Fastpitch storms Hemet

<strong>Fastpitch storms Hemet</strong>
The Premier Girls Fastpitch SoCal National Qualifier takes over the diamonds at Diamond Valley Lake Corey Evan, The Valley ChronicleDiamond Valley Lake was the scene recently of the Premier Girls Fastpitch SoCal National Qualifier. ■ By Corey Evan / Reporter The Premier Girls Fastpitch SoCal National Qualifier took over the diamonds at Diamond Valley Lake the weekend of June 15-17 Even though the San Jacinto Valley isn’t exactly a tourist hot spot in the summer, we do occasionally get a few VIPs rolling in. During the weekend of Friday, June 15 – Sunday June 17, those VIPs were here for the Premier Girls Fastpitch 2018 SoCal National Qualifier. Over 50 teams (more…)

Baseball propels Soboba tribal member toward college

<strong>Baseball propels Soboba tribal member toward college</strong>
Meanwhile, Ajay Parcero to play in county senior all-star game Photos by Soboba Band of Luiseño IndiansFrom left, Albert Parcero, Ajay Parcero and Julie Arrietta-Parcero of San Jacinto. ■ By Mike Hiles / Contributed San Jacinto High School senior Ajay Parcero graduates today but his time on the baseball field will not end. Parcero will play at Concordia University in the fall and he has been selected to play in the 2018 San Bernardino County vs. Riverside County Senior All-Star Game on Friday at San Manuel Stadium, home of the Inland Empire 66ers minor league baseball team. Ajay Parcero, No. 31, shows his batting prowess at a recent San Jacinto High (more…)

Wolves track down postseason victory

<strong>Wolves track down postseason victory</strong>
San Jacinto Valley Academy track teams finished postseason with high marks in the Warrior league and a CIF Masters appearance Photo by Corey Evan/The Valley ChronicleThe boys brought in second place overall in the Warrior League for the Wolfpack, while the ladies went undefeated for the second consecutive season. ■ By Corey Evan / Reporter Who says you need a track in order to stay on-track yourself? San Jacinto Valley Academy, a CIF Division 4 school, doesn’t! Their campus is small and lacks an actual track and field facility, but their track and field team is big on progress even without it. This was evident at the Warrior League finals, the (more…)

Postseason roundup: spring 2018

<strong>Postseason roundup: spring 2018</strong>
Current results for postseason games across the valley Courtesy West Valley HSIsmail Turner, second from left, one of the athletes who will be advancing to the CIF Divisional Finals, with his coaches Kayla Boudreau, far left, and Calvin Prentice, and head coach Kim Hyde, far right, after a May 19 event. ■ By Corey Evan / Reporter For many teams, victory is not just ending the season on a high note, but keeping that same energy, tenacity and perseverance going long after the final game of the season. These teams in particular have done just that for the Spring 2018 season: West Valley Softball came 2nd in league, won the CIF (more…)

Mustangs win, place and show at graduation

<strong>Mustangs win, place and show at graduation</strong>
Last Thursday evening saw 356 graduates walk the stage at West Valley Photos by Corey Evan/The Valley ChronicleSome 356 graduates enter Mustang Canyon Thursday evening. ■ By Corey Evan / Reporter Hemet may be a small city by some standard, but it is certainly full of big dreams. This city’s high school graduates have worked hard this year to make their dreams come true. On Thursday May 24, the West Valley High School Class of 2018 harvested the fruits of their struggle. A standing room crowd filled Mustang Canyon, as 356 graduates donned maroon and white gowns and gathered one last time as classmates. After tonight, they would now be West (more…)

Titans shutout the Mustangs

Tahquitz’ baseball boys easily beat West Valley at home, 6-0 Photo by Corey Evan / The Valley ChronicleCaleb Shepard at bat for the Titans. ■ By Corey Evan / Reporter For high school athletes, the end of the season is here. But even when playoffs are out of the question, for your own sake you still want to try and finish strong. Despite a less-than-stellar season, West Valley’s baseball boys still went in with high spirits as they made their way to Tahquitz High School on Thursday, May 10 to take on last year’s CIF Division 4 champions, the Titans. But even strong team spirit couldn’t hold off the Titans as (more…)

Bulldogs outplay the Mustangs

<strong>Bulldogs outplay the Mustangs</strong>
The West Valley Baseball boys were defeated at home by Hemet last Thursday, 3-1 Photo by Corey Evan / The Valley ChronicleMustang Javier Jauregui tries to fend off a Bulldog attack on Thursday. ■ By Corey Evan / Reporter The end of the high school baseball season is well on its way, and while some teams will wish, beg and pray for more, others will be glad it’s over. So who was who at West Valley on Thursday, May 3 as the Mustangs welcomed the Hemet Bulldogs? Having been beaten just two days before at Bulldog Country, the ‘Stangs’ had a lot to play for at home. Unfortunately for West Valley, (more…)

San Jacinto runs for education

<strong>San Jacinto runs for education</strong>
Photos by Corey Evan / The Valley ChronicleRunners line up at the starting line on Saturday morning for the Run United 5k. ■ By Corey Evan / Reporter Five kilometers may seem like a lot to walk. But when you’re doing it for your kids it doesn’t seem quite so far—at least, when it means kids in your community benefit by way of scholarships and better school programs. That was the overall goal of the 6th Annual San Jacinto Run United 5K Walk/Run on Saturday, April 28. Over 300 people pre-registered to take part in the run, and approximately 100 more signed up that morning. Starting at San Jacinto High School, (more…)

Men’s Basketball Championships at Soboba

<strong>Men’s Basketball  Championships at Soboba</strong>
Photos by Corey Evan / The Valley ChronicleAction shot taken during Wednesday evening’s men’s league finals. ■ By Corey Evan / Reporter Who says victory is only for the pros? The Soboba Adult Basketball Men’s League has worked hard to bring that feeling to the San Jacinto Valley, and for the 13th year now, have made it to the League Championship games at the Soboba Sports Complex. Andy Silvas is in charge of coordinating the championships at Soboba. “We’ve been running the men’s league since 2006, and it is open to everyone,” he said. “We have our season play which leads to our seeded single elimination tournament bracket to determine the (more…)

Hemet Grandmaster honored by Martial Arts History Museum

<strong>Hemet Grandmaster  honored by Martial Arts  History Museum</strong>
Hemet Grandmaster honored by Martial Arts History Museum Photo by Colleen NielsenFord Edwards honored by Mike Matsuda at Martial Arts History Museum. ■ Chronicle News Service Sifu Ford Edwards, the Grandmaster of the Little Tao Dragon Martial & Healing Arts in downtown Hemet, was recently honored by the Martial Arts History Museum in Burbank. The museum awarded Edwards for his commitment to the Shaolin Martial and Healing Arts. Edwards has studied the arts for over 30 years, and during that time, has led kung fu, tai chi, and reiki classes in Torrance and Hemet for children and adults. The museum also presented him with the Distinguished Ambassador Honor Award, recognizing him (more…)