Football Preview: Hemet High School

<strong>Football Preview: Hemet High School</strong>
Bulldogs Coach Jason Thornburg is pushing his team to improve their game Photos by Corey Evan / The Valley ChronicleFrom left to right, Wyatt Salinas, Solomon Cochran and Maxwell Hinchliff . ■ By Corey Evan / Reporter With San Jacinto ringing the victory bell for the last three years, can Hemet High regain their winning ways in 2017? Coach Jason Thornburg answers with a resounding “Yes!” Last year, Hemet High was a bit low on senior players. That, combined with a decidedly lacking effort on the field, resulted in the Bulldogs only winning three of 10 games in 2016, despite a strong beginning to the season. This year, Hemet has more (more…)

When it comes to volunteering – everybody wins!

<strong>When it comes to volunteering – everybody wins!</strong>
Grandfathers For Golf volunteers explain why they do it Photo courtesy of Grandfathers For GolfKids of all ages are taught how to swing like a pro by the tireless volunteers of the Grandfathers For Golf program. ■ By Tony Viola / Contributed Grandfathers For Golf, a nonprofit program, is staffed entirely by volunteers who are typically older than 70 years of age. Volunteers come in all types: men, women, older, younger, liberal and conservative. The core value that unites them all in this single purpose is that they want to make a difference in a child’s life. An interesting phenomenon is taking place among those who volunteer their time with Grandfathers (more…)

Football preview: SJ High School

<strong>Football preview: SJ High School</strong>
Tigers are in rebuild mode this season, but Coach Aric Galliano is unfazed Photo by Corey Evan / The Valley ChronicleCoach Aric Galliano gets his Tigers into shape for football season, as seen last Monday. ■ By Corey Evan / Reporter At graduation last school year, San Jacinto Mayor Scott Miller declared to Hemet residents, “We love you…but…who has the bell?” With that declaration, the pressure is on this year’s San Jacinto High School football team to keep that precious bell. Having graduated 26 seniors as of late, Coach Aric Galliano has a small task to handle: rebuilding his winning varsity team. The fact that San Jacinto went 9-1 last season (more…)

Eagle golfer makes flight to Whittier

<strong>Eagle golfer makes flight to Whittier</strong>
MSJC golfer Richard Schweitzer is set to play for, and study at, Whittier College this fall Photo by DeeAnn Bradley, MSJCRichard Schweitzer tied for Medalist honors in the conference finals by shooting back-to-back scores of 73. ■ Corey Evan / Reporter Anyone who plays golf knows that an “Eagle” is two strokes under par. Anyone who knows MSJC Richard Schweitzer will say he comes in well under par. Schweitzer, an alumnus of Hemet High School, signed on at Whittier College as of June 21, and is set to tee off for the Poets and continue his studies this fall. For those who are unfamiliar, Whittier College is a private, four-year liberal (more…)

HUSD announces district-wide bell schedule changes

A■ Corey Evan / Reporter ttention Hemet parents and pupils: Changes are afoot, and you’re going to want to know about them! The Hemet Unified School District has announced adjusted bell schedules at all campuses. You may have to readjust your alarm clock, but it’ll all pan out. Regular start times at each school have been adjusted. It’s only a few minutes’ difference at each campus compared to last year, but it is certainly important to note so you’re not late for school! Also coming back this year is late start/early release Wednesdays. Younger students up to 8th grade get out early on Wednesday, while high schoolers get to hit the (more…)

MVP Spotlight: Noah Fitzpatrick and Kalianna Lesa

The SJVA athletes have both been Student Athletes of the Year, two years running Photo contributed by Kristina LindholmNoah and Kalianna have earned San Jacinto Valley Academy Athlete of the Year title two years in a row. ■ By Corey Evan / Sports Reporter Someone once said that lightning never strikes twice in the same place, but that’s obviously not true because it has at San Jacinto Valley Academy. There, students Noah Fitzpatrick and Kalianna Lesa have been named SJVA Student Athletes of the Year for two consecutive years! The winning pair was nominated to our MVP Spotlight by SJVA Athletic Director Charlie Ilardi and his team: “In order to even (more…)

Adult sports leagues are on the rise

<strong>Adult sports leagues are on the rise</strong>
Health and socialization are the driving forces behind the growing popularity of adult recreational sports leagues, particularly among millennials Photo by Metro ServiceAdult recreational sports leagues provide great alternatives to the gym for people who want to be physically active. ■ Newsroom Fitness comes in many forms, and for a growing number of people, sports is one of the most appealing ways to stay in shape. Health and socialization are the driving forces behind the growing popularity of adult recreational sports leagues, particularly among millennials. According to Sports Marketing Surveys USA, a research company that provides data for the Sports and Fitness Industry Association, millennials are twice as likely as their (more…)

HHS blood drive honors senior classmate, Cassi Tichy

<strong>HHS blood drive honors  senior classmate, Cassi Tichy</strong>
High turnout sets school record Photo by Ellen TichyHemet High School Principal Dr. Emily Shaw and Cassi Tichy. The blood drive was held in honor of Cassi, who is receiving treatment for Ewing’s sarcoma. ■ Matt McPherson / Contributed Hemet High School held its third and final blood drive of the year on May 11. Yellow balloons and posters (the official awareness color of Ewing’s sarcoma) directed participants to the school gym where the event, organized by ASB Director Al Fernandes, and co-chaired by seniors Kendra Johnson and Jordan Cunningham, was held. Riverside County’s blood bank, LifeStream, collaborated in collecting each unit of blood and plasma, where every donation had the (more…)

MVP Spotlight: Danielle Lebsock and Cameron Leonard

<strong>MVP Spotlight: Danielle Lebsock and Cameron Leonard</strong>
The two outgoing Hemet High seniors are featured for their skills at bat, and their history on the sports field Photo by Corey Evan/The Valley ChronicleCameron Leonard and Danielle Lebsock. ■ By Corey Evan / Sports Reporter Sometimes school feels like a game. If you play a sport for your school, it is a game, especially for outgoing Hemet High 12th graders Danielle Lebsock and Cameron Leonard. The two were nominated to our MVP Spotlight by Hemet High Athletics Director Dave Anderson. “For four years, they’ve been on (our teams), performed tremendously in clutch situations, led the team and have done all the things captains and great athletes do,” Anderson said. (more…)

Lady Bulldogs deal with ‘Royal’ pain

<strong>Lady Bulldogs deal with ‘Royal’ pain</strong>
San Marcos High School came in from Santa Barbara to defeat the Hemet High softball team 11-1 Photo by Corey Evan/The Valley ChronicleCoach Jeff Galloway meets with his girls postgame. ■ By Corey Evan / Sports Reporter This season, the Lady Bulldogs softball team gave club sponsor Larry Minor a run for his money! With a record of 7-3 in league, Hemet High made the CIF playoffs. The second round in division four against Santa Barbara’s San Marcos High made for an exciting day May 23. The first batter for San Marcos was walked, the second took a bean ball pitch, and the first run was an error picked up off (more…)