BEST OF THE REST OF SPRING

We don't compile weekly rankings in swimming, golf, tennis and other spring sports, but we do compare the best of the best and choose State Teams of the Year for our various all-time state lists. The boys volleyball pick was a doozy, but some of them were a little more obvious. We've even chosen schools for mountain biking and surfing.

BOYS SWIMMING:
Bellarmine (San Jose)

Coach Larry Rogers' squad set a Central Coast Section record by over 100 points. The Bells won out over Davis, due to more depth although Davis had the state's best section marks in three events to Bellarmine's two.

GIRLS SWIMMING:
Irvine

The Vaqueros won the Southern Section Division I title and, although North Coast Section winner Campolindo of Moraga defeated Irvine by eight points at the Mission Viejo Invitational, Irvine's section marks were superior to Campolindo's. Irvine also led the state in three events to Campolindo's one.

BOYS VOLLEYBALL:
Loyola (Los Angeles) 20-0

There's a controversy here as Loyola won the Southern Section Division I title while Buchanan of Fresno finished 37-1, including winning a big national tournament in Las Vegas. The problem, though, is that Buchanan's loss was to Santa Margarita, a team Loyola beat. The Bears of Buchanan think they were the state's best team and challenged Loyola to a match. As would be expected, the Cubs didn't bite. They knew logical thinking would give any mythical title to them.

BOYS TENNIS:
Corona del Mar (Newport Beach) 24-0

The Sea Kings won the Southern Section Division I title and the National High School All-American tourney in March. Menlo School of Atherton won the Northern Regional title (there is no Southern Regional) and finished at 25-3. Two of Menlo's losses were at the national tourney. La Jolla (17-2) won yet another section championship, its 38th, the most for any sport. It also was La Jolla's fifth consecutive San Diego Section Division II title.

BOYS GOLF:
Torrey Pines (San Diego)

The Falcons won every event entered, including the Southern Regionals in which they won with a five-man total of 366, an average of 73.2 on a par 72 course. St. Francis of Mountain View won the Northern Regional at 372 (par 71).

GIRLS GYMNASTICS:
St. Francis (Mountain View)

Perennial power won its fourth consecutive Central Coast Section title while setting a section scoring record. The Lancers were led by Courtney Sinclair, who also set an all-around section scoring record.

COED BADMINTON:
Villa Park 17-0

The Spartans won their third consecutive Southern Section Division I title while handing perennial power Keppel of Alhambra its lone season loss, 10-9.

BOYS LACROSSE:
Torrey Pines (San Diego) 19-1

Won San Diego Section Division I title, its loss coming to Coronado, which was undefeated at the time. Berkeley finished 18-1, losing a league game to University of San Francisco.

GIRLS LACROSSE:
Poway 24-1

The Titans won their second consecutive San Diego Section Division I title and their loss was to an east coast team by one point.

BOYS RUGBY (non-CIF):
Jesuit (Carmichael)

The state's best football-rugby school by far won the state title with a 17-12 win over Burbank of Sacramento, a team composed of players from Tonga, where rugby is the national sport. Jesuit then finished second in the National Tournament in Fort Worth, Texas, as Highland of Salt Lake City won its fourth consecutive championship, 10-8.

GIRLS RUGBY (non-CIF):
Burbank (Sacramento)

Won the National Tournament in Kansas City in just the second year of the team's existence. The Amazons, as they are called, are comprised mostly of players from Tonga and cleaned up on California teams during the regular season. In the National Tournament, Burbank played like Amazons in defeating Littleton, Colorado, 22-12, Kettle Moraine of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 24-14, and two-time national champion (2000, 2001) Fort Collins, Colorado, in a come-from-behind 10-7 victory in the title game.

COED SURFING (non-CIF):
San Clemente

One of the most dominent teams ever in any sport, the Tritons won the State Federation championship and the National Association State Championship. In the National State Championship event, in fact, separate San Clemente teams finished first and second. They'll be defending their national title later this month.

COED SAILING:
Point Loma (San Diego)

Won class A pairs and class B pairs at the prestigious Mallory Cup National Championships at Lake Mascoma, New Hampshire. The only other national championship winner from California we know of in sailing was by Newport Harbor of Newport Beach in 1997, which won in a coed eight-crew boat in the Mallory Cup at Coconut Grove, Florida.

COED MOUNTAIN BIKING (non-CIF):
Nevada Union (Grass Valley)

Won the state championship event over 21 other teams with 1,734 points. Berkeley was second at 1,592. It didn't hurt Nevada Union that the event was held in Nevada City, a short bike ride from Grass Valley.


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