening game last week against Norte Vista, 34-28. But now his focus moves to Friday when Claremont travels to Upland High School.
Last year Coach Hile was Upland’s defensive line coach when the Highlanders shut down Claremont’s offense. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Claremont High School graduate Kori Carter can now add world champion to her resume after winning the 400-meter hurdles last Thursday at the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) World Championships in London.
The Claremont High School track was resurfaced and repainted recently using taxpayer funds that are earmarked for outdoor facilities that are open to both students and the public.
The work was paid for out of Recreational Assessment District (RAD) funds, which Claremont residents pay through their property taxes.
The Webb Schools is holding its fifth annual Scholar Athlete Football Camp on Friday, July 21, from 5 to 8 p.m. The camp is free and open to students ages 9 to 13, grades 5 to 8, who have a 3.0 grade point average or above.
Back in 2003, when Claremont’s newly-hired head football coach Shane Hile was an assistant coach at Damien High School, the school’s longtime athletic director, Tom Carroll, pulled up in a golf cart in the middle of practice.
“He said, ‘Coach Hile, get on the cart,’ and I thought ‘uh oh,’ because usually that meant you’re in trouble,” Coach Hile shared during a recent practice at CHS.
Claremont High School Track and Field Coach Bill Reeves received another award on Saturday when the California Coaches Association named him Girls Cross Country Coach of the Year during the group’s annual banquet in Sacramento.
Earlier in the year, the association presented Coach Reeves with a regional award, but he was not aware that he would receive the statewide award, one of two given for girls cross-country, in advance of the banquet.
Every spring Claremont High School announces the senior athletes who have received scholarships. And there’s no doubt this is a banner year with 22 students heading into college competition. Four-year distance running phenom, Annie Boos, is heading off to UC Berkeley where she will be on both the track and cross-country teams. Boos has set numerous records at CHS and will undoubtedly continue to get faster at Cal.