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McKinley Oliver (7) of Mission runs at Galileo on Oct. 5, 2018. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)

SF Preps Football Preview: Playoffs coming into focus in this week’s prep football matchups

Balboa (5-1, 2-0 AAA) vs. Mission (3-4, 1-2 AAA), Friday, 2 p.m.…

McKinley Oliver (7) of Mission runs at Galileo on Oct. 5, 2018. (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)
Galileo wide receiver Reese Bickart stands on the sideline before the second half of a game on Sept. 15, 2018, in San Francisco. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)

Galileo-Lincoln clash headlines this week’s prep matchups

Multiple rivalries and a battle for Academic Athletic Association supremacy between Galileo…

Galileo wide receiver Reese Bickart stands on the sideline before the second half of a game on Sept. 15, 2018, in San Francisco. (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)
Serra linebacker E.J. Lahlouh (6) sacks Archbishop Riordan quarterbackAdham Abdelghani on Oct. 6, 2018, at Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo, Calif. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)

SF Preps Football: Serra and Valley Christian headline another big weekend

This week’s high school football schedule includes games that won’t just determine…

Serra linebacker E.J. Lahlouh (6) sacks Archbishop Riordan quarterbackAdham Abdelghani on Oct. 6, 2018, at Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo, Calif. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)
Jack Castiglione and the St. Ignatius Wildcats look to change the course of their season on Friday night in the Bruce-Mahoney Game.

Bruce-Mahoney and Mission-Galileo to headline huge weekend of high school football

Bruce-Mahoney Game: Sacred Heart Cathedral (2-3, 0-2 WCAL) vs. St. Ignatius (0-5,…

Jack Castiglione and the St. Ignatius Wildcats look to change the course of their season on Friday night in the Bruce-Mahoney Game.
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)
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)
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)
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)
Gene Aberoutte celebrates winning at Bellarmine High School this month. The senior wrestler for Riordan won an individual league title. (Courtesy Riordan Athletics)

Riordan wrestlers win league title for first time in program history

When Archbishop Riordan’s Crusader Forum was renovated over the past few years,…

Gene Aberoutte celebrates winning at Bellarmine High School this month. The senior wrestler for Riordan won an individual league title. (Courtesy Riordan Athletics)
The scene after St. Ignatius won the Jungle Game on Friday. (Ethan Kassel/Special to S.F. Examiner)

St. Ignatius wins first Jungle Game since 2012

SAN MATEO – Less than 12 months removed from being swarmed by…

The scene after St. Ignatius won the Jungle Game on Friday. (Ethan Kassel/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Darrion Trammell has excelled in a reserve role for the Saint Ignatius boys' basketball team this season. (Courtesy Paul Ghiglieri/SI Athletics)

Saint Ignatius, Sacred Heart Cathedral set for next installation in Bruce-Mahoney Series

For the first time since 2012, the Sacred Heart Cathedral Fightin’ Irish…

Darrion Trammell has excelled in a reserve role for the Saint Ignatius boys' basketball team this season. (Courtesy Paul Ghiglieri/SI 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)

St. Ignatius’ Sydney Raggio named girls’ WCAL Player of the Year

Senior Sydney Raggio, who led the St. Ignatius girls’ basketball team to…

Eric Sun/S.F. Examiner file photoDavid Parsons

Depth keeps competitive balance at high level in WCAL

"Every year, there are new faces, new players, maybe some new coaches,"…

Eric Sun/S.F. Examiner file photoDavid Parsons

Setback provides springboard for Sacred Heart Cathedral entering state volleyball final

The Sacred Heart Cathedral girls’ volleyball team entered its Central Coast Section…

Willie Eashman/S.F. Examiner file photoSacred Heart Cathedral junior running back Jamar Williams-Sheppard

Sacred Heart Cathedral’s Williams-Sheppard flashes youthful brilliance

It can't be a good feeling for a defender to peel himself…

Willie Eashman/S.F. Examiner file photoSacred Heart Cathedral junior running back Jamar Williams-Sheppard

Sacred Heart Cathedral has building blocks in talented offense

In his first season coaching at his alma mater in 2013, Sacred…