It was a dark and stormy night. How dark, you ask? Too dark to play baseball, apparently, as the home plate umpire cut short a seventh inning Wolfpack rally, sealing the boys 8-2 loss to Kaiser on Tuesday in Fontana.
How stormy was it? Too stormy to play a home game Monday because the field was just too soaked from the rain. Claremont instead traveled to Arcadia where they unfortunately lost, 7-2.
Any hope that winter sports would claim a CIF title were dashed over the weekend as all remaining contenders lost matches. Boys basketball, girls basketball and girls water polo all lost games played Friday and Saturday.
You win some and you lose some. And that was exactly how it played out for Claremont High School’s two Palomares League champions in the first round of the CIF playoffs Wednesday night at home.
Both girls soccer and girls water polo came into the competition as favorites, with undefeated records and the home team advantage. But only water polo will move on as they defeated Newbury Park, 17-10. However, the soccer team will have to wait until next year since they fell to Camarillo, 3-2.
The up and down season for Claremont High School boys basketball turned down again Tuesday with a disappointing loss to Bonita at home.
The entire game can be summed up in just two words: missed opportunities. Such as three consecutive chances, on Bearcat turnovers, the boys had in the fourth quarter to close a six-point gap. Or the three missed free throws at the end of the third quarter. It was just that kind of night.
Soccer can be a funny, quirky game. Quirky like controlling a bouncing ball one can only manipulate with their feet. Such was the case Wednesday night as the Claremont Wolfpack triumphed over rival Glendora, 2-0, at CHS.
While the score itself certainly does not raise eyebrows, soccer is notorious for its lack of scoring. In this game, it was the timing of those two goals coming like bookends.
The steady rain and cold didn’t slow down Claremont Wolfpack girls water polo as they skated to a 15-6 victory over Ayala on Tuesday at CHS.
Even though fans huddled under shared umbrellas, the foul weather could not dampen spirits as the home team dominated from the very start, resulting in plenty of cheering for the home team. Be sure to check out our complete sports coverage inside. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Isaiah Love looks for some maneuvering room on Tuesday during the Pack’s Palomares League matchup with Ontario’s Colony High at CHS. Love was red hot on three-pointers, nailing four out of five but the Titans dominated all night, walking away with an 83-67 win. The girls team also lost to Colony, 45-38, on Tuesday. Be sure to check out our complete sports roundup. COURIER photo Steven Felschundneff
In certain sports—including tennis, cross country and track and field—individuals may shine even when the team as a whole struggles. Conversely, a stellar performance of one athlete can also lift a team, making everyone play better. This of course, is the desired outcome.
Such has been the story for CHS wrestling recently. Last year, the Pack sent nine wrestlers to the CIF championship tournament, a school record, even though Claremont continued its near drought on winning dual meets. As always the hope for a turnaround is then pinned on the next season.
Nationwide, 2018 is being called the “year of the woman,” and for Claremont High School athletics that certainly rang true. CHS girls claimed championships, both individual and team, in cross country, tennis, golf, water polo and track and field.
Girls cross country’s continued domination on a statewide and now national level is by far the biggest sports story of 2018.
During the halftime break, Coach Fred Bruce-Oliver told the boys soccer team not to think about the score but to focus instead on playing the game. With the New Year approaching, this seemed like excellent advice in general, as well as for a sporting event.
Unfortunately for the Pack, they were not able to overcome an early deficit and ended up losing their Palomares League opener, 2-0, to visiting Alta Loma on Wednesday at CHS.
The Wolfpack has extended its winning streak to seven straight games defeating Santiago Corona, 14-7, on Wednesday at home.
A day earlier they got another win, 21-14, over La Serna, and last Thursday topped St Lucy’s 22-7.
The girls had an away game against Los Osos after press time on Thursday.
The Claremont Wolfpack football team is participating in a fundraising campaign to support the family of their JV quarterback, James Brazzill, whose mother, Krista Brazzill, was brutally beaten in the backyard of the Upland home she shares with James.
The attack happened on December 2 at 11 a.m. when Ms. Brazzill was at her residence and heard a man later identified as Armando Ramirez Jr, a 29 year old transient, attempting to break into her house. When she went into her back yard Mr. Ramirez attacked her.
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.