CHS sports had roller coaster season of success
Claremont football experienced another frustrating year in the Sierra League, dropping the final 3 contests and finishing 3-7 on the season. One highlight, however, was a shellacking of Damien. Juniors Craig Myers, Cecil Fleming and Baron Franklin will continue into 2013 as senior offensive stalwarts, while Paul Manus and Josh Ferrer will return as defensive anchors for the Wolfpack.
The undefeated girls tennis team won 3 playoff games, but ultimately lost in the semifinals to San Marino. Claremont conquered all 10 opponents in the regular season. Cindy Liu, Toby Miclat and Drew Spinosa had breakout years in the singles department, and top doubles team Sophie El-Kara and Sharon Stanislaus justified their selection with aplomb. The Pack have a number of returners and will surely challenge for the CIF title next season.
Cross Country proved a bright spot for Claremont, with both the girls and boys finishing with at least a share of the Sierra League title. Both teams also produced qualifiers for CIF Division 2 Finals. Kiana Cavanaugh, Reily McLachlan and Annie Gushue will battle to defend the girls’ championship next season. Top runners returning in 2013 for the boys include Adam Johnson and Sergio Espinoza.
Claremont’s girls golf team finished the season 5-3, and had 4 players selected to all-league teams. Kennedy Bingham, Ellen Blaine, Ashley Gomez and Aisling Walsh paved the way this season. The Wolfpack will challenge for the Sierra League title in 2013 after strong foundations were established this year, and they will look to improve upon their above-.500 finish.
The Wolfpack girls volleyball team produced a number of morale-boosting victories to close out the season 3rd in the Sierra League. With an overall record of 17-10, Claremont lost in a wild-card playoff to Redlands East Valley in straight sets. Captain Janie Feldsher and libero Gina Valvo return next year, while sophomores Hailey Hargrave and Tyler Romero will continue to provide punch for the 2013 team.
Boys water polo concluded a memorable year with a first-round loss to Laguna Beach, after securing a berth with a dramatic overtime victory over Thousand Oaks. Claremont finished 2nd in the Sierra League, with a solid 16-7 overall record. The Wolfpack will return star goalkeeper Steven Cagle, as well as juniors Brian Fox and Thomas Randles.
Citrus coach to participate in Olympic program
Citrus head women’s water polo coach Andrew Silva will become the US Olympic Development Program’s regional goalkeeping coach. Silva will stay on in his positions as Citrus’ Aquatics Coordinator and faculty member in the kinesiology department, where he was hired last summer. Silva will train and evaluate goalkeepers from across the country, and hopes to gain valuable concepts that he can translate to the Owls’ water polo program.