The 2021-22 De La Salle High School fall sports season is officially behind us, and there was a tremendous amount of success for the teams that competed over the past three months. We would like to congratulate the cross country, football, and water polo teams on tremendous seasons this fall. Below are short recaps for each of the sports.
The cross country team finished the year placing third overall in the East Bay Athletic League (EBAL) Championship, as Oscar Gomez '22 was the league’s individual champion. Gomez was a First Team All-EBAL honoree and Trey Caldwell '25 was a Third Team All-EBAL honoree after finishing 20th overall. After the EBAL Championships, the Spartan runners competed in the North Coast Section Championships, finishing fifth in Division II, as Gomez paced De La Salle with a third-place individual finish. With the top-5 finish at NCS, De La Salle qualified for the state meet for the 30th time in school history. The Spartans finished 15th in the CIF Division II State Championship, as Gomez finished fifth in the individual competition.
After posting an 8-2 regular-season record, the De La Salle football team captured its 29th consecutive North Coast Section Championship with wins over James Logan (49-13) and Pittsburg (42-14) in the Open Division Playoffs. The Spartans advanced to the CIF Division 1-AA playoffs, losing to Folsom, 28-27, in the NorCal Championship game. De La Salle had 14 players earn All-EBAL Mountain Division Honors, here is a list of the league honorees; Zeke Berry '22 (Player of the Year), Derrick Thompson '23 (1st Team), Matthew Abbes '22 (1st Team), JJ Tofaeono '22 (1st Team), Charles Tofaeono '23 (1st Team), Marley Alapati '24 (1st Team), Bryant Meredith '22 (1st Team), Jordan Kennedy '22 (1st Team), Charles Greer '23 (2nd Team), Cooper Flannigan '23 (2nd Team), Carson Jones '22 (2nd Team), Cooper Powers '23 (2nd Team), Journey McKoy '23 (2nd Team), Nick Fuenzalida '22 (Honorable Mention).
The 2021 campaign marked a historical year for De La Salle water polo, as the team posted a 23-6 overall record. The Spartans captured the school’s first North Coast Section title since 2004 with a 15-12 win over Miramonte High School. The Spartans’ season ended in the semifinals of the CIF NorCal Playoffs with a 14-13 loss to Miramonte. Congratulations to the following student-athletes on their All-EBAL selections; Carsten Peters '23 (1st Team), Charlie Saunders '22 (1st Team), Jack Richards '23 (2nd Team), Tyler Laymon '23 (2nd Team), and Dominic Brown '23 (Honorable Mention).
With the fall sports championship season over for the Spartans, the sports of basketball, soccer, and wrestling take center stage for the winter season. Be sure to visit DLSSpartans.org or download the DLS Spartans App for all of your De La Salle Athletics content, or you can follow De La Salle athletics on social media on Twitter and Instagram @DLSAthletics.