June 2012

Football: Finley resigns from coaching duties at Washington, heads to Armijo

By Jeremy Balan

(Developing story)

After five years as the head football coach at Washington High School, in which he won an Academic Athletic Association championship and made four Turkey Day appearances, Karl Finley resigned from the position on Tuesday.

Finley did not return repeated phone calls, messages and emails on Thursday, but Washington athletic director Lawrence Chan confirmed the resignation and the San Francisco Section’s website has the coaching position at the school listed as “TBA.”

Baseball: Galileo grad Nelson commits to Cal after a stop at College of San Mateo

By Jeremy Balan

Dylan Nelson was such a force on Galileo Academy’s baseball team in his junior and senior years that when he was redshirted at the College of San Mateo in his first season out of high school, the lack of competition was killing him.

That year off the field drove Nelson, one of the most decorated athletes in Academic Athletic Association history, into a scholarship to play at Cal.

Football: Burton cancels varsity season to develop young talent

By Jeremy Balan

Burton High School effectively canceled its 2012 varsity football season earlier this month, but head coach Anthony Rollins, who would be entering his fourth year at the helm of the program, has a lone message for the rest of the Academic Athletic Association.

“Don’t count us out,” Rollins said on Tuesday.

The decision by Rollins, which he admitted was embarrassing but necessary, is also a reversal of what he views as self-destructive practices of the past.

Instead of straining to field a varsity team with young players not ready to face mature competition, sacrificing the developmental qualities of a junior varsity team, Rollins has decided to do the opposite.

Baseball: SanFranPreps.com All-City Team

By Jeremy Balan

Our All-City teams are not always scientific.

Sometimes, you have to go with your gut.

In the past, our Player of the Year race in baseball has been between those who have had standout seasons at the plate and on the mound — the dual-threat players that impact every game.

This time around, it’s a pitcher, but the exception is truly exceptional.

All you have to do is ask one question: Who was the best baseball player in the City this season? The answer is Collin Monsour.

Boys Basketball: Domingo makes final cut for USA U17 World Championship team

By Jeremy Balan

A single decision on Tuesday significantly changed Stephen Domingo’s travel plans for the summer.

With two players still to be cut to finalize the USA Basketball Men’s Under-17 team headed to the World Championships, he could have been sent home from the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., but instead he’s heading to the international terminal.

The 6-foot-7, Georgetown-bound wing player, who just finished his junior year at St. Ignatius, made the final cut and will play in the FIBA World Championships, which begin on June 29 in Lithuania, after a brief stop in the Canary Islands, where the team will play a handful of exhibition games.

Boys Basketball: Dunbar settles into comfort zone in Pro-Am debut

By Zack Farmer

St. Ignatius guard Trevor Dunbar was nervous sitting on the bench in the first quarter of his first San Francisco Pro-Am basketball game on Tuesday night at Kezar Pavilion.

But it did not take long for Dunbar to shake the jitters.

He came off the bench with 22 seconds remaining in the first quarter and drilled a 3-pointer from the left corner to end the frame, giving his team, the Bay Raiders, an early 30-18 lead en route to the 94-77 win over Bay City.

Track and Field: Three City athletes come up just short in state finals

By Joey Gulino

CLOVIS – A runner, a thrower and a jumper from the City all went into Saturday’s state finals in search of a championship.

None of them got it. But their seasons were anything but failures.

University’s Bridget Blum finished 10th in the girls 1,600-meter race, while Lincoln’s Collin Luu wound up ninth in the discus finals and St. Ignatius’ Michellie McDonald-O’Brien no-heighted in the high jump finals.

Track and Field: A trio of San Francisco athletes advance to state finals

By Joey Gulino

CLOVIS – The CIF State Track and Field Championships provide arguably the toughest prep competition in the nation.

Therefore, it could be argued that three City athletes are among the best in the nation in their respective events.

University runner Bridget Blum, St. Ignatius jumper Michellie McDonald-O’Brien and Lincoln thrower Collin Luu, all seniors, qualified for Saturday’s state finals in their respective events during Friday’s state prelims at Buchanan High School.