Mustang Tip-Off Tournament a soaring success

<strong>Mustang Tip-Off  Tournament a soaring success</strong>
West Valley High School hosted its 22nd annual tournament, won by Moreno Valley’s Valley View Eagles Photos by Corey Evan/The Valley ChronicleTimeout during the West Valley-Chaparral game Tuesday, Nov. 28. ■ Corey Evan / Reporter From tipoff to the final buzzer, every second is exciting in basketball. Being one of the quickest-paced sports in the world, it’s a natural choice for girls looking to get ahead in life. So when 12 teams took to the court at West Valley High School for its 22nd annual Mustang Tip-Off Tournament, it was a week not to be missed. Taking part in the tournament alongside the Mustangs were the Temecula Great Oak Wolves, Adelanto (more…)

Bulldogs are kickin’ it with good company

<strong>Bulldogs are kickin’  it with good company</strong>
Hemet High hosted its annual pre-season soccer tournament last weekend, with La Quinta taking first place Photo by Corey Evan / The Valley ChronicleAction shot taken during the Palm Desert-West Valley match on Monday, Dec. 4. ■ Corey Evan / Reporter Soccer is a pretty big deal all over the world, so it’s only natural that schools take this sport seriously. Hemet High School is doing just that, by inviting 11 teams from around Southern California to take part in its 32nd annual Hemet Bulldogs’ Varsity Soccer Tournament. The Hemet Bulldogs hosted and competed with the Paloma Valley Wildcats, West Valley Mustangs, San Jacinto Valley Academy Wolves, Indio Rajahs, Cathedral City (more…)

MVP Spotlight: Lauryn Patterson and Wyatt Salinas

<strong>MVP Spotlight: Lauryn  Patterson and Wyatt Salinas</strong>
Patterson played volleyball for Hemet High in the fall season, Salinas played football Photos by Corey Evan/The Valley ChronicleLauryn Patterson was Hemet High School’s selection for MVP. She can spike a volleyball like no other. ■ Corey Evan / Reporter Playing any high school sport catches the attention of one’s friends and family, as well as the rest of the student population. They see your strengths and weaknesses, but praise you win or lose. This fall sports season, seniors Lauryn Patterson and Wyatt Salinas get the glory in our MVP Spotlight. Salinas was nominated for our MVP spotlight by head football coach Jason Thornburg. “Great kid!” exclaimed Thornburg. “Whatever Wyatt sets (more…)

Tips to make the most of your next outdoor adventure

<strong>Tips to make the most of your next outdoor adventure</strong>
Learn more about the area, investigating its natural and social histories before you hit the trail, river route or campsite (c) Galyna Andrushko – Fotolia.comProper preparation will make your next outdoor excursion much more enjoyable. ■ statepoint Spending time enjoying nature is good for the body and mind, helping to reduce stress, increase focus and provide opportunities for physical activity, say studies. Unfortunately, our busy schedules sometimes don’t allow us to get outside as often as we’d like. But there is no time like the present to plan your next outdoor adventure. As you make your preparations, consider these tips for making the most of your trip. Get informed Visiting a (more…)

MVP Spotlight: Kerrick Davis and Destin Koelsch

<strong>MVP Spotlight: Kerrick  Davis and Destin Koelsch</strong>
Tahquitz High School’s picks represented football and ladies’ volleyball, respectively for the fall season Photos by Corey Evan/The Valley ChronicleKerrick Davis, Tahquitz High School’s MVP, football. ■ By Corey Evan / Reporter It isn’t easy being green. But some handle it better than others. It helps as well when they’re both mean and green, such as Tahquitz High School’s Kerrick Davis and Destin Koelsch. Davis played football for the Titans in the 2016 and 2017 seasons. He was nominated to our MVP spotlight by head coach Damon Dustin. “He’s just got a lot of raw skills; he actually was in the top ten in the state in tackles.” And that was (more…)

4 ways to save money on ski trips

<strong>4 ways to save money on ski trips</strong>
Photo by Metro ServiceVisit local skiing destinations for more affordable trips. ■ By Corey Evan / Reporter Skiing provides a great chance to enjoy the great outdoors at a time of year when such opportunities are often few and far between. As a result, ski trips can help combat cases of cabin fever that can settle in during winter months. Avid skiers and even novices often cannot wait for the season’s first trip to the slopes to enjoy the fresh powder. While an enjoyable recreational escape, people who love to ski would probably do it more often if skiing were more affordable. The following are four ways skiers can save some (more…)

Bulldogs take the Ramona Cup

<strong>Bulldogs take the Ramona Cup</strong>
The prized cup, now in its second year, transfers from West Valley to Hemet High for 2017 Photo by Corey Evan/The Valley ChronicleThe Ramona Cup. Isn’t she beautiful? ■ Corey Evan / Sports Reporter When you have a quality athletic program, it attracts the masses to watch, play or sponsor. One way to show those masses your quality is to bring out the best in your team and bring home accolades as a result. Hemet High School has been doing that for about a century, and now adds one more award to their list of athletic accolades: the Ramona Cup. Forged in 2016, this trophy is given to the high school (more…)

Middle school volleyball championships

<strong>Middle school volleyball championships</strong>
Dartmouth’s volleyball girls defeated Diamond Valley to win The Valley League championship for the fourth year running Photo by Corey Evan/The Valley ChronicleThe Lady Knights are number ONE… for the fourth year. ■ Corey Evan / Sports Reporter Any great athlete knows to start when they’re young. To start in front of a crowd helps, believe it or not. And to start out on a championship team? Perfect. That was the start the young lady Knights of Dartmouth Middle School got to experience last Thursday, as they welcomed the Diamond Valley Diamondbacks for a game of volleyball. But this wasn’t just any game…this was for the championship. Dartmouth went into this (more…)

Titans corral the Mustangs

Tahquitz defeats the West Valley Mustangs at home last Friday night, 23-15 ■ Corey Evan / Sports Reporter More than 640 years ago, Chaucer wrote that all good things must come to an end. The same holds true for the 2017 high school football season here in the San Jacinto Valley. The Tahquitz Titans’ varsity football team hosted the West Valley Mustangs last Friday for their last game of the season. Could the Titans hold off the Mustangs? Would the Mustangs get their only win of the season? Just before the game, these seniors were escorted across the field to kick off senior night: Jesus Amaryllis, Mo Baker, Tyree Chaisson, Jacob (more…)

Titans attacked by the Bulldogs

Tahquitz football gets shutout by Hemet High, 24-0 Photo by Corey Evan/The Valley ChronicleBoth teams strategize during a timeout on Friday. Hemet would take this game 24-0. ■ Corey Evan / Sports Reporter A cold wind was blowing. Clouds were overhead. It was a perfect storm. Who would survive last Friday night at Tahquitz Canyon? The Tahquitz High School football Titans, or the visiting Hemet Bulldogs? Sadly, the Titans’ band director couldn’t be here for this match, so while the band did play the “Star-Spangled Banner” at the start, only the percussion section would be present afterward to provide the soundtrack for this game. The Titans kicked off this match, with (more…)