For a league that has a history of frenetic play, this season’s Academic Athletic Association boys’ basketball championship may have even out-crazied that reputation. In three overtimes, Mission High School simply out-hustled Lincoln to claim a 78-71 win and its second straight AAA-San Francisco Section title. Outsized at almost every position, most notably against Lincoln’s 6-foot-7 junior Seth Snoddy, the Bears outrebounded the Mustangs 51-46 and won the final overtime period 9-2. Read More
The Academic Athletic Association-S.F. Section boys’ basketball championship tonight won’t be a clash of style as much as it will be a game of matchups and personnel — strength and weaknesses.
Both teams have employed fast-paced offensive and defensive schemes this season, but Lincoln’s strength is based inside — with 6-foot-7 junior center Seth Snoddy and bulky, athletic forward Da’vion Telfor — while fourth-seeded Mission’s resides on the perimeter, with two of the best scoring guards in The City in seniors Kevin Murray and Antoine Porter. Read More
The public-school basketball teams are not the only San Francsico squads playing in section championship games this weekend.
The International High School girls’ team and the University boys’ are both in North Coast Section Division V title games and they will both face familiar opponents — one much more familiar than the other.
University’s matchup with St. Joseph Notre Dame of Alameda on Saturday at Albany High School will be the seventh time the two teams have played in the last four seasons. Read More
Labeling the Academic Athletic Association girls’ basketball championship a David-versus-Goliath matchup might be underselling the history of both programs in the title game.
The difference between top-seeded Lowell and third-seeded Galileo, in terms of winning league titles, is stark. Read More
The Washington High School girls’ basketball team built an early lead against Galileo in the Academic Athletic Association semifinals on Tuesday by hitting jump shots, but the well ran dry in the second half.
Against Galileo’s 2-3 zone defense, the Eagles scored 18 points on outside jump shots and led for most of the first half, but shot 0-for-12 from 3-point range after halftime, allowing the Lions to claim a 56-53 victory at Kezar Pavilion. Read More
According to Washington High School athletic director Lawrence Chan, Taylan Plasch will not be returning to coach the school’s varsity football team next season.
Washington has opened the position up to San Francisco Unified School District faculty and is currently interviewing potential candidates to replace Plasch, but has not opened the position up to off-campus coaches yet.
Also a physical education teacher at Washington, Plasch was the coach at the school for just one season, in which the Eagles had a 2-7 record, finished in a fifth-place tie in the Read More
Riordan High School senior Zac Contreras is already one of the most decorated athletes in school history and is arguably the most accomplished wrestler, but the final step of his master plan is still missing.
Contreras, wrestling in the 145-pound weight class, won his school record third straight Central Coast Section wrestling title at Independence High School in San Jose on Saturday and the next step is the CIF State Championships, which take place Friday and Saturday in Bakersfield. Read More
This year’s edition of the Mercy High School girls’ basketball team hasn’t quite lived up to the program’s recent standard of putting together 20-win seasons, but it extended an impressive streak nonetheless on Thursday night.
With a 49-42 win over visiting Half Moon Bay in the Central Coast Section Division IV playoffs, the seventh-seeded Skippers have now won a CCS tournament game in nine consecutive seasons. Read More
With one not-so-simple decision in May, the Central Coast Section completely changed the landscape of its playoffs and the changes have a clear objective — limiting the amount of championships the West Catholic Athletic League can win.
Based on a proposal by the section’s Basketball Advisory Committee, which is composed of coaches, this year will be the first season the CCS will employ an Open Division playoff system in both boys’ and girls’ basketball, and the tournament begins Friday night. Read More
The public-school gyms in San Francisco are more utilitarian than they are glamorous and that makes winning on the road that much tougher in the Academic Athletic Association.
The Lincoln boys’ basketball team became the second league opponent in just over a week to find out just how hard it is to win at Galileo on Thursday, dropping its first AAA game of the season, a 49-48 decision. Read More