It seems fitting that two of the last CIF State events to be held during the 2021-22 prep sports season were sports where the East Bay Athletic League is among the elite each year.
In the NorCal Baseball Championship, De La Salle, the runner-up in the EBAL stood on top by virtue of their 7-6 thriller over Saint Francis of Mountain View.
The two schools previously met in football last season, with Saint Francis ending the Spartans 30-year Northern California unbeaten streak.
This time the Spartans got the best of it, scoring four times in the bottom the seventh for the thrilling win.
Foothill, the EBAL champions, were eliminated in the NorCal semifinals, 5-1 by De La Salle, giving the EBAL two of the top four teams in Northern California.
Boy’s Golf was the other sport that concluded last week, with CIF State Boys High School Championships taking place at San Gabriel Country in Southern California.
Two weeks ago, the EBAL served notice when the league took the top three spots in the NorCal tournament, locking up all three team spots for State.
On June 1, the EBAL stuck out its chest, taking both the team title and the individual medalist honor as well.
De La Salle claimed its second title of the week, besting the other five team qualifiers to win the title. The Spartans finished at an amazing three-under as a team, totaling 352 with their five scoring players.
Torrey Pines High was second at 363, with Sunny Hills finishing third at 371. Foothill was fourth 373, Edison fifth at 378, and Dougherty Valley finished at 382.
In the individual race the title went to Foothill junior Brandon Knight, who finished with a 5-under, 66. The score was one better than Eric Lee of Sunny Hills and Edan Cui of Crystal Springs, both of whom finished at 4-under, 67. Joey Haden of Del Salle (68) and Joshua Kim of De La Salle (69) rounded out the top five.
Here are how the top five for three EBAL teams finished.
De La Salle (352): Joey Hayden (68), Joshua Kim (69), Jaden Dumdumaya (70), Jack Jerge (72), Colin Keith (73).
Foothill (373): Brandon Knight (66), Paolo Casteneda (72), Chanhee Ryu (76), Sean Kwok (77), Ben Harbourne (82).
Dougherty Valley (382): Jacob Ponce (72), Avinash Iyer (75), Ernest Scherer (76), Benjamin Wang (77), Ray Zhang (82).