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Fundraising Update: Our final week of coverage

Fundraising Update: Our final week of coverage 

Dear readers and supporters,

I have dreaded writing this update for a long time, but we currently do not have enough funds to continue the daily operations of the web site.

If our financial situation does not drastically improve, this will be our last week of coverage, with the final date of coverage coming on Sunday, Feb. 3.

I’m working on several different ideas to hopefully extend our reporting, but I felt it was important to update all of you on our current situation.

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Tuesday Scoreboard

Scores will be updated as they are sent in. Please send in your scores to contact@SanFranPreps.com or call them in to (415) 251-0918. The score phone line is open 24 hours a day.

Games of the Day – Bay vs. Gateway boys basketball: Both teams are unbeaten in BCL Central play and will be playing for first place today. Sacred Heart Cathedral vs. St. Ignatius boys soccer: The Wildcats are in third place in the WCAL, while the Irish are in seventh, but only four points separate them. A win (which count for two points in the league) for either team would be crucial with just two weeks remaining in the season. For live updates on these games, follow us on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/SanFranPreps.

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Football: SanFranPreps.com All-City Team

Football: SanFranPreps.com All-City Team 

By Jeremy Balan

Antoine Porter’s breakout senior season may not have even happened if the Mission football team had another option to play quarterback.

Mission coach Joe Albano essentially put Porter, who is naturally a slotback or wide receiver, behind center because he had no one else.

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Football: John Lee out as Sacred Heart Cathedral head coach

Football: John Lee out as Sacred Heart Cathedral head coach 

By Jeremy Balan

(Developing story)

According to a source close to the Sacred Heart Cathedral athletic department, John Lee is no longer the head coach of the school’s varsity football team.

Sacred Heart athletic director Phil Freed confirmed that Lee would “not be returning” as head coach for the 2013 season, but would not comment on the details of the move or anything else regarding the future of the football program until the school officially releases the information on Monday. Lee will continue to be a full-time teacher at the school.

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Football: St. Ignatius pounded by Granite Bay in NorCal championship game

Football: St. Ignatius pounded by Granite Bay in NorCal championship game 

By Jeremy Balan

SACRAMENTO – A week after being crowned as the best team in the Central Coast Section, the St. Ignatius football team quickly faced a harsh reality on Friday night.

It is not one of the best teams in Northern California.

In its first appearance beyond CCS play in school history, the Wildcats were humbled in a 45-17 loss to Granite Bay in the Northern California Division I regional championship game at Sacramento State University.

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Friday Scoreboard

Scores will be updated as they are sent in. Please send in your scores to contact@SanFranPreps.com or call them in to (415) 251-0918. The score phone line is open 24 hours a day.

Game of the Day – St. Ignatius vs. Granite Bay football: Not only is a state championship appearance on the line tonight at Sacramento State, but with a victory, the Wildcats would also set a school record for wins in a season. For live updates on this game, follow us on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/SanFranPreps.

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Football Game of the Week: St. Ignatius in uncharted waters against Granite Bay

Football Game of the Week: St. Ignatius in uncharted waters against Granite Bay 

By Jeremy Balan

The St. Ignatius football team’s trip into the uncharted waters of the Division I Northern California regional championship game, by design, presents an unfamiliar opponent.

There isn’t a whole lot linking St. Ignatius and its opponent Granite Bay, the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I champion, so it’s been difficult for the Wildcats to gauge what exactly to expect.

Odds are, the Wildcats won’t find out until they hit the field on Friday night at Sacramento State University.

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Football: St. Ignatius gets NorCal bid, will take on Granite Bay in Division I bowl

Football: St. Ignatius gets NorCal bid, will take on Granite Bay in Division I bowl 

By Jeremy Balan

There were several extended discussions during the meeting of the 10 CIF section commissioners to decide the regional football championship matchups on Sunday, but one didn’t even get a vote.

Due to the committee’s selection of De La Salle and Folsom for the Northern California Open Division championship, Granite Bay and St. Ignatius were the only eligible teams left to fill the two slots for the Division game.

Granite Bay, the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I champion, and the Wildcats, the Central Coast Section Open Division champion, will face off in the Division I NorCal title game on Friday night at Sacramento State University.

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Football: St. Ignatius slips past Bellarmine in overtime to win CCS Open title

Football: St. Ignatius slips past Bellarmine in overtime to win CCS Open title 

By Jeremy Balan

SAN JOSE – Early in the fourth quarter of the Central Coast Section Open Division football championship Friday night at San Jose City College, St. Ignatius senior Albert Waters came off the field and uttered a deep grunt in frustration.

The Wildcats were trailing top-seeded Bellarmine 7-0, but fellow senior Denis Shanagher turned to Waters and calmly said, “It’s alright. We have them right where we want them.”

Shanagher was confident for good reason, as the Wildcats added another notch to their already-crowded belt of come-from-behind CCS playoff victories with a 13-10 overtime win over the Bells.

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Friday Scoreboard

Scores will be updated as they are sent in. Please send in your scores to contact@SanFranPreps.com or call them in to (415) 251-0918. The score phone line is open 24 hours a day.

Games of the Day – St. Ignatius vs. Bellarmine football: A CCS Open Division title would be unprecedented for the Wildcats, but a win would probably also mean extending their season for at least another week. University vs. Lick-Wilmerding boys basketball: Probably the best small-school rivalry in the City, the BCL West foes will face off before the league season in the Redwood Christian Invitational championship game. For live updates on these games, follow us on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/SanFranPreps.

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Football Game of the Week: SI playing for more than CCS Open title against Bellarmine

Football Game of the Week: SI playing for more than CCS Open title against Bellarmine 

By Jeremy Balan

The St. Ignatius football team’s matchup against Bellarmine in the Central Coast Section Open Division championship on Friday night may not be the biggest game in the school’s long football history, but it’s awfully close.

It would be hard to argue anything can top last season’s win over eternal rival Sacred Heart Cathedral in front of 12,000 fans at AT&T Park in the Division III championship, but that was the end of the season for the Wildcats.

Much more is on the line Friday.

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Football: St. Ignatius makes fourth-quarter comeback to take down Mitty in CCS semifinal

Football: St. Ignatius makes fourth-quarter comeback to take down Mitty in CCS semifinal 

By Jeremy Balan

SAN JOSE – There was no panic in the St. Ignatius football team when it trailed Mitty 22-17 late in the fourth quarter of the Central Coast Section Open Division semifinal.

After a magical trip to the CCS Division III championship last season, the Wildcats are battle tested in tight playoff games, and it showed in their 25-22 win on Saturday night at Independence High School.

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