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
The Bay School boys’ basketball team largely accomplished its main objective on Tuesday against Gateway by limiting the Gators’ standout frontcourt with a stingy 2-3 zone, but the Breakers couldn’t limit it on defense.
The Gators held Bay to 26 percent shooting from the floor, and combined with 11 blocks, limited the Breakers to a season-low point total in their 50-34 Bay Counties League Central win. Read More
The Eastside Prep girls’ basketball team took down Lowell 49-34 in a Martin Luther King Day showcase on Monday at City College of San Francisco, and the Panthers did it on the boards.
Led by 6-foot, USF-bound senior forward Hashima Carothers, Eastside outrebounded the Cardinals by a 33-14 margin in the nonleague win.
Carothers had 11 rebounds and a game-high 18 points, and the Panthers (12-5) controlled the interior on the offensive end and dictated the shots of the Cardinals (13-5) on defense. Read More
The Lincoln boys’ basketball team went from anguish to elation in about 4 seconds on the road Tuesday against Marshall.
Trailing by a point with 5 seconds left on the clock, Lincoln senior guard James Gurr inbounded the ball to junior forward Davion Telfor at the right-hand elbow and sprinted toward the basket.
Telfor then hit the cutting senior with a pass and Gurr made a tough, contested layup while being fouled with a second remaining to give the Mustangs a roller-coaster 76-75 Academic Athletic Association win. Read More
The St. Ignatius girls’ basketball team probably thought there wasn’t much more pressure than playing against its rival in a full-to-the-rafters college gymnasium.Then it ran into Sacred Heart Cathedral’s defensive scheme.With a sell-out crowd cheering it on, Sacred Heart Cathedral stifled St. Ignatius’ shooting and beat the Wildcats 46-41 Tuesday night in a West Catholic Athletic League matchup at a packed War Memorial Gym at USF. Read More
The St. Ignatius boys’ basketball team’s defensive strategy against rival Sacred Heart Cathedral in front of a capacity crowd at USF on Tuesday was simple.
Let the Irish shoot.
The Wildcats sagged off the Irish and let them take open looks on the perimeter, and the strategy worked, allowing St. Ignatius to take back the Bruce-Mahoney trophy with a 56-46 win. Read More
The visiting Sacred Heart Cathedral boys’ soccer team overcame a red card, an injury and a steady stream of St. Ignatius offensive pressure to emerge with a 0-0 draw in a bruising West Catholic Athletic League game on Thursday at J.B. Murphy field.
Fightin’ Irish coach Jeff Wilson felt the draw was an indication of the team’s growth this season.
“We’re up against a tough opponent, in a tough situation and I’ll take any points,” Wilson said. “That’s something we’re approaching differently this year. It’s accumulation of points ... that’s it.” Read More
It may have been a relatively down year for city volleyball as a whole, but it wasn’t a down year for Sacred Heart Cathedral, and that is reflected in The San Francisco Examiner and SanFranPreps.com All-City girls’ volleyball team.
Headlining the list is the Player of the Year, Sacred Heart standout outside hitter Courtney Wong. The 5-foot-9 senior led the Irish in kills, but was also one of their best back-row defenders, along with first-team selection Amanda Lee, inarguably the best libero in San Francisco. Read More