By Tim Tuttle/For Fullertonstories.com --
Laine Huffman, hitting .328 as the starting shortstop for Long Beach State’s No. 8-nationally ranked baseball team, can smile now about being cut from Servite High’s baseball program in his freshman and sophomore years. It was undoubtedly a painful experience, one many athletes would have found so crushing they would have walked away from the sport.
“It wasn’t easy,” Huffman said. “It’s a funny thing that happened and it makes me appreciate everything that is happening. It’s definitely a dream season. I put in all the work I needed. It made me work harder and stay ready. I knew my chance would come.” Read More
Cal State Fullerton’s Taylor Bryant couldn’t play last summer in one of those leagues filled with top college players, prevented by an extended recovery from a concussion that limited his 2016 season to nine games.
Bryant had proven he had top-level defensive skills in the infield, mostly at second base, but he had a .199 average (44-of-221), two home runs and 20 RBIs in his two-plus seasons. He batted ninth in the Titans’ lineup most of the time.
Fully recovered, Bryant began this season playing third base, a new position, and batting from sixth to eighth. He’d worked hard over the summer spending plenty of time in the Cal State Fullerton batting cage and it began to show early. By the sixth game, Bryant was up to fifth in the lineup and he was fourth in the next game. It has become his home. Read More
Chavatipon’s performance in the prestigious tournament was a sign of progress and one of remarkable achievement. She turned age 15 in mid-April. Jankowski will be 17 in mid-August and has verbally accepted a scholarship to Arizona State for 2018.
Chavatipon, who attends and trains at the Advantage Tennis Academy in Irvine, had reached the quarterfinals at Ojai the past three years, twice in the 16s and last year in the 18s.
“Even though I lost today, it showed I can improve,” Chavatipon said. “Cali is a heavy hitter and I lost to her in the semis at the Henry Talbert (tournament, in January in Palm Desert). I think I played better this time. She plays with her big serve very aggressively and I tried to go toe-to-toe with her. I tried to use her pace and send it back to her and push her back (on the court). I’m trying to increase my pace so I can dictate the point. Against her, if you don’t do that, she will kill you.” Read More
Kang and Chiang have played singles primarily during this high school season. Read More
“I put a little too much pressure on myself definitely last year,” Hurst said. Read More
Funny thing these storms. Yesterday around 5 I was sitting down to edit a fairly big project I’ve been working on and BOOM, out goes the power. Read More
Janis Weinberger, owner of the Claremont COURIER newspaper and longtime advocate for senior services in Claremont, died peacefully in her sleep at Pilgrim Place Health Services Center on February 2, 2017. She was 90.
She was born on September 4, 1926 in Fort Wayne, Indiana to Francis “Frank” McMaken, who worked for the railroad in management, and Loretta McMaken, a homemaker. Her two older siblings, Dorothy and Raymond, were 11 and 9 when she was born. READ THE FULL STORY ON THE CLAREMONT COURIER WEBSITE. Enjoy a video of her life. Read More
Fullerton Resident Jorge Calderon, age 18, was bullied in school and isolated at home, where he was raised by a single mother and had trouble relating to his four siblings. Read More
He helped co-found the American Basketball Association in 1967, the World Hockey Association in 1972, the original World Team Tennis in 1973, the International Basketball Association in 1998, and Roller Hockey International in 1992. Read More