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CHS golf continues its up and down season; full roundup

It’s a bit embarrassing, but this COURIER reporter did not determine in advance whether Tuesday’s boys golf match between Claremont High School and Colony would be competitive. After all, the last two teams the Pack faced resulted in nail biting, edge of your seat contests, so what could go wrong? As it turns out: everything.

Colony showed up late, they did not have a JV team and only had three varsity golfers—only one with any experience. The other two, a boy and a girl, appeared to have never played the game before. The result was a forfeiture, but Claremont still needed to complete the round, and do well.

Coach Terrance Lynch, who is looking down the road at qualifying his team for post-season play, cautioned his team not to get distracted by slow play.

The first place school earns a berth to the CIF championships automatically, but every other Palomares League team needs eight qualifying rounds to advance. At Marshall Canyon, Claremont’s home course, that meant shooting 205 or under.

The boys stepped up, shooting a 203 in one of their better days on the links this season.

“We beat Damien by one stroke, that would have been a great story,” senior Andrew Hammill said.

Duly noted, Mr. Hammill. On February 27, the Pack defeated the Spartans, 213-214, at Marshall, followed by a 198-245 drubbing of South Hills, and then two very close matches against Bonita.

On March 5, Claremont pulled off a very rare tie against Bonita, 205-205, at Marshall, which is also the Bearcats’ home course. According to Coach Lynch, ties are usually broken by including the throw away score, but that was tied too (CIF rules allow each team to throw out the highest score of the match). In a rematch with the Bearcats on March 7, the Pack lost, 205-202.

Last week the Pack lost a pair of matches to Glendora, starting with a close 205-201 outing at Marshall on Tuesday, and then a 229-203 round on Thursday at the Tartan’s home course, Glendora Country Club. Coach Lynch said Glendora Country Club is a very hard course because the boys only see it twice a year, so they cannot learn the techniques of playing each hole.

On Tuesday junior Ryan Slater and senior Wyatt Iles shot a three over par 38, followed by sophomore Connor Reis at 41, Hammill, 42, senior Jordan Kaiser, 44, and senior Efren Herrera, 48.

“I think we are better than a year ago, and still have a lot of golf to play,” Coach Lynch said. “We have good senior leadership. Andrew Hamill is a good golfer and he leads by example, and Wyatt Iles is here every day, doesn’t miss and works hard.”

Claremont’s top two scorers, Reis and Slater, will be the clutch players as the season progresses. As a freshman, Reis was MVP, and he is shooting better than ever according to Coach Lynch. He spent the winter playing soccer and is a talented athlete. Slater has really come into his own as a junior, and was the Pack’s top finisher, placing 11th overall at league finals last year.

“Ryan and Connor have only lost to their opponents once this season at Glendora last week, and they lost by only one stroke,” Coach Lynch said.

In two weeks, Claremont will have a tough couple of matches against Ayala, which is the best team left on the schedule according to Coach Lynch.

“I think it was a four-team race until Alta Loma beat Bonita last week. I was a little surprised by that,” Coach Lynch said. “Even though we dug ourselves a bit of a hole, it is a long season and other teams will knock each other off. But what is nice about golf is that it’s a team sport and an individual sport. I think we have kids who can advance into individual CIF by finishing first team all league which, is the top six players.”

The Pack has played four league matches and has eight left, so there will be ample opportunity to turn the tide.

As a side note, Coach Lynch had a few thoughts about Claremont’s star girls golfer Kelly Xu who will be a sophomore next season. “She is coming back, as far as I know, unless she turns pro,” he said. Apparently Xu will attempt to qualify for the U.S. Open during a tournament at Industry Hills in May. She has to play 36 holes and place at the top of the amateur field. “I would not bet against her,” Coach Lynch said.

 

Track and field

Claremont won a dual home meet against Glendora, extending their league record to 3-0. The boys varsity team won handily, 100-36, however, the girls barely squeaked by the Tartans, 69-67.

The boys swept numerous running events including: the 300-meter hurdles, with Brian Marks in first followed by Nathaniel Waggener, Cooper Holt, and Nathan Hoon; 3200-meter; Ryan Cowgill, Jack Keough-Lansford, Adam Trafecanty; 110-meter hurdles; Marks, Waggener and Hoon; 400-meter; Levi Gardner, Isaac Martinez and Gabriel El-Jaouny.

In field events the boys took the top five spots in the high jump: Hoon, Nathaniel Waggener, Holt, Michael Judson and Christian Sapp. They swept the top four places, as well as the pole vault: Hoon, Judson, Marks, Garrett Sanin.

Other top results include: first in the 4x100 with Martinez, El-Jaouny, Nathaniel Oluyseyi-Oke, Nathaniel Gadsby; Aaron Reyes first in the 1600; Dago Lopez first in the 400; Gadsby first in the 100; Vicente Huerta first in the 800; Levi Gardner first in the 200.

Tatiana Sosnovsky won the shot put and discus by sizeable amounts, but failed to secure a personal record (PR), while Bella Sanvictores also won her signature event, the pole vault, but did not reach her best of 10-1.

Claremont swept the 3200-meter race with Angie Gushue coming in first at 11:43.48 which was a PR. She was followed by Monica Fonseca, Annette Hermelin and Grace Dorantes.

Azalea Segura-Mora won the 1600 at 11.89, followed by Julia Marriott and Salma Mohideen. Claremont also got the top three spots in the 800 with Kalinda Reynolds, winning the race. Sydney Hwang and Gabriella Cerrillos claimed second and third. Isatu N’Diaye earned a first in the 400-meter dash.

Boys tennis

Claremont got two fairly easy wins with a 14-4 victory over Etiwanda on Monday, followed by a 12-6 win over Colony on Tuesday. The boys are now 9-1 overall and 3-0 in league.

Claremont was scheduled to have a home match against rival Ayala after press time on Thursday, however, rain was also forecast.

Boys volleyball

Following a tough preseason, the Pack is off to a great start, winning the first two Hacienda League matches.

Last week they won their league opener against Diamond Ranch, 3-2, followed by a 3-0 victory over West Covina on Thursday. On Tuesday the boys lost a non-conference game against Canyon.

Claremont is now 8-12 overall, with an away conference match against Los Altos after press time on Thursday.

Softball and Baseball

Games this week were rained out.

—Steven Felschundneff

steven@claremont-courier.com

  • Senior Wyatt Iles shot a three over par 38 on Tuesday at Marshall Canyon.

    Senior Wyatt Iles shot a three over par 38 on Tuesday at Marshal...

  • Senior Andrew Hammill tees off the fourth hole on Tuesday during Claremont conference match against Colony at Marshall Canyon Golf Course.

    Senior Andrew Hammill tees off the fourth hole on Tuesday during...

  • Claremont’s number one and two seed golfers Ryan Slater and Connor Reis chat while walking down the third fairway on Tuesday during the Pack’s home conference match against Colony.

    Claremont’s number one and two seed golfers Ryan Slater and Co...