Torrey Pines wins California High School of the Year Award for second time

Torrey Pines High School was recently selected as the state’s top high school athletic program for the 2014-15 school year. In order to win the award from Cal-Hi Sports, “a high school must have at least one team win a CIF state championship or be considered No. 1 overall in a sport in which there isn’t a state championship.”

The undefeated Torrey Pines boy’s tennis team (31-0) earned this distinction at the national level by winning the National All-American Invitational Tournament in which Falcon teammates Jacob Brumm and Charlie Pei were chosen all-tournament players. The team also won the CIF USTA Southern California Championships and defeated the winner of the CIF Northern California USTA.

What clinched the state’s top award were other Torrey Pines teams finishing among the state’s best in girls tennis, boys golf, girls golf, girls volleyball, boys swimming, girls swimming, boys soccer and girls soccer for the 2014-15 season. The Falcons also had solid finishes in boys’ volleyball, football, boys’ basketball, girls’ basketball, baseball and softball.

Cal-Hi Sports cited the fact that all 15 Torrey Pines teams listed in MaxPreps had winning seasons against top D1 competition.

According to Torrey Pines Principal David Jaffe, “We are so proud of all of our athletic teams both in how they compete and how they represent Torrey Pines High School in the San Diego region and throughout the state. While their athletic success is being celebrated through Cal-Hi Sports’ designation as the No. 1 athletic program in California, we are most proud of who they are as young men and women as they truly epitomize student-athletes with close to 70 percent of our athletes earning a 3.5 GPA or higher.”

This is the second time Torrey Pines was selected as the state’s top high school for overall sports excellence. The first was 11 years ago when the Falcons ranked among the state’s best in field hockey, girls golf, boys golf, boys lacrosse and girls soccer for the 2002-2003 season.

Torrey Pines already ranks as the top school in San Diego County with the most CIF Championship titles. This tradition of excellence continued in the 2014-15 season with Falcon teams winning seven CIF San Diego Section and 10 league titles. In addition, a school record 52 student-athletes from the Class of 2015 were recruited to colleges such as Air Force, Amherst, Bates, Boston College, Cal, Claremont McKenna, Johns Hopkins, Notre Dame, Oregon, Pomona, Princeton, SDSU, Tufts, University of Chicago, UCLA, USC, Washington and Vanderbilt.

Here are some of the highlights of the Falcons’ 2014-15 season:

Tennis: In addition to the boys’ team earning state and national titles, the girls’ team continued their record winning streak by clinching their 25th consecutive CIF San Diego Section Championship. They also ranked #2 in the state as runner up in the CIF USTA Southern California team playoffs.

Golf: The boys and girls golf teams both ranked #2 in the state as runner-ups in the CIF state finals.

Soccer: Both boys and girls soccer teams won games in the CIF Southern California regional playoffs. The boys’ team also made it to the open division section final.

Volleyball: The girls’ team won the CIF San Diego Section Open Division Championship and advanced to the Southern California D1 Championships. The boys’ team were League Champions.

Basketball: The boys’ team was state-ranked for almost the entire season (31-4), runner-up in the San Diego Section Open Division final, and advanced to the Southern California D1 playoffs where they won two games. The girls’ team advanced to the CIF Open Division playoffs and the Southern California regional playoffs.

Swimming/Diving: Both girls and boys teams swept the CIF San Diego Section team championship titles.

Other League Championship teams: Field hockey, baseball, boys’ water polo and girls cross country.

Cal-Hi Sports said in a statement, “Congratulations to athletic directors Charlenne Falcis-Stevens (girls) and Matt Livingston (boys) and to all the Torrey Pines coaches and athletes for a truly phenomenal year of accomplishment.” Visit www.calhisports.com.

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