Softball’s Snow sisters of Chino Hills headed to Auburn

Chino Hills High School senior softball player Tannon Snow, 17, has been selected as the 2015 Inland Valley Daily Bulletin Softball Player of the Year. June 11, 2015 (Will Lester/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

The Snow sisters are taking their talents to the Southeastern Conference – Auburn to be exact.

Tannon, who set a state records for home runs and RBI both in a single season season and a career at Chino Hills, just rounded out her freshman season at the University of Washington while younger sister Taylon just finished her junior year at Chino Hills High School.

Tannon did get a release from Washington earlier this month so she will be eligible to play next year for the Tigers. She was appreciative of the fact that school granted her one. That isn’t always the case for high-profile players that end up finding out their first choice wasn’t the right fit.

If she had transferred to a school in the Pace-12 she would have had to sit out the season.

Chino Hills sophomore softball player Taylon Snow, 15. June 11, 2015 (Will Lester/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

“There were a lot of factors and it all just added up. It wasn’t a good fit,” she said. “I just wasn’t happy and couldn’t see staying there another three years.”

Snow had originally committed to Arizona State but that coaching staff left before she actually signed there and she ended up at Washington. That former coaching staff from Arizona State is now at Auburn so when she had to look elsewhere that was a natural selection.

Once she was granted the release she was able to seek out other options.

“They told me when they first recruited me they were always going to want me,” Snow said of the coaching staff at Auburn,

Of course the sisters wanted to go to the same school. The path for Taylon wasn’t quite so complicated since she had not yet signed.

The girls visited Auburn last week and felt like it was the right decision.

“It’s a real college town and they are very passionate about their sports,” Taylon said. “We really liked everything about it and we can’t wait to play there.”

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Snow sisters help Batbusters to national title

Those slammin’ Snow sisters were at it again over the weeekend.

Sisters Tannon and Taylon Snow of Chino Hills were part of an OC Batbusters softball team that finished fist at the prestigious Premier Girls Fastpitch Under-18 national tournament in various locations in Orange County.

Tha Batbustsers went 7-0, with Taylon, who will be a junior, going 1-for-3 in the final game and Tannon, who just graduated and is head to University of Washington, going 2-for-3.

In addition, Tannon was named to a 10-person Louisville Slugger team that competed in a skills challenge and made appearances at Disneyland as well as a Dodger-Angels game.


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Chino Hills’ Tannon Snow heads MaxPreps All-State softball team

Chino Hills senior Tannon Snow was named MaxPreps National Player of the Year earlier this month. So it was a no-brainer that the organization tabbed her California’s Large Schools Player of the Year.

That announcement came today and Snow was joined by several other local players including her sophomore sister Taylon.

Snow, who is headed to University of Washington, hit a state record 28 home runs in 32 games and drove in 89. Of her 62 base hits, 44 were for extra bases. She also homered 11 times in the last seven games.

Yucaipa’s Dave Kivett was named Coach of the Year as the Thunderbirds upset Mission Viejo in the CIF Division 2 title game.

Other Bulletin/Sun coverage area players named first team All-State:

P Brooke Bolinger, Sr., Yucaipa
C Paige Halstead, Sr., Los Osos
C Kelly Martinez, Jr., Yucaipa
OF Kennedy Clark, Sr., Ayala
OF Taylon Snow, Chino Hills, Soph.

Given the level of talent in the state, it’s quite significant to have that many local singled out.

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Chino Hills’ Tannon Snow named top softball player in country

Chino Hills High School shortstop Tannon Snow admits keeping the secret wasn’t easy. And this was a really big secret.

The Washington-bound standout has been named MaxPreps National Player of the Year, meaning she’s the best player in the entire country.

A representative called her a month or so ago to do the interview but the announcement didn’t come until last night. So word it out now, finally!

“I kept wondering when it was going to come out so I could tell people,” she said. “It’s truly an honor with all the great players that had great years. It’s awesome. I don’t even know what to say.”

Snow put up just insane offensive numbers. In 32 games she hit a California single-season record 28 home runs and drove in a state-record 89 runs. She added 13 doubles and three triples so 44 of her 62 hits were for extra bases. She batted .573 and walked 16 times, with a slugging percentage of 1.513 and an unheard-of OPS of 2.129.

Among the other players who landed on first team, earning All-American honors were pitcher Brooke Bolinger of Yucaipa and Taylor McQuillan of Mission Viejo, whose teams met in the CIF Division 2 title game.

Snow numbers made her a strong candidate but some of the other top honors from other outlets went to other players, mainly due to the Huskies only getting to the quarterfinal.

“Our team didn’t go as far so I thought maybe those other players had the edge,” she said.

There are still more impressive numbers for Snow: in 21 games, she had two or more base hits. She drove in a teammate in 27 of Chino Hills 32 games and in 22 of the games she drove home more than two.

Snow homered in 19 games and had eight multi-homer games. Twice during the season, she homered in five or more games in a row. She hit three home runs and drove in seven runs in one game.

But the most amazing statistic is that in her final seven games, she homered 11 times.

The other locals also earned first-team honors with strong seasons. Bolinger led Yucaipa to a 31-3 record and the Southern Section Division II title, beating undefeated and then-No. 1 Mission Viejo, 1-0. She had 306 strikeouts with a 0.26 ERA and limited opponents to a .088 batting average. She will attend Nevada-Reno.

Paige Halstead of Los Osos was named first team All-American at catcher. The USA Junior National Team member batted .568, scored 38 times and had 36 RBIs. She has signed with UCLA.

Zoe Casas of Aquinas is the fourth local making the first-team. The Florida State-committed senior batted .736 with 64 hits, giving her a state record 248 base hits. In 105 games, she scored 193 runs and struck out just three times. For her four seasons at Aquinas, she batted .681.


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Tannon Snow finalist for statewide player honor

Chino Hills senior shortstop Tannon Snow is among the five finalist for Ms. Softball Player of the Year awarded by CalHi Sports.

Snow, who is headed to Washington, set a single season state record with 28 home runs as well as a single season state record for RBI (89). She also slammed 60 career home runs, breaking the career mark of Mission Viejo’s Alyssa Palomino who is one of the other candidates.

Snow also boasts 212 career RBI, a .501 career batting average, .573 season batting average, 7-for-8 with four homers and 16 RBI in one day (two games in Arizona tourney) plus an eight RBI day in a playoff win against Vista Murrieta.

The other candidates also boast strong numbers.


They are:

* Brooke Bolinger (Yucaipa)
Led Yucaipa to the Division 2 title, highlighted by a win over Mission Viejo in the title game. In addition to the shutout of Mission Viejo, Bolinger had 15 other shutouts, a 31-3 record, a 0.27 ERA with 306 strikeouts in 211 1/3 innings.

* Rachel Garcia (Palmdale Highland)
Garcia, who is headed to UCLA, already has been named as the Gatorade State Player of the Year. Her final season totals as a pitcher showed her with a 26-2 record, 418 strikeouts in 175 innings and a 0.20 ERA. She also hit .691 batting average with 20 home runs.

* Taylor McQuillin (Mission Viejo)
Hit .352 average in addition to her ridiculous pitching numbers. She ended her career with 103 wins for a new CIF Southern Section record. She also had 35 straight wins prior to the loss to Yucaipa and had 389 strikeouts and a 0.31 ERA.

* Alyssa Palomino (Mission Viejo)
Palomino hit 16 more homers in her senior season and was the first player in the state to eclipse the previous Cal-Hi Sports state record of 53 career home runs. Palomino herself had that record surpassed. Nonetheless, she still hammered out 58 career homers for the second-highest total in state history. She hit .532 and had a .619 on-base percentage.

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Record-breaking Tannon Snow leads Baseline League softball team

Here is the list of players honored by the Baseline League in softball. it is led by Chino Hills senior shortstop Tannon Snow who set CIF records for home runs in both a season and a career.




MVP: Tannon Snow, Sr., Chino Hills

First team
Dakota Casper, Soph., St. Lucy’s
Reanna Cervantes, Sr., Upland
Savanna Corr, Sr., Chino Hills
Brittney Garcia, Sr., Chino Hills
Lauren Gutierrez, Soph., Upland
Paige Halstead, Sr., Los Osos
Kaitlyn Jennings, Sr., Los Osos
Kylie Michael, Sr., Chino Hills
Ciera Schick, Sr., Los Osos
Taylon Snow, Soph., Chino Hills
Megan Stevens, Jr., Etiwanda
Vanessa Taukeiaho, Jr., Etiwanda
Briana Wheeler, Jr., Etiwanda
Karah Wiseman, Jr., Rancho Cucamonga

Second team
Kylie Dazalla, Sr., Los Osos
Sami Diaz, Soph., Rancho Cucamonga
Hailey Freeman, Jr., Etiwanda
Katie Greep, Fr., St. Lucy’s
Candace Haliburton, Jr., Etiwanda
Tyler King, Soph., Upland
Kirstin Lopez, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
Amanda Labeske, Sr., Chino Hills
Larissa Martinez, Soph, Upland
Taylor Ramos, Sr., Etiwanda
Mikayla Rubin, Soph., Chino Hills
Allysia Thayer, Soph., Etiwanda
Valarie Toth, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga
Samantha Vacko, Jr., Los Osos
Brianna Viles, Sr., Chino Hills
Koryna Wright, Soph., Rancho Cucamonga

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Chino Hills’ Tannon Snow still slugging away

Senior shortstop Tannon Snow of Chino Hills continues to add to her gaudy offensive numbers.

In the Huskies 16-6 first round playoff win over Vista Murrieta on Thursday Snow, who has signed with Washington, slugged a double and two home runs, accounting for eight RBI.

She had a two-run home run in the first inning while her grand slam home run came as part of a 12-run sixth inning.

The two home runs gave her 28, breaking the state’s single season record of 27. It also marked the 59th and 60th career home runs. She break the state career record in that category in the last game of the regular season.

“I have seen kids get on a hot streak, both in baseball and softball,” Chino Hills coach Mike Southworth says. “But this is absurd. I have never seen anything quite like this.”

Snow’s RBI numbers are equally impressive. She has 88 on the season (in 31 games) and 211 for her career.

The Huskies (24-9) play Anaheim Canyon in the second round of the playoffs on Tuesday.

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Chino Hills’ Tannon Snow continues assault on softball record books

Senior shortstop Tannon Snow of Chino Hills has one major accolade under her belt and another looming on the horizon.

The University of Washington commit slugged two home runs in a 7-6 loss to Los Osos on Wednesday giving her a career total of 58, an all-time state best. She also has 26 on the season, one shy of the state single-season mark.

“I feel like I am seeing the ball really well right now and I am getting some good swings,” she said.

Snow has been on a tear of late with six home runs in the last three games. For much of the season she trailed senior Alyssa Palomino of Mission Viejo who happens to be her friend and travel ball teammate. Palomino has 56 and had that many when Snow was sitting at 50. The only reason Snow knew what the record were was the attention focused on Palomino as she was in pursuit of the same marks.

“I really never thought about any sort of record coming into the season,” she said. “I can;’t say it was goal because I didn’t know what any of the records were.”

One would think pitchers might be tempted to pitch around Snow but Huskies coach Mike Southworth says Snow has had the benefit of a lot of base runners on in front of her, including sophomore sister Taylon who bats first in the order with Brittney Garcia next and Tannon in the No. 3 hole.

Snow has had 11 home runs in 10 Baseline League games. She also has 80 RBI. Even more remarkable is the fact she has struck out just four times.

“What she has done is really phenomenal,” Southworth said. “I thought she would have good year if she stayed healthy because she has the talent and the work ethic, all the things it takes. But I don’t know if anyone could have imagined this.”

Her numbers are already impressive but her totals might have totally obliterated the record had she not missed eight games her sophomore year with a hand injury sustained when she got spiked in a play at second base.

Chino Hills is done with the regular season, having finished first in the Baseline League. Snow will get to continue her assault on the record books in the CIF Division 2 playoffs which start next week.

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Chino Hills’ Tannon Snow breaks CIF single-season home run record

Tannon Snow, a University of Washington commit, went 5 for 5 with three home runs for the Chino Hills Huskies in the victory over St. Lucy’s, 22-7, on senior night.

Snow’s second home run broke the CIF Southern Section single-season home run record, according to Huskies head coach Mike Southworth.

Chino Hills softball players Tannon, left, a senior, and Taylon Snow, a sophomore, have both committed to play at the University of Washington. (John Valenzuela—Inland Valley Daily Bulletin Staff Photographer)

Chino Hills softball players Tannon, left, a senior, and Taylon Snow, a sophomore, have both committed to play at the University of Washington. (John Valenzuela—Inland Valley Daily Bulletin Staff Photographer)

Snow’s third home run increased her record and total on the season to 23 home runs.

The win also provided the Huskies sole possession of the Baseline League Championship for 2015.

“It was a pretty amazing day,” Southworth said.

Tannon’s sister, Taylon Snow contributed to the Huskies with a 3 for 6 performance as she scored two runs and brought in three. Kylie Michael went 3 for 4 for a three-run home run against the Regents.

Chino Hills will wrap up the season next week with games against Etiwanda and Los Osos.

“These next two games will be a big deal for us as we prepare for CIF,” Southworth said.

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