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Softball: Ultimate Guide to the 2018 Michelle Carew Classic (4/3/18)

UCLA-bound Megan Faraimo of Cathedral Catholic of San Diego. Photo/Don De Mars.


ULTIMATE GUIDE TO THE 2018 MICHELLE CAREW CLASSIC


The 2018 Michelle Carew Classic could be the deepest 32-team field ever compiled in the tournament’s history, but there are three favorites with national aspirations.

Los Alamitos (12-0) and Orange Lutheran (14-1) enter the Carew Classic ranked No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in Orange County, Norco (11-1) is ranked No. 1 in the Inland Empire and Los Alamitos, Orange Lutheran and Norco are ranked No. 1. No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, in So Cal by So Cal Sidelines.

Los Alamitos, Orange Lutheran and Norco are ranked No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 in the state by Cal-Hi Sports and No. 1 No. 2 and No. 4 in the nation by FloSoftball.

Northwestern-bound Danielle Williams of Amador Valley of Pleasanton. Photo/Patrick Takkinen.

Norco beat Los Al, 1-0, in the semifinals and Orange Lutheran, 4-0, in the finals to win last year’s Carew Classic. Los Al avenged that loss with a 3-1 victory over the Cougars in the CIF-SS Division 1 championship game to claim the mythical national title from FloSoftball.

Norco defeated Orange Lutheran, 7-5, in the semifinals of the Dana Housley Memorial Tournament on Feb. 28, but the Lancers avenged the loss with a 7-2 victory over the Cougars in the finals of the Green Division of the Dave Kops Tournament of Champions on March 10. Los Alamitos won the Gold Division at the Dave Kops Tournament of Champions.

But Los Alamitos, Orange Lutheran and Norco aren’t the only top teams at the Carew Classic.

Northwestern-bound pitcher Danielle Williams led Amador Valley of Pleasanton to a CIF-NCS Division 1 title in her freshman season and the Dons (7-0-1) are looking to add another title in her final high school season. The Nor Cal powerhouse has always had good results at the Carew Classic.

Arizona will be represented by Cienega (14-1) of Vail, AZ, the defending AIA Conference 5A state champion, and Canyon del Oro (15-2) of Tucson, AZ, the defending AIA Conference 4A state champion. Cienega and Canyon del Oro, are ranked No. 2 and No. 4, respectively, in Arizona by MaxPreps. The two teams met in a nonleague game last week and the Bobcats hammered the Dorados, 21-3.

Gahr (7-3) of Cerritos, ranked No. 1 in LA and No. 4 in So Cal, became a legit contender for the Carew Classic title after beating Santiago of Corona, 2-0, and Mater Dei of Santa Ana, 2-0, on the same day to win the Best of the West Tournament on March 17.

Idaho State-bound Autumn Pease of Murrieta Mesa of Murrieta. Photo/Patrick Takkinen.

Some of the other top Inland Empire contenders are Murrieta Mesa (10-3), ranked No. 2 in the IE and No. 7 in So Cal, Great Oak (9-1) of Temecula, ranked No. 3 in the IE and No. 9 in So Cal, Chino Hills (14-2), ranked No. 4 in the IE and No. 10 in So Cal, and Santiago (9-5) of Corona, ranked No. 7 in the IE and No. 20 in So Cal.

Idaho State-bound Autumn Pease used her pitching and big stick to help Murrieta Mesa win the school’s first CIF-SS Division 3 championship last season andshe has been the force behind the Rams’ excellent start, which includes wins over Great Oak and King of Riverside.

Great Oak already had a bunch of talent before picking up Ole Miss-committed pitcher Landyn Bruce, a transfer from Colorado, who helped lead the Wolfpack to the Lake Elsinore Dream Extreme Invitational title.

Chino Hills has risen to prominence this season behind the big bat of DePaul-commit Brooke Johnson and the pitching of Maryland-committed freshman Kendall Mangel. The Huskies recently beat Redlands East Valley, Grand Terrace, Santiago of Corona and Upland en route to winning the Redlands Invitational.

Santiago is talented and deep and could be a land mine for any team in the field.

Cathedral Catholic (8-3) of San Diego, ranked No. 3 in San Diego, has UCLA-bound pitcher Megan Faraimo, so they are capable of beating any team in the tournament. Whether the Dons, the defending CIF-SDS Open Division champions, can string together five straight wins against this level of talent remains to be seen.

Poway (10-0-1), ranked No. 2 in San Diego and No. 12 in So Cal, has a powerful offense averaging 7.9 runs per game, led by UCLA-bound Colleen Sullivan and Stanford-commit Sydney Steele.

UCLA-commit Lexi Sosa of Mater Dei Catholic of Chula Vista. Photo/Patrick Takkinen.

Mater Dei Catholic (6-3) of Chula Vista, ranked No. 6 in San Diego, is capable of pulling off some upsets with UCLA-commit Lexi Sosa in the circle.

A couple of teams to keep an eye on in the LA area are Valencia (10-5) of Magic Mountain, ranked in LA and No. 14 in So Cal, and Rio Mesa (9-3) of Oxnard, ranked No. 5 in LA and No. 15 in So Cal, The two teams split an epic nonleague doubleheader last week. Rio Mesa won the first game, 2-1, in eight innings and Valencia won the second game, 3-2, in nine innings. Texas-bound Shea O’Leary pitched every inning for Valencia and Utah-commit Alicia Estrada pitched every inning for Rio Mesa.

Huntington Beach (7-3), ranked No. 4 in the OC and No. 13 in So Cal, is a team loaded with speed that features Washington-committed of Jadelyn Allchin and Missouri-committed pitcher Grace Uribe. The Oilers could be a sleeper in this loaded tournament.

Pacifica (7-4) of Garden Grove, ranked No. 5 in the OC, reached the CIF-SS Division 1 quarterfinals and is always competitive against everybody and the Mariners will be in this tournament with Colorado State-commit Julia Cabral in the circle.

San Jose State-bound Jenessa Ullegue of Buena of Ventura. Photo/Marvin Jimenez.

Kansas-bound pitcher Lexy Mills, who’s also an outstanding hitter, is back for her senior season after leading Agoura (8-3-1) to the second round of the CIF-SS Division 2 playoffs last season.

Buena of Ventura went 27-0-1, won the CIF-SS Division 4 championship and became the first Ventura County team to go undefeated last season. San Jose State-bound pitcher Jenessa Ullegue, who’s also a solid hitter, is back for the Bulldogs (6-3). Other LA area teams are Lakewood (5-3) and Simi Valley (7-5).

Some of the other teams from the IE in the tournament are Yucaipa (8-5), ranked No. 9 in the IE, Vista Murrieta (8-5), ranked No. 11 in the IE, Grand Terrace (4-5), ranked No. 12 in the IE, Murrieta Valley (7-7) and Roosevelt (4-8) of Eastvale

Cypress (9-3), ranked No. 10 in the OC, Esperanza (8-2) of Anaheim, which has San Jose State-bound pitcher Chrys Hildebrand and is ranked No. 15 in the OC, Canyon of Anaheim (3-5), the host school, Foothill (5-7) of Santa Ana and Villa Park (7-8) will also be representing Orange County.


TOP PLAYERS TO WATCH


Agoura: Sami Demyon, 2018, OF/UT, UC Riverside; Lena Golden, 2018, P, 2B/OF, NYU; Tyler Goldstein, 2018, OF, UC Santa Barbara; Lexy Mills, 2018, P, Kansas;

Lexy Mills of Agoura. Photo/Agoura Softball.

Amador Valley of Pleasanton: Julia Camelo, 2019, 3B; Mia Hildebrand, 2021, SS/P; Val Torres-Colon, 2020, CF; Danielle Williams, 2018, P, Northwestern;

Buena of Ventura: Kiara Delgado, 2018, 3B/OF, Siena College; Jenessa Ullegue, 2018, P/IF, San Jose State;

Canyon of Anaheim: Julia Schneider, 2018, SS/3B/2B, Penn;

Canyon del Oro of Tucson, AZ: Hope Banales, 2019, 2B, New Mexico State; Ellessa Bonstrom, 2018, 3B, Utah; Anya Gonzalez, 2018, SS, Syracuse; Alexis Kaiser, 2018, C, Syracuse; Amya Legarra, 2020, P, Utah State; Halle Morris, 2019, P, Utah; Mikayla Santa Cruz, 2018, P, Arizona State;

Cathedral Catholic of San Diego: Jacey Bourgeois, 2018, C, Long Beach State; Megan Faraimo, 2018, P/OF, UCLA; Sara Rusconi, 2019, 3B, USD;

Chino Hills: Brooke Johnson, 2019, P/1B, DePaul; Camryn Lyman, 2018, CF, Long Island; Kendall Mangel, 2021, P, Maryland; Alyssa Martinez, 2018, C, Long Island; Kayleen Schneider, 2018, RF, North Dakota;

Cienega of Vail, AZ: Kaitlyn Anderson, 2018, OF, Santa Clara; Blaise Biringer, 2020, IF, Ole Miss; Lia Dominguez, 2019, P/1B, Arizona Christian; Abby Doughty, 2018, OF, Utah Valley; Breanna “Breezy” Hayward, 2021, IF; Mariah Lopez, 2020, P/1B; Anicela Parra, 2018, 1B/DH, Phoenix College;

Cypress: Christen Hansen, Cypress, 2018, P/2B, Mt. Saint Mary College; Carlyn Hernandez, Cypress, 2018, 2B/RF, Bryant; Emily Iannotti, 2018, P/1B/DP, Army; Caitlyn Koenig, Cypress, 2018, C, Maryland;

Esperanza of Anaheim: Hailey Bosley, 2018, C, Middle Tennessee State; Chrys Hildebrand, 2018, P, San Jose State;

Foothill of Santa Ana: Sarah Bubier, 2019, C; Justine Boyle, 2019, 3B; Mikayla Prudholme, 2021, UT;

Jade Wittman drills a solo shot to center field in Gahr of Cerritos’ 3-1 victory over Los Altos of Hacienda Heights in the finals of the Presidents Day Classic on Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. Photo/Patrick Takkinen.

Gahr of Cerritos: DJ Davis, 2018, SS, Duke; Vanessa Foreman, 2018, P/IF, Arizona; Jazmine Hill, 2019, OF, Arizona State; Madison Huskey, 2018, OF/C, Washington; Malia Luna, 2020, UT, San Jose State; Dani Martinez, 2018, P, Cal State Fullerton; Taylor Stephens, 2021, 3B/P, UCLA; Giselle Tapia, 2019, 2B/OF, Duke;

Grand Terrace: Alycia Flores, 2019, OF, Oklahoma; Alyssa Graham, 2018, SS/2B/OF, San Jose State; Samantha Peluffo, 2018, OF, Oklahoma Wesleyan;

Great Oak of Temecula: Landyn Bruce, 2020, P, Ole Miss; Kayla Edwards, 2019, OF, Army; Mata Faapito, 2019, P/UT, New Mexico State; Paulina Johnson, 2019, P, Loyola Marymount; Sara Kinch, 2020, C, Minnesota; Quincee “Q” Lilio, 2021, 2B/OF, Oklahoma; Sydney Preston, 2018, P, Purdue; Darbie Stancil, 2019, OF, George Washington; Abby Trimble, 2020, 1B/3B, Bryant; Candace Yingling, 2019, 1B, Cal;

Huntington Beach: Jadelyn Allchin, 2019, OF, Washington; Allee Bunker, 2018, SS/3B, Oregon; Devyn Greer, 2021, P/OF, North Carolina State; Kelli Kufta, 2018, 1B/3B, USD; Katelyn Mangrello, 2019, C, UC Santa Barbara; Scotty McGee, 2018, P, Carnegie Mellon University; Jaelyn Operana, 2019, OF, Tennessee; Shelbi Ortiz, 2020, 2B/OF, Utah; Kelly Ryono, 2019, OF, Illinois; Megan Ryono, 2019, 2B, Columbia; Reanna Rudd, 2020, C, North Dakota State; Valerie Rudd, 2019, OF, Abilene Christian University; Grace Uribe, 2020, P/OF, Missouri;

Lakewood: Karina Ibarra, 2018, SS, UC Riverside; Haylee Kela, 2018, OF, UC Riverside; Taylor Pack, 2019, C/3B, Ohio State;

Los Alamitos: Aliya “Ali” Belarde, 2020, 3B, Utah; Madison Blossey, 2018, CF, Biola; Berlyn Carreon, 2018, C, Utah Valley; Samantha Fowler, 2018, P, Long Beach State; Karrington Houshmandzadeh, 2018, RF, Louisiana State; Kennedi Houshmandzadeh, 2020, SS, Louisiana State; Bri Jewett, 2018, P, Harvard; Sarah Ladd, 2018, P, Michigan State; Danielle Lew, 2018, 2B, Nevada; Daisy Munoz, 2018, 3B, Cal State Fullerton; Kaitlin Parsons, 2018, SS, Tennessee;

Zoey Clark’s walk-off, two-run homer gives Murrieta Mesa of Murrieta a 3-1 win over Hart of Newhall in eight inning sin the CIF-SS Division 3 finals on Saturday, June 3, 20017. Photo/Patrick Takkinen.

Mater Dei Catholic of Chula Vista: Alana Burges-Campbell, 2018, UT/IF, San Jose State; Zaia Castruita, 2020, IF, Utah State; Alyssa Garcia, 2019, IF, UCLA; Destinee Noury, 2020, IF, Oklahoma; Gigi Gonzalez, Utah State; Morgan Quinlan, 2019, P, Long Beach State; Alena Ramirez, 2020, P/2B/RF, George Washington; Lexi Sosa 2019, P/IF, UCLA;

Murrieta Mesa: Zoey Clark, 2019, 3B, Eastern Illinois; Jada Cody, 2019, Inf., DePaul; Kelci Hill, 2019, OF, Middle Tennessee State; Autumn Pease, 2018, P, Idaho State; Presleigh Pilon, 2020, SS, LSU; Camille Rivera, 2018, C, Vanguard University;

Murrieta Valley: Alexis Buchanan, 2018, 1B/3B, St. Joseph’s College Brooklyn; Kate Farren, 2019, SS/2B/3B/OF, Dartmouth; Makena Smith, 2018, IF, Cal; Kaley Robinson, 2018, P, Loyola Marymount;

Norco: Mikayla Allee, 2018, SS, Ole Miss; Allison Beecher, 2020, OF, Colorado State; Toni Camarillo, 2018, 2B, Bryant; Raegan Cheyne, 2019, OF, Ole Miss; Grace Dudden, 2018, C, Seattle; Megan Forbes, 2019, C/OF, Fairfield; Bianca Gonzalez, 2018, C/DP, West Point; Kinzie Hansen, 2019, C, Oklahoma; Jenna Helberg, 2018, C/OF, College of Charleston; Maile Maletta, 2019, UT, Dixie State; Sierra Marshall, 2018, OF/2B, LMU; Katelyn Olson, 2020, 3B/SS, Cal State Fullerton; Lexi Quartaro, 2018, OF, Cal Baptist; Paige Smith, 2019, 3B, Ole Miss; Sarah Willis, 2020, P, Washington;

Orange Lutheran: Mia Bagatourian, 2019, P, Dartmouth; Jaeden Barajas, 2019, C, Siena; Ciara Briggs, 2019, CF, LSU; Victoria Fragoso, 2020, IF, Kentucky; Kira La Scola, 2018, IF, Dartmouth; Taryn Lennon, 2020, P, BYU; Nicole Murphy, 2018, OF, College of Staten Island; Gianna Nicoletti, 2018, OF, Grand Canyon; Mya Rodriguez, 2019, SS, Ohio State; Sarah Taylor, 2019, IF, Mercer; Paloma Usquiano, 2019, IF, Arkansas; Isabelle Valdez, 2018, OF, Vanguard;

Colorado State-commit Julia Cabral of Pacifica of Garden Grove. Photo/Patrick Takkinen.

Pacifica of Garden Grove: Alyssa Brito, 2020, SS, Oregon; Julia Cabral, 2019, P, Colorado State; Julia “Juju” Dorado, 2018, C, Cal Baptist; Carli Kloss, 2020, Notre Dame;

Poway: Sophia Real, 2019, 1B/3B, UC San Diego; Taylor Riley, 2018, OF, Hawaii; Sydney Steele, 2019, MIF, Stanford; Colleen Sullivan, 2018, C/3B, UCLA;

Rio Mesa of Oxnard: Alicia Estrada, 2020, P, Utah; Hailey Jackson, 2018, OF, Loyola Marymount; Jontae Patton, 2018, 1B, St. Elizabeth; Sabrina Vargas, 2018, SS, Sienna College;

Roosevelt of Eastvale: Amanda Argomaniz, 2018, 2B, George Mason; McKenna Batterton, 2018, IF, Florida Gulf Coast; Jenna Helberg, 2018, C, College of Charleston; Kristen Lucas, 2018, P, Butler Community College; Maddy Ruffin, 2018, OF, Long Beach State; Hannah Tenberge, 2018, 2B/SS, MidAmerica Nazarene; Rylie West, 2020, C/OF, Tennessee;

Santiago of Corona: Brittany Allen, 2018, 3B, Florida; Alana Alvarez, 2018, 3B, Hawaii Hilo; Stella Bennett, 2019, OF, UCLA; Hanna Delgado, 2020, 2B, Oregon; Sierra Frazier, 2018, C, UAB; Sadie Frazier, 2018, UTL, UAB; Madison Hamilton, 2018, UT, Princeton; Kayla Hooks, 2018, P, Wagner; Savannah Hooks, 2021, P, UCLA; Ashley Kirkland, 2018, 1B, Hartford; Shelby Macias, 2019, P, Oregon State; Alyssa Manhart, 2018, P, William Jewel; Vanessa Nesby, 2020, OF, Kentucky; Karleigh Olsen, 2018, SS, Utah Valley; Madison Vasquez, 2019, OF, UC Riverside; Kassie Zimolzak, 2019, SS, San Jose State;

Tennessee-bund catcher Ally Shipman of Valencia of Magic Mountain and the So Cal Choppers. Photo/Patrick Takkinen.

Simi Valley: Chaela Crowder, 2019, IF, Rider University; Gabriela De La Cerda, 2018, OF, Eastern Kentucky; Julia Jackson, 2018, P/SS/OF, Towson; Gabrielle Siciliano, 2018, P/1B, Maine; Briana Tucker, 2018, C, Ottawa University;

Valencia of Magic Mountain: Noel Dominguez, 2018, SS, College of Charleston; Alexis Genovese, 2018, OF/2B, Coppin State; Kyla Hardy, 2018, 3B, Utah Valley; Amarys Miller-Godsey, 2018, IF/C, Fairleigh Dickinson; Shealyn O’Leary, 2018, RHP, Texas; Kelia Paragas, 2018, OF, Cal State San Bernardino; Ally Shipman, 2018, C, Tennessee; Nikki West, 2018, OF, Academy of Art University;

Villa Park: Mackenzie Boglin, 2019, 3B/1B; Emily Rosas, Villa Park, 2018, P, North Dakota;

Vista Murrieta of Murrieta: Amani Bradley, 2018, OF, Cal; Alesia Denby, 2019, SS/2B, Fresno State; Makayla Jordan, 2019, P/OF, San Diego State; Karissa Ornelas, 2018, C, Central Florida; Kassandra Torres, 2018, 3B, Eckerd College; Anna Vines, 2018, IF/OF, UCLA;

Yucaipa: Keely Clark, 2018, C, Maine; Esperanza Coe, 2020, P; Sydnee Huff, 2019, SS/2B, Stanford;


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4, SCHEDULE


Gahr of Cerritos vs. Valencia of Magic Mountain at Peralta 1, Wednesday, 11 a.m.

Pacifica of Garden Grove vs. Great Oak of Temecula at Peralta 2, Wednesday, 11 a.m.

Huntington Beach vs. Vista Murrieta at Peralta 3, Wednesday, 11 a.m.

Orange Lutheran celebrates its 7-2 win over Norco in the Green Division championship game of the Dave Kops Tournament of Champions on Saturday, March 10, 2018. Photo/@OLuSoftball.

Orange Lutheran vs. Murrieta Valley at Peralta 1, Wednesday, 1:15 p.m.

Santiago of Corona vs. Agoura at Peralta 2, Wednesday, 1:15 p.m.

Murrieta Mesa vs. Chino Hills at Peralta 3, Wednesday, 1:15 p.m.

Cathedral Catholic of San Diego vs. Roosevelt of Eastvale at Peralta 1, Wednesday, 3:15 p.m.

Gahr of Cerritos-Valencia of Magic Mountain winner vs. Pacifica of Garden Grove-Great Oak of Temecula winner at Peralta 2, Wednesday, 3:15 p.m.

Gahr of Cerritos-Valencia of Magic Mountain loser vs. Pacifica of Garden Grove-Great Oak of Temecula loser at Peralta 3, Wednesday, 3:15 p.m.

Norco vs. Villa Park at Peralta 1, Wednesday, 5:30 p.m.

Mater Dei of Chula Vista vs. Cypress at Peralta 2, Wednesday, 5:30 p.m.

Orange Lutheran-Murrieta Valley loser vs. Santiago of Corona-Agoura loser at Peralta 3, Wednesday, 5:30 p.m.

Los Alamitos vs. Canyon of Anaheim at Peralta 1, Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.

Orange Lutheran-Murrieta Valley winner vs. Santiago of Corona-Agoura winner at Peralta 2, Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.


THURSDAY, APRIL 5, SCHEDULE


Amador Valley of Pleasanton vs. Lakewood at Peralta 1, Thursday, 9 a.m.

Buena of Ventura vs. Cienega of Vail, AZ, at Peralta 2, Thursday, 9 a.m.

Huntington Beach-Vista Murrieta loser vs. Amador Valley of Pleasanton-Lakewood loser at Peralta 1, Thursday, 11 a.m.

Los Alamitos celebrates its 3-1 triumph over Norco in the CIF-SS Division 1 finals. Photo/Patrick Takkinen.

Norco-Villa Park loser vs. Buena of Ventura-Cienega of Vail, AZ, loser at Peralta 2, Thursday, 11 a.m.

Canyon del Oro of Tucson, AZ, vs. Simi Valley at Peralta 3, Thursday, 11 a.m.

Norco-Villa Park winner vs. Buena of Ventura-Cienega of Vail, AZ, winner at Peralta 1, Thursday, 1:15 p.m.

Huntington Beach-Vista Murrieta winner vs. Amador Valley of Pleasanton-Lakewood winner at Peralta 2, Thursday, 1:15 p.m.

Murrieta Mesa-Chino Hills winner vs. Canyon del Oro of Tucson, AZ,-Simi Valley winner at Peralta 3, Thursday, 1:15 p.m.

Grand Terrace at Esperanza of Anaheim, Thursday, 3 p.m.

Rio Mesa of Oxnard vs. Foothill of Santa Ana at Peralta 1, Thursday, 3:15 p.m.

Poway vs. Yucaipa at Peralta 2, Thursday, 3:15 p.m.

Murrieta Mesa-Chino Hills loser vs. Canyon del Oro of Tucson, AZ,-Simi Valley loser at Peralta 3, 3:15 p.m.

Los Alamitos-Canyon of Anaheim winner vs. Mater Dei Catholic of Chula Vista-Cypress winner at Peralta 1, Thursday, 5:30 p.m.

Los Alamitos-Canyon of Anaheim loser vs. Mater Dei Catholic of Chula Vista-Cypress loser at Peralta 2, Thursday, 5:30 p.m.

Cathedral Catholic of San Diego-Roosevelt of Eastvale loser vs. Rio Mesa of Oxnard-Foothill of Santa Ana loser at Peralta 3, Thursday, 5:30 p.m.

Poway-Yucaipa winner vs. Grand Terrace-Esperanza of Anaheim winner at Peralta 1, Thursday, 7:30 p.m.

Cathedral Catholic of San Diego-Roosevelt of Eastvale winner vs. Rio Mesa of Oxnard-Foothill of Santa Ana winner at Peralta 2, Thursday, 7:30 p.m.

Poway-Yucaipa loser vs. Grand Terrace-Esperanza of Anaheim loser at Peralta 3, Thursday, 7:30 p.m.


IN MEMORY OF A HERO


Former Canyon of Anaheim coach Lance Eddy with Stephanie Carew, sister of the namesake of the Michelle Carew Classic. Photo/Patrick Takkinen.

Former Canyon softball coach/Michelle Carew Classic tournament director Lance Eddy wrote some beautiful words about Michelle Carew many years ago for the tournament program. I thought I’d share them with you as the 2018 Michelle Carew Classic approaches on Wednesday at Peralta Park in Anaheim Hills.

“In Memory of a Hero”

“The year (2018) marks the (31st) anniversary of Canyon High’s hosting of this Invitational Varsity Tournament, and the (19th) successive event in memorial of former Canyon player Michelle Carew. The daughter of Hall of Fame baseball great Rod Carew, Michelle was a spirited member of our Comanche family for four years. Shortly after her June 1995 graduation, she became suddenly and seriously ill.Her plight drew national attention, as well as an increased attention to bone marrow research and donor banks.

“After a protracted hospital stay, Michelle passed away in April of 1996, just thirteen years ago as we stage this classic in her memory. As a player and team member, Michelle always carried a positive and cheerful demeanor. Though her allergies to dust and grass were difficult obstacles to overcome on the diamond, she contributed as a solid hitter in the likeness of her famous father. Michelle was the loudest ‘cheerleader’ and also the first to defend anyone who experienced misfortune or lack of success. For the duration of her illness, she became a remarkable champion in the eyes of all who watched her struggle against the odds. Through it all, her major concern was for the well-being of those she would leave behind.

“For eighteen years, Michelle made the world a better place. She is always to be remembered by Comanches as a true hero.”

— Lance Eddy


HISTORY OF THE MICHELLE CAREW CLASSIC/CANYON TOURNAMENT


This tournament was inaugurated in 1985, Coach Lance Eddy’s second year, with the goal being to raise funds for the construction of a field on the Canyon High campus. The only other significant high school tournament in Southern California at that time was the Cypress tournament, so the Canyon “Tournament of Champions” immediately attracted 32 top quality teams. From that year forward, the Canyon Tournament has maintained a tradition of excellent softball, with many future college All-Americans and Olympians gracing the fields at Peralta Park.

In 1989, and for the following two years, gaining entry to the tournament was of such demand that it was expanded to 36 teams which competed in two 18 team divisions. From 1994-1996, the tournament was not staged, but was resumed in 1995, with this year marking its twenty-fifth anniversary and the 16th since being renamed in memory of former player Michelle Carew


PAST MICHELLE CAREW CLASSIC CHAMPIONS


1985 — Garden Grove def. Marina of Huntington Beach

1986 — Ocean View of Huntington Beach def. Righetti of Santa Maria

1987 — Ocean View of Huntington Beach def. Westminster

Washington-commit Sarah Willis of Norco. Photo/@stevenkdoi.

1988 — Madison of San Diego def. Fountain Valley

1989 — I St. Joseph of Lakewood def. Righetti of Santa Maria

1989 — II La Mirada def. Western of Anaheim

1990 — I Thousand Oaks def. Mater Dei of Santa Ana

1990 — II Canyon of Anaheim def. Garden Grove

1991 — I Fountain Valley def. Los Alamitos

1991 — II Canyon of Anaheim def. Sunny Hills of Fullerton

1995 — Centennial of Corona def. El Dorado of Placentia

1996 — Mater Dei of Santa Ana def. El Modena of Orange

1997 — Corona def. Centennial of Corona

1998 — Diamond Bar def. Corona

1999 — El Dorado of Placentia def. Century of Santa Ana

2000 — Foothill of Santa Ana def. Esperanza of Anaheim

2001 — Canyon of Anaheim def. Pacifica of Garden Grove

2002 — Pacifica of Garden Grove def. Mater Dei of Santa Ana

2003 — Mater Dei of Santa Ana def. Rosary Academy of Fullerton

2004 — Diamond Bar def. Rosary Academy of Fullerton

2005 — El Dorado of Placentia def. Murrieta Valley, 6-3

2006 — Kennedy of La Palma def. Valencia of Magic Mountain, 1-0

2007 — Valencia of Magic Mountain def. Kennedy of La Palma, 2-0

2008 — El Camino of Oceanside def. Norco, 4-1

2009 — Norco def. Vista Murietta, 3-2

2010 — Valencia of Magic Mountain def. Norco, 4-0

2011 — Norco def. Esperanza of Anaheim, 4-2

2012 — Pacifica of Garden Grove def. Los Alamitos, 13-5

2013 — Pacifica of Garden Grove def. Yorba Linda, 4-0

2014 — Amador Valley of Pleasanton def. Los Alamitos, 2-1

2015 — Mission Viejo def. Poway, 5-1

2016 — Orange Lutheran def. Huntington Beach, 6-4

2017 — Norco def. Orange Lutheran, 4-0

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