Best of Spring

There is a state championship in track & field and we've already chosen State Teams of the Year for baseball and softball. See who we've gone with to be State Teams of the Year for all of the other spring sports.

All selections by Cal-Hi Sports and all will be published at the top of all-time lists in the next Cal-Hi Sports Record Book & Almanac.

Boys Golf:

Palm Desert

Won Southern Regional title by two strokes over San Marcos of Santa Barbara, which had defeated Palm Desert by two in the Southern Section tournament. The tie-breaker for us goes to Palm Desert, which beat San Marcos on a neutral course at the Jesuit tournament in Sacramento early in the season.

Coed Badminton:

Villa Park

Spartans finished 17-0, second consecutive undefeated season, after defeating perennial power Keppel of Alhambra, which finished 20-1, in Southern Section final.

Boys Lacrosse:

St. Ignatius (San Francisco)

Wildcats went 19-0 while playing a San Francisco Bay Area independent schedule.

Girls Lacrosse:

Poway

Titans won championship of the first San Diego Section playoffs with a 23-0 record. They have been a successful club team for the past few years.

Boys Swimming:

Newport Harbor (Newport Beach)

Sailors won the Southern Section Div. I team title and were paced by Andrew Cole and Aaron Piersol. Yes, the same Aaron Peirsol who set a world record in April in Moscow.

Girls Swimming:

Irvine

Swam away with a Southern Section Div. I team title while smashing the 200-yard medley relay national record by 1.38 seconds. Vaqueros clocked 1:43.71.

Boys Volleyball:

La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad)

After dropping their first match of the season to Huntington Beach Marina, the Mustangs didn't lose again, finishing 37-1 and winning their fifth San Diego Section Div. I title in six years. The reason they are State Team of the Year, though, is their first-place showing at three tournaments -- the San Diego Tournament of Champions, the Northridge Tournament and the Redondo Beach Tournament. At Redondo Beach, LCC knocked off last year's No. 1 team, Mira Costa of Manhattan Beach. It turned out to be the only loss Mira Costa suffered all season. La Costa Canyon's three Div. I recruits were setter Dane Jensen (UC Santa Barbara) plus hitters Matt Motter (Hawaii) and Duncan Budinger (Long Beach State).

Boys Tennis:

Torrey Pines (San Diego)

Falcons won the San Diego Section Div. I team championship for the fifth consecutive year, and finished 21-0. They were picked above fellow San Diego Section school La Jolla (which also was unbeaten) because they had three semifinalists in the section individual singles playoffs and also advanced one of their doubles teams to the semifinals.

Girls Gymnastics:

Mt. Carmel (San Diego)

Won the San Diego Section team title while setting a tournament points scored record.

Boys Rugby:

Jesuit (Carmichael)

Marauders won the state title and finished third in this year's national tournament.

Coed Surfing:

San Clemente

No surprise here as the Tritons won both the California Interscholastic Surfing Federation and National Scholastic Surfing Association state crowns and are favored to win the NSSA nationals later in June. The team's superior talent and high expectations compelled coach Bill Hartman to say he feels like L.A. Lakers coach Phil Jackson.


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