UPDATED: Claremont High School’s boys water polo really looks like the team to beat this year in the Palomares League. They added three games to their win column this weekend at the Villa Park Tournament defeating top 10 ranked teams in the process. Then the boys followed up on Tuesday in their league opener, easily handling Ayala, 15-6. Be sure to check out our complete sports roundup inside. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Girls tennis had a good day Tuesday winning their match against Glendora 10-8. Senior Megan Huang won all three of her singles games and twins Evelyn and Lelia Kennedy also won all three games in doubles play. Claremont led after the first round by 5-1, which was a great advantage, according to coach Clint Rees. The team is now 1-2 in league play. This is Mr. Rees’ first year coaching the girls team, but he has been the boys coach for three years. More coverage inside.
Although it’s still over two months until the start of basketball season, the Claremont Wolfpack varsity and junior varsity squads were in action Sunday at CHS against Song Sang High School from Taipei, Taiwan.
The varsity team won by a score of 57-41 and was led in scoring by sophomore Kyle Scalamini with 13 points and junior Harlan Maass with 10 points. The junior varsity team lost by a score of 69-63, but was led in scoring by Dante Dorton who had a game high of 19 points and Luke McCay with 15 points.
Claremont High School running back Duy Tran-Sampson breaks a tackle with the assistance of Caleb Taylor on Friday during the Pack’s romp of visiting Covina High School 52-19. CHS has been on a tear in early season winning their last three games for an over all record of 3-1. Check out our updated story written by CHS Wolfpacket staff writer Andrew Im. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Members of the Claremont High School cross country team workout in the heat of the day on Monday at Memorial Park in Claremont. The varsity boys team is ranked sixth in CIF Southern Section Division II, and varsity girls are ranked seventh making Claremont one of two programs to have both the boys and girls in the top ten. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
The 24-year-old former Illinois All-American and top-seeded Nevolo picked up his first USTA Pro Circuit $10,000 Futures singles title by beating No. 4-sseded Salvatore Caruso of Italy on Sunday, 6-4, 6-2, at the Claremont Club Pro Classic.
“I think the way I played in the quarterfinals and the semis and then the final, yeah, you can say I just played some of the best tennis of my career,” said Nevolo, who takes home the $1,440 first-place prize check and 17 valuable ATP World Tour points. “It was probably the most aggressive tennis of my career.”
In just a little over one week, 18-year-old Deiton Baughman has played one of the best junior tennis players in the world, and also one of last year’s best in college tennis.
The Carson resident, who signed a pro contract with IMG back in April, on Wednesday beat NCAA runner-up Alex Sarkissian formerly of Pepperdine, 6-3, 6-3, in the first round of the 19th annual Claremont Club Pro Classic to advance to the second round.
Fresh off play at the recent US Open, a three-time NCAA team champion from USC and one currently listed in the top 15 ITA preseason singles rankings for UCLA got off to good starts at the 19th annual Claremont Club Pro Classic.
Raymond Sarmiento of nearby Rancho Cucamonga beat wild card Kelvin Kim, 6-2, 6-2, in the first round of singles on Tuesday.
Just last Thursday, Sarmiento was in New York competing in the first American Collegiate Invitational where he lost to rival and reigning NCAA singles champion Marcos Giron in straight sets.
The Claremont USTA Pro Classic returns to Claremont for the 19th consecutive year, and once again will feature some of the rising stars in pro tennis on September 8-14.
The first of three consecutive $10,000 USTA Pro Circuit hard-court men’s events held in Southern California following the US Open, the Pro Classic is run by tournament director Barry Friedman and USTA Tour Supervisor Peter Kasavage. It is one of nine USTA Pro Circuit men’s events taking place in California this year.
Qualifying continues this weekend with main draw singles and doubles matches starting on Tuesday. The doubles final is scheduled for Friday, the singles semifinals Saturday and final a week from Sunday.
Claremont showed its Pack Pride on Friday, September 5, making their first win at their second non-season game against the Salesian Mustangs with a score of 21-13.
Despite their loss on the first game against the El Rancho Dons, the Wolfpack defeated the Mustangs, who were the CIF champions last year and were nominated as one of the top 15 football teams in California.
Racquel Pedroza fulfilled a lifelong dream recently competing in her first US Open tennis tournament in New York. But to hear her talk, you get the feeling she will be playing on one of tennis’ largest stages for years to come.
The 16-year-old Claremont resident had an unfortunate draw having to face No. 2 seeded Lucie Wargnier of France in the first round of qualifying to get into the main draw of the junior portion at Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, NY. Racquel played Wargnier tight in the first set but dropped a 7-6 (9-7) tiebreaker. In the second set she fell, 6-1.
The Claremont High School football team is getting ready for the beginning of the 2014 season, which begins next week with a scrimmage at CHS.
Head Coach Mike Collins, in his 20th year leading the Pack, is optimistic about the team’s chances this year after a disappointing result in 2013 ending with a 1-9-0 record in league play.
“We have a tough team and they have been bonding well,” said Coach Collins. The team has taken a different approach leading up to the season including attending sports camps to work on their speed.
It came down to the final match on the final day with No. 2-seeded Southern Section hanging on to beat No. 1 Midwest and capture the USTA Girls’ 18s National Team Championships played at the Claremont Club on Tuesday.
With the score all knotted at three matches all, all eyes were focused on the No. 4 singles match between Amy Yang of Southern and Midwest’s Bianca Moldovan, who won the first set, 6-4. But Yang took the second, 6-4, and went up 4-0 in the third set, eventually clinching the dramatic finishing match, 6-3.