Bulldogs win first-ever CIF basketball title

Calexico's Fabian Reyna eyes the rim en route to a second half bucket during the Bulldogs' champ game win over El Capitan High on Friday. PHOTO AARON BODUS

SAN DIEGO — They say it’s lonely at the top. That success isolates, power pushes away and status stultifies. It’s probably true often enough. The higher you climb, the narrower the platform gets. There’s not as much room to spread out.

But with all due respect to “them” (they’re probably just swell), it’s hard to imagine a less lonely scene than the one which unfolded at Junipero Serra High School here on Friday after the Calexico Bulldogs had put the finishing touches on a 70-57 win over the El Capitan Vaqueros in the CIF-SDS Division IV basketball finals (primary craftsmen: Fabian Reyna, 24 points; Julian Beltran, 17 points; Aaron Tabarez, 17 points).

Bulldogs win first-ever CIF basketball title

Calexico High senior Sunshine Soltero revs up the rowdy Bulldog rooters in the first half of the CIF-SDS Division IV basketball finals. PHOTO AARON BODUS

Bulldogs win first-ever CIF basketball title

Calexico's Julian Beltran hangs to hit a tough shot while being defended by El Capitan's Jacob Pfitzner (24) in the first half of the Bulldogs' 70-57 win over the Vaqueros in the CIF-SDS Division IV finals at Serra High School on Friday. PHOTO AARON BODUS

Bulldogs win first-ever CIF basketball title

Borne aloft by the adoring Calexico faithful after the Bulldogs sealed the deal on their first-ever CIF-SDS crown in basketball, sophomore guard Aaron Tabarez is, for once, the tallest guy on the court. PHOTO AARON BODUS

Sports Editor Aaron Bodus can be reached at abodus@ivpressonline.com or 760-337-3434.

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