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Round-up: Taiwan basketball team makes commute to CHS

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.

Song Sang is a national championship team that is in the midst of a 3-week tour of California playing high school teams in preparation for their season. Coach Stan Tolliver stated that Song Sang’s program is solid, they're very well coached, and they have tremendous talent at all positions. They provided great competition for both teams and if they played in the area would be highly ranked.
 
The cross country team had great success at the Woodbridge Invitational on Saturday and in their first Palomares league meet on Tuesday.

Freshman girls, sophomore girls, junior varsity girls, sophomore boys, and Junior varsity boys all won the team titles with more than 50 schools in each race. Sophomore Jonah Evans, was the overall winner of the boys sophomore race with a time of 15:48 and teammate Owen Bishop placed second a fraction of a second behind (also scored as 15:48). Varsity boys placed second in the prestigious sweepstakes division, finishing behind division 1 powerhouse Great Oak. Led by seniors Adam Johnson at 14:41, Mike Lowrie 14:43, Jonah Ross 14:47 and Dylan Powers 15:10, junior Tom Englebert rounded out our top five at 15:36. As a result, the team is now ranked number one in CIF Southern Section Division 2. Varsity girls placed eleventh in the sweepstakes race.

The league meet was a great day for Claremont with all five teams, freshman boys, junior varsity boys, junior varsity girls, varsity girls, and varsity boys claiming first place finishes. In doing so they defeated Ayala, Bonita, Glendora, South Hills, and Diamond Bar, thus beginning league competition with a perfect 25-0 record, according to coach Rob Lander.

Girls golf defeated Hacienda Heights Wilson Tuesday, 249-264 and are now 3-3 in the Palomares League. Nicole Curti shot a 44 and Allison Gallegos shot a 45 to lead the team. The score of 249 is the lowest all season reflecting a great effort from all players. “We have a young team with one freshman and four sophomores in the starting lineup.  They are peaking at the right time because we are halfway through league play,” said coach Octavio Hernandez.

Girls varsity tennis lost its first Palomares League match against visiting Ayala Bulldogs on Tuesday by a score of 12-6, according to coach Clint Rees. The junior varsity team, led by coach Mark Anderson, did much better against the Bulldogs, winning 14-4 at Ayala. Next varsity match up will be an away game against Glendora at 3:15 p.m. on September 30.

Water polo did not play this week, their next game is 11 a.m. Saturday, Septmeber 27 against San Marcos High School at home.

No results for girls volleyball were provided to the COURIER.

—Steven Felchundneff
steven@claremont-courier.com