Claremont High School girls soccer delivered two 1-0 defeats in the final rounds of the CIF Southern Section tournament, first to Royal and then top seeded Bishop Amat, but the tables turned on the Wolfpack on Saturday as South Torrance handed Claremont a 1-0 defeat.
Elisabeth Chua, Janelle Gutierrez congratulate Kyra Tisopulos after she cored the game winning goal Friday night during the third round of the CIF Southern Section playoffs in Claremont. Claremont and Royal high schools were deadlocked in a 0-0 tie through regulation time and two overtime periods when Tisopulos headed the ball over the goalkeeper into the net. The Pack now advances to the semifinals next Tuesday, however the place and opponent are not yet known. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Against the odds the Claremont High School girls water polo team is on a roll, winning their first two games in the CIF Southern Section tournament. After finishing league play in second place with a 5-3 record, the Pack won two very competitive games each decided by a single goal. Last Wednesday the girls defeated Westlake, 10-9, in the first round playoff game.
Claremont High School boys soccer faced two adversaries Friday night, Thousand Oaks High School and the weather. The rain at times was so heavy that it obscured the field, and the wind made shots go far off of their mark. In the end the Pack did prevail 2-0 and will advance to the second round of the CIF tournament. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Mr. Hile has been a special education teacher at CHS since 2010 and a football coach since 2002. Mr. Hile began his coaching career at Damien High School as defensive line coach, and served in that capacity for six years. He was an assistant coach at CHS from 2009-2012 and became the defensive coordinator in 2013. For the past two years he was the defensive line coach at Upland High School.
A heartbreak moment for the Pack came late in the first half of Wednesday’s match when Lexi Deahl beat Glendora keeper Sarah Reyes but then saw her shot sail over the net. The two teams battled it out for 100 minutes but neither was able to score and so both were named co-champions of the Palomares League.
Claremont High School boys basketball is having one of their best seasons in recent memory. As the regular season winds down, the Wolfpack, 7-2 in league and 19-8 overall, is solidly in second place behind Palomares League leader Bonita. There is even a slight chance Bonita could falter in their final game Thursday and be joined by Claremont as a co-champion.
Claremont’s Helena Sandhagen chases a loose ball on Tuesday during the Pack’s 14-12 victory over the Ayala Bulldogs in Chino Hills. Sandhagen had two goals during the game including one that was initially blocked but drifted in on the current. Despite a shaky start the Claremont girls eventual found their form defeating Ayala 14-12. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
The CHS boys soccer team defeated visiting South Hills 1-0 in Palomares League action at CHS. With the win the boys stay undefeated in league with a 5-0 record and are in first place. On Friday they travel to La Verne to play the Bonita Bearcats. Girls soccer lost an away Palomares League game to South Hills 1-0 on Wednesday in Covina. The loss brings the Pack’s record to a strong 15-2-1, 4-1 in league, but moves the girls down a notch to second place in league standings. On Friday they face Bonita at CHS.
Claremont High School cross-country coach Bill Reeves poses for photos with members of his team on Thursday during the Claremont Unified School District Board of Education meeting in Claremont. During the meeting the board recognized the boys and girls cross country teams for their dual CIF State titles as well as the girls Southern Section CIF title, and Coach Reeves for being named Southern Section Coach of the year.
On paper it shouldn’t have been much of a fight. After all, Claremont, currently tied with Glendora for first place in the Palomares League, was playing at home against Diamond Bar, a team one spot out of the basement.
However, the Pack barely squeaked by the Brahmas, 1-0, on a chilly Wednesday night in Claremont.
But win Claremont did, bringing their record to 15-1-1, 4-0 in league.
The California Coaches’ Association has named Claremont’s Bill Reeves as the 2016 Southern Section Fall Coach of the Year for girls cross country.
The California Coaches’ Association is the original all-sports coaching association in the state of California, according to a news release from the organization. It continues to be the largest all-sports coaching association in the state and 2017 marks the 61st anniversary of the coaches of the year award.
Claremont High School boys basketball had no problem handling the South Hills Huskies on Tuesday, maintaining a consistent lead on their way to an 85-70 victory in the Palomares League opening game. South Hills did put up an impressive fight, and kept the Pack on their toes including a last-gasp run when the Huskies nailed three 3-pointers in the last two minutes. However, in the end Claremont was too much for the Huskies.
Far and away the biggest sports story from 2016 has to be cross country’s dual State CIF victories, combined with an individual state title for senior Owen Bishop.
The cross-country program had been getting stronger for the past few years, but really came together under the tutelage of Coach Bill Reeves, who is in his second year.
To say this was an amazing accomplishment would be putting it mildly.