By Gideon Rubin
Torrey Pines solidified its dynasty status as the Falcons easily won their third consecutive state championship as senior standout Minjia Luo led the way to win the state individual title.
The Falcons shot a combined 401 on the 18-hole par-72 course at Red Hill Country Club in Rancho Cucamonga at the Nov. 13 state championships.
The Falcons finished 19 strokes ahead of second place Diamond Bar, which shot a combined 420.
Luo shot a 74 to win the individual title by one stroke.
Sarah Cho placed third with a 76 score.
Sandy Choi fired an 80 score, Jennifer Peng contributed an 85 and Shiyang Fan and Sung Eun Park each added 86 scores.
Torrey Pines trounced Poway 3-0 (25-15, 25-16, 25-18) to win the San Diego Section Division I championship.
Reily Buechler had 16 kills to lead the Falcons and Jennie Frager contributed 10 kills.
Setter Ryan Chandler contributed 38 assists.
The Falcons improved their overall record for the season to 31-4.
Cathedral Catholic defeated Del Norte 3-1 (25-17, 20-25, 25-12, 25-23) to win the Division III championship.
The title was the Dons seventh straight.
Tatiana Durr had 19 kills to lead the Dons and Krissy Witous added 11 kills.
The Dons improved their overall record for the season to 30-4.
Canyon Crest Academy lost to La Costa Canyon 3-2 (25-23, 20-25, 15-25, 25-16, 15-11) in the Division II championship game.
Jolie Rasmussen had 14 kills to lead the Ravens and Caterina Rosander added 11.
The Ravens fell to 26-10 overall for the season.
Santa Fe Christian lost to Francis Parker 3-0 (25-14, 25-20, 25-21) in the Division IV title game.
Hannah Hubbard had 13 kills to lead the Eagles.
The Eagles fell to 17-12 overall for the season.
Cathedral Catholic defeated Bishop’s 9-8 in overtime in the Division III championship game.
Jordan Colina scored four goals to lead the Dons and goalie Joe Cleary contributed 14 saves.
Canyon Crest Academy lost to Serra 2-0 in the Division II championship game.
The Ravens lost for just the second time all year in 27 games.
A streak that started at Qualcomm Stadium in December of 2007 ended in Superior Court on Nov. 16.
Superior Court Judge Steven Denton upheld a ruling by the San Diego Section earlier in the week banning the Dons from postseason play for using an eligible player.
School administrators self-reported the infraction, which they said was the result of a clerical error.
The Dons were the No. 2 seed in the Division III playoffs and had been scheduled to play Serra in a quarterfinal on Nov. 16. They were coming off a first-round bye.
The Dons were 8-2 overall for the season and won the Eastern League championship with a 4-0 mark. They were seeking their sixth consecutive Division III title.
“We hope this severe punishment raises awareness to get other schools to come together and start a conversation about appropriate consequences in the future,” school officials said in a statement.
Denton credited Cathedral Catholic for self-reporting the infraction but said the punishment is consistent with California Interscholastic Federation regulations.
“The school should be commended for self-reporting this violation and for maintaining the highest ethical standards,” he said in a statement.
“The Court does not make this decision lightly. However, this decision is necessitated by the rules. Schools, teams and players must all abide and play by the same rules. The integrity of the system necessitates a level playing field.”
It took a little time to get Santa Fe Christian’s started, but once the Eagles got going they were off to the races in a 31-6 route Mountain Empire in a Division V playoff game on Nov. 16.
Conor Keith rushed for 106 yards and one touchdown on 14 carries to lead the Eagles.
Quarterback Hunter Vaccaro completed seven pass attempts for 137 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions and also rushed for 33 yards and a pair of touchdowns on nine carries.
Hakon Bream caught three passes for 55 yards and one score.
Darrian Borboa led the Eagles with 16 tackles and Slater Howe added 11.
The Eagles improved their overall record for the season to 8-3 and will play host to Horizon in a semifinal on Friday (Nov. 23).
Torrey Pines lost to Eastlake 28-10 in a Division I playoff game on Nov. 16.
Chase Pickwell rushed for 75 yards and one touchdown on 14 carries and Mike Ward completed nine of 13 pass attempts for 124 yards to lead the Falcons.
The Falcons trailed 7-0 early in the second quarter when Spencer Brewster kicked a 45-yard field goal to make it 7-3.
Pickwell’s scoring run from three yards out in the closing minutes made it 28-10.
The Falcons concluded their season with a 6-6 overall record.