So much for that Turkey Day hangover the Mission High School football team was supposed to have in 2012.
After an underwhelming nonleague slate the, the Bears reinforced their claim as defending Academic Athletic Association champions with a convincing 46-13 road win over Lowell in each team’s league opener.
Mission (2-2, 1-0) racked up 509 yards, scored two defensive touchdowns and got another standout performance from senior quarterback Antoine Porter. Read More
If recent history holds form, the San Francisco football teams of the West Catholic Athletic League are in for a rude awakening in their league openers this weekend.
City high schools Archbishop Riordan, Sacred Heart Cathedral and St. Ignatius haven’t won a WCAL opener since 2008, when the Irish took down St. Francis and the Crusaders defeated Mitty. Read More
University High School junior midfielder Diego Lopes couldn’t get out of class in time for a 4 p.m. kickoff against Drew on Monday afternoon.
Normally a starter, Lopes arrived toward the end of warm-ups and began the game as a substitute.
From his sideline seat at the Crocker Amazon Soccer Fields, Lopes watched University hit the post twice and fire several more terrific close-range opportunities either wide or over goal through the first 25 minutes. Read More
It would be hard to imagine a more foreboding start to the Bay Counties League West season for the Convent of the Sacred Heart High School girls’ volleyball team Tuesday.The Cubs fell behind 16-0 on the road against Lick-Wilmerding in the first game and trailed in every game, but came back to win the match 19-25, 25-16, 25-22, 25-16.Convent didn’t win the first game, but didn’t succumb, and captured the momentum back from the Tigers. The Cubs rallied back from a 20-3 deficit in the first game and ended the opening frame on a 16-5 run. Read More
San Francisco International High School was only two loud thuds away from seriously threatening Lowell’s monstrous Academic Athletic Association boys’ soccer win streak on Thursday.
The sounds came from two long-distance SFI shots that struck the Lowell goal frame, and the Cardinals capitalized on late opportunities to seal a 3-0 win over the Huskies for their 40th straight AAA victory. Read More
Leading up to the most anticipated nonleague football matchup of the season, the attitudes on the respective high school campuses could not be farther apart.
At Riordan High School, where the Crusaders will host defending Academic Athletic Association champion Mission on Saturday, optimism is in high quantity.
Riordan is 2-0 and with a win over the Bears, would complete its first unbeaten nonleague season since 2003 and would equal the Crusaders’ win total of the past three seasons combined. Read More
What was so impressive about the Sacred Heart Cathedral girls’ volleyball team’s nonleague match on the road against University wasn’t that the Irish won, it was how they won. Read More
The Sacred Heart Cathedral football team’s matchup against Campolindo this week will likely be its toughest test of the nonleague season, but will also present a clash of kindred spirits.
A year ago, Campolindo was in the same spot the Irish are in now, early in the 2012 season.
Picked to finish last in the Diablo Foothill Athletic League, the Cougars went 14-0 and beat Marin Catholic in the North Coast Section Division III championship game, before falling to Washington Union of Fresno in the D-III state championship game. Read More
Momentum can work in mysterious ways, but for the Mission and University boys’ soccer teams, the harsh swings of their nonleague matchup Tuesday at Kezar Stadium still resulted in a scoreless tie.
In a match that had the intensity of a playoff game, the Red Devils (2-1-1) had the latest surge, amping up offensive pressure in the final 20 minutes.
As he did the entire night, though, Mission senior goalkeeper Marcos Lopez stopped the Red Devils cold.Lopez had three saves in the final 20 minutes and six overall, including a stop on a penalty kick in the 22nd minute. Read More
As a man of countless mantras, it’s no surprise Sacred Heart Cathedral football coach John Lee has another one ready for the 2012 season, but it’s far from a trite sports cliche.
The quote, which he has borrowed from Vince Lombardi, speaks directly to how the Irish are positioned heading into the 2012 season, as the school in The City that lost the most talent from 2011.
“The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have,” Lee said, repeating Lombardi’s words. “These are the cards we’ve been dealt. We can’t hand them back. I’m not going to let it faze me.” Read More