Boys Basketball: Sacred Heart Cathedral tied for first place after win over Bellarmine

By Jeremy Balan

This season’s Sacred Heart Cathedral boys basketball team is a new-look Irish squad, but early in West Catholic Athletic League play, the results have been better than last year’s edition.

With a 46-40 win over visiting Bellarmine on Friday night, the Irish are tied for first place with defending champion Mitty after the first week of league play.

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.

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.

Football Game of the Week: Balboa and Galileo face off for final AAA playoff spot

By Jeremy Balan

Barring a substantial upset, the consequences of the matchup between the Balboa and Galileo high school football teams are pretty simple — win and you’re in.

Washington can complicate the Academic Athletic Association playoff picture considerably with an upset of Mission, but both programs are viewing the contest as a play-in game for the postseason.

Football: St. Ignatius can’t erase halftime deficit in WCAL loss to Bellarmine

By Jeremy Balan

With a shot at a West Catholic Athletic League title on the line Saturday, the St. Ignatius football team broke the cardinal rule of playing against Bellarmine.

You can’t play from behind against the Bells.

The Wildcats scored first in a matchup of unbeaten WCAL squads, but allowed the Bells to score 21 unanswered points in the second quarter and did not see the lead again in a 35-28 home loss.

Football Game of the Week: WCAL showdown in the Sunset

By Jeremy Balan

The default platitude in the West Catholic Athletic League and Central Coast Section football discussions this season has been pretty simple.

Bellarmine remains the king until someone knocks it off.

For the first time in a long time — maybe the first time since it left the Academic Athletic Association in 1968 — St. Ignatius has an opportunity to take the crown as the top team in the WCAL and in the CCS when the Wildcats host Bellarmine on Saturday.

Football: Riordan’s missed opportunities costly in road loss to Bellarmine

By Jeremy Balan

SAN JOSE – Casual observers that just glance at the score of the Archbishop Riordan High School football team’s 28-10 loss to Bellarmine on Friday at San Jose City College may think the Crusaders are improving.

They would be correct in that assessment. In last season’s meeting between the two teams, the Bells trounced Riordan 56-0 on the Crusaders’ home field.

But what those casual fans won’t know is that the Crusaders (3-1, 0-1) were a few key plays away from being in a position to beat the defending West Catholic Athletic League champs in their league-opening game.

Football Games of the Week: City WCAL schools don’t have recent history on their side

By Jeremy Balan

If recent history holds form, the San Francisco football teams of the West Catholic Athletic League are in for a rude awakening in their league openers this weekend.

City high schools Riordan, Sacred Heart Cathedral and St. Ignatius haven’t won a WCAL opener since 2008, when the Irish took down St. Francis and the Crusaders defeated Mitty.

Boys Lacrosse: St. Ignatius wins third straight WCAL title over Bellarmine

By Jeremy Balan

When the West Catholic Athletic League added boys lacrosse in 2010, it was assumed and stated by many that it wouldn’t be long before athletic powerhouses to the south caught up to St. Ignatius.

With a dominating 16-2 win over visiting Bellarmine in the WCAL championship game on Friday, the Wildcats proved the opposite – they’re distancing themselves from the pack.