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Sky is the limit for young climber

Twelve-year-old Jakob Vanderaa is soaring to new heights, and not as a result of his practice with Claremont Youth Basketball, where the local athlete has been training as a point guard for the last several years. His latest venture has taken him significantly higher than any dunk in CYB history. With the completion of a recent backpacking trip, Jakob became one of the youngest climbers to complete southern California’s trio of big peaks—Mt. Baldy, San Jacinto and San Gorgonio, which he completed over the holidays. Just 3 years after he began his climbing career, Jakob’s grand total now comes to 103,619 feet of vertical climb, plus over 135 miles in the dust behind him. And this budding athlete is just getting started.

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Pack upsets Huskies

The Claremont High School girls’ varsity basketball team celebrates their upset victory over South Hills on Friday in Claremont. The Pack trailed the visiting Huskies through the first half but rallied in the 3rd quarter coming out on top 47-43. The victory was particularly stunning because the last time the 2 teams met South Hills won by 24 points. More in our next edition. COURIER Photo/Steven Felschundneff

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Lady Wolfpack unable to convert scoring chances

On Wednesday night, Claremont girls soccer played 100 scoreless minutes against the Ayala Bulldogs. “There you have it, you have to finish your chances,” said coach Tim Tracy. After dominating possession in regulation and having a number of clear-cut opportunities, the Wolfpack played out 2 goalless extra periods and the match finished 0-0. Claremont came out in a midfield-heavy formation, looking to continue their quick passing game. Indeed, the strategy looked to have paid dividends early on.

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CHS starts strong, ends with loss

Wolfpack wrestling put in a dogged effort against the Chino Hills Huskies last Thursday night, winning 2 individual matches by technical decision and one by a pin. However, the Huskies’ upper weights (Wolfpack's 170 pound Sam Piibe in photo) took the final 5 matches of the night. Chino Hills won the overall meet by the score of 46-30. Claremont’s first 3 wrestlers received scratch victories, so the first bout of the night involved 126-pound wrestler TJ Hinkson. He was pinned by Gabriel DeLeon after 2 rounds. Next up was Pedro Cordero in the 132 pound class. After 3 tough rounds, Cordero’s opponent Eugene Laksana won by technical decision. Catch up with all CHS sports inside. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff

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