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Levar Watkins Jr. (kneeling) is consoled by Sacred Heart Cathedral running back Anthony Heard on Saturday, Nov. 24, after a playoff loss to Sacred Heart Prep. (Ethan Kassel / S.F. Examiner)

Sacred Heart Cathedral falls in defensive struggle against Sacred Heart Prep

ATHERTON — Facing Sacred Heart Prep’s defense would have been tough enough…

Levar Watkins Jr. (kneeling) is consoled by Sacred Heart Cathedral running back Anthony Heard on Saturday, Nov. 24, after a playoff loss to Sacred Heart Prep. (Ethan Kassel / S.F. Examiner)
St. Ignatius head boys’ soccer coach Alan Downey, flanked by Kol Van Giesen (left), Sean Bitler (second from left) and P.J. Rich (right), instructs his players during one of their indoor practices. (Ryan Maquiñana / Special to S.F. Examiner)

SF Glens Soccer Spotlight: Can St. Ignatius repeat as NorCal champions?

By Ryan Maquiñana Special to S.F. Examiner The San Francisco Glens of…

St. Ignatius head boys’ soccer coach Alan Downey, flanked by Kol Van Giesen (left), Sean Bitler (second from left) and P.J. Rich (right), instructs his players during one of their indoor practices. (Ryan Maquiñana / Special to S.F. Examiner)
Je'Lani Clark goes up for a basket against Dublin in the NorCal Tip-Off Classic on Nov. 24, 2018, at Newark Memorial High School. (Chris Victorio / Special to S.F. Examiner)

SF Preps Basketball: Archbishop Riordan drops frustrating game to Dublin in NorCal Tip-Off Classic

NEWARK — Slamming his hand on the scorers table, Archbishop Riordan head…

Je'Lani Clark goes up for a basket against Dublin in the NorCal Tip-Off Classic on Nov. 24, 2018, at Newark Memorial High School. (Chris Victorio / Special to S.F. Examiner)
Miles Amos (5) of Stuart Hall  and Miles Bow (2) of Sacred Heart Cathedral, go after a loose ball during the second period of the game at the 12th Annual Nor Cal Tip-Off Classic on November 24, 2018 at Newark Memorial High School in Newark, California. (Chris Victorio - Special to S.F. Examiner)

SF Preps Basketball: Sacred Heart Cathedral comes back to down Stuart Hall in NorCal Tip-Off Classic

NEWARK — After having their preseason derailed due to the poor air quality…

Miles Amos (5) of Stuart Hall  and Miles Bow (2) of Sacred Heart Cathedral, go after a loose ball during the second period of the game at the 12th Annual Nor Cal Tip-Off Classic on November 24, 2018 at Newark Memorial High School in Newark, California. (Chris Victorio - Special to S.F. Examiner)
Lincoln running back Desean Crawford runs the ball against Balboa on Nov. 23, 2018. (Eric Sun / Special to S.F. Examiner)

SF Preps Football: Lincoln braves storm to defeat Balboa to advance to section championship

By Jeff Weisinger Special to S.F. Examiner Entering Friday’s semifinal matchup against…

Lincoln running back Desean Crawford runs the ball against Balboa on Nov. 23, 2018. (Eric Sun / Special to S.F. Examiner)
McKinley Oliver (7) of Mission runs at Galileo on Oct. 5, 2018. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)

SF Preps Football: Mission settles score with Galileo in Academic Athletic Association semifinal

GEORGE WHITE FIELD — After losing to the Galileo Lions in last…

McKinley Oliver (7) of Mission runs at Galileo on Oct. 5, 2018. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)
Stuart Hall's Miles Amos goes up for a basket against Aragon’s Noah Salah on Nov. 21, 2018. (Ethan Kassel / S.F. Examiner)

SF Preps Basketball: Stuart Hall opens season with win over Aragon

PACIFIC HEIGHTS — Faced with a solid challenge to open the 2018-19…

Stuart Hall's Miles Amos goes up for a basket against Aragon’s Noah Salah on Nov. 21, 2018. (Ethan Kassel / S.F. Examiner)
Galileo quarterback Ronald Fox throws on the run against Mission in an Academic Athletic Association game against Mission on Oct. 5, 2018. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)

SF Preps Football: Galileo battles air quality issues and postponements during playoff prep

By Jeff Weisinger Special to S.F. Examiner Players of the Galileo High…

Galileo quarterback Ronald Fox throws on the run against Mission in an Academic Athletic Association game against Mission on Oct. 5, 2018. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)
Anthony Heard (24) of Sacred Heart Cathedral runs for a touchdown in the second quarter of the Irish's first-round playoff game against Live Oak. The score was called back because of holding, but Heard rushed 23 times for 108 yards and another touchdown in the 20-0 win on Nov. 17, 2018 at Live Oak High School. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)

Prep Roundup: Sacred Heart Cathedral gets revenge, WCAL, AAA and CCS cross country runners advance

Central Coast Section Playoffs — Sacred Heart Cathedral 20 @ Live Oak…

Anthony Heard (24) of Sacred Heart Cathedral runs for a touchdown in the second quarter of the Irish's first-round playoff game against Live Oak. The score was called back because of holding, but Heard rushed 23 times for 108 yards and another touchdown in the 20-0 win on Nov. 17, 2018 at Live Oak High School. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)
Evan Dere (27) of Sacred Heart Cathedral goes for a tackle against Jalen Rios (25) of Live Oak High School during a first-round Central Coast Section playoff game on Nov. 17, 2018, in Morgan Hill, Calif. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)

SF Preps Football: Sacred Heart Cathedral shuts out one of NorCal’s most productive offenses in first round of playoffs

MORGAN HILL — Exactly a year before Sacred Heart Cathedral's first-round playoff…

Evan Dere (27) of Sacred Heart Cathedral goes for a tackle against Jalen Rios (25) of Live Oak High School during a first-round Central Coast Section playoff game on Nov. 17, 2018, in Morgan Hill, Calif. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)
St. Ignatius football players Beau Gardner (55), Nate Washington (24), Davis Desouza (19) and Will Burkett (50) sing the alma mater after losing to Sacred Heart Prep in a Central Coast Section quarterfinal game in Gilroy, Calif., on Nov. 17, 2018. (Courtesy / St. Ignatius)

SF Preps Football: St. Ignatius ousted in regional quarterfinal by Sacred Heart Prep

GILROY — As was often the case throughout a season filled with…

St. Ignatius football players Beau Gardner (55), Nate Washington (24), Davis Desouza (19) and Will Burkett (50) sing the alma mater after losing to Sacred Heart Prep in a Central Coast Section quarterfinal game in Gilroy, Calif., on Nov. 17, 2018. (Courtesy / St. Ignatius)
Mission running backJelani Al-Malik (4) is tackled by Galileo defenders Reese Bickart (8) and Jimmie Edwards III (6) on Oct. 5, 2018, in an Academic Athletic Association league game at Galileo High School. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)

SF Preps Weekend Preview: Academic Athletic Association semifinals kick off busy football weekend

With cancelations, postponements and finally, some semblance of a schedule, Bay Area…

Mission running backJelani Al-Malik (4) is tackled by Galileo defenders Reese Bickart (8) and Jimmie Edwards III (6) on Oct. 5, 2018, in an Academic Athletic Association league game at Galileo High School. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)
The Golden Gate Bridge as seen from The Presidio is mired in smog as smoke from the Camp Fire in Northern California drifts down into the Bay Area on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Central Coast Section football playoff games rescheduled for a third time due to fires, air quality

The Sacred Heart Cathedral football team's bus was just 20 minutes away…

The Golden Gate Bridge as seen from The Presidio is mired in smog as smoke from the Camp Fire in Northern California drifts down into the Bay Area on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
The Golden Gate Bridge as seen from The Presidio is mired in smog as smoke from the Camp Fire in Northern California drifts down into the Bay Area on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

SF Preps: High school football postponed due to poor air quality in San Francisco

Updated at 2:30 to include latest postponement. According to a call received…

The Golden Gate Bridge as seen from The Presidio is mired in smog as smoke from the Camp Fire in Northern California drifts down into the Bay Area on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Sacred Heart Cathedral running back Anthony Heard earned first-team All-City running back honors. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)

Academic Athletic Association football enters final week, as Central Coast Section starts playoffs

The Central Coast Section and North Coast Section playoffs will see their…

Sacred Heart Cathedral running back Anthony Heard earned first-team All-City running back honors. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)
Marin Catholic's Kari Geissberger serves against St. Ignatius in the first round of the Open Division Northern California playoffs on Nov.7, 2018, in Kentfield, Calif. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)

SF Preps: St. Ignatius volleyball season ends in 3-0 loss to Marin Catholic

KENTFIELD, Calif. — As Lizzie Fleming approached the net, readying to leap…

Marin Catholic's Kari Geissberger serves against St. Ignatius in the first round of the Open Division Northern California playoffs on Nov.7, 2018, in Kentfield, Calif. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)
Mountain View-St. Francis celebrates on Saturday, Nov. 4, after a resounding victory over San Mateo-Serra. (Ethan Kassel / Special to S.F. Examiner)

SF Preps Football: Serra suffers historic loss as St. Francis wins WCAL title

SAN MATEO — The recent trend of down-to-the-wire games between the Serra…

Mountain View-St. Francis celebrates on Saturday, Nov. 4, after a resounding victory over San Mateo-Serra. (Ethan Kassel / Special to S.F. Examiner)
St. Ignatius senior Mark Biggins intercepts Bellarmine Prep quarterback Harry Mingrone and returns the ball 55 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter of the Wildcats' 34-0 win over the Bells on Nov. 3, 2018. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)

SF Preps Game of the Week: St. Ignatius wins finale against Bellarmine, awaits playoff destiny

ST. IGNATIUS -- With 4:40 left on Senior Day, St. Ignatius quarterback Jack…

St. Ignatius senior Mark Biggins intercepts Bellarmine Prep quarterback Harry Mingrone and returns the ball 55 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter of the Wildcats' 34-0 win over the Bells on Nov. 3, 2018. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)
St. Ignatius quarterback Zach Taylor-Smith (14) scrambles against the Archbishop Riordan defense on Oct. 27, 2018, at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)

SF Preps Football: St. Ignatius can advance with a win, Serra goes for WCAL title

SF Preps Game of the Week: St. Francis (8-1, 6-0 WCAL) @…

St. Ignatius quarterback Zach Taylor-Smith (14) scrambles against the Archbishop Riordan defense on Oct. 27, 2018, at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)
St. Ignatius linebacker Christoper Carlton (15) tackles Archbishop Riordan running back Jalen Camp (17) in the second quarter of a 35-0 WIldcats win on Oct. 27, 2018. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)

SF Preps Football Roundup: Lincoln pounds Burton, St. Ignatius shuts out Riordan

St. Ignatius 35 vs. Riordan 0: The Wildcats re-captured the Gil Haskel…

St. Ignatius linebacker Christoper Carlton (15) tackles Archbishop Riordan running back Jalen Camp (17) in the second quarter of a 35-0 WIldcats win on Oct. 27, 2018. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)