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Rodriguez repeats at DR School of the Year

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From page B1 | May 28, 2014 |

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Rodriguez's Courtlund Mclean, top, dunks the ball against Merced's Jermon Cook during the SJS Division I semifinals at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, March 5. (Aaron Rosenblatt/Daily Republic)

And the award for being the 2013-14 Daily Republic School of the Year goes to . . . Rodriguez High.

Again.

The honor is given to the school with the most comprehensive athletics program. Points are awarded for how each school did in the 22 varsity sports, four points for being the city’s top team, three for second two for third and one for fourth.

When adding the point values for each of the three sports seasons, Rodriguez finished first with 64 points, Armijo second with 61, Vanden third with 59 and Fairfield fourth with 27.

Vanden actually finished first in the most sports with 10 – football, girls golf, boys soccer, volleyball, girls basketball, baseball, boys golf, softball, boys track and girls track –  but the Vikings lack of swimming (boys and girls), water polo (boys and girls) and badminton again proved the difference.

Rodriguez had the top teams in each of those sports, amassing 20 unanswered points. The only sports in which the Mustangs had the top squads were boys basketball and wrestling.

Armijo’s strengths were in tennis and cross country, having the top boys and girls teams in each. The Indians had the top girls soccer team, though it had to go to a tie-breaker – common opponents – because they didn’t face each and both lost their Sac-Joaquin Section playoff openers.

Vanden went 0-2-1 against Wood, Vacaville and Rodriguez, while Armijo went 4-2-3 against the same three teams.

Another sport that was close was boys basketball. Rodriguez came out on top because it was 4-0 against the other three city schools during the regular season, it reached the SJS Division I title game and went 1-1 in the NorCal Regionals.

Vanden gets the nod over Fairfield because it won two of the three meetings, the victories deciding the Solano County Athletic Conference championships, and the Vikings went farther in the NorCals.

One sport where it was impossible to break a tie was football. Vanden clearly had the best team in two, but the other three squads essentially finished in a three-way tie for second.

Fairfield beat Rodriguez, Armijo beat Fairfield and Rodriguez beat Armijo.

Ironically, the decisive season, the one in which there was the greatest separation between Rodriguez and Armijo, was the shortest.

There are are only three sports in the winter, but the Mustangs finished first in boys basketball and wrestling, second in girls basketball for a total of 11 points. Armijo did OK in wrestling by taking second, but struggled in girls basketball (third) and boys basketball (fourth) for just six points.

Combining the fall and spring, Armijo amassed 55 points to 53 for Rodriguez.

Vanden again enjoyed balanced year in the 17 sports in which it fielded teams, averaging 3.4 points per sport, or somewhere between first and second for each.

Rodriguez was next at 2.9 points per sport, followed by Armijo with 2.7 and Fairfield with 1.4.

Fall

Boys cross country — 1, Armijo. 2, Vanden. 3, Rodriguez. 4, Fairfield.

Girls cross country — 1, Armijo. 2, Rodriguez. 3, Vanden. 4, Fairfield.

Football — 1, Vanden. 2 (tied), Armijo, Fairfield, Rodriguez.

Girls golf — 1, Vanden. 2, Armijo. 3, Rodriguez.

Boys soccer — 1, Vanden (SCAC champion). 2, Armijo. 3, Rodriguez. 4, Fairfield.

Girls tennis — 1, Armijo (MEL champion). 2, Vanden. 3, Rodriguez. 4, Fairfield.

Volleyball — 1, Vanden. 2, Rodriguez. 3, Fairfield. 4, Armijo

Boys water polo — 1, Rodriguez. 2, Armijo. 3, Fairfield.

Girls water polo — 1, Rodriguez. 2, Armijo. 3, Fairfield.

Winter

Boys basketball — 1, Rodriguez (MEL champion). 2, Vanden. 3, Fairfield. 4, Armijo.

Girls basketball — 1, Vanden (SCAC champion). 2, Rodriguez. 3, Armijo. 4, Fairfield.

Wrestling — 1, Rodriguez. 2, Armijo. 3, Vanden. 4, Fairfield.

Spring

Badminton — 1, Rodriguez (MEL champion). 2, Armijo.

Baseball — 1, Vanden. 2, Rodriguez. 3, Armijo. 4, Fairfield.

Boys golf — 1, Vanden. 2, Rodriguez. 3, Armijo.

Girls soccer — 1, Armijo. 2, Vanden. 3, Rodriguez. 4, Fairfield.

Softball — 1, Vanden. 2, Rodriguez. 3, Armijo. 4, Fairfield.

Boys swimming — 1, Rodriguez. 2, Fairfield. 3, Armijo.

Girls swimming — 1, Rodriguez. 2, Armijo., 3, Fairfield.

Boys tennis — 1, Armijo (MEL champion). 2, Vanden. 3, Rodriguez. 4, Fairfield.

Boys track and field — 1, Vanden (SCAC champion). 2, Armijo. 3, Rodriguez. 4, Fairfield.

Girls track and field — 1, Vanden (SCAC champion). 2, Armijo. 3, Rodriguez. 4, Fairfield.

Reach Paul Farmer at 425-4646, ext. 264, or pfarmer@dailyrepublic.net. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pfarmerdr.

Paul Farmer

Paul Farmer is a 1985 graduate of Brigham Young University. The Suisun City resident has been with the Daily Republic Sports Department since 1989 and has served as sports editor since 2007. He and his wife Jackie have four children.
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