Just days after upending the state’s No. 1-ranked Crenshaw in the CIF Open Division bowl game, CalHiSports.com named the Spartans the State Team of the Year for the sixth time this decade.
According to the release, it was a close call between De La Salle (13-2) and CIF Division II bowl champion, Servite-Anaheim (14-1). The release claimed the deciding factor was the way the Spartans dominated the final three quarters of their bowl game, winning convincingly over the Cougars while Servite needed a last-second field goal to defeat a surging Rocklin team 33-30. Strength of schedule also appeared to tip in De La Salle’s favor.
The Spartans have now been named CalHiSports.com’s State Team of the Year a total of 13 times. They were last honored with the award in 2007.
You can read the release and see all of the past State Teams of the Year by clicking here.