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Claremont picks up the pace as playoffs near

Claremont sports again swept the opposition in soccer and basketball on Wednesday. The Wolfpack are pushing for the playoffs from all angles, as this week’s conquered foes were Damien and St. Lucy’s. Check out our website and newspaper for results from Claremont games against the Chino Hills Huskies.

 

BOYS SOCCER

The Wolfpack made it 2 wins in a row on Wednesday night, scoring 3 first half goals to beat the Damien Spartans 3-1. This victory avenges Claremont’s loss from earlier in the month. Goals from Cassady O’Reilly-Hahn, Steven Mancia, and a Damien own goal were enough to put Claremont in a tie for Sierra League’s top spot. Only 3 matches remain for the team to cement its playoff spot.

Webb dropped this week’s game against Pasadena Poly, 3-1, dropping them to 4th place in the hotly contested Prep League. With the top 4 teams within 3 points of one another, the Gauls could catapult themselves up the ladder with a win against Rio Hondo.

 

GIRLS SOCCER

Claremont scored goals on either side of halftime to down the St. Lucy’s Regents 2-0. Karen Parga and Hannah Chua secured the points for the Wolfpack, who retain their second place position in the Sierra League. Claremont’s game against undefeated Chino Hills will be the measuring stick for whether the team can rise to the opposition.

Vivian Webb lost on Tuesday to Pasadena Poly by 2 goals to none. The loss leaves the Gauls all but out of CIF playoff contention, with the team needing to have won the remainder of their games.

 

BOYS BASKETBALL

Claremont opened up a 9-point lead by halftime and held on to beat Damien 55-50. The Wolfpack limited themselves to 7 turnovers, and Max Allen, Omar Mahmoud, and Brandon Brown were in double figures in scoring. Claremont now sits in a 2-way tie for second place, with a game against unbeaten Chino Hills on the radar.

Webb fell victim to a huge 2nd quarter outbreak by Flintridge, falling 76-56. The loss leaves the Gauls with a 2-4 record and a 4th place position in the Prep League. Webb needs wins against both Rio Hondo and Chadwick next week to stay in contention for the playoffs.

 

GIRLS BASKETBALL

The Wolfpack outrebounded and stayed tough on defense against St. Lucy’s. Jessica Abrolat’s 11 points and Danna Robles’ 7 points and 13 boards gave Claremont the 38-30 win. Claremont still has some ground to make up, sitting in fourth place with a 3-4 record. However, with 3 games left the Wolfpack can win out and book their playoff spot.

Vivian Webb avenged a loss to Flintridge Prep earlier this month by beating the Rebels 28-21 on Tuesday. The Gauls are mathematically still in playoff consideration with a 2-6 record, and will face 4 league foes in the coming week to make a push.

 

WRESTLING

Webb currently holds a 14-12 record and will battle to keep its second-place position in the Prep League. The Gauls will battle La Verne Lutheran, then host the league tournament Thursday, February 7 to push for both team and individual CIF playoffs.

 

GIRLS WATER POLO

Vivian Webb had mixed results at the Bonita Tournament this week, going 1-2 in their 3 games. The Gauls are still alive in the playoff picture, and look to win out against Westridge and Pasadena Poly to capture a CIF spot.

—Chris Oakley

sports@claremont-courier.com

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