Members of the Claremont High School boys’ water polo team celebrate their victory over Thousand Oaks on Tuesday at CHS. The Pack defeated the Lancers 7-5 in overtime in the CIF wild card game and will advance to the regular CIF bracket. Be sure to check out our complete sports round-up with high school and college scores. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
The Lady Wolfpack came into Wednesday afternoon’s CIF first-round match brimming with confidence. The Pack easily clinched first place in the Sierra League without dropping one overall match. They squared off against Century League’s 3rd place Foothill High School Knights from Tustin, who won their wildcard bracket earlier in the week. In front of home supporters, Claremont manhandled Foothill 14 sets to 4.
Claremont lost convincingly to Charter Oak 35-0 on Friday night. The Wolfpack had 2 interceptions by Oliver Brown and one by Cinque Gales, but could only manage 39 yards of total offense. The Chargers’ 271-yard rushing performance dominated the game and controlled the clock. The Wolfpack are now 3-6 in league and play their final game of the season at home against Ayala (5-4) on Friday, November 2 at 7 p.m.
Claremont completed its undefeated regular season with an emphatic victory over Chino Hills. League individual finals for both singles and doubles take place this weekend, and next up is the CIF team tournament beginning Wednesday, October 31. The Wolfpack are expected to cruise through the first couple of rounds of playoffs. See our complete sports report including college scores.
Tenants of a Monte Vista packing warehouse are making space for Claremont’s newest sports facility.
Planning commissioners Tuesday gave unanimous approval for a portion of the 3-acre north Claremont warehouse to be transformed into a privately operated club volleyball facility, used for both training and tournament purposes. Commissioners welcomed the dual opportunity to fill a city vacancy while encouraging visitors for volleyball practices and tournaments to take advantage of Claremont restaurants and shops.
The Wolfpack lost Friday night’s homecoming game against a strong Chino Hills team 57-12. After last week’s excellent display and upset over Damien, Claremont was confident they could avoid mistakes and hold firm on the defensive side of the ball. But the Sierra League’s 2nd place Huskies put their foot on the gas early, and never looked back.
The Claremont Wolfpack broke the game open during the 2nd quarter against the Charter Oak Chargers on Tuesday, cruising to a solid 25-13 win during a crucial road league match. Coach Kristin McKown tried to spread the offense out as much as possible in a pool that looked like it was designed for children. In the end, it was Claremont’s superior possession and tendency to break up the Chargers passing that gave them complete control in this contest.
Claremont scored 21 points in the 4th quarter to beat Damien 34-14 Friday night. Fueled by interceptions from 5 different players to add to 4 sacks on the night, the Wolfpack defense bent but did not break against the Spartans. Cecil Fleming and Lane Giammalva had strong offensive performances, combining for 3 touchdowns. Craig Myers efficiently completed 13 of 16 passes for 182 yards and a score. Claremont (3-4) has its homecoming game this Friday, October 19 at 7 p.m. The Chino Hills (4-2) Huskies will be Claremont’s opponent.
The professional soccer team Los Angeles Galaxy hosted a Claremont clinic on Wednesday, with more than 200 youth players between ages 5 and 14 turning up to receive world class coaching. The event signified the continuing efforts of the Claremont American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) and the LA Galaxy to develop talent and promote health in children of all ages. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
South Hills High School senior Aaron Parham makes a leaping catch over the reach of Claremont High School senior Christian Bagnerise on Friday during their Sierra League conference game in Covina. After catching the ball, Parham turned and lunged into the end zone for South Hills' first touchdown of the game. The Huskies defeated the Pack 42-27 making CHS’ record 2-4-0 for the season. More in Wednesday’s edition. COURIER Photo Steven Felschundneff
VIVIAN?WEBB: The Vivian Webb girls volleyball team continued their excellent season with a straight sets win over Flintridge, although they fell to Mayfield the following match. VWS coach Jack Coberly, in his fifth year, and adopted a youth focus, bringing a number of freshmen and sophomores into the varsity fold.
CHS: The Wolfpack enjoyed 2 victories last week against Bonita and South Hills. Both matches were won in straight sets, and Claremont has rocketed up the Sierra League standings.
This fall season, the Claremont Sunrise Rotary made a donation to the 2012 Claremont High School football team. The money went toward purchasing new helmets for the players. In the wake of so many high profile head injuries involving football players in professional and youth leagues, CHS decided the safety of its young men was paramount and fitted each player with the new Riddell Revolution Speed helmets.
The Wolfpack returned to winning ways this week, beating Northwood High 31-14 Friday night. Quarterback Craig Myers threw for 327 yards and 2 scores and also rushed for 2 touchdowns. Running back Cecil Fleming rushed for 145 yards and Lane Giammalva added 112 yards receiving and a score, as Claremont pulled away from the Timberwolves after the first quarter. This is a bye week, so Claremont’s next game is October 5 at 7 p.m. at South Hills High in West Covina. Check out our news briefs from all CHS sporting events.