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The 2017-18 fall season for high school sports begins the 33rd year of The San Diego Union-Tribune All-Academic Team. The names of 5,611 student-athletes appear on these pages. For the 2016-17 school year, about 17,000 All-Academic Team certificates were awarded among the approximately 170,000 high school students in the San Diego Section.
The All-Academic Team honors juniors and seniors who participated in a California Interscholastic Federation-approved varsity sport and maintained a cumulative, weighted grade-point average of 3.0 or better.
Marks above 4.0 reflect grades from honors classes weighted on a 5.0 scale. Some school districts make more 5.0 classes available than others.
The Union-Tribune and the county Office of Education invited all San Diego Section schools to participate. The names and GPAs printed here were taken from information provided by the schools.
This week, the Union-Tribune will announce its All-Academic Team Captains for the fall sports. The Captain’s plaque is symbolic of each sport’s Academic Athlete of the Year.
Questions about the Union-Tribune All-Academic Team can be directed to Jess Kearney, deputy sports editor, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (619) 293-1367.
Nicholas Bresnan, Jr., 3.36; Alexander Eshoo, Jr., 4.08; Jason Grindle, Jr., 3.60; Benjamin Schlesier, Jr., 4.00; Brandon Schwartz, Sr., 3.76; Nathan Sorkin, Jr., 3.58; Christopher Stapakis, Sr., 4.19.
Falcon water polo ended its run for a title in the Division 1 CIF playoffs with a loss to the CCA Ravens. The quarter final match was played Friday, November 3 at the La Jolla High pool, under a spectacular sunset. The two teams were evenly matched and traded goals back and forth to a 6-6 tie at half time. Torrey led the score several times in the second half, only to have CCA tie the score again. Late in the 4th quarter CCA scored to go up by a goal, but Torrey couldn't produce a goal in response. CCA, with possession in the last seconds of the game managed to put away one more shot and clinch a 2 point lead. The final score was 10-8. CCA will advance to meet Poway in the semis.
Earlier this the week The Falcons prevailed with a 14-6 win over San Marcos High in first round CIF play. Falcons finish their 2017 season with a record of 20 wins and 9 losses overall. They will graduate two seniors this spring, #7 Brandon Schwartz, and #10 Chris Stepakis.
Falcon water polo made an impressive showing at the Sultan Highlander Varsity Invitational, Sept 7,8 and 9, taking second place overall in the tournament. Last minute changes to this season's coaching staff have been challenging for the team, but the boys have kept their focus, as demonstrated by their drive and cohesiveness this weekend. New head coach Robin Bregman clearly has the boys' respect, and the boys executed his well called plays and instruction as if they had worked with him for weeks. Finishing first place in Thursday and Friday night pool play, Torrey advanced to the Saturday semifinal, defeating San Pasqual High School, 11-9. Torrey then took on the tournament's host, Santana High, in the championship match. Santana was able to prevail with a 10-8 win over TPHS. KUSI was on hand to film the game and posted game highlights on the evening news. To view their final game and commentary, click the KUSI link above (fast forward to 5:14).
The 2017 TP Falcon Water polo team kicked off the fall season at the Rancho Bernardo Bronco's Varsity Tournament, played August 24 through August 26. In Thursday evening pool play, Torrey handily defeated Valley Center HS and Rancho Buena Vista HS to finish first in their pool.
First round bracket play Friday against Ranch Bernardo High led to a disappointing loss. With just 21 seconds left in the game, RB stole the ball and scored to tie the match. Falcon lost to RBHS in sudden death overtime, 7-8.
A well played match Saturday morning with Grossmont left the Falcons with another loss, but our Falcons finished strong with a win over Del Norte High, 9-8. All in all, an excellent early season showing for TPHSWP.
Our Torrey Pines Falcons finished their 2016 water polo season Thursday evening, Nov. 8, with a narrow loss to Scripps Ranch High at the CIF San Diego Section Championships. Although CIF Power Rankings had placed TPHS in 8th place overall and thereby 8th seed in the Open Division playoff bracket, CIF redistributed brackets this year according to 2016 individual team results. Torrey Pines was repositioned to 2nd seed, Division 1, and received a bye in first round play. Scripps Ranch had to defeat Granite Hills in order to play Torrey in quarterfinals.
The Division 1 quarterfinal match, played at La Jolla High, opened with a 3-1 TPHS first-quarter lead. Scripps Ranch, beaten by our Falcons earlier in the season, managed to tie the game up by halftime with a score of 3-3. The game continued very competitively, going a tied score (5-5) at the start of the fourth quarter. In a well played counter attack, Scripps Ranch Falcons scored their winning goal in the last minutes of the game. Torrey took one more possession of the ball but could not produce a countering goal. Scripps Ranch held the ball to run out the clock with the score at 6-7. They advance to play Westview HS in the semifinals.
Torrey has had a respectable 2016 season, with a 4-1 record in league play (Avocado West North County League), a third place finish in the Sultan Highlander Tournament, and an overall 2016 game record of 14 wins and 9 losses. Four seniors will graduate away from the team this spring. Thanks, boys, for the great season. We've enjoyed watching your games and cheering for you! Be sure to check out the CIF game photos and tons of photos from our other 2016 games, JUST UPLOADED, on our Shutterfly Share Site.
Torrey Pines Falcons JV and Varsity both enjoyed decisive victories over San Dieguito Academy Tuesdat evening, October 18th. JV got off to a shaky start, trailing SDA 1-3 at the end of the first half. Coach JP refocused strategies well during the side switch, and soon into the second half Torrey had taken control of the match, ending with a 7-5 win.
Varsity trailed SDA at the end of the first quarter, but quickly turned up the heat to bring on a 14-5 win, bringing the league play stats to 4 wins, 1 loss. There are two more league games to play this season.
TPHS Falcons defeated Westview High School once again, taking the Varsity, JV, and the Novice match. Torrey Varsity beat Westview readily last season to secure the Palomar League title, and took them 9-5 this Wednesday, September 28, in a non-league game. JV worked hard to secure their win Wednesday, finishing 7-6 in sudden death play after two overtimes.
Torrey Pines Varsity Falcons defeated San Marcos High School at UCSD Friday night, Sept. 23, with a 6-5 victory. JV Falcons also played well to take down San Marcos 5-3. After losing to Vista HS previously in the week, both teams are showing good development, and TPHS should preform well when they take on Westview HS this Wednesday, at Westview High.
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