It's Amat Again as State Baseball Team of the Year

Being picked as the No. 1 high school baseball team in the state for two straight years might seem pretty remarkable, but in California it's not. Bishop Amat High of La Puente became the latest two-time honoree when the Lancers were chosen on Wednesday as the 2002 State Team of the Year by Cal-Hi Sports.

The Lancers topped the final state rankings of the year, which also were posted on Wednesday on the calhisports.com web site.

Bishop Amat began the year as the state's preseason No. 1 team but dropped two of its first four games. The Lancers never lost since and capped their year with a 2-1 win in eight innings over No. 2 La Quinta of Westminster in the CIF Southern Section Div. IV championship game last Saturday at Edison International Field.

"I guess at some point after those losses we got things together," said Bishop Amat coach Ken Kendrena. "We lost early on because there were a couple of guys missing and not to make excuses but we really feel the loss of just one player on this team."

It was only four years ago in 1998 when Clovis High of the Central Section was celebrating its second straight State Team of the Year honor. Fountain Valley was No. 1 in the state for both 1994 and 1995 and Bullard of Fresno did it for both 1988 and 1989.

Can Bishop Amat make it a three-peat in 2003? Odds aren't good since a major chunk of this year's team is graduating and teams like La Quinta, Camarillo, Mission Bay, Rancho Bernardo, Arlington, Wilcox and Mitty are going to be laden with returning players.

"Obviously, we've got to rebuild and we might not be as good," Kendrena said. "But we hold up players to a pretty high standard here so we'll be ready to play."

If the Lancers do accomplish a threepeat, now that would be something. In the more than 100 years of research-based and pick-em-at-the-time state rankings there's only been one threepeater and that was San Diego High for way back in 1928, 1929 and 1930.

State Baseball

Teams of the Year

(All selections by Cal-Hi Sports; based on research prior to 1983)

2002 -- La Puente Bishop Amat (28-2)

2001 -- La Puente Bishop Amat (27-2)

2000 -- San Diego Rancho Bernardo (30-3)

1999 -- Riverside Arlington (29-2)

1998 -- Clovis (33-2)

1997 -- Clovis (32-2)

1996 -- Granada Hills Kennedy (31-3)

1995 -- Fountain Valley (26-3-1)

1994 -- Fountain Valley (27-3-1)

1993 -- Fresno Bullard (26-3-1)

1992 -- San Diego Mira Mesa (26-5)

1991 -- Ontario (26-0)

1990 -- Cupertino Monta Vista (27-3)

1989 -- Fresno Bullard (28-2)

1988 -- Fresno Bullard (29-1)

1987 -- Lakewood (25-7)

1986 -- Santee Santana (26-2)

1985 -- Oxnard Rio Mesa (27-3)

1984 -- Rancho Cordova (33-5-1)

1983 -- El Cerrito (27-1)

1982 -- San Diego Mt. Carmel (24-2)

1981 -- Westminster (23-4)

1980 -- Fresno Bullard (29-2)

1979 -- Visalia Mt. Whitney (20-3)

1978 -- Larkspur Redwood (30-5)

1977 -- West Covina Edgewood (29-1)

1976 -- Lakewood (22-4-1)

1975 -- Torrance Bishop Montgomery (27-3)

1974 -- Torrance North (26-6-1)

1973 -- El Segundo (30-5)

1972 -- Venice (19-3)

1971 -- El Segundo (33-2)

1970 -- Lompoc (27-1)

Note: List continues back to 1899 in Cal-Hi Sports Record Book & Almanac.


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