A 56-yard touchdown run by junior Eric Redwood late in the fourth quarter broke a tie as Serra ended years of futility Saturday with a 42-21 victory over Menlo-Atherton to claim its first Central Coast Section Division I championship since 1990.
“Being the favorite, there’s a lot of pressure and I didn’t think we were playing our style of football,” Serra coach Pat Walsh said. “All I told those guys in the second half was ‘If we’re going to go out, we’re going to go out fast.’” Read More
Winning at a high level is not new for Stanford sophomore Taylor McCann, and as this season has worn on, she has become a bigger part of why the Cardinal are only two wins away from their first NCAA women’s soccer championship.
“She wants to win a national championship for the older players,” Stanford coach Paul Ratcliffe said. “She’s learning from the older players about expectations.” Read More
The Central Coast Section Division I football championship between Serra and Menlo-Atherton on Saturday means more than just a championship.
In the long and prestigious athletic history at Serra, the Padres are on the doorstep of clinching their first CCS title since 1990.
“The excitement of finishing the season with a win [is big],” Serra coach Pat Walsh said.
Second-seeded M-A (9-3) is searching for its third CCS title in the past 10 years and first since 2008. Read More
PALO ALTO — The third time was not the charm for Menlo-Atherton, as it fell in the Northern California Division I girls’ volleyball championship against defending champion Palo Alto 25-17, 25-8, 25-15 on Tuesday.
“We knew it was going to be a challenge,” M-A coach Jennifer Wilson said. “We had people playing positions they hadn’t played all season and that’s going to be tough for anyone going into that situation.”
It was M-A’s first trip to the NorCal title game after the Bears clinched their first Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division title since 2002. Read More
City College of San Francisco did not need long to stamp its ticket to the state championship game as it used 29 first-quarter points to cruise to the 57-13 victory over Fresno City College in the San Francisco Hawaiian Punch Bowl on Saturday.
The win gives No. 1 CCSF (11-0) its second consecutive Northern California Football Association championship and its 12th overall and sets up a rematch against Mt. San Antonio College for the state championship.
“We got what we wanted,” CCSF freshman quarterback Turner Baty said. “We got the rematch.” Read More
No. 4 Stanford, having wrapped up Pac-12 Conference play last week against Cal, can only be a spectator as its conference fate is decided for them, but still has a slim shot at reaching the BCS championship game.
The Cardinal (10-1, 8-1 Pac-12 North) host No. 22 Notre Dame (8-3) Saturday night, and could use another win against a ranked team to help its championship hopes.
Additionally, the Cardinal can still win the Pac-12 North and reach the conference’s first championship game with an Oregon loss to Oregon State on Saturday. Read More
After crushing Wilcox for the second time this season, Serra stands only two wins away from the Central Coast Section Division I championship.
But to get to the title game, the top-seeded Padres (9-2) will have to take down Milpitas (8-3) at Serra on Saturday.
“It’s going to be a tough game, but thankfully we’re playing at home,” Serra coach Pat Walsh said. “We need to prove we can get past this week. We don’t want another loss on Thanksgiving.” Read More
Cal heads into its game at Arizona State looking to accomplish two things: guarantee a winning season and help its bowl positioning.
“You come out of an emotional game like [Stanford], it’s really important that we finish strong,” Cal coach Jeff Tedford said. “There is still a lot to play for.”
The Bears (6-5, 3-5 Pac-12 North) currently sit tied for seventh in the Pac-12 hierarchy and would be slated for the Gildan New Mexico Bowl, but a win Friday could improve their standing with the Sun Devils (6-5, 4-4 Pac-12 South) only one game in front of them. Read More
San Mateo County will have four singles players and three doubles teams participating in the Central Coast Section girls’ tennis tournament that starts Monday.No. 6 Brooke Tsu from Burlingame makes her return to the CCS tournament after being bounced in the second round in her junior season.“She’s strong and powerful,” Hillsdale coach Jackie Nachtigall said.Tsu helped lead the Panthers to an undefeated Peninsula Athletic League Bay season and that experience will be crucial as she will face someone familiar with her. Read More
Stanford and Cal meet in the 114th Big Game on Saturday and there is a little more than bragging rights up for grabs.
“While we have a great deal of respect for them,” Cal coach Jeff Tedford said, “it will be a physical game.”
No. 8 Stanford (9-1, 7-1 Pac-12 North) very likely saw its national championship hopes vanish in an instant in its 53-30 loss to Oregon last week.
“Turning the ball over just kills you against Oregon,” Stanford coach David Shaw said. “It’s too hard to catch up.” Read More
UFC 139 marks the first time the UFC will host an event in the mixed martial arts hotbed of San Jose and is highlighted by the long-awaited match between Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and Dan Henderson on Saturday.
Henderson and Rua both won titles in Japan-based Pride Fighting, but never faced each other. It’s a match both the fighters and fans have waited years to see. Read More
College of San Mateo returns to the postseason and will be hosting Diablo Valley College in the seventh annual Botham Bulldog Bowl on Saturday afternoon.
“This year was not a great year, but by no means a bad year,” CSM coach Brett Pollack said. “We’re proud of our execution and how we did.”
The state’s 13th-ranked team, San Mateo (7-3), has an annual goal of playing for the Northern California championship, and even though they came up short this season, the Bulldogs get to play one final home game. Read More
After a brief absence, Aragon makes its return to the Central Coast Section Division II football playoffs and will host Sobrato on Saturday night.
"We’re extremely excited," Aragon coach Steve Sell said. "There’s a little less pressure. It’s bonus football."
This follows an injury-plagued 2010 season where the Dons finished last in the Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division, dropping them into the Ocean. Read More
The Central Coast Section seeding and pairings were announced Sunday and Terra Nova drew the short straw.The Tigers (8-2), after claiming their third consecutive Peninsula Athletics League Bay Division title, will take on West Catholic Athletic League champion Bellarmine (9-1) in the Open Division on Friday at 7 p.m.It was not something Terra Nova coach Bill Gray expected to happen this season, but he was anticipating an eventual move to the Open Division. Read More
Much has changed for the Carlmont girls’ volleyball team since last season, but the result hasn’t.
The Scots (25-9) make their third consecutive trip to the Central Coast Section Division I semifinals Thursday despite having a new coach and an essentially new roster.
“We talked about how we’ve accomplished everything that anybody could have reasonably expected,” first-year coach Chris Crader said.
“They’re excited to be here again. They’re excited to get another shot at [Menlo-Atherton].” Read More