SWIMMING AND DIVING
Claremont swimmers finished 3rd in the Sierra League after a strong end-of-season surge. In all, 10 athletes will go to CIF. Those swimmers include the girls 200 medley relay team of Mary Hanna, Morgan Stockham, Samantha Duran, and Melissa Oei. For the boys, Jacob Altree, Jack Mammone, Ben Jardine, Luke Miller, Dylan Tarazona and Thomas Randles all qualified.
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Claremont High School’s Eran Beechor makes a diving save with Jared Butz on Tuesday during the Pack’s first round CIF playoff game against Quartz Hill. The Wolfpack easily defeated the Rebels 3-0 to advance in the CIF tournament. Check out our complete coverage with slideshow. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
The Wolfpack batted their way to a 10-1 shellacking of Charter Oak on Tuesday. Josh Chua and Nick Costello each had 3 RBI, while Tyler Witt threw a complete, 3-hit game. With 3 games to go in the regular season, Claremont needs to win out to retain the #2 spot in the Sierra League.
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CHS senior Brittany Brown has really stretched her legs this year, metaphorically and literally. The all-around track standout has lit up the opposition in almost every 100-meter dash this season. At the Sierra League preliminaries last weekend, Ms. Brown took yet another first place, finishing the 100 in 12.58 seconds and putting fear into the rest of the league’s runners. Later on that day, Ms. Brown missed out on winning the 200-meter race by 44 hundredths of a second.
Three Burroughs High School players stretch to keep the ball alive after a shot was blocked by Claremont High School’s Donovan Robinson and Stephen Zetterberg on Tuesday during their conference match at CHS. Despite strong play, and winning the first game, the pack lost 3-1. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
In a workout room at the Claremont Club on Monday, 30 women gave their all, shimmying, samba-ing, salsa-ing and shuffling their way to fitness.
Two brave men were also among their ranks, one of them Steven Boyd, principal of San Antonio High School. A 4-year member of the Claremont Club, he decided 2 years ago to enliven his fitness routine with the aerobic dance sensation Zumba and he’s never looked back.
Like most people, time and a busy work schedule had crept up on Mr. Boyd over the years, adding a few pounds.
Junior Sarah Bratman clears 7 feet while competing in the pole vault on Tuesday during Claremont High School’s track meet with visiting Ayala High School. Both the varsity and junior varsity girls defeated the Bulldogs and became Sierra League champions. Check out all our sports coverage inside. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
The Wolfpack keep rolling in the Sierra League with another 2 victories. Claremont defeated Ayala last week 11-7, then beat South Hills 13-5. It is looking like first place is assured for the Pack, as they have 4 more league matches in the regular season. Claremont hosts Damien and then travels to Chino Hills this Friday, April 18 at 3:15 p.m. Next week, the Pack host Charter Oak on Tuesday, April 23 at 3:15 p.m. Check out our complete coverage.
Damien and St. Lucy’s high schools lost their appeal last Wednesday to stay put in the Sierra League for all sports.
The CIF executive committee outvoted representatives from the single-gender schools, 14-6, and Damien and St. Lucy’s will be forced to move into a parochial league for the 2014-15 sports season.
School representatives say that this is unfair; that the league targeted the only 2 Catholic schools because they thought Damien and St. Lucy’s somehow had an unfair advantage in the sports arena.
South Hills High School’s Robert Martinez slides into home under the tag of Claremont catcher Brandon Ziska on Tuesday during their Sierra League conference game at CHS. The two teams scored a combined 21 runs during the late afternoon game but Claremont came out on top 12-11. Check out our full story with a photo gallery. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Nick Costello has been lighting up the statistics columns for Claremont Wolfpack baseball all season, but during the last 2 weeks Costello was absolutely unstoppable. The 6’1”, 180-lb senior shortstop is hitting at a .457 clip with 15 runs batted in and almost no errors at the game’s toughest position.
The stage was set for an all-important Sierra League encounter against the good-at-all-sports Damien/St. Lucy’s schools. Wolfpack swimmers took to Damien’s pool Wednesday afternoon and squared off against two well-conditioned squads. The girls team fell at the last couple of hurdles, dropping the meet to the Regents 93-77. Claremont boys were unable to keep it close, and lost to the Spartans 97-73.
Damien came into the meet on the back of only 2 losses in their last 100 swim meets. The Spartans’ consistency has been remarkable considering the competition, with the streak dating back to a decade ago.
Some hardworking kids have given El Roble Intermediate School something to cheer about.
The El Roble Cheerleading Squad recently won the Cheer Pros State Championship at the Ontario Citizens Bank Arena, and then went on to be named Best of the West in the subsequent finals held at Cal State Long Beach.
The proud 7th and 8th grade girls came home from the championship wearing sweatshirts commemorating the competition and carrying a banner to hang in the gym.
“They were very excited. It was a good moment for them,” said cheer advisor Vanessa Mejia-Rapp.
Senior Andrew Guerra clears the bar while competing in the high jump last week during Claremont High School’s track meet versus South Hills in Covina. Guerra came in third in the high jump, but won the long jump at 17 feet 11 inches. The Pack came out on top with the boys scoring, 71-61 and the girls, 93-43. More coverage in our Friday edition. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff