Torrey Pines continues to win more section titles than any other schools in the CIF-San Diego section as the Falcons raised the trophy seven times during the 2014-15 year.
Cathedral & La Costa Canyon won six titles this year while Poway and Rancho Bernardo won four section titles.
For five of the past six years Torrey Pines has won the most titles, three of those years the Falcons were tied with one or more other schools.
The Rivalry: TP vs. LCC
Torrey Pines has twice as many titles all-time than all but five other schools. The Falcons 189 all-time titles is even twice as much as La Costa Canyon’s 92 titles, but LCC opened in 1996 while Torrey Pines opened in 1974.
Since 1996 the Falcons have won 115 titles while the Mavericks have won 92 titles but LCC hit the ground running because when San Dieguito High closed (now San Dieguito Academy) those students transferred to the new LCC campus in 1996.
Lady Falcons Rule the Nest at Torrey Pines
The Torrey Pines Lady Falcons are leading the boys in titles won recently. The last year that the boys won more titles than the girls was in 2004-05. Since 2005-06 the Lady Falcons have won 48 titles while the boys have won 22 titles. And in 2007-08 the ladies won all five Torrey Pines titles. Of course the Lady Falcons flying the highest are the tennis players who have won 25 consecutive section titles since 1990.
The Best CIF Championship Moment?
Likely the best CIF championship moment of the year was when St. Augustine's Frank Buncom '15 talked to his football teammates after the D1 championship victory thanking them for winning the title game after Buncom was sidelined at halftime with an injury.
More Schools Win Their Inaugural Title
The new divisional format based on program strength continues to reap benefits for many schools. Five schools, Calexico (girl’s volleyball), High Tech (SD) (softball), Palo Verde Valley (girls basketball), Sage Creek (girl’s volleyball) and Vincent Memorial (boy’s tennis) with their fluorescent uniforms all won their inaugural section titles in any sport this year.
This year 32 teams won their first CIF championships in that sport while seven schools won their first championship in two different sports.
17 sports crowned at least one new champion, mostly because of the new divisional format. Nine sports did not have a new champion crowned but only one of those sports, baseball, is using the new divisional format based on program strength, not school enrollment.
In 17 section championships this year both teams were making their first appearance in the title game.
101 Titles for Bishop’s, 5th Most All-Time
Bishop’s football won the schools 100th section title in the fall and then girls water polo won the schools 101st.
The oldest school in the county, San Diego High (1882), won their first title since 1966 while making their first title appearance since 1990. One of the newest schools in the county, Del Norte, and Calipatria were both making their first appearance.
Six of the 12 boys hoop teams finalist were making their first title appearance while El Cajon Valley and Pacific Ridge won their first titles while making their first appearance; El Cajon Valley opened in 1955 while Pacific Ridge opened in 2007. Lutheran won their first title since 1985, second overall.
On the lady’s side for the first time since 1997 neither La Jolla Country nor Bishop’s won a CIF championship or even reached the title game. # 5 LJCD and # 8 Bishop’s both lost in the Open Division quarterfinal round. Palo Verde Valley lady hoopsters won the school’s first CIF-SD title in any sport.
El Capitan was one of the big stories of the 2014-15 year having won their first title in school history, since 1959. Hoover and Vincent Memorial both played in their first championship game.
In the D2 boys lacrosse final both teams, Mt. Carmel and Fallbrook were making their first appearance with Sun Devils raising the trophy.
La Costa Canyon girl’s lacrosse won their fourth consecutive title and a section record eight title. Four of the six finalists were making their first appearance while Westview and Pacific Ridge won inaugural titles.
On the pitch five of the 12 girls soccer team finalist tasted title game experience for the first time with Rancho Buena Vista, Chula Vista and Castle Park won their first titles.
Winners in D3 (Olympian), D4 (SD High Tech) and D5 (Calvin Christian) all won for the first time while Calvin Christian was making their first appearance since 1991.
San Diego boy’s tennis won their first title since 1964 while Vincent Memorial and their fluorescent uniforms won the first title for an Imperial Valley school. Patrick Henry made the first appearance since 1972 and San Diego had not reached the finals since 1969.
Three of the four champions in girl’s tennis raised the trophy for the first time and that one team who has won before hasn’t lost in a long time. Torrey Pines girl’s tennis won their 25th consecutive title winning every year since 1990. Eastlake won the first title for the Metro conference since 1993.
Five of the ten boys teams were playing in their first title games while Helix won their first title. Castle Park also won their first title having to wait 52-years to raise that trophy.
Girl’s volleyball crowned four first time champions from the six divisions and seven of the 12 teams in the volleyball championships were making their first title appearance.
Four of the eight boys teams were making their initial appearances while San Marcos won their inaugural title. On the girls side four of the eight teams were also making their first water polo appearance while Rancho Buena Vista and Eastlake won their first titles.
Bishop’s girl’s water polo became the first school to win five consecutive titles and has a section record 12 total titles. Eastlake won the first title for the Metropolitan Conference.
Most Section Titles Won this Year
7 Torrey Pines
6 La Costa Canyon
4 Rancho Bernardo
All-Time Section Titles Won (since 1960-61)
Titles, School, Last title won
189 Torrey Pines, 2014-15
153 Cathedral/USDHS*, 2014-15
128 La Jolla, 2013-14
129 Poway, 2014-15
101 Bishop's, 2014-15
96 Mt. Carmel, 2014-15
92 La Costa Canyon, 2014-15
Inaugural Section Title in Any Sport this Year
Calexico, Girls Volleyball
High Tech (San Diego), Softball
Palo Verde Valley, Girls Basketball
Sage Creek, Girls Volleyball
Vincent Memorial, Boys Tennis
Inaugural CIF Championships This Year
Calexico, D4 girls volleyball
Calvin Christian, D5 softball
Canyon Crest, D1 girls tennis
Castle Park, D5 girls soccer
Castle Park, D4 boys volleyball
Chula Vista, D4 girls soccer
Del Norte, D2 boys swimming
Eastlake, D3 girls tennis
Eastlake, D3 girls water polo
El Cajon Valley, D3 boys basketball
El Capitan, D2 football
Helix, D3 boys volleyball
High Tech (SD), D4 softball
Lincoln, D5 boys soccer
Mission Hills, D1 boys cross country
Mt. Carmel, D2 boys lacrosse
Olympian, D3 girls volleyball
Olympian, D3 softball
Pacific Ridge, D4 boys basketball
Pacific Ridge, D2 girls lacrosse
Palo Verde Valley, D5 girls basketball
Point Loma, D1 girls volleyball
Rancho Buena Vista, D2 girls water polo
Rancho Buena Vista, D1 girls soccer
Sage Creek, D5 girls volleyball
San Marcos, D3 boys water polo
San Marcos, D1 wrestling
University City, badminton (previous title was not a “CIF” year)
Vincent Memorial, D2 boys tennis
Vista, D2 girls tennis
Westview, D2 boys cross country
Westview, D1 girls lacrosse
Sports With At Least One New Champion
Cross Country, boys
Water polo, boys
Sports With No New Champions
Baseball (6 divisions)
Cross Country, girls (5 divisions)
Field Hockey (2 divisions)
Golf, boys (3 divisions)
Golf, girls (1 division)
Gymnastics (1 division)
Swimming, girls (2 divisions)
Track, boys (2 divisions)
Track, girls (2 divisions)