Boys Basketball: Gordon and Mitty take down St. Ignatius in final trip to San Francisco

By Jeremy Balan

Mitty phenom Aaron Gordon’s last trip to San Francisco in his high school career ended with him being mobbed by fans – and they were all wearing red and blue.

After Gordon scored 20 points, took in 10 rebounds and led the Monarchs to a 57-44 win at St. Ignatius on Saturday night, the same fans that gleefully cheered every time he missed a shot or free throw surrounded the state’s top recruit.

Boys Basketball: Mitty forwards do major damage to beat Sacred Heart Cathedral

By Lamonte Dewindt

Just like in last season’s trilogy between the Sacred Heart Cathedral and Mitty boys basketball teams, a Monarchs post player found a way to dominate the Irish inside.

The only difference this year is that the player was not standout forward Aaron Gordon.

This time it was 6-foot-5 forward Brandon Farrell and his 12 first-quarter points were the difference in Mitty’s 69-57 West Catholic Athletic League road win Friday night.

Boys Basketball: Riordan comes up just short against Mitty

By Jeremy Balan

In many ways, the Riordan boys basketball team came to fruition on Thursday night at Crusader Forum, but it still wasn’t enough to beat two-time defending state champion Mitty.

After Mitty scored on its first possession, the Crusaders led for most of the game, but succumbed to Aaron Gordon and the Monarchs in a 57-52 West Catholic Athletic League loss.

Girls Basketball: Sharpshooting Mitty sinks St. Ignatius in WCAL opener

By Jeremy Balan

The St. Ignatius girls basketball team didn’t play its best against visiting Mitty on Saturday night, specifically in a second quarter where the Monarchs outscored the Wildcats 25-6.

Even if the Wildcats were at their best, the way Mitty was shooting, it probably wouldn’t have been enough to win.

The Monarchs hit 10-of-13 shot attempts in that second quarter and 9-of-13 shots from three-point range on the night to cruise to a 63-47 West Catholic Athletic victory.

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: St. Ignatius defense sharp in WCAL win over Mitty

By Jeremy Balan

Behind a standout defensive performance and a handful of big plays from senior quarterback Jack Stinn, the St. Ignatius football team halted a two-game losing streak and ended the regular season with a 21-6 home win over Mitty on Saturday.

After being gashed by Bellarmine and Serra in the two weeks prior, the St. Ignatius defense allowed just 218 yards of total offense, forced three turnovers and stopped the Monarchs on fourth down three times.

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 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.