De La Salle's streak now trails only Palo Alto Gunn boys tennis, which won 200 straight matches from 1969-1979; La Jolla boys tennis, which won 185 straight matches from 1970-1978; Santa Clara boys swimming, which won an estimated 170 straight dual meets from 1962-1977; and Pasadena Muir boys track, which won 169 straight dual meets from 1979 to 1999.
Not reported for swimming is Mission Viejo, a boys and girls national power in late 1970s thru 1980s, which may or may not make the list. An unbeaten streak list would include Poway for wrestling at 148-0-1 from 1974-1990.
•If De La Salle does keep the streak going with a win vs. Long Beach Poly, the proposals coming across the desk of athletic director Terry Eidson could start coming in fast and furious. In the last two weeks alone, two newspapers in completely different regions of the country have reported on teams that have publicly targeted the Spartans.
Gene Proffitt, an organizer of the Ryle Sports Festival in Kentucky, told the Cincinnati Enquirer that he was "about 70 percent sure" he had a commitment from De La Salle to play in the 2004 event. The Spartans' opponent, according to the paper, would be Cincinnati Elder, a perennial power in Ohio. The game would reportedly be held at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati (which is across the river from Ryle).
In Florida, meanwhile, Broward County athletic officials announced they were beginning the process of setting up games between schools in their area and those from around the country. De La Salle was called "the first choice" in an article in the Palm Beach Sun-Sentinel. The speculated opponent would be St. Thomas Aquinas of Fort Lauderdale.
One wonders, however, if all of these so-called challenges to De La Salle will ever require the Spartans not to have to jump on a plane and fly thousands of miles.
•If you're a graduate of Montclair Prep of Van Nuys, you probably want the San Francisco Giants and Anaheim Angels to meet up in this year's World Series.
Why? Former Mountie teammates Russ Ortiz and Brad Fulmer would both be there -- Ortiz as a pitcher for the Giants and Fulmer as a designated hitter or pinch hitter for the Angels. At some point in the series, Ortiz would probably pitch to Fulmer. Not bad for a dinky little school like Montclair Prep.
•A Giants-Angels World Series also would feature a solid cast of other Californians. In addition to Ortiz, Barry Bonds, Jeff Kent, Robb Nen, J.T. Snow and Tim Worrell are among those on the Giants from California high schools. For the Angels, Fulmer is joined by the likes of Troy Glaus, Garret Anderson, Kevin Appier, Adam Kennedy and Troy Percival as Cal-Hi alums. This isn't a complete list, either. We'll do that for both World Series teams, even if it's not the Giants and Angels.
•Shawn Jansen of the Merced Sun-Star e-mailed us early this week wondering when the last time Dos Palos was not in the Div. IV state football ratings. Jansen probably figured the Broncos would be bounced out after losing 42-22 last week to Garces of Bakersfield.
The Broncos are still ranked this week, though. Garces, after all, is No. 2 in Div. III and our esteemed Central Section correspondent, Bob Barnett, still lists them ahead of any other Div. IV team in his own section rankings.
•After last week's results that saw Eisenhower of Rialto lose to J.W. North of Riverside, 33-7, and Redlands East Valley win by 20-13 over Quartz Hill, how many folks who follow the Citrus Belt League of the Southern Section would have thought that Ike would be 0-4 at this point of the season with REV standing at 3-1? It's the worst start ever for Eisenhower. For East Valley, it had won just one game in its first five seasons.
•The "Streak" is over at Southwest of San Diego. Under new coach Gil Warren, Southwest (1-2-1) ended its 40-game winless streak by overcoming a 14-13 halftime deficit to draw away from Montgomery with two touchdowns and a safety in the second half to post a 28-14 victory and put an end to the state's longest streak without a win.
The focus is now on Bolsa Grande of Garden Grove, which now has the longest current winless streak as well as the longest current losing streak at 0-28. After that, it's Los Molinos of the Northern Section at 0-21 (plus five losses, in 2000, by default).
•Tejon Sorrell of Vacaville Christian was held to 118 yards on 17 carries one week after his 480-yard output vs. Laytonville. Vacaville Christian also lost, 28-12, to Emery, which won its first game in two years. All that certainly doesn't make Laytonville sound good.