2002 STATE TEAMS OF THE YEAR

Each of the five coaches from the teams that are on top of our final state football rankings have a connection with being No. 1 in the state previously. One of those five is obvious, but you might have to think a little about the other four.

Head football coach Bob Ladouceur says he never gets tired of watching a different group of seniors celebrate the completion of another undefeated championship season at De La Salle High of Concord.

"I don't know how you can say that winning ever gets old," Ladouceur said shortly after this year's final game. "It's just a nice reward for the kids for all the hard work they put in."

For the Spartans, one of those rewards also usually means being named State Team of the Year, which was a foregone conclusion after they dominated San Leandro, 42-14, on Dec. 7 in the CIF North Coast Section Class 4A final. De La Salle's latest State Team of the Year honor -- which is now official with the release of the final 2002 state football rankings by Cal-Hi Sports -- is its ninth in a row.

Since its national record 138-game winning streak began in the first game of 1992, the only season in which De La Salle did not finish No. 1 in the state was 1993, which was a wire-to-wire run at the top for 14-0 Eisenhower of Rialto. It's safe to say the Spartans will remain in the No. 1 position in the state rankings until somebody, somehow beats them. Whether they are able to stay No. 1 in the nation, though, could be based on another top program in another state coming up with a schedule too strong to be ignored.

But De La Salle is not the only team to garner a final No. 1 state ranking. Also finishing on the top rung is Monte Vista of Danville for Division II, Kaiser of Fontana for Division III, Carpinteria for Division IV and Central Catholic of Modesto for Division V.

Like De La Salle, Central Catholic began and ended the season in the No. 1 position. Monte Vista became the No. 1 team in Div. II after its second game when preseason No. 1 Helix of La Mesa lost to Vista. Kaiser moved up to No. 1 in Div. III the same week after it defeated J.W. North of Riverside and preseason No. 1 Manteca was tied by Escalon. Then in Div. IV, No. 2 Carpinteria impressed in a October win over No. 1 Oaks Christian of Westlake Village and didn't miss a beat for the rest of the season.

Ladouceur's No. 1 finish is the 10th overall for a De La Salle team he's coached. The Spartans also were No. 1 in Div. II in 1985.

Monte Vista was No. 1 in the state previously in Div. II for 1981. When the Mustangs ended De La Salle's 44-game win streak in the 1987 NCS Class 4A final, they were classified Class AAAA or Div. I for the state rankings as well. Current Monte Vista head coach Craig Bergman also has a No. 1 state finish in his past, but it was for basketball and not football. Bergman was a 6-7 center for Cloverdale High that won back-to-back Div. III state titles in 1983 and 1984 and went on a 49-game winning streak. He later quarterbacked and played a little hoop at the University of Arizona.

As a new school in only its third year of having a team, Kaiser has obviously not been No. 1 in the state before. Cats head coach Dick Bruich, though, was extremely successful in a previous 22-year run at nearby Fontana. Bruich's Steelers were State Team of the Year in 1987 and again in 1989.

In Division IV, Carpinteria has been No. 1 four times previously. The years were 1989 (13-1), 1975 (11-1), 1950 (10-0-1) and 1946 (7-0). The quarterback on that 1989 team was current head coach Coley Candaele. He also was known as a standout in track and was the 1990 CIF state track meet champion in the 1600-meter run.

Central Catholic head coach Mike Glines guided his team to the top Div. V state ranking in 1998. The Raiders may have had their best team, though, last year, but in that season they were classified as Div. IV and had to be ranked behind some of the best Div. IV teams ever. Many of this year's football players also were on last spring's baseball team that was No. 1 in the state for the same division. They wear a patch on their lettermen's jacket to signify it.

Here's the complete list of Cal-Hi Sports State Teams of the Year, going all the way back to 1890:

(Note: selections made for seasons prior to 1975 have been done through research by Cal-Hi Sports founder Nelson Tennis)

2002 -- Concord De La Salle (13-0)

2001 -- Concord De La Salle (12-0)

2000 -- Concord De La Salle (13-0)

1999 -- Concord De La Salle (12-0)

1998 -- Concord De La Salle (12-0)

1997 -- Concord De La Salle (12-0)

1996 -- Concord De La Salle (12-0)

1995 -- Concord De La Salle (13-0)

1994 -- Concord De La Salle (13-0)

1993 -- Rialto Eisenhower (14-0)

1992 -- Concord De La Salle (13-0)

1991 -- Santa Ana Mater Dei (13-1)

1990 -- Merced (14-0)

1989 -- Fontana (14-0)

1988 -- Carson (12-1)

1987 -- Fontana (14-0)

1986 -- El Toro (14-0)

1985 -- Vista (13-0)

1984 -- Riverside Poly (13-1)

1983 -- Mountain View St. Francis (13-0)

1982 -- Anaheim Servite (11-1)

1981 -- San Jose Bellarmine (12-0)

1980 -- Wilmington Banning (12-0)

1979 -- Huntington Beach Edison (12-2)

1978 -- Visalia Mt. Whitney (13-0)

1977 -- Rancho Cordova (12-0)

1976 -- Wilmington Banning (12-1)

1975 -- Rancho Cordova (11-0)

1974 -- Vista (13-0)

1973 -- Hacienda Heights Los Altos (12-1)

1972 -- Santa Fe Springs St. Paul (13-0)

1971 -- Carson (12-0)

1970 -- La Puente Bishop Amat (12-1)

1969 -- Pasadena Blair (13-0)

1968 -- Alameda (9-0)

1967 -- Anaheim (12-1)

1966 -- Pico Rivera El Rancho (13-0)

1965 -- San Jose Bellarmine (9-0)

1964 -- Stockton Stagg (10-0)

1963 -- Los Angeles Loyola (12-0)

1962 -- Los Angeles Loyola (12-0)

1961 -- Monterey (8-0)

1960 -- Redwood City Sequoia (9-0)

1959 -- Long Beach Poly (11-0)

1958 -- Long Beach Poly (11-0-1)

1957 -- Berkeley (8-0)

1956 -- Downey (12-0-1)

1955 -- San Diego (11-0-1)

1954 -- Vallejo (9-0)

1953 -- Santa Monica (10-0-1)

1952 -- Santa Monica (11-0-1)

1951 -- Pomona (12-0)

1950 -- Compton (11-1)

1949 -- Compton (10-1)

1948 -- Long Beach St. Anthony (11-1-1)

1947 -- Los Angeles Washington (8-0)

1946 -- Alhambra (12-0)

1945 -- Santa Ana (11-1)

1944 -- Alhambra Keppel (8-0)

1943 -- Redondo Beach Redondo (6-0)

1942 -- La Verne Bonita (11-0)

1941 -- Piedmont (9-0)

1940 -- Piedmont (8-0)

1939 -- Alhambra (10-0)

1938 -- Stockton (9-0)

1937 -- Los Angeles Manual Arts (8-0)

1936 -- Los Angeles Manual Arts (8-0-1)

1935 -- Long Beach Poly (9-0)

1934 -- Piedmont (8-0)

1933 -- San Francisco Galileo (8-2-1)

1932 -- Inglewood (10-2)

1931 -- Santa Ana (13-0)

1930 -- Berkeley (11-0-1)

1929 -- Berkeley (11-0-1)

1928 -- Lodi (9-0)

1927 -- Bakersfield (12-0)

1926 -- San Mateo (9-1-1)

1925 -- Los Angeles (10-0)

1924 -- Berkeley (11-0)

1923 -- Bakersfield (10-0-1)

1922 -- Bakersfield (10-0-1)

1921 -- Bakersfield (9-0-1)

1920 -- Bakersfield (9-1)

1919 -- Long Beach Poly (12-0)

1918 -- Los Angeles Manual Arts (9-0)

1917 -- Los Angeles Manual Arts (11-1)

1916 -- San Diego (12-0)

1915 -- Pasadena (11-1)

1914 -- Pomona Rugby (12-0)

1913 -- Pomona Rugby (11-0)

1912 -- Berkeley Rugby (7-2-1)

1911 -- Los Angeles Rugby (9-0)

1910 -- Alameda (5-0)

1909 -- Los Angeles Poly Rugby (8-0-2)

1908 -- Belmont Academy (8-0-1)

1907 -- Los Angeles (5-1)

1906 -- Belmont Academy (5-0)

1905 -- Berkeley (5-1-3)

1904 -- Belmont Academy (1-0-1)

1903 -- Belmont Academy (5-1)

1902 -- Belmont Academy (4-0-2)

1901 -- Belmont Academy (9-2)

1900 -- San Francisco Lowell (5-1-2)

1899 -- Belmont Academy (5-0-4)

1898 -- Los Angeles (8-0-2)

1897 -- Belmont Academy (2-2)

1896 -- Belmont Academy (4-0)

1895 -- Oakland (3-0)

1894 -- Oakland (6-1)

1893 -- Oakland (3-0)

1892 -- Oakland (4-1)*

1891 -- Oakland (4-0)*

1890 -- Oakland Hopkins Academy (4-0)*

*Spring season of the following year.


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