In the afterglow of St. Ignatius’ shocking win over Valley Christian in the Central Coast Section semifinals on Saturday, there was a collective feeling of confusion from many who follow high school sports in San Francisco.
An unprecedented matchup of venerable city rivals Sacred Heart Cathedral and St. Ignatius in the Division III CCS championship will be played in ... Pacifica? Read More
The Sacred Heart Cathedral football team (6-5) won in convincing fashion on the road in the first round of the CCS Division III playoffs against fourth-seeded Monterey last week, but will run into another unknown in the form of Christopher today in the semifinals at 7 p.m. at Gilroy High School.The No. 1 Cougars (10-1) validated their top seed last week, however, with a 55-0 win over eighth-seeded Del Mar (7-4). The Cougars only gained 293 yards of total offense against Del Mar, but forced six turnovers and two went for defensive touchdowns. Read More
It was only fitting that the unlikeliest of Academic Athletic Association champions would win in one of the most unlikely ways possible. After a dizzying sequence of events in the fourth quarter, Mission High School clinched its first AAA title since 1954 with a 12-7 win over defending champion Washington at a rain-soaked Kezar Stadium on Thursday. Read More
The annual Turkey Day championship undoubtedly features the two best teams in the Academic Athletic Association and it also presents a clash of history.
The game between Washington High School and Mission today at Kezar Stadium will feature the team with the longest championship drought and last year’s champion.
Washington rolled to the championship last year with a 36-6 win over Balboa, while Mission hasn’t won a Turkey Day title since 1954 and hasn’t advanced to the holiday championship since 1977. Read More
As well as Balboa High School’s girls’ volleyball team has played in recent weeks, Sacred Heart Cathedral showed the Buccaneers exactly why it is Northern California’s top seed in the CIF State Division III playoffs on Tuesday.
The Sacred Heart victory was never in doubt, as the Irish swept the visiting Buccaneers in a convincing 25-14, 25-9, 25-13 win.
The Irish (31-7) advance to face fifth-seeded Drake in the second round, which swept Northern Section champion Foothill on Tuesday. Read More
“Give it to her!”
That’s the phrase Balboa coach Val Cubales screamed throughout the Buccaneers’ Academic Athletic Association championship win over Lowell on Nov. 11, but in the play-in round of the CIF State Division III tournament against Enterprise of Redding, he didn’t say it until the final point.
The Bucs did send the ball to standout junior outside hitter Cynthia Ngan and she delivered the final point of their 25-18, 25-22, 23-25, 25-22 win over Enterprise on Monday at School of the Arts. Read More
SAN JOSE — It didn’t take long for Sacred Heart Cathedral to re-establish itself as the best girls’ volleyball program in The City.
The Irish completed a season sweep of rival St. Ignatius and clinched their fourth Central Coast Section Division III championship in five years with a 25-20, 27-25, 25-14 win Saturday at Independence High School.
A year ago, it was St. Ignatius sweeping Sacred Heart for its first CCS title in school history, ending a three-year reign for the Irish. Read More
Mission’s defense was far from dominant against Lowell in the Academic Athletic Association semifinals, but when the Bears needed it, they got the stops.
After Lowell scored on the first possession of the second half to cut the Mission lead to 28-24, the Cardinals recovered an onside kick and appeared to seize momentum, but the Mission defense held strong and didn’t allow a point for the rest of the game to lead the Bears to a 42-24 win on Thursday at Kezar Stadium. Read More
In the Academic Athletic Association football playoffs, familiarity breeds upsets.
In the past four seasons and in six of the past seven years, a AAA underdog has beaten a higher seed, and the feeling is fresh in the minds of the players and coaches at Mission High School.
A year ago, after completing an undefeated league season, the Bears were stunned by fourth-seeded Balboa in the AAA semifinals.
This season, the second-place Bears (7-3, 6-1) will take on Lowell (5-4, 4-3) on Thursday at Kezar Stadium, after beating the Cardinals 20-0 just last week. Read More
With the most important games of the fall season just beginning, basketball tips off this week and The City will not be short on solid boys teams.
Things could very well change as the season progresses, but here are our Top 10 teams to start the 2011-2012 season: Read More
The Sacred Heart Cathedral and St. Ignatius football teams didn’t exactly finish their respective seasons with a flourish, but both teams have new life in the Central Coast Section playoffs.
Both teams received CCS playoff bids in Division III on Sunday, with Sacred Heart holding the fifth seed and St. Ignatius earning the seventh seed.
Both will have to travel deep into the south end of the section, with Sacred Heart (5-5) facing fourth-seeded Monterey (8-2) and St. Ignatius (3-6-1) taking on second-seeded Aptos (9-1). Read More
So many of Lowell High School’s wins in the past two seasons have been blowouts, but the Cardinals were pushed to the brink again in the Academic Athletic Association boys’ soccer championship game on Saturday.
Lowell rallied back from an early 1-0 deficit, then withstood a frenetic push from Lincoln in the final minutes in a 2-1 win at Boxer Stadium.
The win not only gives the Cardinals (20-0) their second consecutive AAA title, but also extended Lowell’s league win streak to 38. Read More
Balboa High School finally put an end to its dreaded championship drought on Thursday night, and they did it against the Academic Athletic Association’s best team.
With a 25-23, 25-16, 15-25, 25-15 win over Lowell at Kezar Pavilion, the Buccaneers clinched their first AAA girls’ volleyball title in school history and ended what was an undefeated league season for the Cardinals.
Balboa has made the playoffs every year since 2004 and has reached the championship game in three of the past four years. Read More
Both Mission and Lowell have locked down Academic Athletic Association playoff berths, but no other game this week can shake up the postseason picture more.
The winner of the Friday matchup at Lowell High School will clinch second place outright in the AAA and host a first-round playoff game.
Beyond that, things get considerably complicated. Read More
Balboa at Washington, 2 p.m.For Balboa (4-5, 3-3) to gain entrance to the AAA playoffs, they will need to knock off undefeated Washington (7-2, 6-0), then receive help with Lincoln and Lowell losses.Lincoln at Burton, 2 p.m.Lincoln (3-6, 3-3) only needs to knock off Burton (1-6, 1-5) to secure a playoff spot and will look to ride the running back tandem of Demetrius Williams and Jay’von Fields.Marshall at Galileo, 2 p.m. Read More