The Haldeman pool on Pomona-Pitzer’s campus is the turf of 3 dogs—Magic, Riley and Kaia. They belong to Kristin McKown and Alex Rodriguez, 2 local water polo coaches who share a passion for dogs, water polo, education and each other.
Water polo may just be southern California’s fastest growing club sport, and its popularity throughout the region is having a direct impact on high school competition and college recruitment. Often, all 3 levels of water polo become intertwined, as is the case with the local polo power couple.
If Wheaties is the breakfast of champions, then Claremont is the town where they reside.
Three young swimmers from The Claremont Club (TCC) swim team are heading for the US Olympic Team Trials, which will be held June 25 through July 2 in Omaha, Nebraska.
To make the cut for the US Olympic swim team, local swimmers Sonia Wang, 15, Michael Haney, 17, and Noelle Tarazona, 19, will have to qualify as one of the top 2 athletes in the country in at least one event. COURIER photo Steven Felschundneff
Several seniors who have distinguished themselves on the court, on the field or in the pool at Claremont High School are going on to university sports programs this fall, taking their love of athletics to the next level.
These student athletes recreated the thrilling moment of signing their college acceptance letters at a Wednesday, June 7 ceremony in the Wolfpack gym.
Their coaches and Principal Brett O’Connor were on hand to applaud the signatories who, like so many among the 530 students in the class of 2012, are moving on to bigger and better things.
Claremont Little League wrapped up its first
week of the City Tournament, which continues
until the finals and Closing Day ceremonies
next Saturday, June 9 at College Park beginning
at 8 a.m. Tigers coach Kent West, above, hits fly balls for his team as
they warm up on Thursday prior to their game against the Orioles
Thursday evening. Check out page 16-17 in our print edition for a special photo essay by Steven Felschundneff.
Memorial Day is a holiday that brings together family and friends, whether with an afternoon barbecue, trip to the beach or dip in the backyard swimming pool. It brings with it a feeling of summer, of nostalgia, evoking memories of time spent hanging with friends and family around a bonfire or picnic table.
“A sense of camaraderie,” added Linda Troyer, chatting with my father (John Hartnett) and me in the Monday morning sunshine before we embarked on the Claremont Red Cross’ Run for the Red.
Condit Elementary School student Kellen Willmore, center, makes a big effort at the finish winning the 4th grade 100-yard dash on Friday during the 38th annual Duane Jackman Invitational Track Meet at Vista del Valle Elementary School. These runners were among over 300 students hailing from 4th through 6th grade showed up for the 9 a.m. opening ceremony, ready to “bring it” and clad in T-shirts representing their respective schools. The colorful tees celebrated local K-6 sites Mountain View, Oakmont, Vista del Valle, Condit, Sycamore, Sumner/Danbury and Chaparral. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Participants in the women’s 3000 meter steeplechase clear the water hurdles on Saturday during the 2012 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championship at Claremont McKenna College. The steeplechase was won by Keri Lambert a junior at Amherst College. The event ran Thursday through Saturday and attracted a huge crowd of track and field fans from all over the region. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
The Claremont High School boys varsity baseball team season ended after the Wolfpack lost the first round of CIF to Cypress High School on Thursday, May 18 by a score of 2-0.
It was a tight game, with no scoring until the 5th inning. The fact that Claremont was able to keep up the pace for most of the competition against the Centurians, who were ranked 4th seed coming into CIFâ??says a lot for the team, said head boys varsity baseball Coach Geoff Ranney.
The Claremont High School boys varsity volleyball team ended their brief CIF playoff run when they were clawed by the South Pasadena Tigers on Thursday, May 10. The final score for the second-round playoff match, was 3-1.
After the Wolfpack won the first game 19-25, the Tigers “came out with a lot of momentum” in round 2, and kept it going for the rest of the competition, according to CHS head volleyball coach Bernie Wendling.
CHS played well, coach Wendling said. South Pasadena played better.
“They told us, ‘That’s the best game we played all year,’” he said.
With no wins, the Claremont High School girls varsity softball team has weathered a tough season. When it comes to matriculation, however, the Wolfpack is 2-0.
There were only 2 seniors on the team and both are moving on to play softball at the college level. Nina Gurgian (3rd and 1st bases) will be playing with the Comets at Mayville State University in North Dakota, while Emily Viggers (1st base) will play ball for the Princeton Tigers.
It was heartbreak time for 3 members of the Claremont High School varsity tennis team, who fell to Ayala after advancing to the finals in Sierra League competition on Wednesday, May 2 at The Claremont Club.
The Wolfpack's loss in singles competition came after a nearly 3-hour grudge match between CHS junior Alan Leahy and Ayala's Tomas Aranguiz. Tomas also knocked out CHS sophomore Brandon Yeoh during semi-finals earlier in the day. More sports in our Saturday edition.
Spring has been good to the Webb Schools varsity baseball team, which is ranked 4th in CIF and is 9-1-0 in Prep Standings as they wind up season play.
After a bye week in which Webb was set to play non-league teams West Covina on May 1 and Lucerne Valley on Friday, May 4, Prep League competition continues with a game against Pasadena's Poly High School on Tuesday, May 8.
According to CHS head boys varsity golf coach Octavio Hernandez, the team has finally reached its key goal: to qualify for CIF. While Claremont and Damien teed off at the Marshall Canyon Golf Course on Thursday, April 26, with clouds looming overhead and deer resting under the trees, Coach Hernandez took the time to acknowledge 2 of his strongest players, both seniors and team captions: Brian Carroll and Chris Witt.
For the players and coaches of the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women’s lacrosse team, the program combines 2 things they love: a fast-paced game requiring focus and finesse, and idyllic weather.
“That’s half the reason a lot of us came here,” said Scripps freshman Becky Gold. “What’s better than playing lacrosse in the sun?”
Monday, April 16, found the CMS team practicing against a backdrop of blue skies and a snow-covered Mt. Baldy. If assistant coach Gabrielle Dewey were still in upstate New York, the snow would be more than a distant vision.