This year was a time of firsts and lasts in Claremont sports—a time to say goodbye to longtime coaches and welcome new ones. It was also the end of a dynasty and the inception of others.
It was the first football season in over 20 years without Coach Mike Collins, after he retired in December 2014. And in June, cross-country coach Rob Lander took a job leading Chaffey College’s program.
Claremont High School girls soccer won their semifinal match against South Hills only to lose to Los Osos in the final claiming the runner up trophy in this year’s Claremont Holiday Classic tournament. The Pack is off to a great start this year with an 8-1-2 record even though the team is relatively young. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Claremont High School junior Jai Williams tries to regain control of the ball after Rancho Cucamonga’s Juliann Salinas tried to steal on Tuesday during the first round of the Claremont Tournament. The Pack lost in the final seconds, 52-50, after leading most of the game. The tournament continues this evening at CHS. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Claremont High School cross country completed their very successful season with double fourth-place finishes in the California State Championships on Saturday in Fresno.
Claremont was expected to do well; after sweeping the Palomares League they went full- force into the post-season meets, culminating in a third place for the girls and fifth for the boys at the CIF Southern Section finals.
Claremont senior Johnathon Wong tries to wrestle control of the ball from Redlands East Valley goalkeeper Harrison Land on Saturday during the CIF Southern Section championship game in Irvine. A disastrous third quarter put the Wildcats in the lead which they held to defeat the Pack 7-5 to claim the title. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
No two ways about it some Claremont team was bound to go to the boys water polo finals this Saturday as Claremont High School faced off against The Webb Schools on Wednesday in the semifinals of the CIF tournament.
As it happens, the winner was the number one ranked Wolfpack who decisively beat the Gauls 13-6 at Diamond Bar High.
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The Claremont High School girls volleyball team lost their semifinal CIF playoff game, 3-1, to Louisville High School on Saturday in Claremont ending their season. The team defeated Palm Desert in the quarterfinals on Thursday but as the luck would have it the faced number one ranked Louisville. Nonetheless it was a great season for the Pack with a final record of 17-12 and 6-4 in league. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Claremont High School boys water polo wasted no time setting the pace Wednesday night during their first round CIF playoff game against visiting California High School. In fact, it took junior Bruno Snow a mere handful of seconds to score the Pack’s first goal and they never looked back.
The Claremont High School girls volleyball team celebrates after scoring a particularly difficult point on Tuesday at CHS. The Pack defeated visiting Diamond Bar, 3-0, to clinch third place in the Palomares League and a berth in the CIF tournament. Be sure to check out our complete sports coverage inside. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
For their last home game, the CHS water polo team was greeted with stands full of fans, most wearing pink cancer awareness shirts for a “Pink Out” theme. The boys played a strong game, with key plays throughout, beating Ayala 10-7.
The water polo team has been showing their support of Cancer Awareness Month by selling pink shirts with a cancer ribbon logo.
Even with all the excitement from the Claremont High School homecoming football game, the Wolfpack was unable to catch Ayala in the fourth quarter Friday night for their first loss of the season 24-21. CHS is now 6-1 for the season and plays at Diamond Bar this Friday, October 23 at 7p.m. Click the ENTIRE STORY link to see our aerial video of the halftime show.
Allison Gallegos, left, and Vanessa Lopez review a putt on the first hole of the Wolfpack’s match against Ayala on Tuesday at Marshall Canyon Golf Course. What is happening with Claremont High School sports? The football team is undefeated, boys water polo is ranked number-one, cross country is on a tear and now girls golf is having their best season ever. The girls, 7-6 overall, added another victory, narrowly defeating visiting Ayala, 214-217.
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The Claremont High School water polo team had an easy win over Bonita Tuesday 18-6. After getting out to a commanding lead in the first half of the game, the Wolfpack continued to put constant pressure on the Bearcats no matter who was in the pool. Top scorers included Bruno Snow, above, and Mat Turk with four goals each. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger
Claremont High School cross-country coach Bill Reeves may be a man of few words, but he certainly got the message across to his runners: go for the team win over individual results.
And that’s exactly what happened as the Wolfpack swept the second Palomares League meet on Tuesday at Bonelli Regional Park, even though the highest varsity place was second place. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff