Following the long holiday break when most teams were involved in tournaments, Claremont High School sports got into full swing this week with the first conference games of the season. Nathan Armas’ jersey number is 0, which is appropriate because that was the total number of goals during the Pack’s non-conference game against rival Damien in Claremont.
Longtime Claremont High School football coach Mike Collins will retire from coaching the Wolfpack although he will continue to teach at CHS, according to an announcement this morning from Principal Brett O’Connor.
“Mike Collins has been coaching football for the last 30 years; twenty of those years have been as head coach at CHS. He always understood that football was a vehicle to learn about life: self-discipline, teamwork, respect, time management and relationship building.” Mr. O’Connor said.
“Win or lose, he treated the young men with respect and dignity. When we won, he always gave the players the credit, and when we lost he always made sure to support his players,” he said.
Claremont High School Girls soccer won their home non-conference match against Alta Loma High School on Tuesday night by a score of 3-1, bringing their record to 2-0.
The two teams seemed pretty evenly matched, with Alta Loma dominating the momentum for much of the game, but Claremont made it count when they got into scoring position and that made all of the difference.
Claremont Coach Tim Tracey is optimistic about his team this year. We showed a lot of fight and a lot of intensity, which is something we can work with,” he said after the game. He also noted that the team is healthy and had no injuries. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
When the Claremont High School boys basketball team was good Tuesday night they were very good. Unfortunately, at times, they also went to pieces.
After leading for most of the first half and showing some very good organization, the boys seemed to stumble late and lost their first non-conference game to visiting Canyon Springs, 65-59.
Sophomore point guard Kyle Scalmanini, above, who scored 26 points and had 9 rebounds, anchored the good for the Pack. Junior Harlan Maass was the second highest scorer with 11 points, followed by sophomore Tyler Risher, who had seven points but also came away with seven rebounds.
UPDATED: Claremont High School boys water polo finished a perfect postseason on Saturday with the ultimate prize, a CIF Southern Section Division 5 Championship victory.
The Wolfpack defeated Los Altos 15-7 at the Irvine’s Woollett Aquatics Center in the same commanding fashion they have employed during the entire tournament, bringing their overall record to 22-11.
The lopsided victories have largely been due to the foundation provided by the Pack’s unstoppable defense, which was in full evidence on Saturday with goalkeeper Steven Cagle delivering an outstanding performance.
“He had the game of his life,” said coach Kirstin Rodriguez in a phone interview on Wednesday.
Claremont High School senior Mike Lowrie leads a group of runners near the final stretch Saturday during CIF Southern Section Championships division two race at Mount San Antonio College. Lowrie finished 10th with a time of 15:09 which was the top placing for Claremont and helped the team qualify for the State Championships with their fourth place team score. The girls did not do as well but narrowly qualified for the State Championships by finishing seventh. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Claremont sophomore Bruno Snow zeros in on Redlands goalkeeper senior Cal Mende during the first half of thier CIF semi final game on Wednesday in Diamond Bar. Although Mr. Snow would come up short on this play he did have three goals aiding in Claremont’s 17-7 victory. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Claremont High School girls volleyball had somewhat of a mixed week, losing their head coach, but snapping back to win their first round CIF playoff match against visiting Palm Desert.
The Pack’s celebrated coach Jodi Postlmayr, who was in her first semester leading the girls team, abruptly quit last week to take a full time teaching job. According to school officials, after Ms. Postlmayr accepted the position assuming she would be able to see Claremont through the CIF playoffs, but was ordered by her new employer to sever all ties with CHS immediately. Mark Mina, above, who also leads the junior varsity team, will take over as head coach at least through the end of the playoffs.
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Claremont wide receiver Jordan Goodrich looks for room to run downfield after catching a pass on Friday during the Pack’s conference game against Bonita at CHS. Although Claremont came out looking a little unsteady they were able to pull off a victory, 28-21, which was a fitting way to finish off their season. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Eventual winner Adam Johnson leads teammates Mike Lowrie and Johan Ross down a steep hill on Wednesday during the Palomares League cross country finals at Mount San Antonio College. The five Claremont teams did exceptionally well in the finals not only winning the meet but also appear to have pulled off a 75-0 perfect season. Confirmation of the Pack’s record is pending on the release of official results. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Dressed in Halloween costumes members of the Claremont High School baseball team watch a ball go foul on Friday during a scrimmage at the school. The game was more of a chance to have some fun rather than true competition but there was some incentive to win. The coach designated three teams based on grade level and offered one day off practice for the winner. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
The Claremont High School girls volleyball team had its senior day on Tuesday to recognize the final home game for six girls who will graduate in the spring. Seniors Natalie Barragan, Denise Brittan, Hailey Hargrave, Tyler Romero, Noelle Shoemake, and Courtney Weidner were lauded at a brief ceremony that included their families. Check out our complete sports coverage inside.
The hype and excitement was nearly palpable from the Claremont Crazies after Claremont High School’s win at the Homecoming game on Friday, October 17 against Diamond Bar.
In addition to the game, senior Michaela Christiansen was crowned as homecoming queen during the night’s festivities. With the 25-0 win, Claremont is 1-1 in Palomares League standings.
Claremont cross country continues to roll over the competition with impressive results on Saturday at the Clovis Invitational at Woodward Park in Fresno. Boys varsity came in third behind Great Oak and Canyon, missing second by only three points.
Jonah Ross was the Pack’s top finisher in 16th place with a time of 15:36, which was a personal record on that course. Just behind Ross were Mike Lowrie at 15:38 and Adam Johnson at 15:48, racking up two more personal records.