Bishop Montgomery now has 11 state titles, including eight in boys & girls basketball and three in volleyball. The Knights broke a tie with Pasadena Muir for sixth on the list and are now all alone in fifth. The only schools with more state titles than Bishop Montgomery are Long Beach Poly (19), Berkeley (16), Bakersfield (13) and Nordhoff of Ojai (12).
Clovis now has nine CIF state team titles, including seven in wrestling and one each in cross country and golf. The Cougars are tied for seventh on the all-time state list with Crenshaw of Los Angeles, Corona del Mar of Newport Beach, McFarland, Calvary Chapel of Santa Ana and St. Francis of Mountain View.
•Eight of the state titles won by Bishop Montgomery have come in the last four years alone. The boys basketball team, remember, also won the Div. III state crown during the first two years of the girls' current streak of four in a row. And six of the state titles came on teams led by current Bishop Montgomery senior Noelle Quinn. She was the top player last December for a volleyball team that won the Div. III state title and ended her volleyball career with two state crowns and one runner-up finish.
"I haven't thought about (her not being here next year) yet," said Bishop Montgomery girls basketball coach Lisa Cooper of Quinn last week. "We both started our first year here at the same time and I had no idea who she was. She's just done so much for this program and for this school. No matter who we've played, they never say anything bad about her."
•It didn't look good for our state title game predictions after the first game of the weekend when Convent of the Sacred Heart of San Francisco proved to be way too quick for Mission Prep of San Luis Obispo in the Div. V girls final. But the 0-1 start quickly became 1-1, then 2-1, 3-1 and on until we got the final Div. I games correct and wound up with a 9-1 finish. The Div. V girls result broke 13-game streak at the state finals in which we correctly picked the winner. In the last four years, our picks have gone 9-1, 9-1, 10-0 and 9-1. It's not as good a winning percentage as De La Salle football, but we'll take it.
•Alan Wiggins was happy during last Saturday's CIF state basketball finals at ARCO Arena, but his sister was not. Wiggins, the 6-8 center for Horizon of San Diego, did the inside dirty work once again for the Panthers, who won their second straight Div. IV state title. His sister, Candice, offered her cheers sitting just behind the Horizon bench even though her La Jolla Country Day team had lost the previous game to St. Mary's of Stockton.
"I felt bad for her because she got in so much foul trouble," Alan said. "I was hoping in the second half she'd be able to put her frustrations aside, but it didn't happen."
Alan will be playing at USF next season and Candice will be a senior at LJCD. With Candice's academic standing, some are saying Stanford is the front-runner to be her college choice. Alan's presence just up the road at USF only adds fuel to that speculation.
•Final stats from San Diego High show Cavers' junior Charde Houston with 2,676 points for her career so far with one season still to play. Houston led the state for the second straight year in scoring and finished with 1,025 points in 28 games for a 36.6 per game average. The state career scoring record of 3,446 points was set in 1982 by Cheryl Miller of Riverside Poly, meaning Houston needs another 771 to break the record.
Houston wasn't the only San Diego High player to score a lot, either. The team finished the season with an average of 87.3 per game, not quite above the state record of 88.2 set in 1979 by Locke of Los Angeles, which featured WNBA legend Cynthia Cooper as its star player. San Diego High also has set a new state record with 13 100-point games.
•The commencement of hostilities between U.S. military forces and Iraq last week cast a pall over the state basketball tournament and a moment of silence was observed before each game "for all those who are suffering in the conflict overseas." Two players from Modesto Christian's team that played in the Div. V boys final -- senior center Liam Hughes and sophomore forward Audray Glenn -- are from England.
You'd think being so far away from home in such a period of international turmoil would be difficult, but Hughes said otherwise. "My parents were actually out here just last week, so not being home didn't concern me at all," Hughes said. "I'm kind of used to it, so it's not really an issue. We should have cleaned it all up in Iraq after the Gulf War anyway."
•Slugging It Out: The Eureka High baseball team is off to a 4-0 start, aided by the hitting of Mike Tyson.
•State Names: California high school baseball players this season include Fairmont Prep of Anaheim's Arizona Smith while at Glendora, there's Montana Dye.
•Three In A Row: Crescenta Valley of La Crescenta baseball players bashed three consecutive home runs in a 6-1 victory over Los Alamitos. Doing the honors were Trevor Bell, Kyle Barrett and Colt Forsythe (maybe he had foresight?). The state record for consecutive homers is five by Fallbrook in 1987.
•Sibling Rivalry To The Max: When Skyline of Oakland defeated Fremont of Oakland 11-1 in a five-inning baseball game, Skyline's Rafael Mendoza zinged a two-run homer and a one-run single off of Juan Mendoza -- his twin! The hero of the game, though, was Skyline pitcher Charles Roberson, who didn't give up a hit and struck out 11.
•Tennis Anyone: At the fourth National All-American (boys high school tennis) Tournament at Newport Beach, Corona del Mar of the host city won its second consecutive title over 15 other teams. The Sea Kings upped their season record to 10-0 by winning the championship 6-3 over surprising and unseeded Monta Vista of Cupertino. For third place, second seeded Punahou of Honolulu, Hawaii edged first seeded Miramonte of Orinda 5-4. Corona del Mar was seeded just third, as Newport Harbor apparently wanted to be a polite host. Noticeably absent from the tournament, though, for whatever reason, were perennial San Diego Section powers La Jolla and Torrey Pines.
•Gone From Garces: Garces of Bakersfield, which recently lost junior basketball star Robert Swift to a transfer, has also lost swim star Larsen Jensen, who left Garces for Mission Viejo over the summer. Jensen, now a senior, set the 800 meter freestyle American record last summer with a time of 7:52.05. He didn't swim on the Garces team, but will swim for Mission Viejo.
•The seeds of Swift's transfer to Highland of Bakersfield were planted after the Rams lost 59-56 to Horizon of San Diego in the SoCal Div. IV final. After that game, Swift, who scored 14 points, told the Bakersfield Californian: "The seniors wanted to shoot. My game was in their hands and they didn't want to give it up. We had it. We just let it go." Rumors swirled about Swift possibly transferring to a high-profile school in Southern California after last season. It'll be interesting to see if he stays put at Highland.
•Eisenhower of Rialto football coach Glenn Thompkins pled not guilty on Monday of this week to charges he engaged in unlawful sex with a minor and attempting to dissuade a witness. Thompkins, a former standout quarterback at the school and who just completed his first season as head coach, faces 14 felony charges in a case that stems from an alleged relationship he had with a 17-year-old student.