“Over the last few months, the Lady Irish captured the heart of San Francisco,” Leno said. “Despite a midseason tragedy, the team persevered with hard work and determination and made our city proud.”
Said Ma: “The legislature can learn a lot from the amazing accomplishment of these student-athletes. “When you work together as a team — anything is possible.”
The Irish, who finished the season as the consensus No. 1 team in the nation, had their season interrupted when the father of star junior Tierra Rogers was killed Jan. 12 during halftime of a game against Mitty at Sacred Heart. After returning to action, the Irish completed their unbeaten season, capped by their third straight state championship with a win over Magnolia of Anaheim in the Division III final. They have won 56 straight games, including defeating the state’s other four state champions.