Over the past three seasons, the South San Francisco football team has done very well in its nonleague schedule, and this year has been no different.
South City has rolled to two nonleague wins, the most recent coming in a 25-0 win against Capuchino on Friday.South City coach Frank Moro said his team has played outstanding defense, allowing seven points in two games, but that it’s “something we’re relying on a bit too much.” Read More
Carlmont has reached the Central Coast Section Division I volleyball semifinals each of the past two years and has not been able to get over the hump.
First-year coach Chris Crader thinks this season’s team has the ability to get past the semifinals and reach the finals for the first time since 2005, when the school claimed a CCS Division I championship.
“I walked into a pretty talented group of girls,” Crader said. “We need to build on what we’ve done so far.” Read More
The Half Moon Bay girls’ volleyball team broke through years of mediocrity last season, reaching the Central Coast Section playoffs for the first time in four years, and now seeks to repeat its success.
“The team fell right in the middle of the pack,” second-year Half Moon Bay coach Chelsea Muth said of the past few seasons. “They know now what it takes to be a champion, the work it takes. [We have] a great deal of momentum going into this year,” Muth said. Read More
As the 2011 season begins, both Aragon and San Mateo high schools enter with something to prove after they each finished last in their respective leagues and were dropped into lower divisions.
The two meet in each’s season opener Friday at 7 p.m. at San Mateo in what could be the beginning of a redemption season for either team.
“Our kids have worked hard all summer without a lot of success [last year],” San Mateo coach Jeff Scheller said. “It would be huge for their confidence.” Read More
Burlingame has lost in the quarterfinals of the Central Coast Section Division III girls’ volleyball playoffs each of the past three years and one would think this result could become disheartening.
But after earning a No. 2-seed in last year’s playoffs, their highest seeding in the three years, the Panthers are motivated to get over that hurdle.
“It’s been tough, but I think the girls are really resilient,” Burlingame coach Steve Erle said. Read More
Cal has a lot of questions heading into the 2011 season, and those questions may get answered Saturday when the Golden Bears meet Fresno State at Candlestick Park.
Cal has won six of its past seven season openers, including a 52-3 romp over UC Davis at Memorial Stadium last season.
But the team is coming off its first losing season under coach Jeff Tedford and the lowest finish in the Pac-10 standings since his arrival.
The development of junior quarterback Zach Maynard remains one of the biggest storylines for Cal. Read More
The Serra High School football team has had two consecutive subpar seasons by its standards, finishing fourth in the West Catholic Athletic League last season, and looks to make a larger impact going forward.
“We have an elevated expectation level from the kids,” Serra coach Patrick Walsh said. “With this group, we’re just focused on 2011.”
The Padres were eliminated in the first round of the Central Coast Section Open Division playoffs by WCAL rival Valley Christian, and Walsh said his team had its chances. Read More
The Peninsula Athletic League Lake Division is looking to shake the image of being a lower-tier league and will have a new feel going into 2011.
Sequoia, which moves up to the Ocean Division this season, began the reimaging of the league after winning the Lake and running all the way to the Central Coast Section Division II title game in 2010.
This run helped change the Lake into a “B” division, increasing the chances of a team earning a CCS playoff bid.It has also given confidence to others in the league, including third-year Hillsdale coach Mike Parodi. Read More
As the middle division of the Peninsula Athletic League, the Ocean Division sees heavy turnover each year and this time they traded a playoff semifinalist for a finalist.
Sequoia and Aragon are in. Jefferson and San Mateo are out.
After spending only one season in the Ocean, Jefferson rolled through the division in 2010 and moved up to the Bay Division. San Mateo finished last in the Ocean and dropped into the Lake Division.
Sequoia moved up to the Ocean after winning the Lake. Read More
The Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division had a banner year in 2010 as it saw five teams reach the Central Coast Section playoffs — two of which were crowned champions — but may have an even more impressive year in 2011.
Terra Nova, which won its first CCS championship in 22 years, has not taken the offseason lightly and returns many of the offensive starters from a team that scored 417 points and won the Bay for the second straight year.
“The expectations remain high, but it’s always high,” Terra Nova coach Bill Gray said. “There has been no complacency.” Read More
Coach Jeff Tedford and the Cal football team started to make themselves right at home on Tuesday as the videoboard at AT&T Park read “San Francisco is Bears Territory” during their only preseason practice at their 2011 home.
“If our teammates are here and we’re together, then we’ll be together,” Tedford said. “It doesn’t matter where we are or where we practice.”
It was Cal’s 10th day of training camp and the team appeared loose as it got used to the dirt infield, ran 7-on-7 drills and ran into the padded outfield wall. Read More
An injury can be one of the hardest things to overcome in sports and, for someone hoping to reach their first Olympic team, it can be even harder.
This is the case for Katy Freeman, who had surgery to repair a shattered foot in January.
After recovering from her Winter Nationals injury, the Concord native enters the ConocoPhillips U.S. National Championships at Stanford on Tuesday ready for national and international competition. Read More