Almost on the same weekend as this year’s matchups in which the No. 1 and No. 2 teams from California played leading teams from Hawaii, there was a doubleheader in 2002 in which the No. 1 and No. 2 teams from California played top-ranked Hawaii teams at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. We were there and […]
Great Seasons Replayed (’81, ’94, ’08)
Today we introduce one of the features we’ll be doing during this period of time in the fall with no high school sports in the state. It’s a week-by-week replay for three of the most exciting, unpredictable football seasons we’ve covered in our 40-plus years: 1981, 1994 and 2008. We begin with a look at...
DLS vs. MD: History & More
It’s only been five times that the Spartans and Monarchs have played in a football game entering this weekend’s CIF Open Division state championship at Cerritos College. After suffering four losses in as many years when the two began a series in the late 1990s, last year’s CIF Open Division victory by the Monarchs was […]
State Super 55: No. 1 to No. 10
It almost had to be a De La Salle team at the top and our pick as the Spartans’ best in a close call was from 2001. Others in this top group include Rialto Eisenhower of 1993, Vallejo of 1954 and San Jose Bellarmine for 1965. Note:it All of the writeups, grid logs, photos and...
Top 10 De La Salle Showdowns
The defending CIF Open Division state champion Spartans, who it’s no secret will be the No. 1 team in the Cal-Hi Sports preseason state rankings, are facing Texas powerhouse Trinity High of Euless, Texas, on August 28 in a nationally televised matchup. It’s the biggest California vs. Texas game ever, but is it the most […]
Where will DLS movie rank?
When The Game Stands Tall hits movie theaters across the country on August 22. It is not the first sports movie centering on a high school team, but will it be among the best? Here is our ranking of the 10 best within this category, led by Hoosiers, the classic tale of Indiana high school […]
A first-year coach like no other
Justin Alumbaugh has helped make it a seamless transition in his first season as De La Salle’s new head coach after the retirement of Bob Ladouceur. Coach Lad is still on the sidelines of California’s No. 1 team, but Alumbaugh is clearly the one in charge.
FB: No. 1 DLS in top scrimmage
Los Medanos Scrimmage Part 1 If you’re a true high school football fanatic you haven’t lived until you’ve been down on the field for a De La Salle (Concord) scrimmage, and I don’t mean on the sidelines, I mean mingling with the brain trust of Spartan football. De La Salle alum Justin Alumbaugh may be […]
Open: Centennial pushes De La Salle, but not enough
Early miscues lead to 28-0 deficit and while the Huskies come back, they can’t stop the Spartans from winning their fourth straight CIF Open Division state championship with a 48-28 triumph.