With standout junior guard Natalie Kelly, the International High School girls’ basketball team figured to be a Division V state championship contender.
But after the Jaguars lost Kelly for the season to a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her knee in mid-January, International still made it to the Division V Northern California semifinals because they had Shayna Mehta.
Mehta, a 5-foot-8 sophomore guard, averaged a city-best 23 points per game, 7.4 rebounds (second-best on the team) and four assists. Read More
It was only fitting the Balboa and Lowell high school baseball teams happened to be on the same flight to San Diego on Monday morning to play in the 63rd annual Mike Morrow tournament.
The two squads sit atop the A Division of the Academic Athletic Association standings — Balboa is 7-0 and Lowell 6-0 — at the midway point of the league season, and they’ll be seeing plenty of each other before season’s end, including a back-to-back set on April 17-18 that will go a long way in not only determining the regular-season champion but seeding position in the playoffs. Read More
The wait was more than worth it for Matt Krook and his St. Ignatius teammates. Read More
SACRAMENTO – It's been said over and over – defense wins championships. No matter how good any defense is, though, you still have to put points on the board. The Sacred Heart Cathedral girls’ basketball team learned that lesson the hard way in the Division III state championship game Friday at Sleep Train Arena. In a span of 7 minutes against Bishop Alemany of Mission Hills in the second and third quarters, the Irish didn't score a point and it ultimately cost them in a 46-40 loss. Read More
SACRAMENTO – A whirlwind of swings and emotion sent the Division III boys' basketball state championship game to overtime, but it only delayed the heartbreak that is all too familiar to Sacred Heart Cathedral. Read More
Sacred Heart Cathedral boys’ basketball coach Darrell Barbour still hasn’t watched the film of the Division III state championship game from a year ago and he probably never will.
Sacred Heart’s 71-67 loss to Bishop Alemany still stings too much.
But now the Irish, with what many thought would be a diminished roster, will be back in Sacramento playing for another state title, this time against St. Augustine of San Diego on Friday at Sleep Train Arena. Read More
There is a common notion in many walks of life that you never want to follow a legend — you want to follow the guy that follows the legend.
It would be hard to find a better example of that than this year’s edition of the Sacred Heart Cathedral girls’ basketball team and first-year coach LyRyan Russell.
Under Russell, the Irish are back in their first state championship game since 2008 and they’ll take on Bishop Alemany, the Southern California bracket’s top seed, in the Division III title game Friday at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento. Read More
There’s only one school in the state that has both its boys’ and girls’ basketball teams in state championships this weekend and it sits on Cathedral Hill in San Francisco.Sacred Heart Cathedral will send both teams to the Division III state championships Friday afternoon at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento after winning NorCal championships on Saturday at American Canyon High School.The results for both teams were identical, but their experience were vastly different. Read More
As expected, the Riordan and Sacred Heart Cathedral boys’ basketball teams have advanced to their respective Northern California championship games.
Their opponents, however, will be significantly different.
Riordan (20-11), the No. 2 seed in Division IV, will take on Cardinal Newman of Santa Rosa, which boasts a 31-3 record and the top seed in the bracket, while the Irish (20-11) will take on Campolindo, a team that wouldn’t have even made the state tournament under last season’s system, in the Division III title game. Read More
You’d think the Sacred Heart Cathedral and St. Ignatius girls’ basketball teams would be tired of each other already.
The stakes of their fifth head-to-head matchup this season, however, provide a unique angle to The City’s supreme rivalry.
The Catholic-school rivals will play for the Division III Northern California championship and a spot in the state title game on Saturday at American Canyon High School and there is a clear favorite. Read More