In the COURIER’s preview of winter sports, one longtime coach, Fred Bruce-Oliver, keeps plugging along while another, Tim Tipping, says goodbye. Catch up on high school sports as the Pack preps for another busy season. Girls water polo is off to a roaring start with a sweep of the fourth annual Wolfpack Invitational Tournament last weekend at CHS.
The girls varsity water polo team took first place in the fourth annual Wolfpack Invitational tournament this weekend. Claremont swept the competition defeating San Pasqual 17-2, West Hills 18-5, Palos Verdes 13-10 and Valhalla 12-6.
The temperature hovered around 60 degrees and there was a slight mist on Saturday at Woodward Park in Fresno. Not exactly the best weather for a leisurely stroll, but as it turns out, it was ideal for a footrace.
At 10 a.m. the best of the best CIF Division 2 girls cross country runners came to the starting line for the 2018 CIF California State Cross Country Championships.
Claremont freshman Maddie Coles, right, runs just behind Granada senior Colleen McCandless on Saturday during the California State Cross Country Championships in Fresno. Coles edged out McCandless by three seconds at the line for a second place finish in the division two race anchoring a third consecutive state team title for the Pack.
Claremont High School’s girls varsity cross country team won the Division Two CIF finals race Saturday in Riverside, the third consecutive title for the Pack, according to a news release from the school.
CHS runners finished 1-11-14-19-24, scoring 69 points to win the CIF Southern Section team title ahead of Mission Viejo, 114 pts, Serrano, 118 pts, Saugus, 131 pts, and 20 other teams.
Led once again by freshman Maddie Coles, the Claremont High School girls cross country team claimed another Palomares League title last Saturday at Whittier Narrows Park.
Claremont’s 25 points came in at less than half of second place Ayala’s 58, followed by Colony, 102, Alta Loma, 108, Bonita, 118, and Glendora, 125.
In competitive sports it takes great planning and some luck to reach peak performance right as playoffs begin. The Claremont High School boys water polo team did just that by ending Palomares League play with a six-game winning streak. It was capped off with a decisive 12-6 win over visiting Flintridge Prep Rebels, in the first round of CIF competition.
The only downside to peaking late is Claremont fell just shy of catching first place Alta Loma—despite defeating the Braves—and must settle for second place in league.
Last Wednesday CHS freshman Kelly Xu shot a three over par 75 for a seventh place finish in the CIF individual qualifier at Western Hills Country Club. Kelly’s performance was good enough to earn a berth for the finals this Thursday at River Ridge Golf Club in Oxnard. Senior Sally Wang was also at the qualifying tournament but missed the cut with her score of 88 shots.
In a highly anticipated second meeting between Claremont and Ayala Ruben High School, the CHS girls tennis team earned a hard fought, 10-8 victory and a Palomares League title last week in Chino Hills.
The performance of the afternoon came from sophomore doubles partners Jahday Drewery and Salma Mohideen, who won two out of their three matches. This included a win over two of Ayala’s singles players, who played number three doubles in an effort to strengthen Ayala’s line-up, according to Coach Kathy Settles.
Freshman Maddie Coles, 14, had the run of her young racing career on Saturday, coming in sixth place in the prestigious Eastern States Girls Championship cross country race during the Manhattan High School Invitational in New York City.
Her time of 14:44 over the short 2.5-mile course anchored the Pack’s attack, leading the girls to a first place team title at Van Cortland Park.
The Claremont High School girls cross country team has earned a number one national ranking from the High School Harrier, one of three news websites that rank competitive cross country.
The rank was awarded following the girls breakout victory in last week’s Stanford Invite.
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Woe to the Claremont water polo fan who showed up late to Tuesday’s game against Bonita, as the scoreboard at the La Verne Aquatics Center clearly showed the Bearcats ahead 15-1, with mere minutes left.
Talk about home pool advantage—apparently Bonita starts home games with 10 points already on the board! However, the scoreboard was, in fact, broken and should have read 11-5 in favor of Claremont.
Claremont High School’s boys and girls varsity teams won the Seeded Race team title in the Stanford Cross Country Invitational on Saturday, September 29 on Stanford University’s golf course in Palo Alto.