Will McKee has played at Kezar Stadium more times than he can remember.
Playing football, lacrosse and soccer in four years at St. Ignatius Prep, big games were always at Kezar, but he didn’t wear the familiar red, white and blue uniform in his final appearance at the iconic stadium.
This time, he informally launched his college lacrosse career as a freshman midfielder for Lehigh University, which played Ohio State in the San Francisco Lacrosse Fall Classic on Sunday at Kezar. Read More
At the midpoint of the Academic Athletic Association season, it’s clear that the Turkey Day favorites reside at Lincoln and Mission high schools.
Both sit a 3-0 in league play and have all but clinched playoff spots already, but the final two postseason berths are very much up for grabs and there may not be a more important week for the contenders. Read More
As much attention as the West Catholic Athletic League football clash between Bellarmine and Serra is getting this week, just 20 miles south of San Mateo there is another meeting of 2-0 WCAL teams that is flying under the radar.
St. Ignatius travels down to Mountain View to take on St. Francis on Friday night, and as impressive as the Wildcats have been this season, it’s actually St. Francis that has been the biggest surprise. Read More
If not for a single night in mid-November of last year, the Lowell High School girls’ volleyball team would be on quite a streak.
The Cardinals fell to Balboa in the Academic Athletic Association championship game last year, but have been dominant in almost every other league match since the beginning of the 2011 season.
Tuesday was just more of the same, as Lowell cruised to a 25-12, 25-21, 25-16 win over visiting Washington.The Cardinals (8-1, 5-0) haven’t lost a game in any AAA match this season and have won 17 straight regular-season matches in league play. Read More
The Bruce-Mahoney game between St. Ignatius and Sacred Heart Cathedral is the crown jewel of any football season, but this year’s edition features one of the greatest disparities in expectations for the two teams heading into the game.
All you have to do is look at their schedules to see the teams are going in different directions.
The Wildcats have rolled since a season-opening loss to Marin Catholic, winning three straight games including a 42-28 win on the road against Valley Christian of San Jose in their West Catholic Athletic League opener last week. Read More
Records this early in the Academic Athletic Association girls’ volleyball season can be misleading.
Even though Galileo Academy came into it’s match against defending AAA champion Balboa tied for first place with an undefeated league record, the Lions hadn’t faced a team with the size, power and experience of the Bucs, and that became very apparent quickly on Tuesday.
After letting the Lions hang around for much of the first game, the Bucs looked every bit like a AAA contender in a 25-15, 25-14, 25-15 win at Galileo. Read More
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
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
Don’t let Lincoln High School coach Phil Ferrigno fool you.
If the Mustangs take down Riordan in their home opener on Saturday, the waves created will have a significant impact on city athletics.
In the current climate, an Academic Athletic Association football team isn’t supposed to beat a West Catholic Athletic League opponent, or even come close to doing so. So much so that the leagues haven’t played each other since St. Ignatius blew out Lowell in consecutive years in 2004 and 2005. Read More