As tough a pill as St. Ignatius’ 28-26 loss to Marin Catholic was to swallow last week, the excitement surrounding the football program is palpable.
The reason for the excitement is a revamped offense the Wildcats displayed against Marin Catholic, and first-year junior starting quarterback Jack Stinn.
Unlike the straight-ahead, run-heavy offensive attack the Wildcats have employed in recent years, Stinn completed 23-of-43 passes for 300 yards and a touchdown against Marin Catholic. Read More
When asked what actor portrays him in the upcoming film “Moneyball,” Casey Chavez lets out a resounding laugh.There were no casting calls for a bullpen catcher in the movie that features Brad Pitt as A’s general manager Billy Beane.
On the baseball field, however, the bullpen catcher plays a vital role.
“My main job is to get the guys to hit the mound ready,” Chavez said. “From the second inning on, usually we’re on call. When the phone rings it’s go time.” Read More
Runners new to the racing scene generally select minimally challenging venues their first time out.But not Kimmy Fung, who is set to run the Giant Race half-marathon on Saturday.
“I wanted to challenge myself,” said the San Francisco native, explaining why she opted to register for the 13.1-miler rather than either the 5K or 10K distances.
“I don’t know. I just want to push my body.”
Through discipline, exercise and a healthy, revamped diet, the 27-year-old Lower Pacific Heights resident has transformed herself from her sedentary childhood years. Read More
After spending his day in labor and delivery, Dr. Juan Vargas prescribes for himself a dose of windsurfing.
Vargas, the chief of obstetrics at San Francisco General Hospital, may head to Candlestick Park, Crissy Field, Treasure Island or the Berkeley Marina, depending on where the Bay’s breezes are ideal.
With 18-20 knot winds, the conditions were optimal for the freestyle portion of the U.S. Windsurfing Nationals in July at the Berkeley Marina. Read More
As a boy in his native England, Ben Dunn just wanted to fly.
“I remember running around with my hands out doing the bird thing,” Dunn said as his dad, who took up hang gliding in 1979, would disappear in to the skies of Suffolk.
In 1985, at the age of 12, the younger Dunn finally got his chance to fly.
“It was great; it was definitely destiny, something that I had to do,” said Dunn, a Daly City resident. “It was never enough. I always wanted more.”
After a minor setback, the eager young flier was sent to ground school. Read More
Moving 3,000 miles from home was not an easy decision for then 14-year-old Caroline Doyle.
The young tennis champion from San Francisco’s Richmond district had just completed her first semester at St. Ignatius. After winning last year’s West Catholic Athletic League championship and being named the WCAL Singles Player of the Year, the freshman sensation was offered a coveted spot at the USTA Training Center in Boca Raton, Fla. Read More
The reigning San Francisco Yacht Club Yachtsman of the Year proved his mastery of California’s rugged ocean waters with last month’s Coastal Cup victory.
“It’s not for the meek,” said Steve Stroub, the winning captain of the annual San Francisco Bay to Catalina Island race. “It’s pretty much nonstop for 48 hours; you might sleep 10 minutes, 20 minutes here and there.” Read More
An ultimate destination for many runners, next Sunday’s San Francisco Marathon is a stop along the journey for one ultra-couple.
Devon Crosby-Helms has her sights set on September’s 100-kilometer World Championships in the Netherlands.
“This is a warmup,” Crosby-Helms said from the Cole Valley flat she shares with fellow endurance runner and boyfriend Nathan Yanko. “Running a marathon before a 100K is a good test of fitness.” Read More
During the summer of 1998 and entering her senior year at the University of Illinois, Carolyn Erdman worked as a lifeguard. While assigned to an underwater hockey game, Erdman was “talked into trying it.”
She has yet to come up for air and has become an enthusiastic spokeswoman for the sport.
An accomplished equestrian competitor at the time, Erdman, a strong swimmer, switched her athletic allegiance to underwater hockey, attracted by the camaraderie of the aquatic game. Read More
Danny Baker considers himself a “jack of all trades,” but “jack of all wheels” may be a better fit.
The San Francisco photographer, fitness instructor and sports apparel entrepreneur tools around town via skateboard, bicycle, scooter and a vintage Porsche.
On the weekend auto-racing circuit, his wheels spin faster.
Baker averaged 100 mph at last month’s Sonoma Historic Festival as he drove his 1977 McLaren M23 to a Historic Formula One Cars victory at Infineon Raceway. Read More