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CHS sports makes statement in 2015 conference action

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.

Strong defense highlights basketball

Claremont boys basketball won a very physical contest Tuesday at home over Alta Loma 81-55. Claremont’s defense caused 29 turnovers, while offense featured a well-balanced scoring attack led by sophomore Tyler Fraser and senior Quincy Hailes who shared team scoring honors with 13 points each. Sophomores Tyler Risher chipped in with 11 points and Davis Haley with 10 points respectively.

Girls basketball had mixed results during tournament play over the holiday break. The Pack lost to St. Lucy’s 43-24 on December 27th, but beat Ganesha 51-44 the day before. They also defeated Pomona by the same score of 51-44 on December 23, but lost to Katella 58-30 on the 22nd. Their record stands at 7-6.

Health issues impact soccer play

Girls soccer struggled a bit with injury and illness at the end of the annual Claremont tournament and at the San Gorgornio Tournament after Christmas, according to coach Tim Tracey.

The girls lost to Serrano 1-0 on December 29 and to Alta Loma 2-1 on December 27. They tied Redlands 1-1 also on the 27th while getting a win against Rim of the World 5-0 on the 26th and tying Colton 1-1 that same day.

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 on Tuesday in Claremont.

Claremont seemed to be playing a very conservative defensive game with a lot of easy passing at midfield but had a hard time getting the ball into scoring position. In contrast, the Spartans were a bit overly eager to get the ball in front of the net, drawing multiple offside calls and wasting great opportunities.

To be fair, some credit has to go to Armas and Claremont’s other defensive players, who effectively broke up several opportunities presented to Damien, including free kicks within close range.

The key statistic still has to be shots on goal, which were very low for both teams—but particularly low for the Pack, who only took two.

Final score was 0-0 after regulation time bringing Claremont’s record to 7-1-3 as league play begins this week.

Boys basketball, girls basketball, wrestling, boys soccer, girls soccer and girls water polo all took on Ayala this week. Results will be published in our next edition.

—Steven Felschundneff

steven@claremont-courier.com