CLAREMONT — They came for a tennis match and a World Cup celebration broke out.
Dozens of Sage Hill School students piled onto the court at The Claremont Club on Wednesday afternoon. They joined in a mob near the baseline and started the familiar soccer chant, "Ole, Ole, Ole, Ole."
Celebrations like that don't usually happen at tennis matches, but this was no ordinary tennis match. The Lightning boys' tennis players at the middle of that celebration had just made history.
They were CIF champions, holding on for a 10-8 victory over Valencia of Placentia in the Southern Section Division III championship match.
It is the first boys' tennis CIF title in program history, and the first CIF team title for a boys' sport at Sage Hill, period. The 2011 Sage boys join the 2005 girls' tennis and girls' volleyball teams as the only three Lightning squads to ever take home the CIF championship hardware.