Claremont football experienced another frustrating year in the Sierra League, dropping the final 3 contests and finishing 3-7 on the season. One highlight, however, was a shellacking of Damien. Juniors Craig Myers, Cecil Fleming and Baron Franklin will continue into 2013 as senior offensive stalwarts, while Paul Manus and Josh Ferrer will return as defensive anchors for the Wolfpack.
Last week, Jeremy Giles pledged his college future to Stony Brook University in Long Island, New York. The standout Claremont High baseball player will be finishing his senior year this coming spring, and will play for the Division 1 Seawolves in the fall.
Giles waltzed on to the varsity Wolfpack baseball team his junior year and soon cemented his role as their sure-footed 2nd baseman. Giles was quick to praise his teammates and Claremont’s unexpected finish last year. “We were really close as a team; we had each others’ backs."
Comeback of the year:
The boys water polo team made it to the first round of playoffs this year, and set sights on beating wildcard team Thousand Oaks. After a defensive battle produced a 5-5 tie in regulation, the Wolfpack absorbed wave after wave of attack. The Pack broke out on the counter, twice catching the Breakers overcommitted. Claremont scored 2 goals in overtime to win a huge playoff game in their home pool.
The Foothill Storm Under-14 girls club soccer team finished their season atop the Gold League standings this year. Coached by Carlos Conejo and Aron Weaver for the last 5 years, the Storm featured a fluid style of play this season due to their years of playing together. Coach Weaver said, “Though they are not the biggest or fastest, our team ended each game with around 70 percent of the possession and were able to eke out victories from tight games all year.”
Claremont’s last playoff team fell to Laguna Beach 16-4 last Thursday. Claremont was unable to counter the Breakers’ offensive prowess and physical play. The Wolfpack enjoyed a fine season and finish after winning a dramatic playoff game last Tuesday. The team will return a number of important players next fall. College scores listed also.
The Claremont boys water polo team went into Tuesday’s CIF play-in game with high hopes after winning their last 5 games and finishing 2nd place in the Sierra League.
The Wolfpack squared off against the Thousand Oaks Lancers in a Division 2 Wild Card match. After a defensive battle and 2 overtime periods, Claremont emerged as victors by a score of 7-5.
The game started with a roar from CHS supporters. A flurry of shots by both teams quickly followed the opening tip-off sprint, which Claremont controlled.
GIRLS VOLLEYBALL: Claremont High School advanced to the Division 1A CIF-SS playoffs by virtue of their 3rd place finish in the Sierra League. The Wolfpack were paired with #1 Redlands East Valley from the Citrus Belt League and lost in straight sets 25-21, 25-17, and 25-13. More high school and college scores.
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.