Academic Athletic Association

San Mateo-Serra quarterback Luke Bottari attempts a pass during the third quarter of a game at Pittsburg on Sept. 7, 2018. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)

SF Prep Football Preview: Lincoln travels to El Camino, Sacred Heart Cathedral tangles with Valley Christian

Lincoln (3-0) @ El Camino (1-2), Friday, 7:30 p.m. Already boasting solid…

San Mateo-Serra quarterback Luke Bottari attempts a pass during the third quarter of a game at Pittsburg on Sept. 7, 2018. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)
Galileo running back Yarvell Smith sits injured on the sidelines during the Lions' loss to Rio Vista on Sept. 15, 2018. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)

SF Preps Football Game of the Week: Rio Vista gets revenge on Galileo in state title rematch

With under six minutes left in Saturday's 6-A regional final rematch between…

Galileo running back Yarvell Smith sits injured on the sidelines during the Lions' loss to Rio Vista on Sept. 15, 2018. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)
Reese Bickart (right) of Galileo catches a two-point conversion against Hoopa Valley. Michael Duran (middle) had a 60-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage, and Bickart also had a TD reception from Ronald Fox. (Rob Schnitzer / Galileo High School)

SF Preps: Galileo faces Rio Vista in a rematch of last year’s Northern California 6-A Championship

Game of the Week: Rio Vista (3-1) @ Galileo (2-0), Saturday, 2…

Reese Bickart (right) of Galileo catches a two-point conversion against Hoopa Valley. Michael Duran (middle) had a 60-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage, and Bickart also had a TD reception from Ronald Fox. (Rob Schnitzer / Galileo High School)
San Mateo-Serra quarterback Luke Bottari (10) leads his teammates Owen Tapang (51), AJ Gonzalez (12) and David Coker (21) onto the field in the second half of the season opener against Gardena-Serra. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)

Prep Focus: Third week of high school football headlined by big games

Game of the Week: San Mateo-Serra (1-1) @ Pittsburg (1-2), Friday, 7…

San Mateo-Serra quarterback Luke Bottari (10) leads his teammates Owen Tapang (51), AJ Gonzalez (12) and David Coker (21) onto the field in the second half of the season opener against Gardena-Serra. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)
St. Ignatius running back Jahsai Shannon runs off the field in the second half of the Wildcats' Sept. 1 loss to Moraga-Campolindo. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)

SF Prep Football Roundup: Serra bounces back, a star emerges for St. Ignatius

Games of the Week: Oakland Tech 20, Mission 6: Suiting up just…

St. Ignatius running back Jahsai Shannon runs off the field in the second half of the Wildcats' Sept. 1 loss to Moraga-Campolindo. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)
Jelani al Malik of Mission High School runs back a kickoff in the second half of the Bears' 20-6 loss to Oakland Tech at Kezar Stadium on Aug. 31, 2018. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)

Prep Game of the Week: Mission falls to 0-2 despite strong defensive effort

KEZAR STADIUM -- After forfeiting its opener due to lack of eligible…

Jelani al Malik of Mission High School runs back a kickoff in the second half of the Bears' 20-6 loss to Oakland Tech at Kezar Stadium on Aug. 31, 2018. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)
Serra and St. Ignatius (seen last season) will both be back in action this week. (Courtesy: Paul Ghiglieri)

PrepFocus: San Francisco high school football preview for Labor Day weekend

Game of the Week: Oakland Tech (1-1) @ Mission (0-1), Friday, 7:30…

Serra and St. Ignatius (seen last season) will both be back in action this week. (Courtesy: Paul Ghiglieri)
Galileo’s state football title is just one sign of the rise of competition all around the Academic Athletic Association. (Photo: Robert Schnitzer, special to the S.F. Examiner)

Prep Focus: AAA sees more parity, harder battles for teams at the top

Beginning with Mission’s boys basketball Division III title last winter, the last…

Galileo’s state football title is just one sign of the rise of competition all around the Academic Athletic Association. (Photo: Robert Schnitzer, special to the S.F. Examiner)
As a junior, LaRay Crossley has led Wallenberg High School’s emergence in AAA’s Neff Division. (Ethan Kassel/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Wallenberg rises behind LaRay Crossley’s quiet excellence

In a dimly lit gym where the players nearly outnumber the fans,…

As a junior, LaRay Crossley has led Wallenberg High School’s emergence in AAA’s Neff Division. (Ethan Kassel/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Galileo football winning the state title is a prime example of San Francisco public schools’ athletic ascendence in the last couple years. (Courtesy Robert Schnitzer/Galileo Athletics)

Galileo’s title caps off banner year for SF public schools

San Francisco is a city of champions. No, not the 49ers. Even…

Galileo football winning the state title is a prime example of San Francisco public schools’ athletic ascendence in the last couple years. (Courtesy Robert Schnitzer/Galileo Athletics)
The St. Ignatius football team won two of its final three games after losing to Riordan in overtime. (Courtesy Paul Ghilglieri/Saint Ignatius Athletics)

New wave of contenders dominate Peninsula fall prep sports

High school football and volleyball playoffs are under way, and there’s no…

The St. Ignatius football team won two of its final three games after losing to Riordan in overtime. (Courtesy Paul Ghilglieri/Saint Ignatius Athletics)
Despite being one of the bigger schools in AAA, Lowell is fielding a football team that carries slightly more than the minimum players on its roster. (Courtesy Lowell Athletics)

As participation dwindles, high school football programs aim to survive in SF

If participation at the high school level is indicative, the cries of…

Despite being one of the bigger schools in AAA, Lowell is fielding a football team that carries slightly more than the minimum players on its roster. (Courtesy Lowell Athletics)
Due to unsafe air conditions, Serra and Saint Francis' rivalry game will be postponed to the end of the season. (Courtesy Serra Athletics)

High school football games around the Bay Area postponed due to unsafe air conditions

With the North Bay fires causing poor air quality all around Northern…

Due to unsafe air conditions, Serra and Saint Francis' rivalry game will be postponed to the end of the season. (Courtesy Serra Athletics)
Eric Sun/2014 S.F. Examiner file photoLowell 6-1 senior Soren Carpenter

Division split helps AAA with competitive balance

In many respects, the 2013-14 season was a banner year for Academic…

Eric Sun/2014 S.F. Examiner file photoLowell 6-1 senior Soren Carpenter

Marshall High School cancels football season

Just days before teams are scheduled for their first game, Marshall High…

Young Lowell hoping to reclaim spot among AAA’s elite

Other than a blip in 2010, when it only won a single…

Jessica Christian/special to the s.f. examinerWith a three-year starter at center (Elijah Oliver)

Mission hoped talented backfield leads to bigger things

He is returning his starting quarterback, two dynamic running backs, a three-year…

Jessica Christian/special to the s.f. examinerWith a three-year starter at center (Elijah Oliver)
Nathaniel Y. Downes/special to the s.f. examinerThe Galileo Lions are expected to be contenders for the city championship this season.

Galileo looks to rebuild following Turkey Bowl title

What to do for an encore? That’s the main question pressing the…

Nathaniel Y. Downes/special to the s.f. examinerThe Galileo Lions are expected to be contenders for the city championship this season.

Lowell captures third straight boys volleyball championship

With championships in baseball, softball, wrestling, girls' basketball and girls' volleyball, Lowell…

Eric Sun/Special to The S.F. ExaminerSt. Ignatius guard Trevor Dunbar (10) will be playing in the Pac-12 Conference next year at Washington State.

Lowell wins second straight city baseball title

The fourth meeting between the Lowell and Washington baseball teams unfolded like…

Eric Sun/Special to The S.F. ExaminerSt. Ignatius guard Trevor Dunbar (10) will be playing in the Pac-12 Conference next year at Washington State.