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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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.

Girls Volleyball: Lowell ends three-year AAA title drought with win over Washington

By Jeremy Balan

A three-year championship drought entering the year felt like ages to the Lowell High School girls volleyball program that had won 27 of the 38 Academic Athletic Association titles since the San Francisco Section began playing the sport in 1974.

But the Cardinals’ 26-6, 25-16, 17-25, 25-12 win over Washington on Thursday at Kezar Pavilion clinched their 28th AAA title and may be the first step of the new Lowell dynasty.

Boys Soccer: Mission and Lowell tie in AAA title game, named co-champions

By Matthew Snyder

Four overtimes and 110 minutes of game time were not enough to separate the Mission and Lowell boys soccer teams on Saturday at Boxer Stadium.

With the game still deadlocked at 1-1 after two 10-minute periods of overtime and two subsequent 5-minute, sudden-death overtimes, a league rule dictated that for the fifth time in Academic Athletic Association history there would be co-champions.

Boys Soccer: University takes Marin Academy to OT, but falls in BCL West title game

By Matthew Snyder

For most of Friday night’s Bay Counties League West boys soccer championship at Kimbell Playground, University High School senior goalkeeper Jack Wilson got the better of Marin Academy’s standout attacking midfielder Eloi Vasquez.

Vasquez tested Wilson with three shots spread out during a game that went to two overtimes. Each time, Wilson, who began the season as a forward before being shifted to goalkeeper, responded with a brilliant save.

But his fourth attempt proved to be the difference in the Wildcats’ 2-1 win.

Boys Soccer: Leadership slips by Drew to win first BCL Central title in school history

By Matthew Snyder

As he stood beneath the lights of Kezar Stadium, doused in a mixture of Gatorade and water his team had just dumped on him, Leadership High School head boys soccer coach Greg Perieff basked in the afterglow of achieving a season-long goal.

With a 2-1 win over Drew School in Thursday’s Bay Counties League Central championship game, Leadership won its first boys soccer championship in the charter school’s 15-year history.

Baseball: St. Ignatius comes from behind against Aptos to win first CCS title

By Bonta Hill

SAN JOSE – With the St. Ignatius baseball team facing a 3-1 deficit in the bottom of the fifth inning of the Central Coast Section Division II championship game, Aptos was threatening to put the game away with the bases loaded with one out.

St. Ignatius head coach Matt Stetcher called on his ace, Cal-bound pitcher Collin Monsour, to get the Wildcats out of the jam.

Monsour not only got St. Ignatius out of the inning with back-to-back strikeouts, but also swung the momentum of the game that ended with a 5-3 SI victory on Saturday at Municipal Stadium.

Baseball: Stuart Hall’s big fifth inning seals BCL West title game against Lick

By Jeremy Balan

SAN BRUNO – If there was any doubt which baseball team was the best in the Bay Counties League West this season, Stuart Hall High School’s squad removed it on Friday at Skyline College.

Lick-Wilmerding hung with the top-seeded Knights and only trailed 3-1 through four innings, but Stuart Hall slammed the door shut on their second straight league title and an undefeated league season with a six-run fifth inning en route to a 9-1 victory.