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Water polo leads strong week for CHS sports

Claremont High School’s boys water polo really looks like the team to beat this year in the Palomares League. They added three games to their win column this week with two victories at the Villa Park Tournament, where they defeated top 10 ranked teams, which they followed up Tuesday by easily handling Ayala, 15-6, in their league opener.

Top performances came from starting goalkeeper Steven Cagle with five saves, two steals and one assist. Also, at goalkeeper Mitch Heasley delivered three saves, one steal and one assist. Sophomore Bruno Snow delivered an amazing performance with four goals, five steals and two assists followed by Johnathon Wong with three goals and two assists. Rounding out the top three, Thomas Randles had two goals, one steal and four assists. Adding to the Pack’s victory were Mat Turk with one goal, one assist and one steal; Dylan Landi with one goal, one assist; Dylan Clinton with one goal; Stanford Lee with one goal; Jack Mammone with one assist; and Hans Masten with one assist.

Girls volleyball had a big win Tuesday night against Bonita High school, 3-0, but in very close matches: 25-21, 25-18, and 25-20. Stand out performances came from Nicole Omwanghe who had a team high of 4 blocks and Georgie Jackson with 13 digs. This puts the Pack at 2-0 in Palomares League play and 7-3 overall.  They played Ayala last night and the COURIER will have results in our next edition.

Girls golf lost Tuesday to Glendora High at Glendora Country Club by a score of 276-311. Claremont sophomore Celine Mason shot 51, or 14 over par, and was co-medalist with Glendora’s Raeann Schaeffer, according to coach Octavio Hernandez. The Pack’s last Palomares League match of the season was yesterday against Ayala.

Girls tennis lost to Bonita High by a score of 11-7. However, standout singles player Megan Huang won all three of her games, according to coach Clint Rees. They played Ayala yesterday.

Cross country once again swept the field with all teams coming in first at the second Palomares League meet. Fastest times in the varsity girls race were: Tess Rounds at 18:37, Annie Boos at 18:48, and Jax Heckers at 19:08. Varsity boys top performers were Adam Johnson at 15:34, Mike Lowrie at 15:36, and Jonah Ross at 15:45. Top girls junior varsity times include Hannah Chaput at 20:29, Melissa Cerrillos at 20:35, and Annie Gushue at 20:48. Boys JV times: Sergio Espinoza at 17:06, David Alvarado 17:31, and Jacob Lafarga at 17:41.

Two boys ran faster times in the freshman/sophomore race than their junior varsity teammates. Sophomore Max McGuire’s time was 16:51, a full 15 seconds faster than the top JV time, and sophomore Owen Bishop was 10 seconds faster at 16:56. Ryan Renken also had a very good time at 17:34.

“It’s a talented group of sophomores to be sure,” commented coach Rob Lander.
—Steven Felschundneff
steven@claremont-courier.com

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