It's that time of year again. Claremont Police Chief Paul Cooper throws out the first pitch to his son Cole at Claremont Little League's Opening Day ceremonies on Saturday morning. The day included the Tortas 2 Die 4 Food Truck, hosted by Claremont Little League parent Zeke Casas, the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast and opening remarks by Mayor Larry Schroeder. Photo Randy Scott
Claremont began its baseball season last week with high hopes following a 13-12 overall 2012 record. The Wolfpack started 7 seniors in their second match of the Dick’s Sporting Goods Tournament against Santiago High of Corona. A 4-run second inning propelled the Pack to a 7-4 victory over the Sharks, making it 2 wins on the trot to start the 2013 season.
The Wolfpack left it late to beat Colony in their opening game, coming from behind and scoring 5 unanswered runs for the win. Santiago, on the other hand, had no trouble dispatching Baldwin Park 11-0.
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Claremont’s goalkeeper Kyle Del Campo can only shut his eyes as Servite scored their 4th goal on penalty kicks ending the 80-minute scoreless standoff between the 2 teams Friday night at CHS. The loss also ends Claremont’s bid to win the CIF title. Check out our complete story. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
The Claremont High School boys’ soccer team including Kelley Collins, right, celebrates after Collins knocked in the game-winning goal Wednesday during the Pack’s second round CIF playoff game against Redondo Union High School at CHS. The 2 teams were bogged down in a scoreless tie well into the first overtime period when Collins and Austin Antillon got a breakaway down the right side. When the Redondo goalkeeper attempted to stop Antillon he flicked the ball to Collins who effortlessly kicked it into the net. Check out our full story. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
It took 2 overtime periods for the teams to deliver a goal in the battle of attrition that was the Claremont Wolfpack’s first playoff match of 2013. Claremont visited the Arlington Lions in Riverside on Friday night, and delivered a patient, hardheaded performance.
With the sun setting over the railroad tracks behind Arlington’s brand new all-purpose turf field, Claremont kicked off against the 2nd seeded Lions of the Inland Valley League. The Lions finished the season 6-2-4, and had only won 2 of their previous 5 games.
The Claremont High School girls’ soccer team celebrates their first of 4 goals on Thursday during the Pack’s first round CIF playoff game against Centennial High School at CHS. The girls easily handled the visiting Huskies advancing to the second round with a 4-1 victory. Check out our complete story. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
It has been a fantastic season all around for Wolfpack sports, as each of the 6 teams will put forth a side in this week’s CIF playoff first rounds. Although girls basketball and boys soccer slipped up against the Ayala Bulldogs in their final regular season games, each qualified for the second seed and the at-large spot in the Sierra League, respectively.
Claremont battled the Charter Oak Chargers on Tuesday with playoff implications at the forefront of coaches’ minds. Both Wolfpack soccer teams achieved victories by a wide margin, as did boys basketball. Girls basketball was unable to come up with the win, however. Scores from Claremont’s final regular season games will be featured in the online edition of the COURIER by Monday, and in the print edition by Wednesday. Stay tuned for playoff draws in all sports.
It was another week of mixed results for Wolfpack sports against the Chino Hills Huskies. On Friday evening, boys and girls basketball were beaten, girls soccer drew and boys soccer produced a victory. Heading into the final week of regular season play, Claremont will determine their playoff seeds with matches against Charter Oak and Ayala.
The Wolfpack held off a strong surge from the Chino Hills Huskies, then put the game out of reach when Cameron Lorek sealed the game with a score of 3-1 on Friday. Claremont has now won 3 matches on the road and is tied for first place with rivals Damien with identical 6-2 league records.
Coach Fred Bruce-Oliver sent his team out in a 4-3-3 formation, using his wingers to spread the Huskies’ back line thin. Kyle Del Campo took over in goal for the injured Nick Serabyn. Claremont’s back 4 defenders kept a high, flat line throughout the game to counter long balls over the top.
“Whenever we perform well, we keep the lineup the same,” explained Coach Bruce-Oliver.
Claremont High School midfielder Ben Santia heads the ball on Friday during the Pack’s game against Chino Hills at CHS. Santia scored the first 2 of Claremont’s 3 goals giving the boys their third straight win. More in our next edition COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
The overall message was that we should “view life through the front window and not the rearview” when Fred Claire spoke to a packed house at Claremont Place on Wednesday. Mr. Claire was the Dodger’s general manager from 1988 to 1998, and is the author of My 30 Years in Dodger Blue.
Mr. Claire exemplifies the idea that people can always reinvent themselves. As audience members munched on mini hot dogs, popcorn and Cracker Jacks, Mr. Claire recounted his long career in the sports world.
Claremont sports again swept the opposition in soccer and basketball on Wednesday. The Wolfpack are pushing for the playoffs from all angles, as this week’s conquered foes were Damien and St. Lucy’s. Check out our website and newspaper for results from Claremont games against the Chino Hills Huskies.