Monday, April 27, 2009

Wolfpack to Play at Epicenter May 9

The Claremont High School varsity baseball team will play against Los Osos High at the Epicenter in Rancho Cucamonga on Saturday, May 9, at 1 p.m.

The Epicenter is home to the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes minor league baseball team, the single-A California League affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Tickets to the event are available for $10 each in advance and are good for admission to all three Baseline League games at the Epicenter on May 9. The Claremont-Los Osos game gets the day started at 1 p.m., followed by Upland against Etiwanda at 4 p.m. and Alta Loma versus Rancho Cucamonga at 7 p.m.

All tickets are general admission and parking is free. Re-entry to the stadium will be allowed. Gates will open at noon.

To obtain tickets for sale and purchase, download a form from the Claremont High baseball Web site at and return the completed form to Nicole Troli at, Debbie Inglese at or Sid Robinson at Ticket orders are due Monday, May 4.

For more information, contact Troli at (909) 455-4059, Inglese at (909) 238-7153 or Robinson at (909) 227-9589.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Do I Look Older?

I am sorry.

I’ve been really bad about blogging over the past six months. Not to make excuses, but this is a lot harder to maintain than I ever expected.

But it’s time to start writing again. I hope to be able to maintain the column again. And there is no better motivation than to share a few photos and memories from my 50th birthday party.

Thank you to everybody who joined us Saturday night at Piano Piano in Claremont. I’d never been to a dueling piano bar, but that was fun stuff. The best part, of course, was that so many people were there to share in the fun. Even Nick Salata, my old college roommate, and his wife Cathy drove out from Pasadena.

The event was especially fun because I could share the spotlight with Greg Setlich, whose 50th birthday is four days after mine. He had plenty of family and friends there, along with all the people we invited. It was just a ton of fun. It was just a gratifying feeling to look around the room and see old friends and new friends, and so many family members, having a great time.

I paid for my fun the next day, but it was worth every bit of it. Thank you Beth, and thank everybody for sharing this one with me. Enjoy the photos

Wednesday, April 8, 2009


Just wanted to add this story, and thanks to Upland Guy for posting it on the All Things Upland blog, too.

UPLAND, Calif. – Colonies Partners, investors and developers of a housing community and shopping center in north Upland, has donated $5,000 to help support the Senior Little League Regional Tournament to be held Aug. 3-11 at Upland Memorial Park.

The tournament, which will feature up to 12 state champions, is the final event before the Senior Little League World Series in Bangor, Maine, and is the highest level Little League baseball tournament ever held in Upland.

“This is just another example of the generosity and community involvement of the Colonies Partners and their investors, ” said Ralph Cavallo, president of Upland National Little League, which is co-hosting the tournament with Little League Baseball’s California District 23.

In 2006, Colonies Partners and their investors contributed $50,000 toward Upland National Little League’s field renovation project at Olivedale Park in Upland. The ballpark is now known as Colonies Crossroads Stadium.

“Without the donation from the Colonies, we would not have the beautiful artificial turf field that is there today,” Cavallo said. “They have been more than generous and an outstanding supporter and partner, not only with our Little League, but with organizations throughout the community.”

The tournament will include teams from the Western United States. Players ages 14-16 from Alaska, Arizona, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Northern California, Oregon, Southern California, Utah, Washington and Wyoming will have achieved their once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to compete for a berth at the Senior Little League World Series.

The donation from the Colonies will go completely toward assisting teams with travel, dining and hotel expenses. Last year, three of the state champion teams did not travel to Southern California to participate in the Western Regional Tournament, because expenses are not covered.

“We know things will be difficult this year, too, because of the economy,” Cavallo said. “But with donations from the Colonies and we hope many others, the players from those teams who have earned a place in the Western Regional Tournament will be able to participate in the tournament and experience their dreams of competing for a berth in the World Series.

“It is a great honor to have a tournament of this level in our town of Upland. I hope we can make it memorable for all involved,” Cavallo said.

Contributions can be sent to Little League Baseball, CA District 23, P.O. Box 92, Upland, CA, 91785.

For more information, contact Ralph Cavallo at (951) 990-4595.