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Dillon Tate on fast-track to MLB

As if we needed a reminder that members of the Wolfpack are capable of moving on to great things, UC Santa Barbara starting pitcher and 2012 Claremont High School alumnus Dillon Tate was fourth pick in the MLB draft earlier this month. On June 10, Tate agreed to join forces with the Texas Rangers, garnering a $4.2 million signing bonus. He will first report to Washington, where he will hone his skills as a member of the Spokane Indians, which serves as a farm team for the Rangers.

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Cross country coach moving on

Coach Rob Lander, center has announced that he will be leaving Claremont High School to coach at the collegiate level. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff

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SPORTS: Webb, colleges and CHS sports updates

The Vivian Webb School’s softball team is having a stellar year. The Gauls took first place in their league with an impressive 15-3 record, and followed up on Thursday with a 9-0 rout of visiting Rio Hondo Prep in the first round of the CIF tournament. The shutout was anchored by junior Keely Marquez who pitched seven innings, giving up four runs while striking out four batters.

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Claremont teen wins judo championship

Liam McNair, 13, won a state championship in the juvenile A category during California Judo Invitational Tournament recently in Cerritos. The El Roble seventh grade student has been taking judo lessons for 9-years at the San Gabriel Japanese Community Center. His sister Eileen McNair, who is now 17, was featured in the COURIER in 2007 when she placed second in the same competition. Liam will now head to Dallas for Junior Nationals on June 26th.

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