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: 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.

CCS Football Preview: St. Ignatius hits the road again in Open Division semifinals

By Jeremy Balan

The St. Ignatius football team probably deserves a home game for its Central Coast Section Open Division semifinal matchup against Mitty on Saturday, but the Wildcats are more than comfortable on the road.

St. Ignatius, the sixth seed in the tournament, will make the hour drive from the Sunset to take on seventh-seeded Mitty in its own back yard at Independence High School in San Jose on Saturday night.

Football: Riordan’s season ends on the road against Sobrato in CCS playoffs

By Jeremy Balan

MORGAN HILL – The Archbishop Riordan High School football team fumbled the opening kickoff against Sobrato in the Central Coast Section Division III playoffs on Saturday night and it didn’t get much better for the Crusaders after that.

Riordan rushed for 350 yards, but committed three turnovers and turned the ball over on downs three more times in a 40-17 loss to second-seeded Sobrato at Live Oak High School.

Girls Volleyball: SHC falls short against Valley Christian in CCS title game

By Jeremy Balan

SAN JOSE – On a good day, the Sacred Heart Cathedral girls volleyball team can go toe-to-toe with Valley Christian.

On a bad day, like Saturday, the Irish look outmatched against the Warriors.

Top-seeded Valley Christian emphatically enforced its claim as the best Central Coast Section Division III team with a 25-22, 25-16, 25-17 win over the Irish in the section championship at Independence High School.

Football: St. Ignatius rolls on the road against Palma, advances to CCS semifinals

By Jeremy Balan

SALINAS – It’s going to be an all-West Catholic Athletic League semifinal round in the Central Coast Section Open Division football playoffs and St. Ignatius is a part of the party.

With a commanding 49-14 win over Palma on the road at Salinas Sports Complex on Friday, the Wildcats claimed their first Open Division playoff win in school history.

CCS Football Playoff Preview: Riordan and St. Ignatius both heading south

By Jeremy Balan

The two City Catholic high schools in the Central Coast Section football playoffs have outlooks and circumstances that could not be more different.

St. Ignatius, following its winningest season since 2006, is in the elite Open Division for the second time in school history, while Riordan, after going winless in West Catholic Athletic League for the second straight year, snuck into the Division III playoffs by winning a coin flip.

Boys Water Polo: St. Ignatius falls to Los Altos in CCS semifinals

By John Baker

SAN MATEO — Lightning had already struck once for St. Ignatius in the Central Coast Section Division II boys water polo playoffs, but the Wildcats heard only Los Altos thunder on Thursday night.

The seventh-seeded Wildcats, who surprised No. 2 seed Menlo School in the quarterfinals last weekend, couldn’t keep up with third-seeded Los Altos and were eliminated with a 15-8 loss in a semifinal matchup at Serra High School.

Girls Volleyball: SHC sweeps Aptos to reach 9th straight CCS championship game

By Jeremy Balan

The Sacred Heart Cathedral girls volleyball team took the air out of its own home gym quickly on Wednesday night.

The Irish opened up a 15-3 lead in the first game of their Central Coast Section Division III semifinal match against visiting Aptos and the contest was never really in question the rest of the way in their 25-18, 25-19, 25-12 win.

Girls Water Polo: St. Ignatius takes down Presentation in CCS semifinals

By Matthew Snyder

PALO ALTO – Entering this season, the St. Ignatius girls water polo team created a lofty goal.

The Wildcats wanted to make the Central Coast Section Division II championship game for the second time in four seasons, but went a step further.

They wanted to bring home the first CCS girls water polo title in school history.

On Tuesday at Gunn High School’s outdoor pool, the second-seeded Wildcats earned a spot in the CCS Division II final with a 9-4 victory over sixth-seeded Presentation.