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.
VIDEO: Etiwanda coach Don Furnald talks about this team and the season.
Some teams have that knack for late-inning comebacks and some don’t. The Etiwanda baseball team is one that definitely has that.
The Eagles (18-6, 10-5) claimed a share of the Baseline League title with a 5-4, 6-5 sweep of Upland today at Memorial Park. It is the school’s first league title in the sport since 1996.
In both games Etiwanda won it in the final at-bat. The first game the Eagles were only down 4-1 but went into the final inning tied at 4. They won it in the bottom of the seventh with a run-scoring single by Tyler Freeman, just a sophomore.
The nightcap comeback was even more noteworthy. The Eagles were down 5-2.
It marked the sixth and seventh last inning wins of the season. That’s nearly one-third of the team’s games this season. And because they have done it to often, they are that much more confident they’re going to do it again.
The most notable comeback came against Damien when they trailed 9-0 in the fourth, only to emerge with an 11-10 win.
The Eagles have nine wins by one run and four more by two runs. They have just two losses by a run and just one by two runs. So more often than not they’re coming through in the clutch.
By now other teams know that too. I’m sure when the first two Etiwanda batters reached in the seventh of the second game some negative doubts had to creep in for the Highlanders.
Also remember Etiwanda is playing every game on the road because of the construction on campus of a new football stadium. The Eagles have to take a bus to practice every day as well. This is shaping up to be quite a memorable one already and the playoffs have yet to begin!
Brandon Howell led the way for San Dimas boys swimming team in the CIFSS Division 4 Prelims.
Howell earned the No. 1 overall seed going into the finals of the 200-yard individual medley following a time of 2 minutes and 1.97 seconds during the prelims.
He will also compete in the Boys 100-yard freestyle finals as the No. 4 seed after posting a time of 49.03 second at the prelims.
San Dimas James Hull and Jared Caldarone also qualified to compete in the 100 free consolation finals.
For the girls, Alta Loma’s girls 200-yard freestyle relay team will enter as the No. 3 seed. The team is made up of Vanessa Murray, Mia Bailey, Morgan Thomas and Lindsey Whisler.
Bailey will also compete as the No. 4 seed in the 500 freestyle finals following a prelim time of 5:28.72.
Whisler will compete in the 50-yard freestyle finals as the No. 3 seed. She finished her prelim heat with a time of 25.23. She will also enter the 100-yard freestyle finals as the No. 6 seed. She posted a prelim time of 56.11.
David Hamel has been a teacher and coach for nearly four decades. But this will be his last and he is hoping his Diamond Bar tennis team can send him out on a winning note.
The No. 6 Brahmas start the playoffs today with a match against Hart, the third-place team out of the Foothill League. They swept through Palomares League play with a 10-0 record and are 14-2 overall
Hamel will retire on May 29 after teaching for 39 years, the last 16 at Diamond Bar. He previously spent 17 years at Anaheim Canyon.
He also teaches art and admits the decision was not easy.
“There never really is a good time,” he said. “But I am retiring from teaching so it was also a good time to retire from coaching. I don’t want to have a schedule. If I am fishing in Montana I don’t want to have to worry about being back by a certain day for tryouts or a meeting.”
Hamel, 61, says he has enjoyed every team he has coached but some are particularly memorable. The 2008 team won a CIF Division II title and was invited to state regional play for the first time.
The Brahmas graduate seven players from a team that made the semifinals a year ago before losing to Palm Desert. Sophomore Neil Tengbumroong leads the younger, more inexperienced squad.
“You never like to say you’re rebuilding it. We look at it more as reloading,” he said. “We had some players really step up this year and we’re hoping to make another run.”
Hamel still enjoys tennis and track and will continue to participate in those sports. He and wife Chris, who reside in Yorba Linda, also plan to travel.
Here are results from CIF first round boys volleyball and who the winners play next:
Redlands def. Templeton 3-0
Tustin def. Redlands East Valley
Yucaipa 3, Morro Bay 0 Thursday’s matches
Redlands at Magnolia
St. Margaret’s at Yucaipa
Damien 3, Sierra Vista 0
Indian Springs 3, Emerson Honors 0
Ganesha 3, CAMS 0
Loma Linda def. Bell-Jeff 3-0
Ontario Christian 3, St. Genevieve 2
El Rancho 3, Pomona 0
Arrowhead Christian 3, Pacifica Christian 0 Thursday’s matches
Indian Springs at Damien
West Covina at Ontario Christian
Loma Linda at Ganesha
The expected rain at the end of the week has meant a log of game changes for baseball and softball in the Baseline League.
The softball games scheduled for Thursday are being moved to Wednesday. That’s Upland at Etiwanda, Chino Hills at Los Osos and Rancho Cucamonga at St. Lucy’s.
Baseball games are normally Wednesday and Friday but because of the expected rain all teams will play doubleheaders Wednesday. That will be Etiwanda vs. Upland at Memorial Park, Rancho Cucamonga at Damien and Chino Hills at Los Osos.
Games at Damien and Los Osos will be 1 and 4 p.m. but because Memorial Park has lights those games will be at 3 and 6 p.m.
There aren’t a lot of options to get the games in since this is the last week of the regular season and the CIF wants all games done by Friday so the playoff pairings and draw can be completed without delay.
Colony High School will hold a fund-raiser for the water polo program at 6 p.m. on Thursday when the school’s team take on one from the Ontario Fire Department.
Admission is $3 for students and $5 for adults. Proceeds will go toward purchasing caps and balls for both the girls and boys programs. The cost to supply those for the boys and girls, varsity and lower level teams can range up to $3,000.
“I don’t know how much it will raise but we really thought it would be a fun thing to do,” said coach Michael Fernandez.
Fernandez had the idea and talked about with Victor Lopez of the Ontario Fire Department, a former teammate of his at Chaffey College.
Los Osos High School offensive lineman Cohl Cabral isn’t going to draw the recruiting process out any longer. He has made a verbal commitment to Arizona State, even before his senior season begins.
The 6-foot-5, 260-pound offensive lineman had 14 offers from which to choose. He has visited Arizona State three times and also made trips to Washington State, Oregon State, Boise State and Utah. Arizona State was the first to offer.
Michigan, Oregon and USC were among the others
“I really liked the program, the players, the atmosphere, everything about it,” he said. “I thought it would be the place for me to be for the next four year.”
Cabral, a our-star recruit, is ranked as the nation’s No. 20 offensive
tackle and the No. 34 prospect in California in the 2016 class by 247Sports.com.
He played both offensive and defensive lines for the Grizzlies but was being recruited to play on offense.
Cabral is the third player to commit to coach Todd Graham’s next recruiting class, the second offensive lineman.
Arizona State has been high on his list all along. The school saw him at a satellite camp at Upland last summer and has pursued him ever since.
“I had time to get the visits done,” he said, of the groundwork that resulted in an early decision. “I’m glad the decision is made so I can concentrate on having a great senior season.”
Mark Mina has been named volleyball coach at Claremont, athletic director Rick Dutton confirmed.
Mina will be the third coach in as many years and inherits a good nucleus of players as the team’s top two players last year were freshmen in Emilee Rohrer and Kylie Robinson.
He is no unfamiliar with the program, having served as junior varsity coach in 2014. He also took over the varsity program on an interim basis late in the season when coach Jodi Postlmayr stepped down to take and athletic director position.
Claremont is coming off a 21-11 season that included a second-place finish in the Palomares league (8-2) behind Glendora.
“There definitely is some young talent so we should be pretty good for the next few years,” Mina said. “I enjoyed working with junior varsity team there and I’m familiar with the girls coming back so it should be a smooth transition.”
Mina was the head coach at Rim of the World in 2013. Before that he spent four years directing the program at Immaculate Heart. He has also directed the programs at Mayfield and La Salle.
He also serves as director of Los Angeles Volleyball Academy East which will be run out of Cal Poly Pomona.