West Catholic

Boys Basketball: Sacred Heart Cathedral back on track after win over St. Ignatius

By Jeremy Balan

It’s safe to say the Sacred Heart Cathedral boys basketball team’s first quarter against Bellarmine on Saturday was the low point of its season.

The Irish trailed 32-3 after the opening quarter against the Bells, en route to their third straight West Catholic Athletic League loss, but more importantly, lost their confidence.

It may not be all back, but the Irish got a boost to that confidence on Wednesday by defeating rival St. Ignatius 59-51 on the road.



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: St. Ignatius’ road woes continue in loss to Riordan

By Jeremy Balan

It’s only a 4-mile drive from the Sunset to Phelan Avenue, but the St. Ignatius boys basketball team’s matchup with Riordan on Wednesday night was still a road game in the West Catholic Athletic League – and the Wildcats have been far from road warriors this season.

St. Ignatius struggled offensively all night at Crusader Forum, had a season-low point total and dropped to 0-4 on the road in league play after a 42-33 Riordan win.



Girls Soccer: Undermanned St. Ignatius surrenders early lead to Presentation

By Matthew Snyder

Granted a penalty kick in the 12th minute of Saturday’s West Catholic Athletic League home match against Presentation, junior midfielder Lindsay Bettinger coolly slotted her shot in the net to give the St. Ignatius girls soccer team an early 1-0 lead.

But the goal galvanized Presentation, which is currently tied for second place with St. Francis in the WCAL standings, and the Panthers poured in three sensational individual goals to power a 3-1 comeback win and avoid an upset against the seventh-place Wildcats.


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: Sacred Heart Cathedral holds off Riordan for fifth WCAL win

By Jeremy Balan

Sacred Heart Cathedral senior point guard Khalil James kept the Irish offense alfoat all night against visiting Riordan on Wednesday, so it was no shock the ball was in his hands with the game on the line.

Down by a point with 17 seconds remaining, James got the ball on the perimeter, drove to his left and into the key, drew an extra Riordan defender and dished the ball to unattended teammate Liam O’Reilly under the basket.

The junior forward then made a contested layup to give the Irish the final edge in a 55-54 West Catholic Athletic League win.



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.


Football: John Lee out as Sacred Heart Cathedral head coach

By Jeremy Balan

(Developing story)

According to a source close to the Sacred Heart Cathedral athletic department, John Lee is no longer the head coach of the school’s varsity football team.

Sacred Heart athletic director Phil Freed confirmed that Lee would “not be returning” as head coach for the 2013 season, but would not comment on the details of the move or anything else regarding the future of the football program until the school officially releases the information on Monday. Lee will continue to be a full-time teacher at the school.


Boys Basketball: Hot-shooting SI takes back Bruce-Mahoney trophy with win over SHC

By Jeremy Balan

The St. Ignatius boys basketball team’s defensive strategy against rival Sacred Heart Cathedral in front of a capacity crowd at the University of San Francisco on Tuesday was simple.

Let the Irish shoot.

The Wildcats sagged off the Sacred Heart guards and let them take open looks on the perimeter, and the strategy worked, allowing St. Ignatius to take back the Bruce-Mahoney trophy with a 56-46 win.