Slaying postpones Wednesday game

The prep girls’ basketball game between Sacred Heart Cathedral and Sacred Heart Prep scheduled for Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. has been postponed after Saturday’s halftime killing, West Catholic Athletic League commissioner Ed Ravenscroft said Monday.

The father of Sacred Heart Cathedral star forward Tierra Rogers, Terrell Rogers, was killed across the street from the school’s gym during halftime of the game against Archbishop Mitty of San Jose.

That game was called with 17 seconds remaining and the Irish ahead 51-34. Now, 15-0 Sacred Heart Cathedral — ranked No. 1 in the nation by USA Today — will take some time to grieve.

“It’s a tragic and unfortunate situation,” said Ravenscroft, who was unsure whether the Irish would play a scheduled game Saturday at St. Francis in Mountain View. “And we want to give the school as much leeway as possible to handle the crisis.”

Sacred Heart Cathedral coach Brian Harrigan declined to speak to a reporter when approached near the school’s campus Monday. Darrell Barbour, in his first year as coach of the boys’ team, said players from both programs are “hurting.”

As of Monday afternoon, the Sacred Heart Cathedral boys were still expected to play host to Riordan tonight at 7:30, Ravenscroft said. The commissioner did add that the game could still be postponed, however, and that the decision would be left to the two schools.

Ravenscroft called Saturday’s incident “isolated” and does not plan on altering the WCAL’s security policy.

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