July 2012

Football Preview: Washington has plenty of motivation for 2012

By Jeremy Balan

You don’t have to dig very deep to find out what will be motivating the Washington High School football team this season.

A disappointing 12-7 loss to Mission on Turkey Day that ruined what would have been an undefeated Academic Athletic Association season, was followed by the curious and abrupt departure of head coach Karl Finley on June 26.

The mention of either moment sets off an emotional response from the returning core of seniors.

Boys Basketball: The final word on Stephen Domingo, for now

By Jeremy Balan

Publicly, the Georgetown University athletic department is barely acknowledging Stephen Domingo’s existence, let alone him becoming a player on its basketball team.

When contacted via his cell phone on Tuesday, Domingo directed any interview requests to the Georgetown sports communications department.

Bill Shapland, Georgetown’s senior sports communications director, did not answer a phone call immediately after, but the school’s sports information director, Mike Carey (not to be confused with the former Sacred Heart Cathedral girls basketball coach), did.

SanFranPreps.com Male Athlete of the Year: Jack Stinn

By Jeremy Balan

The St. Ignatius football and baseball teams won unprecedented section titles in the 2011-2012 school year and one player was at the center of it all.

At quarterback and in the outfield, junior Jack Stinn led each team to its first respective Central Coast Section titles in school history.

That’s why he’s the SanFranPreps.com Male Athlete of the Year.

Boys Basketball: Domingo will forgo senior season at SI to enroll at Georgetown

By Jeremy Balan

(Developing story. Updates will be posted as we get them.)

Stephen Domingo’s exit from St. Ignatius has been rumored for at least a year and the San Francisco native made it official yesterday, when his parents told the school’s administration that he would be enrolling early at Georgetown University, where he committed to play in in May.

Originally reported by PremierBall.com and confirmed by St. Ignatius head basketball coach Tim Reardon, Domingo is already in Washington, DC.

Prep Notebook: Rowbury qualifies for second Olympics in 1,500

By Jeremy Balan

One trip to the Olympics would be impressive enough for Shannon Rowbury, a 2002 graduate of Sacred Heart Cathedral and San Francisco native, but two is truly exceptional.

With a second-place finish in the 1,500 meters at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials earlier this month, Rowbury qualified for the event for the second time and will be competing in London later in the month.

SanFranPreps.com Female Athlete of the Year: Maria Kemiji-McDonald

By Jeremy Balan

Maria Kemiji-McDonald is a dying breed.

In the age of specialization, where athletes, specifically in high school, improve on skills by focusing on one sport, Kemiji-McDonald has played three at St. Ignatius for her entire high school career.

For the second year in a row, Kemiji-McDonald is the SanFranPreps.com Girls Athlete of the Year, not only because she plays three sports, but because she excels at them all.