Lady Eagles pierce the Lancers

<strong>Lady Eagles pierce the Lancers</strong>
MSJC defeated Pasadena City College in the CCCAA SoCal Regional Round 2 Game on Saturday, 81- 46 Photo by Corey EvanMadeline Morrow shoots for the finals, helping MSJC beat Pasadena on Saturday. ■ By Corey Evan / Reporter Just making it to the playoffs can be a monumental task for some sports teams. For teams that do, there is often one team they all have their eyes on. In this case, a lot of women’s basketball teams in Southern California have their eyes on the Lady Eagles of Mt. San Jacinto College. Going into this second round game of the CCCAA SoCal Regionals as the number three seed and with a (more…)

Lady Bulldogs slay the Knights

<strong>Lady Bulldogs slay the Knights</strong>
Hemet High beat Shadow Hills in round one of CIF Girls Basketball Playoffs, 63 – 44 Photo by Corey Evan / The Valley ChronicleThe Bulldogs take advantage of a timeout against Shadow Hills in last Thursday’s CIF playoff game. ■ Corey Evan / Reporter In high school sports, the objective isn’t to win, but rather to participate and have a good time. For those teams who become league champs however, it is their favorite time. Hemet High School’s basketball girls, having gone 10-1 in the Mountain Pass League this season, earned the chance to face off against the Shadow Hills Knights at home last Thursday evening. Would the bright red dogs (more…)

Huskies outrun the Cougars

<strong>Huskies outrun the Cougars</strong>
North Mountain Middle School boys soccer team bested Acacia; winning Valley League championship for second year running, 3-1 Photo by Corey Evan / The Valley ChronicleThe Huskies are number one for the second year in a row! ■ Corey Evan / Reporter Junior high school sports may not attract the kinds of crowds their high school counterparts bring in each year, but a win at any level feels just as good. Already a winning team last year, North Mountain Middle School boys soccer team proved themselves a winning team again this year, losing only once in the season to Rancho Viejo. After school on Thursday, Feb. 15, the North Mountain Huskies (more…)

Mounties capture the Eagles

<strong>Mounties capture the Eagles</strong>
Mt. SJ College baseball team beaten at home by Mt. SAC, 14-8 Photo by Corey Evan/The Valley ChronicleEagle Jacob Boney at bat against Mt. SAC on Saturday. The Mounties captured the Eagles, 14-8. ■ By Corey Evan / Reporter Rebuilding a baseball field is the easiest part of managing a team at home. But changing the look of your own field, won’t change the opposition who play your team. The Mt. San Jacinto College baseball club has been learning this all season, and the learning experience continued with a visit from the Mt. San Antonio College Mounties, Saturday, Feb. 10. The Eagles got off to an early lead, picking up 5 (more…)

Mustang boys felled by the Titans

<strong>Mustang boys felled  by the Titans</strong>
WVHS Senior night game vs. Tahquitz, 95-51 Photo by Corey Evan / The Valley ChronicleMustang Senior Victor Brizuela defends against Titan Senior Dwight Garnett. ■ By Corey Evan / Reporter When you’re a senior in high school, your last impression is just as important as your first impression. That was the scenario for the basketball boys of West Valley High School on Thursday, Feb. 8 as they welcomed the Tahquitz Titans to their “senior night” game. This year, the Mustangs graduate these four seniors: Victor Brizuela, Jason Cayton (jersey number 55), AJ Fisher and Team Captain Ben Navarro. With friends and family cheering them on, the boys got going for what (more…)

Lady Mustangs edged out by Titans

<strong>Lady Mustangs edged out by Titans</strong>
West Valley’s girls basketball team lost to Tahquitz on Senior Night, 54-44 Photo by Corey Evan / The Valley ChronicleMustang Senior Quinay Ross defends the ball against the Titans on Senior Night. ■ By Corey Evan / Reporter Even when the going has gotten tough, the tough still need to get going. At West Valley High School’s senior night on Thursday, Feb. 8, it didn’t matter that the Mustangs were having a tough season; what mattered was celebrating those who would saddle up for the future. Nine of the Mustangs will graduate this summer, and for them, this was their night. This year’s graduating seniors include Brianna Grangaard, Krystina Lorch, Mackenzie (more…)

Soboba sports complex welcomes its basketball

<strong>Soboba sports complex welcomes its basketball</strong>
Players travel to several reservations during the season Photos courtesy of Soboba Band of Luiseño IndiansTeams from Soboba and UAII play ITS basketball at the Soboba Sports Complex. ■ By Mike Hiles / Contributed Inter Tribal Sports (ITS) basketball is in season and the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians has once again offered the Soboba Sports Complex to be one of the playing sites. The seven-week season will culminate in a play-off tournament in mid-March. Teams from various tribes have been formed and have been practicing getting ready for the season. Among them is a team from UAII (United American Indian Involvement) from Los Angeles County. The nonprofit organization offers activities (more…)

Tigers face Hawk attack

<strong>Tigers face Hawk attack</strong>
SJ High School’s Boys Basketball team lost to Citrus Hill last Thursday, 72 – 55 Photo by Corey Evan / The Valley ChronicleCoach Will Farley, in grey, briefs his Tigers during timeout, Citrus Hill in background. ■ By Corey Evan / Reporter Basketball, like baseball, has become as American as apple pie. Same goes for the basketball boys at San Jacinto High School. But how would the boys in orange fare against the red, white and blue Hawks of Citrus Hill? The two teams found out the evening of Feb. 1. The Tigers scored the first 2 points of the game, but then the Hawks swooped in and took the lead, (more…)

Lady Tigers juice the Hawks

<strong>Lady Tigers juice the Hawks</strong>
SJHS Girls Basketball put the squeeze on Citrus Hill last Thursday, 74 – 11 Photo by Corey Evan / The Valley ChronicleTiger Reina Celaya sinks one for San Jacinto. The Tigers squeezed Citrus Hill 74-11 last Thursday. ■ By Corey Evan / Reporter The end of the season really does put a squeeze on young basketball players, especially as CIF playoffs loom. The Lady Tigers of San Jacinto High School sure felt the squeeze when they visited Citrus Hill to play the Hawks on Thursday, Feb. 1. That was, until the game started. The Lady Tigers picked up 21 points in the first period, while the only thing the Hawks picked (more…)

Cougars wash out Lady Bulldogs

<strong>Cougars wash out Lady Bulldogs</strong>
The Hemet High Water Polo girls suffered a disappointing loss at home against Beaumont, 8 – 3 Photo by Corey Evan/The Valley ChronicleHemet’s Gabbie Garcia tries to get the ball past Beaumont’s Kaitlynn Pierceall on January 25. The Bulldogs lost this match to Beaumont 8-3. ■ By Corey Evan / Reporter Despite the old saying, “lightning never strikes twice in the same place,” sports rivalries often defy that. That explains the hype and optimism present at Hemet High School on Thursday, Jan. 25 as their water polo girls welcomed the Beaumont Cougars. There was a standing-room crowd, and the Bulldog cheer squad front and center. Having edged out the Cougars 9-8 (more…)