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Siaki Gallegos-Hunkin (31) tackles Lavaka Kefu (22) of Archbishop Riordan in the second quarter of a WCAL game on Oct. 27, 2018, at Kezar Stadium. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)
Siaki Gallegos-Hunkin (31) tackles Lavaka Kefu (22) of Archbishop Riordan in the second quarter of a WCAL game on Oct. 27, 2018, at Kezar Stadium. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)
Mission quarterback McKinley Oliver (7) hands the ball off to running back Jelani Al-Malik on Oct. 26, 2018 against Balboa at Kezar Stadium. (Ethan Kassel / Special to S.F. Examiner)

SF Preps Football: Big first half carries Mission past Balboa

KEZAR STADIUM — Coming off back-to-back losses, Mission didn’t waste any time…

Mission quarterback McKinley Oliver (7) hands the ball off to running back Jelani Al-Malik on Oct. 26, 2018 against Balboa at Kezar Stadium. (Ethan Kassel / Special to S.F. Examiner)
Serra quarterback Luke Bottari stands on the sideline during the second half of the Padres' 42-0 win over Sacred Heart Cathedral on Oct. 26, 2018, at Kezar Stadium. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)

SF Preps Game of the Week: Serra explodes behind EJ Lahlouh in 42-0 thumping of Sacred Heart Cathedral

KEZAR STADIUM -- On the second play of the season against Southern…

Serra quarterback Luke Bottari stands on the sideline during the second half of the Padres' 42-0 win over Sacred Heart Cathedral on Oct. 26, 2018, at Kezar Stadium. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)
Sacred Heart Cathedral head coach Barry McLaughlin celebrates a Stanfel Cup win with his team on Oct. 19, 2018 at Kezar Stadium. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)

SF Preps Football: Sacred Heart Cathedral wins Stanfel Trophy in 38-0 romp

KEZAR STADIUM -- Heading into Friday's Stanfel Cup game between Archbishop Riordan…

Sacred Heart Cathedral head coach Barry McLaughlin celebrates a Stanfel Cup win with his team on Oct. 19, 2018 at Kezar Stadium. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)
Lauren Sera (10) celebrates Sacred Heart Cathedral's WCAL tournament championship with Kelsey Yew (8), Megan Lenn (9) and Sophie Seljeseth (13) on Oct. 18, 2018. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)

Sacred Heart Cathedral beats St. Ignatius for outright WCAL volleyball championship

SACRED HEART CATHEDRAL -- A year ago, Sacred Heart Cathedral senior outside…

Lauren Sera (10) celebrates Sacred Heart Cathedral's WCAL tournament championship with Kelsey Yew (8), Megan Lenn (9) and Sophie Seljeseth (13) on Oct. 18, 2018. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)
Sacred Heart Cathedral girls volleyball will have a bye to open next week’s WCAL Tournament. They will likely also be a top seed in the CCS Open Division. (Courtesy: SHC Athletics)

Sacred Heart Cathedral and Lincoln lead a strong City girls volleyball contingent

It’s rare to see teams across San Francisco’s three major leagues —…

Sacred Heart Cathedral girls volleyball will have a bye to open next week’s WCAL Tournament. They will likely also be a top seed in the CCS Open Division. (Courtesy: SHC Athletics)
St. Ignatius senior running back Mark Biggins (3) celebrates a touchdown catch with Marcus Sweeney (5) and Bryan Blake (8) in the fourth quarter against Archbishop Mitty. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)

SF Preps Football: St. Ignatius no longer winless with victory over Mitty

ST. IGNATIUS -- Six straight losses. Three by seven points or fewer.…

St. Ignatius senior running back Mark Biggins (3) celebrates a touchdown catch with Marcus Sweeney (5) and Bryan Blake (8) in the fourth quarter against Archbishop Mitty. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)
Skylar Loving-Black and San Jose-Valley Christian celebrate after beating San Mateo-Serra on Friday, Oct. 12, 2018. (Ethan Kassell / Special to S.F. Examiner)

San Mateo-Serra suffers worst league loss since 2001 at the hands of Valley Christian

SAN JOSE, Calif. — The only thing that resembled the last three…

Skylar Loving-Black and San Jose-Valley Christian celebrate after beating San Mateo-Serra on Friday, Oct. 12, 2018. (Ethan Kassell / Special to S.F. Examiner)
Galileo junior running back Yarvell Smith runs for a 58-yard touchdown in the second quarter of the Lions' 42-36 win over Mission on Oct. 5, 2018 at Galileo Academy. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)

SF Preps Game of the Week: Galileo edges Mission thanks to late TD and fumble recovery from Michael Duran

GALILEO HIGH SCHOOL -- Wide receiver and defensive back Michael Duran has…

Galileo junior running back Yarvell Smith runs for a 58-yard touchdown in the second quarter of the Lions' 42-36 win over Mission on Oct. 5, 2018 at Galileo Academy. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)
Galileo running back Yarvell Smith stiff-arms a would-be Mission tackler during AAA title game in 2017. (Robert Schnitzer / Courtesy)

Galileo pounds Burton Pumas in league opener

BURTON HIGH SCHOOL — The Academic Athletic Association boasts its strongest crop of…

Galileo running back Yarvell Smith stiff-arms a would-be Mission tackler during AAA title game in 2017. (Robert Schnitzer / Courtesy)
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: League showdowns all around a busy weekend of prep football

Galileo (3-1) @ Burton (4-0), Saturday, 2 p.m. The resurgent Pumas made…

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)
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 Preps Football: Mountain View-St. Francis batters St. Ignatius

By Daniel Sheedy Special to S.F. Examiner MOUNTAIN VIEW -- With both…

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)
Sacred Heart Cathedral running back Anthony Heard (24) is tackled by Kyane Schmidt (54) in a game on Sept. 21, 2018 at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)

SF Preps Game of the Week: Sacred Heart Cathedral stumbles in WCAL opener

KEZAR STADIUM -- A week after 52-point win over Homestead a week…

Sacred Heart Cathedral running back Anthony Heard (24) is tackled by Kyane Schmidt (54) in a game on Sept. 21, 2018 at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco. (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 roundup: Galileo falls, Lowell opens with milestone

Game of the Week: Galileo 30, Rio Vista 54: In a rematch…

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)
Archbishop Riordan Crusaders Varsity, Adham Abdelghani (8) scrambles for a 1st down in the first quarter against Napa on Sept. 8, 2018. (Photo: Courtesy / Don Lex)

SF Preps Football: Archbishop Riordan wins shootout in Napa

By Kyle Foster Special to S.F. Examiner NAPA -- There was a…

Archbishop Riordan Crusaders Varsity, Adham Abdelghani (8) scrambles for a 1st down in the first quarter against Napa on Sept. 8, 2018. (Photo: Courtesy / Don Lex)
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 Preps Game of the Week: Inconsistent Serra falls to talented Pittsburg

PITTSBURG -- Down by 10 points with under two minutes to go,…

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)
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)
Rich Forslund, seen on the bench during Palo Alto's playoff win over Heritage, will return to his alma mater at Riordan as an assistant coach. (Photo: Karen Hickey)

Prep Focus: Forslund returns to alma mater Archbishop Riordan as assistant

One of San Francisco’s most decorated and successful high school basketball coaches…

Rich Forslund, seen on the bench during Palo Alto's playoff win over Heritage, will return to his alma mater at Riordan as an assistant coach. (Photo: Karen Hickey)
The Mission High Bears are one of the fastest-rising baseball programs in the entire Bay Area. (Courtesy Dan Pino)

City baseball set for best postseason in years

One of the most prominent storylines in San Francisco sports over the…

The Mission High Bears are one of the fastest-rising baseball programs in the entire Bay Area. (Courtesy Dan Pino)
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Balboa stays unbeaten by knocking off SF International in boys' soccer

For the second straight game, the Balboa High School boys’ soccer team…

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