They're the sports equivalent of a power couple

They're the sports equivalent of a power couple
Konnor Zickefoose and Tannon Snow, a pair of power hitters for Chino Hills High's baseball and softball teams, who have been dating. (Kyle Zickefoose)

At Chino Hills High, if you're walking near the outfield fence by the softball or baseball diamonds, make sure you're carrying a glove or wearing a hard hat, because balls are flying out with stunning regularity.

Tannon Snow, a senior softball player headed to the University of Washington, has hit a state-record 26 home runs this season and has a state-record 58 in her career.

"It's kind of crazy," she said. "I'm just on a roll."

Konnor Zickefoose, a senior baseball player, has hit 10 home runs, among the best in the state.


As if the home run barrage isn't intriguing enough, Zickefoose was asked by a reporter whether he knows Snow.

"Tannon is my girlfriend," he said.

Well, that explains everything. Sort of.

On Wednesday, when their games were going on simultaneously at Chino Hills, Snow hit two home runs and Zickefoose hit four (he was playing in a doubleheader).

Most of the season, the two have been asking each other after games, "Did you hit one today?"

"It's always, 'Yes,' " with her," Zickefoose said.

Snow, a 5-foot-7 shortstop, wasn't on the career home run radar when the season began. Alyssa Palomino of Mission Viejo was the focus. Palomino set the record with her 56th home run this season. Then Snow started hitting home runs seemingly every game. The upcoming playoffs will decide who gets the record.

Snow comes from a family of softball players. Her younger sister, Chino Hills sophomore Taylon, is committed to Washington and oldest sister Talee played for UCLA.

Zickefoose's success is more startling. He played baseball as a freshman, then gave up the sport to focus on football, where he was a 6-2, 215-pound linebacker.

"I didn't pick up a bat or ball for two years," Zickefoose said.

He decided to return to baseball this season and showed up to tryouts wearing football cleats and borrowed baseball pants.

"I was sliding around," he said.

He made the team as a designated hitter, eventually got inserted into the lineup and has 26 hits in 52 at-bats and 28 runs batted in.

Snow helped out by hitting him ground balls.

Now they've become the sultans of swat in Southern California.

Division 1 madness

When the Southern Section releases its playoff pairings Monday, get ready to witness one of the most competitive, demanding Division 1 baseball draws ever.

It's going to be similar to the Open Division in basketball, where there were 16 top teams.

My definition of a top team in baseball is one that has a great pitcher and plays defense. The potential matchups could result in several first-round games Thursday going extra innings.

San Juan Capistrano JSerra was clearly the best team in Southern California over the course of the season based on strength of schedule and its exceptional pitching depth. Now in a one-game situation where the winner keeps playing and the loser goes home, anything can happen and the number of legitimate contenders is in double digits.

Track excitement

If you're a track and field fan residing in Southern California, there won't be a better meet than Saturday's Southern Section championships at Cerritos College.

Field events start at 11 a.m., running events at 1 p.m.

Get there early to watch the shot put, where St. John Bosco's Matt Katnik has been consistently passing the 70-foot mark.

You'll get to see sophomore sensation Lauren Rain Williams of Westlake Village Oaks Christian run in the sprints. You get to see the fastest 100-meter runner in the state, T.J. Brock of West Hills Chaminade. You'll be able to watch a future Olympian, Michael Norman of Vista Murrieta, as he shows off his speed in the 400 and 200.

It should be a meet full of oohs and ahhs. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students.