As first reported last week by various media outlets, the California Interscholastic Federation’s Federated Council approved three proposals that will not only have a significant impact on high school sports in San Francisco, but in the entire state.
Here is a rundown of the three changes and how they affect San Francisco specifically.
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You likely won’t find Washington High School baseball coach Rob Fung in a more emotional state than where he was on Saturday, standing in the middle of the infield at AT&T Park.
Despite a largely anticlimactic finish to the Eagles’ 10-0 mercy-rule win over Balboa to clinch their second straight San Francisco Section-Academic Athletic Association championship, Fung stood on the infield grass watching his team run around the outfield with the championship trophy, silently taking it all in. Read More
Due to an oversight by the St. Ignatius athletic department, the school’s swim team was forced to forfeit two wins, two of its best swimmers were deemed ineligible for the rest of the season and were not allowed to compete in the West Catholic Athletic League trials and finals this past weekend.
One swimmer from the boys’ team and another from the girls’ team competed in the National Club Swimming Association Junior Nationals in Orlando, Fla. in late March, but that alone was not what caused the infraction. Read More
On a scorecard, Balboa High School senior Alex Arnold’s groundout to second base in the second inning of the San Francisco Section-Academic Athletic Association baseball semifinals looks routine, but it’s the kind of groundout that makes coaches gush.
It was also the difference in Balboa’s 1-0 upset win over Lowell on Thursday at Big Rec.
After a leadoff double by junior Jeremy Wong, only one of two Balboa hits in the game, Arnold hit a textbook grounder to Lowell second baseman Nick Magyari, allowing Wong to get to third with one out. Read More
Marshall High School baseball coach Gerald Rankin has said it for many years.
All he wants for his players is the respect of the rest of the Academic Athletic Association, but the Phoenix had to earn it.
With a 3-2 win over Galileo on Tuesday at Moscone Recreation Center, Marshall became the first team from the B Division to defeat an A Division squad since the AAA employed a tiered-division format in 2008. Read More
Hits weren’t plentiful in the Academic Athletic Association play-in game between Burton High School and Mission on Monday at Silver Terrace, so the Pumas had to get creative.
Trailing 1-0 with just one hit through three innings, Burton right fielder Thomas Tsang worked a walk, stole second base and advanced to third on a wild pitch.
Then Burton’s No. 4 hitter, Austin Perez, put a picture-perfect bunt single down the third-base line to score Tsang and shift the momentum in a 6-2 Burton win, which gives the Pumas their first playoff berth since 2008. Read More
The Giants’ day off Monday presented a perfect time to look back at the first month of the season for a club that is not short on story lines.
It’s a surprise to no one that the highlight for the club has been the pitching rotation, but the names associated with early success were not necessarily expected, based on last year’s performances.
Barry Zito has been the biggest surprise and leads all starters with a 1.67 earned run average. At this time last year, he was out of the rotation with a 6.23 ERA and finished the year at the 5.87 mark. Read More
When Brett Pill gets a start, manager Bruce Bochy doesn’t shy away from throwing him into the fire.
Pill has made six starts, and in five of those, he has been in the No. 5 spot in the Giants’ lineup, where he was again on Sunday against the San Diego Padres. Read More
The Giants’ offense didn’t blow off the doors against the San Diego Padres on Sunday at AT&T Park, but the way their starters are throwing, scoring enough is just fine.
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A sacrifice fly from Melky Cabrera and a solo home run from Pablo Sandoval in the first inning gave starter Madison Bumgarner all he needed in a 4-1 Giants win.
Bumgarner (4-1) pitched 7²⁄³ innings, allowed six hits, struck out a season-high six Padres, walked one and allowed one earned run on 117 pitches. Read More
As crazy as the events and linescore of the final regular-season meeting between Academic Athletic Association softball powers Lowell and Washington was, only one fact really mattered.
The Cardinals evened the score.
After dropping the first meeting 13-3, Lowell responded with a 11-9 win over Washington on Thursday at Rossi Recreation Center.
The win moves Lowell into a first-place tie with the Eagles (both are 12-1 in AAA play) in the AAA’s A Division and a drawing later this week will determine which will hold the top seed in the league playoffs. Read More
To the likely chagrin of the rest of the Academic Athletic Association, Galileo’s Kyle Nelson looked like his big brother Thursday.
Nelson, a skinny sophomore left-hander, doesn’t physically look like former two-time AAA Player of the Year Dylan Nelson in form or stature yet, but he showed he can take over a game on the mound and at the plate, just like his big bro, in a 7-4 win over Lincoln at the Moscone Recreation Center. Read More
For a first-year varsity program, the Sacred Heart Cathedral boys’ lacrosse team has had its share of heartbreaking losses.The Irish fell 11-10 to St. Francis of Mountain View in West Catholic Athletic League play on Wednesday at Crocker Amazon Playground, for their fourth overtime loss of the season.St. Francis senior midfielder Ryan Claus scored the game-winner with just 1:06 left in overtime. Read More
Sacred Heart Cathedral center fielder Tevin Goodwin had a chance to end the game against rival St. Ignatius in the bottom of the seventh inning with the bases loaded and one out.
The senior struck out swinging on a fastball well off the plate, but got a second chance with the game still knotted at 3-3 in the bottom of the ninth.
In the same exact situation, with the bases loaded and one out, Goodwin swung at the same pitch, a fastball outside and off the plate, but this time he made contact. Read More
It’s almost scary how similar the statistics are for Sacred Heart Cathedral standout forwards Joshua Fox and Taylor Johns.Even with largely different offensive games, the two UC Riverside-bound seniors both averaged about the same amount of points (Johns had a slight edge at 14.5 per game compared to Fox’s 14.4) and rebounds (Johns again held a slight edge at 8.1 to Fox’s 7.1), and the two were far-and-away the best players in The City all season. Read More
Lincoln High School’s girls’ soccer team looked on par with 14-time defending Academic Athletic Association champion Lowell High School in the first half on Tuesday.
Literally seconds into the second half, however, the Cardinals changed the whole dimension of the game and cruised to a 4-0 win at Lincoln.
Lowell’s Zoe Charter-Kuo scored 20 seconds into the second half, her first of two goals in the final 40 minutes, to give the Cardinals a 2-0 lead. Read More