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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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.

Boys Basketball: Westmoor stuns St. Ignatius in overtime

By Jeremy Balan

Westmoor head boys basketball coach Herb Yaptinchay doesn’t know the last time the Rams defeated a West Catholic Athletic League opponent, because it may have never happened before.

If it has, it hasn’t happened in a very long time.

That all changed Tuesday night at St. Ignatius, when the Rams, only five years removed from a 1-20 season, orchestrated the first huge upset of the season with a 75-74 overtime win over the Wildcats.

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.

Donate: Help Keep Alive!

Update (Wednesday, Aug. 1): We’ve updated our goal, decreasing it from $110,000 to $60,000. It appears we won’t be able to hire a full-time photographer this season, despite our efforts. We’re also setting a deadline of Sept. 1. If we do not get to our new goal of $60,000 by Sept. 1, we will not be able to continue our coverage for the next school year.

We are continuing to pursue long-term funding from local and national foundations, but we are locked in long application processes. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to help keep alive.

Basketball: Gragnani Memorial City All-Star Game set for April 16!

We’re partnering with the Bay Area Warriors this year to put on the fifth-annual City All-Star Game on Monday, April 16th at St. Ignatius Prep. Admission will be $5, with the girls game set for 5 p.m. and the boys game set for 7 p.m.

We will be celebrating a great season of basketball with the seniors-only event, but we are also announcing that we have officially been approved by the IRS as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

Football: Mission’s defense stands strong late against Lowell in AAA semis

By Jeremy Balan

Mission High School’s defense was far from dominant against Lowell in the Academic Athletic Association semifinals, but when the Bears needed it, they got the stops.

After Lowell scored on the first possession of the second half to cut the Mission lead to 28-24, the Cardinals recovered an onside kick and appeared to seize momentum, but the Mission defense held strong and didn’t allow a point for the rest of the game to lead the Bears to a 42-24 win on Thursday at Kezar Stadium.

Girls Volleyball: International rebounds in fourth game to get past Gateway

By Jeremy Balan

After a full rotation through Bay Counties League Central play, International High School has established itself as the team to beat.

The Jaguars extended a six-game league unbeaten streak to remain undefeated in the BCL Central with a win over visiting Gateway on Monday, but they did so in one of the strangest ways possible.

After controlling the first two games, International allowed Gateway to claim the third, before crushing the Gators in the fourth game of the 25-16, 25-7, 24-26, 25-2 win.

Football: All-City Team

In what will likely be our last football post for a while, we’ve selected the best of the best San Francisco high school football players. Listed below the story are all of the first and second team selections, along with honorable mentions. Feel free to make your own selections and discuss ours in the comment section.

By Jeremy Balan

For many teams across the San Francisco high school football landscape, things didn’t always go as planned, but there was no lack of talented athletes in The City this season.

Selecting the best players by mixing the three West Catholic Athletic League teams with the eight Academic Athletic Association teams was hard enough. Then throw in a plucky Stuart Hall squad playing in it’s first eight-man football season, and you have a full-on melee.

Still, we’ll take our top team in a matchup against any other city in the state.

Boys Basketball: Cacatian leads Lowell to win over Urban in OT thriller

By Jeremy Balan

Lowell High School point guard Jorell Cacatian started off slowly in the Cardinals’ non-league matchup against Urban School, but after Urban’s Nate Cohen sent the game to overtime on a 3-pointer at the buzzer, Cacatian took over.

The junior equaled his point total from regulation with seven of his team’s 11 points in overtime to lead the Cardinals to a 56-53 win on Tuesday at Lowell High School.