Water Polo

Overview

St. Francis Water Polo

4-Time Sac-Joaquin Section Champions

2005, 2006, 2008, 2015

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Spring Signing Day Highlights St. Francis Students

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Twelve St. Francis seniors have committed to play a sport in college during the spring signing period that started Wednesday and were celebrated at a ceremony at the school today. Overall, 17 St. Francis student-athletes from the Class of 2017 have made commitments or signed a National Letter-of-Intent this year.

The Troubadours made commitments to schools including Duke and Stanford and several California schools from American River College to UC San Diego. The Troubies will travel as far as away as New Hampshire to play softball at Saint Anselm.

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Ferguson to Continue Water Polo Career at Santa Clara

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis senior Sally Ferguson, who scored the winning goal in the section championship match in 2015, will continue her water polo career at Santa Clara next season.

“I am really excited I get to extend my water polo career,” said Ferguson. “I would have been sad if it ended here. I am excited to be part of a team in college. It will definitely be a lot of fun.”

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Moody to Speak at Girls in the Game Event

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis Water Polo Coach Heather Moody will be a speaker at the Girls in the Game event hosted by the Positive Coaching Alliance at Sacramento State on March 2 from 5-8 p.m. The cost is $20.

Girls in the Game is designed to educate and empower young female athletes to be the voices and leaders of our future, while also giving them specific tools to further their current athletic and personal goals.

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Troubadour Fall Sports Post Fantastic Seasons

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis Troubadours had a fantastic fall athletic season highlighted by a fourth-place finish by the cross country program at the CIF State Championships. Overall, St. Francis recorded three top-10 state finishes among four CIF NorCal appearances. All five fall varsity teams earned playoff berths and made playoff runs in their respective sports

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Water Polo Loses to Lincoln in Section Quarters

STOCKTON, Calif. – The fifth-seeded St. Francis water polo team lost 7-3 to No. 4 seed Lincoln of Stockton at Stagg High School in the Sac-Joaquin Section quarterfinals Friday.

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Water Polo Advances to Section Quarterfinals

CARMICHAEL, Calif. – Freshman Kendall Houck scored five times and senior Kayla Wehner added four goals as St. Francis posted a 12-5 win over River City in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I Tournament.

“Our focus was making sure we were on the same page defensively, establishing our press and knowing where the ball is so we can help out where we need too,” said Head Coach Heather Moody. “We did a really good job with those and only had a couple breakdowns but we came back focused and fighting for the win.”

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Water Polo Promotes Three Players to Varsity

SACRAMENTO – The St. Francis Water Polo team promoted three players to the varsity team for the final regular season game and the playoff season, Head Coach Heather Moody announced.

 “For those three girls, it shows them it is not that drastically different (from JV) and it is not that hard,” said Moody. “It gives them a confidence boost and is a reward for their season.”

Moody invited goalie Kate Watley and utility players Abigail Berg and Hayley Hoang to the varsity team.

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Water Polo Garners No. 5 Seed in Section Bracket

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis water polo team received a No. 5 seed in the Sac-Joaquin Section bracket announced Friday. The Troubadours will host a game at Jesuit High School on Wednesday, Nov. 2 against No. 12 River City. The winner advances to a quarterfinal matchup against the winner of No. 13 Enochs and No. 4 Lincoln of Stockton on Friday.

St. Francis closed out the regular season with a loss at Davis, the top seed in the bracket, on Thursday night.

The Troubadours are the defending Sac-Joaquin Section champions.

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Water Polo Wins Senior Night Match with El Camino

CARMICHAEL, Calif. – Seniors Aubree Barr, Sally Ferguson and Frances Barbour each scored four times and senior goalie Maddy Vine recorded a scoreless first half in the cage as St. Francis posted a 21-1 victory over El Camino Friday night.

Barbour scored three times in the first quarter as the Troubadours built a 10-0 lead. St. Francis (9-9) would extend the lead to 14-0 at the break with four more goals in the second quarter.

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Get to Know: Water Polo’s #12 Kayla Wehner

Kayla Wehner is playing water polo this season for the first time since freshman season. She has been also been a letterwinner on the swim team and competes for Model UN.

Have you had fun playing water polo again this year?
“Water polo this year has been a blast. It’s been so much fun playing with all of my teammates and getting to know them. I get kinda confused a lot since I haven’t played in a few years but it’s ok because Heather and Jessica are awesome!”

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Water Polo Needs Late Surge to Beat Granite Bay

GRANITE BAY, Calif. – St. Francis scored three times in the final quarter and tightened up its defense to post a 9-6 win on the road on Thursday.

‘We played really well in the first half and dominated instead of playing into their game,” said junior Kobe Carpenter, who scored two goals including one in the decisive fourth quarter.

Carpenter, Caroline Wilkins and Sally Ferguson each scored in the final period and senior goalie Maddy Vine held the Grizzlies scoreless over the final seven minutes to help SF to the victory.

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Get to Know: Water Polo’s #14 Frances Barbour

Frances Barbour is on her third year on varsity and fourth year in the water polo program. She has played polo since the fifth grade. She is looking for the college that wants her as much as she wants them. She is serving as a Campus Service Leader this year. 

What does it mean to you to be selected a captain of the team?
“It is an honor because I have always looked up to my captains since my sophomore year.  It feels very cool I can know play that mentor role to others on the team both emotionally and skill-wise in the pool.”

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Water Polo Posts League Win over Franklin

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Senior Sally Ferguson had a goal and a team-best five assists to lead St. Francis to a 19-0 win over Franklin Tuesday afternoon at the Jesuit pool.

“We wanted to start off playing our style of water polo and we got the win,” said Ferguson. “We wanted to keep up the intensity and work on executing what we have been working on in practice.”

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Three Water Polo Standouts Earn Academic All-America Honors

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. – Senior Aubree Barr was among three current and former St. Francis water polo players earned Academic All-America honors from USA Water Polo, the organization announced. Student-athletes needed a 3.6 GPA on a scale of 4.0 to qualify and those that received a 4.0 GPA were honored as outstanding achievers. 

“It shows that I am dedicated in the classroom, working hard outside practice and games,” said Barr. “I put a lot of effort and time into succeeding in whatever I do. Whether it is school or water polo, I want to succeed.”

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JV Water Polo Defeats McClatchy

Abbey Berg scored five goals to lead St. Francis to a 13-3 victory over McClatchy. Kate Watley have five saves in earn TroubieTV Player of the Game. Allie Belafsky and Sarah Mudd, added two goals for the Troubies. Other goal scorers included sophomore Jordan Weidman, freshman Hannah Dorsey, sophomore Reagan Garcia and freshman Karla Guerrero.

St. Francis took the early lead 2-0 in the first quarter and extended the lead to 5-2. The Troubadours scored three times in the third and fifth in the fourth to record the victory.

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Water Polo Gets 12-4 Win over McClatchy

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Four players scored two goals each and senior goalie Maddy Vine made nine saves as St. Francis posted a 12-4 victory over McClatchy Friday night.

“I am happy with the win,” said Head Coach Heather Moody. “I feel like we still have some things to work on, including our spacing offensively and our passing. We have to get our passing down a little more so we can get our 6-on-5 to score. Overall, it was nice and everyone hit the water.”

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Fall TroubieTV Schedule Announced

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The 2016 TroubieTV schedule will include broadcasts from volleyball, water polo and golf during the fall schedule announced Wednesday.

The water polo match against McClatchy for the varsity and junior varsity units will be shown Friday afternoon to tipoff the fall season. The freshman volleyball match against Elk Grove on Sept. 21 will showcase the first of several volleyball broadcasts.

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Water Polo Competes at Saint Francis Autumn Invite

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. –  The St. Francis water polo team defeated Palo Alto High School and lost a tight 9-8 contest against Archbishop Mitty among four games in the Saint Francis Autumn Invitational over the weekend.

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Get to Know: Water Polo’s #10 Sally Ferguson

Sally Ferguson is a third-year player on the varsity. She scored the game winning goal against Davis to help St. Francis to the Sac-Joaquin Section title last year over Davis, winning the title for the first time since 2008. She likes to rollerblade in her free time and holds the marshmellow toss school record from Sports Day (32 with Kate Arellanes and Taylor Koewler). She is keeping her options open for college.

St. Francis Varsity Water Polo Team: First Row (L to R): Maddy Vine, Chloe King, Hailey Malone, Rocky Mudd, Kobe Carpenter, Kendall Houck.  Second Row (L to R): Sally Ferguson, Charisma Powning, Kayla Wehner, Caroline Wilkins, Natalie Imboden, Maddie Brown. Back Row (L to R): Emalee Lavezzo, Frances Barbour, Alyssa Jacobsen, Ari Miggins, Aubree Barr, Malia Arnott.
Roster

2016 Varsity Water Polo Roster

# Name Position Height Class Hometown (Previous School)
1 Maddy Vine* G 5-5 Sr. Sacramento (St. Mary’s)
1A Ari Miggins G 6-0 So. Folsom (St. John ND)
2 Malia Arnott UT 5-7 So. Sacramento (Sutter Middle)
3 Chloe King* UT 5-4 Jr. Sacramento (St. Michael’s)
4 Emalee Lavezzo UT 5-5 So. Sacramento (Arden Middle)
5 Aubree Barr* UT 5-10 St. Sacramento (St. Robert)
6 Kendall Houck UT 5-6 Fr. Roseville (Holy Family)
8 Caroline Wilkins UT 5-9 Fr. Carmichael (Winston Churchill)
9 Charisma Powning UT 5-3 Jr. Sacramento (St. Mary’s)
10 Sally Ferguson* UT 5-7 Sr. Sacramento (Sutter Middle)
11 Kobe Carpenter* UT 5-5 Jr. Gold River (St. John Vianney)
12 Kayla Wehner UT 5-8 Sr. Lincoln (12 Bridges)
14 Frances Barbour UT 5-6 Sr. Sacramento (Sutter Middle)
16 Maddie Brown UT 5-7 Jr. Roseville (Holy Family)
17 Alyssa Jacobsen UT 5-7 Fr. Sacramento (Arden Middle)
18 Natalie Imboden UT 5-6 Jr. Sacramento (Arcade Middle)
22 Rocky Mudd UT 5-2 Jr. Suisan City (Holy Spirit Fairfield)
24 Hailey Malone UT 5-5 Jr. Sacramento (OLA)

Head Coach: Heather Moody (Fourth Season)

Assistant Coach: Jessica Hamby (Second Season)

Captains: Frances Barbour and Sally Ferguson

Roster By Class

Seniors (6): Frances Barbour, Aubree Barr, Sally Ferguson, Rocky Mudd, Maddy Vine, Kayla Wehner.

Juniors (6): Maddie Brown, Kobe Carpenter, Chloe King, Natalie Imboden, Hailey Malone, Charisma Powning,

Sophomore (6): Malia Arnott, Ari Miggins, Emalee Lavezzo.

Freshman (3): Kendall Houck, Alyssa Jacobsen, Caroline Wilkins.

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St. Francis Named NFHS Network Select School for TroubieTV

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis Catholic High School has earned recognition as one of 88 schools of distinction from the NFHS Network for the efforts of the Sports Media Club in producing TroubieTV.

TroubieTV produced 58 events in 2015-16 including games and contests from the sports of basketball, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, volleyball and water polo. They also showcased the three St. Francis National Letter-of-Intent celebrations, the Homecoming Pep Rally and International Night among the other broadcasts.

The 2000 Olympic Women's Water Polo Team reunited for the first time in 16 years on July 28. The group made history winning silver at the first ever Olympic Games to offer women's water polo. ‪Image via Jeff Cable Photography.
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Q&A with Heather Moody: Olympic Memories

Q&A with Heather Moody: Olympic Memories

St. Francis Head Water Polo Coach Heather Moody has been a veteran of USA Water Polo for the last 16 years. She was a two-time medal-winning Olympian (2000 and 2004) and coached two medal-winning teams (2008 and 2012). She is entering her fourth season on the staff at St. Francis.

What are you looking forward to about Olympics?

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Barthels and Oys Earn NISCA All-American Status

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Former Troubadours Jenna Barthels ’16 and Maggie Oys ’16 were both named to the 2015-16 NISCA/Speedo Girls Water Polo All-America honors for their play from the 2015 season.

Barthels, who will be attending Cal-State Northridge, was one of 14 players named to the Water Polo All-America second team and among 16 Californians on the first two teams. She led the team with 47 goals and 70 assists on the season, earning All-Section and All-Delta League first-team honors.

Athletic schedule

2016 Junior Varsity Water Polo Schedule

Date Opponent Site Time/Result
Aug. 30 St. Mary’s Jesuit W, 21-2
Sept. 9 McClatchy Jesuit W, 13-3
Sept. 10 at McClatchy Tourn. (JV) McClatchy All Day
Sept. 15 Rio Americano Jesuit 5:30 p.m.
Sept. 17 vs. Campolindo Rio Americano TBA
Sept. 24 at Granite Bay Tournament Granite Bay All Day
Sept. 29 at Granite Bay  Granite Bay 5:00 p.m.
Oct. 7-8 at Crusher Classic Tourn, Vintage All Day
Oct. 14 El Camino (Senior Night) Jesuit 4:00 p.m.
Oct. 15 at McClatchy Tournament McClatchy All Day
Oct. 22 at Rio JV Tournament Rio Americano All Day
Oct. 25 at Davis* UC Davis 5:00 p.m.

* Delta League # Scrimmage

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2016 Varsity Water Polo Schedule

Date Opponent Site Time/Result
Aug. 20 at Campolindo # Moraga TBA
Aug. 30 St. Mary’s Jesuit L, 11-2
Sept. 2-3 at St. Francis Scramble Mountain View All Day
Sept. 9 McClatchy Jesuit W, 12-4
Sept. 13 Franklin* Jesuit 4:45 p.m.
Sept. 15 Rio Americano Jesuit 6:00 p.m.
Sept. 17 vs, Campolindo Rio Americano TBA
Sept. 23 at Capital Challenge Woodcreek All Day
Sept. 24 at Capital Challenge Woodcreek All Day
Sept. 29 at Granite Bay  Granite Bay 5:00 p.m.
Oct. 4 Monterey Trail* Jesuit 4:45 p.m.
Oct. 8 at Miramonte Miramonte All Day
Oct. 14 El Camino (Senior Night) Jesuit 5:15 p.m.
Oct. 27 at Davis* UC Davis 8:10 p.m.
Nov. 2 at Sac-Joaquin Section Home Sites TBA
Nov. 5 at Sac-Joaquin Section Home Sites TBA
Nov. 9 at Sac-Joaquin Section Johansen TBA
Nov. 12 at Sac-Joaquin Section Woodcreek TBA

* Delta League # Scrimmage

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Fall Tryout Information

Hope everyone had a great summer and is excited to get back on Monday. Here is some basic tryout information for cross country, golf, tennis and water polo for next week. All students must have a physical on file with the Athletic Department before starting tryouts or practices. If you have any questions, please let us know.

For more information, go to

http://www.stfrancishs.org/tryout-information

Cross Country Tryouts

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St. Francis Renews Agreement with adidas Team Sports

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis Catholic High School has renewed its exclusive partnership with adidas Team Sports for four years, Athletic Director Mark McGreevy announced.

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St. Francis Athletics Partners with SportsLeader

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis High School and the Troubadour Athletic Department will partner with SportsLeader over the next four years to implement their Catholic virtue-based formation program for coaches.

“In offering athletics programs at St. Francis we seek to use sport as a context for physical, intellectual, and spiritual growth,” said Athletic Director Mark McGreevy. “Our partnership with Sports Leader represents a continuation of that great Troubie tradition in a very intentional way.”

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Troubadours Place Second in Delta League All-Sports Award

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis athletic department placed second overall in the All-Sports Award standings for the Delta League among the girls programs for the 2015-16 season, losing to Davis by two points. The Troubadours recorded a league-best seven combined first and second-place finishes.

“We congratulate Davis and appreciate the great competition in our league,” said Athletic Director Mark McGreevy. “Winning is not a primary goal but a byproduct  of doing things well and we are proud of the efforts of our student-athletes and coaches.”

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Alumnae Verspieren ’12 and Murbach ’14 Making Waves with Gonzaga Rowing

GOLD RIVER, Calif. – Former Troubadour Madeleine Verspieren ’12 was drawn to the big boat setup at orientation and decided to try out a new sport. Four years later, she helped the Zags record their best NCAA finish in school history and will leave with two degrees and a feeling of accomplishment from her time on the water.

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Murbach ‘14 Named WCC All-Academic

Alumna Cheryl Murbach ’14 was named to the West Coast Conference All-Academic Team, one of three from the Gonzaga women’s rowing team to tie for league-high honors. She is a sophomore Human Physiology major with a 3.79 GPA. The Zags won the West Coast Conference title and will compete in the NCAA Championships.

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Booster Club Award Winners Announced

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Five student-athletes were recipients of the Booster Club Awards on Wednesday at the St. Francis Awards Ceremony.

Tennis and soccer player Avery Spector and volleyball player Nina Sanfilippo were the Booster Club Leadership Award winners. The recognition is given to the student or students who demonstrate leadership in athletics.

Photo Caption (From L to R): Maggie Oys (Water Polo), Ashley Newland (Soccer), Emily Peters (Swimming), Avery Spector (Tennis), Elle Minor (Water Polo), Ally Tambornini (Water Polo), Lilly Enes (Track and Field), Ariane Arndt (XC/Track and Field), Chase Worthen (Cross Country), Sydney Vandegrift (XC/Track and Field) and Shelby Tevis (Softball).
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Twenty-One Troubadours Earn River Cats All-City Sponsored by SportsStars

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis had 21 selections to the River Cats All-City teams sponsored by SportsStars presented prior to the game Sunday at Raley Field. The Troubadours had student-athletes selected to each team led by four from the Sac-Joaquin Section winning water polo team.

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Water Polo Alumnae at Aggie Shootout

DAVIS, Calif. – UC Davis hosted the Aggie Shootout Saturday but it felt like a St. Francis water polo alumnae gathering with the large number of Troubadours students, alumna and parents in attendance. The Cal Head Coach even called it “National St. Francis Day” at the pool.

Five alumnae were representing three different schools at the Aggie Shootout including Brinnley Barthels ‘14 (Pacific), Lauren Charter ‘15 (UC-Berkeley), Marisa Kolokotronis ‘13 (Brown), Kat Menz ‘12 (UC-Berkeley) and Brooke Vowell ‘12 (UC-Berkeley). 

Season highlight

2015 Water Polo Highlights

  • St. Francis went 18-7 on the season with a 2-1 mark in Delta League play.
  • Junior Sally Ferguson scored two times in the fourth period to help St. Francis to a 6-5 victory over Davis to the win the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I Championship.  It was the fourth section title in water polo for St. Francis in school history and first since 2008.
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Water Polo’s Maggie Oys Featured Comcast’s Game On!
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Water Polo’s Maggie Oys Featured Comcast’s Game On!

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Senior water polo player Maggie Oys is featured on Game ON! SportsStars Magazine Star of the Week.

Game On, hosted by Anna Kagarakis from 95.7 The Game, is a bi-weekly local sports magazine show dedicated to female athletes. The unique series includes stories that cover just about anything and everything in the world of women’s sports. From youth soccer to various high school sports, from local Olympians to extreme sports, and stories that defy age restrictions and stories that truly champion female athletes.

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Six Water Polo Standouts Earn Academic All-America Honors

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. – Six St. Francis water polo players earned Academic All-America honors from USA Water Polo, the organization announced. Student-athletes needed a 3.6 GPA on a scale of 4.0 to qualify and those that received a 4.0 GPA were honored as outstanding achievers. 

Maggie Oys garnered Academic All-America honors with outstanding achievement designation for qualifying with a 4.0 GPA or better for the second consecutive season.

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Water Polo’s Ally Tambornini in Sports Illustrated’s Faces in the Crowd

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis senior Ally Tambornini is among the six athletes featured in the Faces in the Crowd segment of this week’s edition of Sports Illustrated. Cleveland Cavaliers star Lebron James is on the cover of the December 7, 2015 edition.

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Water Polo’s Elle Minor Named SportStars SportsStar of the Week

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis senior goalie Elle Minor was named the SportStar of the Week in the November 25 edition of SportStars. Minor helped the St. Francis Water Polo team to the Sac-Joaquin Section championship on Nov. 14, holding the Davis Blue Devils to five goals in a 6-5 win.

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Three Water Polo Players Garner All-Section First Team

LODI, Calif. – The St. Francis water polo team was well represented on the Sac-Joaquin Section teams selected by the area coaches, earning three first-team members and three second-team choices, Overall, the Troubadours had eight student-athletes earn all-section accolades.

Seniors Jennalyn Barthels, Maggie Oys and Ally Tambornini were each named to the Sac-Joaquin Section first team, while Barthels and Oys earned consideration for All-America team consideration.

Water Polo Wins Section Championship over Davis
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Water Polo Wins Section Championship over Davis

ROSEVILLE, Calif. – Junior Sally Ferguson scored two times in the fourth period to help St. Francis to a 6-5 victory over Davis to the win the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I Championship.

“I am actually numb,” said Head Coach Heather Moody. “There is a group of girls that I have been working with for the last three years, 10 amazing seniors, that really set the tone for this year and took ownership of the whole group, leading and truly believing.”

It was the fourth section title in water polo for St. Francis in school history and first since 2008.

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Water Polo Advances to Section Finals

MODESTO, Calif. – Seniors Sam Reinl and Jenna Barthels each scored three goals to help St. Francis advance to the Sac-Joaquin Section finals with a 10-3 win over Lodi in a semifinal on Tuesday.

Seniors Kira Chavez, Ally Tambornini, Julie Zanobini and Maggie Oys all scored goals in the contest.

Junior Sally Ferguson led the team with four assists and Elle Minor and Maddy Vine combined to allow just three goals on the afternoon.

St. Francis will play Davis, a 13-1 winner over Lincoln of Stockton, at 4 p.m. on Saturday at Woodcreek High School.

Caption: Thirteen St. Francis Troubadours participated in the National Letter-of-Intent and College Commitment Celebration at St. Francs on Wednesday. Front Row (L to R): Katie McIntee (Swimming, San Jose State), Tiffany Wong (Diving, UC San Diego), Lilly Enes (Track & Field, Yale), Mel Baccay (Softball, Michigan State), Caroline Coyle (Crew, UCLA). Back Row (L to R): Maggie Oys (Water Polo, Santa Clara), Tia Hay (Basketball, Colorado State), Jenna Barthels (Water Polo, Cal-State Northridge), Chloe Mitchell (Swimming, Fordham), Nicole Spring (Track & Field, Brown), Julianna Qvistgaard (Crew, Cal), Julie Zanobini (Water Polo, Loyola Marymount), Ariane Arndt (Track &Field, Cal).
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2015 Fall Signing Day

Thirteen St. Francis Troubadours participated in the National Letter-of-Intent and College Commitment Celebration at St. Francs on Wednesday.

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Thirteen Seniors Make College Commitments

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Thirteen St. Francis Troubadours participated in the National Letter-of-Intent and College Commitment Celebration at St. Francis on Wednesday.

Senior Ariane Arndt, who will attend UC-Berkeley out of the Pac-12 Conference, headlined a class representing seven sports committing to 12 different schools, including five out-of-state school. The schools for the Troubie signees include Brown, Cal, Cal-State Northridge, Colorado State, Fordham, Loyola Marymount, Michigan State, San Jose State, Santa Clara, UCLA, UC San Diego and Yale.

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Countdown to Signing Day: Jenna Barthels to Sign with Cal-State Northridge

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis senior Jenna Barthels will sign with Cal-State Northridge on Wednesday to play water polo for the Matador program next fall.

“The team was amazing,” said Barthels of joining the CSUN program. “They do things together and work well together. They are such a fun group of people. I did not want to leave and I couldn’t imagine myself anywhere else.”

Barthels will play for Head Coach Marty Matthies, who is in his second season. He led the program to a second-place finish in the Big West Conference last season.

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Oys Commits to Play Water Polo at Santa Clara

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Senior Maggie Oys committed to play water polo at Santa Clara next year and will sign a National Letter-of-Intent with the Broncos on Wednesday.

“I am very excited to commit to Santa Clara,” said Oys. “It feels really good because I not only do I get to play college water polo, which was a goal and dream of mine, but I get to play in the environment that I wanted.”

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Water Polo Advances to Section Semifinals

CARMICHAEL, Calif. – St. Francis water polo advanced to the Sac-Joaquin Section semifinals with a 21-3 win over Enochs Thursday night at Jesuit High School.

St. Francis, the No. 2 seed, out-scored the Eagles 8-0 in the first quarter and 14-1 over the first half to easily cruise to the win. The Troubadours will face Lodi, an 8-7 winner over Woodcreek in one semifinal on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. in Modesto.

Jenna Barthels scored a game-high five goals for the Troubadours.

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Water Polo Hosts Enochs in Section Playoff Tilt
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis water polo team will host Enochs, a 7-5 winner over Turlock, in a second round Sac-Joaquin Section playoff game on Thursday, Nov. 4 at Jesuit High School. St. Francis received a No. 2 seed and enters the playoffs with a 15-7 overall record.

St. Francis is a three-time section champion (2005-06, 2008) and has reached the second finals in each of the last 11 seasons.

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Countdown to Signing Day: Zanobini to Play Water Polo at Loyola Marymount

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Senior water polo standout Julie Zanobini has made a verbal commitment to play at Loyola Marymount next fall and will sign with the Lion program on Nov. 11.

“It has been my dream for a while,” said Zanobini of playing at LMU. “I am so excited to get to continue playing the sport that I love. “It feels great to be a Lion.”

Zanobini has been a four-year player for the Troubadours, helping the team to three consecutive Sac-Joaquin Section finals appearances.

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Water Polo Places 10th at Nor Cal Championships

ATHERTON, Calif. – St. Francis lost 9-2 t Clovis West to finish 10th in the Nor Cal Championships Saturday. The Troubadours split two games on Saturday. Jenna Barthels scored the game winner as St. Francis defeated Acalanes to advance in the first game Saturday before falling to Clovis West in the finale.

Ally Tambornini scored six goals over three games to lead the Troubadours.

Nor Cal Championships

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Water Polo Garners No. 2 Seed in Section Bracket

ATHERTON, Calif. – The St. Francis water polo team split two matches on Friday, falling 9-7 to Miramonte in the opener and winning 6-5 over Soquel at the Nor Cal Championships in their final preparation for the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.

Senior Ally Tambornini scored twice and five players added a single tally including Jenna Barthels, Maggie Oys, Kira Chavez, Sam Reinl and Frances Barbour. St. Francis fell behind 9-3 before rallying for four goals in the fourth quarter to cut the final deficit to two.

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Get to Know: Water Polo’s #22 Maggie Oys

Senior Maggie Oys has been a four-year member of the varsity team. She is approaching 100 career goals after scoring 34 as a junior and 26 this season. 

What does senior night against Davis mean to you?
“It means a lot because it is our last game against Davis. I played for their club team and their coach. It is a good opportunity and it is always fun to play them. It is a good competition.”

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Water Polo Falls to Davis on Senior Night
Tambornini Scores Three Goals in Loss

CARMICHAEL, Calif. – Davis scored three times in the third quarter to break open a close game and held on for an 8-6 win over St. Francis Wednesday night, spoiling the senior night for the Troubadours.

St. Francis (13-5) rallied in the fourth to cut the deficit to 8-6 after trailing 7-3 after three quarters.

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Water Polo Defeats Rio Americano

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Jenna Barthels and Julie Zanobini combined for nine goals as St. Francis won 15-4 at Rio Americano on Thursday night.

The Trouabdours took an early 5-1 lead and never trailed again in the game. Rio scored three times in second but St. Francis still led 8-4 at the break. In the third, the Troubies out-scored the Raiders 4-0 and added three more goals in the fourth for the nine-goal win.

Senior Caroline Urkov added two goals and two assists, while Ally Tambornini, Sam Reinl and Frances Barour each added goals in the win.

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Get to Know: Water Polo’s #5 Nikki Chan

Nikki Chan is in her second season at St. Francis after transferring from Mira Loma HS. She competes in both water polo and swimming. She has a unique talent that runs in her family.

Why was making the varsity water polo team a big deal for you?
“I feel like going into tryouts I was unsure. I came from a rough start from water polo. It has been hard for me to get a hang of the game and it is a difficult game to understand. It was a big step for me and making varsity water polo is the final step. It shows me I have really progressed.”

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Get to Know: Water Polo’s #18 Madalyn Lavezzo

Madalyn Lavezzo is in her second season on the water polo team. She likes to sew quilts like her mother and grandmother and fishes with her dad and grandmother. She came to SF from El Camino, where she made the varsity water polo team as a freshman and was an all-tournament selection at the Sierra Shootout. 

What does it mean to you to be on the water polo team?
“I like the team aspect, being part of the team and being friends with so many amazing people.”

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Get to Know: Water Polo’s #8 Caroline Urkov

Caroline Urkov is a senior with the water polo team. She is a big fan of Beyonce (see left). She first got involved with the sport with youth clinics at McClatchy in the fifth grade and has been playing ever since. She also is a competitive swimmer.

What is the fascination with Beyonce?
“I love Beyonce, honestly. Her music is so great and I want to hear it all the time. It brings pleasure to my ears. She is a queen.”

Photo by Izzy Quiniola, Sports Media Club
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Water Polo Defeats McClatchy

CARMICHAEL, Calif. – Senior Caroline Urkov scored four goals and Jenna Barthels and Maggie Oys each added three as St. Francis posted a 17-1 victory over McClatchy Friday night.

“It felt great to contribute to the team and another victory,” said Urkov. “It is always good practice with the more games we get.”

The Troubadours (11-3) led 11-0 after three quarters and allowed a single goal in the final period while adding five goals.

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Get to Know: Water Polo’s #7 Ally Tambornini

Ally Tambornini is in her second year on the varsity water polo team. She has 12 goals and 11 assists on the season for 23 points, ranking fourth on the team in goals and points. She loves to eat ice cream (at least once a day) and used to be into theatre. She swims the 50 and 500 freestyle in the spring on the swim team.

Day one without braces…What does it feel like?
“It feels so good. I love eating even more than I did before. Now I can eat more without worrying about it and I’ll have more energy in the pool.”

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Water Polo Rolls to 27-0 Win

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Madalyn Lavezzo, Hannah Warren and Kira Chavez each scored four goals to lead St. Francis to a 27-0 win over Monterey Trail in a Delta League water polo match Wednesday at Jesuit High School.

Overall, seven players scored two or more goals in the game. Junior Sally Ferguson tallied three scores, while Frances Barbour, Sam Reinl and Aubree Barr found the cage two times each. Jenna Barthels, Ally Tambornini, Caroline Urkov, Kobe Carpenter, Julie Zanobini and Rocky Mudd also scored for the Troubadours.

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Water Polo Splits Two Matches at Woodcreek

ROSEVILLE, Calif. – Ally Tambornini scored three times as St. Francis defeated Sonora 9-3 to finish pool play 1-1 on the first day of the Woodcreek Tournament.  The Troubies lost to Monte Vista 7-3 earlier in the day.

Senior Maggie Oys added two goals and four players had single goals in the contest including Kira Chavez, Caroline Urkov, Sam Reinl and Sally Ferguson.

In the opener against Monte Vista, Reinl scored two times and Julie Zanobini also found the cage.

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Water Polo Shuts Out Franklin

ELK GROVE, Calif. – Three players scored three goals each and seven with multiple goals as St. Francis blanked Franklin 24-0. Overall, 14 players scored for St. Francis.

Ali Tambornini had a team-best seven assists to contribute to the offensive explosion.

St. Francis (6-1) is off before traveling to St. Mary’s on Sept. 24.

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Get to Know: Water Polo’s #9 Sam Reinl

Senior Sam Reinl was one of the featured student-athletes in the game program against El Camino.

What do you love about water polo?

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Get to Know: Water Polo’s #2 Jenna Barthels

What does playing water polo for St. Francis mean to you?

“It is my family. It means a team that I see in the halls and we can know what exactly what we are thinking without talking. It means competing and playing with my team and family.”

How did you get into the sport?
“I did swim team and I hate swimming. My dad signed me up to do rec at McClatchy with my sister. We got asked to play for American River and we kept getting better. I kept watching my sister get better and I had to keep up with her.”

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Senior Barthels Scores Seven Goals in 15-6 Win

CARMICHAEL, Calif. – Senior Jenna Barthels scored seven goals to lead St. Francis water polo to a 15-6 win over El Camino Monday night. She leads the team with 20 goals on the season.

“We feel good,” said Barthels. “We have to work on our 6 on 5 but we are going to come out just as strong in our next few games.”

St. Francis (5-1) scored four goals in the first period and nine in the second and never looked back in winning their home opener. The game was broadcast live on TroubieTV.

Photo by Maile Imboden
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Junior Varsity Water Polo Wins Three at McClatchy Tournament

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis junior varsity water polo team went undefeated in three games in the McClatchy JV Tournament on Saturday.

St. Francis defeated El Camino 9-5, Rio Americano 7-2 and McClatchy 13-3.

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First TroubieTV Broadcast Monday
Water Polo vs. El Camino Live at 7:15 p.m.

St. Francis is excited to provide fans with live-stream broadcasts of Troubadours athletic events! If you are unable to attend a Troubadours sporting event, you don’t have to miss out on the action! Watch our games live online on the NFHS Network from anywhere in the world on your iPhone, Android, tablet or computer.

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Water Polo Splits Two in Tournament

ATHERTON, Calif. – Maggie Oys and Jenna Barthels combined for seven goals as St. Francis defeated St. Ignatius Friday at the St. Francis Autumn Invitational.

The Troubadours jumped out to a 5-1 and cruised to the victory as seven players scored in the match. Seniors Kira Chavez, Caroline Urkov, Julie Zanobini and Sam Reinl scored. Junior Hannah Warren and sophomore Kobe Carpenter also added a goal for St. Francis.

Barthels added four assists in the game, while Urkov had three.

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Water Polo Scores 19 in Win over Granite Bay

GRANITE BAY, Calif. – Senior Maggie Oys scored five times among six players who tallied multiple goals in the game as St. Francis opened the 2015 season with a 19-5 win over Granite Bay.

Senior Caroline Urkov, sophomore Kobe Carpenter and senior Julie Zanobini each scored three goals in the win, while senior Jennalyn Barhtels and Kira Chavez scored two each.

St. Francis competes in the St. Francis Autumn Invitational on Friday and Saturday in Mountain View.

St. Francis 19, Granite Bay 5

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Water Polo to Scrimmage in Mountain View

SACRAMENTO, Calif.  – The St. Francis water polo programs will scrimmage on Saturday at St. Francis Mountain View with teams from Clovis and St. Francis. Both teams will play three matches and the scrimmages will consist of 5 nine-minute running periods with a two-minute break. The JV will play 5 seven-minute periods.

St. Francis Scramble

9 a.m. – St. Francis JV vs. St. Francis MV JV

1030am – St. Francis Varsity vs. St. Francis MV Varsity

1215pm – St. Francis Varsity vs. Clovis Varsity

St. Francis Varsity Water Polo Team 
First Row (L to R): Maddy Vine, Kobe Carpenter, Rocky Mudd, Jenna Barthels, Julie Zanobini, Sally Ferguson, Hannah Warren. Back Row (L to R): Ally Tambornini, Elle Minor, Nikki Chan, Aubree Barr, Sam Reinl, Madalyn Lavezzo, Kira Chavez, Maggie Oys, Francis Barbour, Caroline Urkov.
Roster

2015 Varsity Water Polo Roster

 

# Name Position Height Class Hometown (Previous School)
1 Elizabeth Minor G 5-8 Sr. Sacramento (OLA)
1A Maddy Vine UT 5-5 Jr. Sacramento (St. Mary’s)
2 Jenna Barthels UT 5-6 Sr. Sacramento (Cal Middle)
4 Kira Chavez UT 5-7 Sr. El Dorado Hills (Rolling Hills Middle)
5 Nikki Chan UT 5-7 Sr.  Gold River (Mira Loma HS)
7 Ally Tambornini UT 5-7 Sr. Sacramento (Arden Middle)
8 Caroline Urkov UT 5-6 Sr. Sacramento (Cal Middle)
9 Sam Reinl UT 5-9 Sr. Sacramento (Holy Spirit)
10 Sally Ferguson UT 5-7 Jr. Sacramento (Sutter Middle)
11 Kobe Carpenter UT 5-5 So. Gold River (St. John Vianney)
12 Julie Zanobini UT 5-4 Sr. Davis (St. James)
14 Frances Barbour UT 5-6 Sr. Sacramento (Sutter Middle)
17 Aubree Barr UT 5-10 Jr. Sacramento (St. Robert)
18 Madalyn Lavezzo UT 5-7 Sr. Sacramento (Arcade Middle)
20 Hannah Warren UT 5-5 Jr. Fair Oaks (Orangevale Open)
22 Maggie Oys UT 5-8 Sr. Davis (St. James)
24 Rocky Mudd UT 5-2 Jr. Suisan City (Holy Spirit Fairfield)

Head Coach: Heather Moody (Third Season)

Assistant Coach: Jessica Hamby (First Season)

Captains: TBA

St. Francis Varsity Water Polo Team: 

Seniors (9): Jennalyn Barthels, Kira Chavez, Maggie Oys, Madalyn Lavezzo, Elizabeth Minor, Samantha Reinl, Alyssa Tambornini, Caroline Urkov, Julie Zanobini

Juniors (7): Frances Barbour, Aubree Barr, Gabrielle Casentini, Sally Ferguson, Rocky Mudd, Maddy Vine, Hannah Warren          

Sophomore (1): Kobe Carpenter

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2015 Junior Varsity Water Polo Roster

 

# Name Class Hometown (Previous School)
1 Ari Miggins Sophomore Folsom
2 Izzie Linne Sophomore Sacramento
3 Chloe King Sophomore Sacramento
4. Hayley Hoang Freshman Sacramento
5 Maddie Lima Sophomore Penn Valley
6 Bella Sandoval Sophomore Sacramento
7 Annie Barrett Sophomore Meadow Vista
8 Makena Wahl Freshman West Sacramento
9 Emily Jones Sophomore Sacramento
10 Kaitlynn O’Neill Sophomore Roseville
11 Allison Dowdell Sophomore Sacramento
12 Hailey Malone Sophomore Sacramento
13 Charisma Powning Sophomore Sacramento
14 Morgan Kaeser Sophomore Sacramento
15 Abbey Berg Freshman Sacramento
16  Emma Fries Sophomore Sacramento
17 Malia Arnott Freshman Sacramento
18 Natalie Imboden Sophomore Sacramento
19 Libby Price Sophomore Sacramento
20 Ashley Wyant Sophomore  Roseville
21 Grace Klas Sophomore Placerville
22 Maddie Brown Sophomore Roseville
23 Piper Hechtl Freshman Davis
24 Katie Klokkevold Sophomore  
25 Taylor Garrett Freshman Sacramento
26 Isabella McGinness Freshman Sacramento
27 Kate Janicki Freshman Carmichael
28 Kathryn Kane Freshman Carmichael
29 Clairise Tapken Sophomore Granite Bay
30 Emalee Lavezzo Freshman Sacramento

Co-Head Coach: Anne Scott, Michelle Kaplan

Athletic schedule

2015 Varsity Water Polo Schedule

Date Opponent Site Time/Result
Sept. 8 at Granite Bay (JV/V) Granite Bay W, 19-5
Sept. 11 at St. Francis MV (V) Mountain View Schedule (PDF)
Sept. 12 at. St. Francis MV (V) Mountain View Results
Sept. 14 El Camino (JV/V) Jesuit W, 15-6
Sept. 16 at Franklin* (V) Wackford W, 24-0
Sept. 24 at St. Mary’s (JV/V) St. Mary’s W, 8-6
Sept. 25 at Capital Challenge (V) Woodcreek Results
Sept. 26 at Capital Challenge (V) Woodcreek All Day
Oct. 7 Monterey Trail* (V) Jesuit W, 27-0
Oct. 9 McClatchy (JV/V) Jesuit W, 17-1
Oct. 15 at Rio Americano (JV/V) Rio Americano W, 15-4
Oct. 17 vs. St. Francis (V) Sacred Heart W, 7-6
Oct. 17 at Sacred Heart (V) Sacred Heart L, 7-5
Oct. 28 Davis* (Senior Night) Jesuit L, 8-6
Oct. 30 at Nor Cal Championships (V) Palo Alto Results
Oct. 31 at Nor Cal Championships (V) Palo Alto Results
Nov. 5 Enochs at Sac-Joaquin Section Jesuit W, 21-3
Nov. 10 at Sac-Joaquin Section Johansen TBA
Nov. 14 at Sac-Joaquin Section Woodcreek TBA

:*Delta League

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Former Collegiate Basketball Coach and AD Morrison Speaks to Athletics Department

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Former college basketball coach and athletic director Stan Morrison was the keynote speaker for the St. Francis athletics department retreat in August 2015. Morrison started his coaching career at El Camino High School before embarking on a career that would include head coaching jobs at Pacific, USC, San Jose State Basketball coach and as the AD at both UC Santa Barbara and UC Riverside.

Morrison had several messages for the Troubadour coaches intertwined among his tremendous coaching experiences and stories that highlighted his talking points.

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Water Polo Tryout and Practice Schedules

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis varsity water polo tryouts start on Aug. 12 from 7-9 p.m. at Jesuit High School and continue Aug. 13 and 14. All participants need to have a current physical on form with St. Francis prior to participation. Junior Varsity (no-cut) will have practice Aug. 12-14 from 5-7 p.m. each night at Rosemont High School. (Freshmen are excused from practice Friday).

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Water Polo Standout Charter Named to All-America Team

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Former St. Francis water polo standout Lauren Charter ‘15 was named to the 2014-15 NISCA/Speedo Girls All-America Water Polo third team.

Charter scored a team-best 55 goals and 78 points to lead the Troubadours to the CIF Sac-Joaquin Division I finals for the third consecutive season in 2014. A three-time USA Water Polo Academic All-American, she earned all-section and All-Delta League first-team honors and finished her career with 109 career goals.

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Troubie Trio Help Gonzaga at NCAA Rowing

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Cherie Murbach ’14, Heather Handy ‘14 and Madeleine Vespieren ‘12 competed for Gonzaga in the NCAA Rowing Championships held on Lake Natoma this past weekend.

Murbach, who competed in water polo and track at St. Francis, Handy (golf) and Vespieren (tennis) were on the Second Varsity 8 for the Zags and helped the team to a 17th-place overall finish. It was the second NCAA appearance in school history after the team won the West Coast Conference title.

Eleven St. Francis Troubadours were among the honorees at the 2014-15 River Cats All-City team (From L to R): Ariane Arndt, Nicole Spring, Kyle Green, Anna Donald, Danika Bailey, Lauren Charter, Anna Gregg, Jennalyn Barthels and Chloe Mitchell (Not pictured Lauren Craig and Peyton Bilo).
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Eleven Troubies Earn River Cats All-City Honors
Soccer's Gregg Named Soccer Player of the Year

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Sacramento River Cats honored 11 St. Francis student-athletes as members of the 2014-15 River Cats All-City teams in a ceremony before the game Sunday against Memphis at Raley Field.

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River Cats All-City Team
11 Troubaours Receive Local Honor

The Sacramento River Cats recognized their 2014-15 All-City team before today’s baseball game. Eleven Troubadours were selected to the respective sports all-city teams and senior soccer player Anna Gregg was named the River Cats Girls Soccer Player of the Year for the second consecutive season.

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River Cats to Honor 11 Troubadours with All-City Honors

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Sacramento River Cats will honor 11 St. Francis student-athletes as members of the 2014-15 River Cats All-City teams in a ceremony before the game against Memphis on Sunday, May 24 at Raley Field.

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Booster Club Leadership and Scholar-Athlete Scholarship Awards Announced

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The St. Francis Booster Club Leadership and Scholar-Athlete Scholarship Awards were presented at the Senior Awards Ceremony May 13 and numerous student-athletes were recognized among the honorees.

Soccer player Anna Gregg and water polo’s Lauren Charter received the Scholar-Athlete Awards, while cross country/track athlete Miranda Myers and basketball player Susie Rogers received the Leadership Awards. 

Each student-athlete will receive a $1000 scholarship to be used for their school. 

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Top of the Class: Student-Athletes Rafeld and Cunningham to Take Center Stage at Graduation

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Seniors Annie Rafeld and Cami Cunningham are shining examples of a senior class that has made an impact on the school and the entire Troubie community. On graduation night, they will receive the ultimate honor as the chosen representatives for their class. Rafeld, who is from Granite Bay, is the valedictorian, while Cunningham, a Yuba City product, is the class salutatorian.

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Water Polo’s Lauren Charter Named Lacky Scholarship Award Winner

LODI, Calif. – St. Francis senior Lauren Charter was named one of 48 winners of the A. Dale Lacky/CSEA Scholarship awarded by the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section office at a ceremony at Hutchins Street Square in Lodi on Tuesday. Charter was the top female student-athlete selected to represent the Delta League and will receive a $600 scholarship.

Nicole (‘16) and Alex Freund (’18) are on the track and field team #NationalSiblingDay #TroubieTakeover
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St. Francis Athletics Celebrates National Sibling Day – April 10

St. Francis is known for its sisterhood. Here is a collection of photos of Troubie sisters who play sports for the Troubadours, as well as shots with their sports-playing brothers at Jesuit in honor of National Sibling Day.

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Buhler Sortex Inc. Commits to Water Polo Sponsorship

THANK YOU to water polo team sponsor Buhler Sortex Inc., courtesy of Anthony and Michelle Chavez (Kira ’16), for supporting the Troubadours.

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Charter Family Signs Up as Water Polo Team Sponsors

THANK YOU to Brian and Julie Charter (Lauren ‘15) for their water polo team sponsorship.

Team sponsorships include a table for eight at the SFHS Booster Club Crab Feed, Adidas apparel and special barware and recognition at the event. 

If you are interested in sponsoring Water Polo or any of the 12 Troubadour programs, click on the link: https://stfrancishs.formstack.com/forms/crabfeedsponsor

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Tambornini and Eason Families Renew Water Polo Sponsorship

THANK YOU to Kyle and Michelle Tambornini (Alyssa ‘16) and Matt and Jennifer Eason for their water polo team sponsorship again this year.

If you are interested in sponsoring Water Polo or any of the 12 Troubadour programs, click on the link: https://stfrancishs.formstack.com/forms/crabfeedsponsor

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Lavezzo’s Commit to Swimming and Water Polo Team Sponsorships

THANK YOU to Rick and Angela Lavezzo (Madalyn ‘16) for supporting the Troubadours by signing up for 2015 swimming and water polo team sponsorships, a renewal from last year.  Team sponsorships include a table for eight at the SFHS Booster Club Crab Feed, Adidas apparel and special barware and recognition at the event.

If you are interested in sponsoring any of the 12 Troubadour programs, click on the link: https://stfrancishs.formstack.com/forms/crabfeedsponsor

#BestofSF2014 Cross Country’s Third-Place Finish at the State Meet
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#BestofSF2014 What was your favorite St. Francis Athletics moment in 2014?

A collection of some of the top moments from the 2014 year from the St. Francis Athletics department.

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Zanobinis First to Signup for Team Sponsorship

The St. Francis Water Polo program got an early Christmas present this morning when Chris and Mary Zanobini were the first to sign-up for their 2015 team sponsorship, a renewal from last year. THANK YOU to the Zanobinis for their support of the Troubadours. Team sponsorships include a table for four at the SFHS Booster Club Crab Feed, Adidas apparel and special barware and recognition at the event. If you are interested in sponsoring Water Polo or any of the 12 Troubadour programs, click on the link: https://stfrancishs.formstack.com/forms/crabfeedsponsor

Season highlight

2014 Water Polo Highlights

  • St. Francis advanced to the Sac-Joaquin Division I Section Finals before losing to Delta League and section rival Davis. The Troubadours went 17-11 on the season with a 2-1 mark in league play.
  • Charter was named the team’s Most Valuable Player She scored a team-best 55 goals and 78 points to lead the Troubadours to the CIF Sac-Joaquin Division I finals for the third consecutive season. A two-time USA Water Polo Academic All-American, she earned all-section and All-Delta League first-team honors in 2014.
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Water Polo Banquet

Senior Lauren Charter was selected the team’s Player of the Year at the St. Francis water polo team banquet on Dec. 9.

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Charter Headlines Water Polo Honorees at Banquet

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Senior Lauren Charter was selected the team’s Player of the Year at the St. Francis water polo team banquet Tuesday night.

Charter scored a team-best 55 goals and 78 points to lead the Troubadours to the CIF Sac-Joaquin Division I finals for the third consecutive season. A two-time USA Water Polo Academic All-American, she earned all-section and All-Delta League first-team honors in 2014. She finished her career with 109 career goals and will compete for California next fall.

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Water Polo Finishes Season with Loss in Section Finals

ROSEVILLE, Calif. – The St. Francis water polo team put in a valiant effort but fell in the Sac-Joaquin Section playoff finals to Davis 7-4 at Roseville Aquatic Complex Saturday.

“We were the underdogs coming in,” said Head Coach Heather Moody. “I thought we performed really well. I am really stoked because as a group, we stepped up and really took on the game.”

St. Francis finished second in the section overall and recorded a 17-11 overall record.

The Troubadours scored first on a goal by junior Jennalyn Barthels to take the early advantage.

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JV Water Polo Photos

Photos from the 2014 Junior Varsity Water Polo season.

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Cross Country and Water Polo Section Finals Live Online

The Sac-Joaquin Section and the NFHS Network will broadcast the section cross country championships Saturday morning starting at 9 a.m. and each of the water polo finals including the St. Francis-Davis matchup at 3:30 p.m.

Fans must register on the NFHS page and there is a daily fee to see the section playoff game.

Regular season St. Francis broadcasts are free.

Cross Country Section Meet

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Oys and Zanobini Lead Water Polo into Section Finals

CLOVIS, Calif. – Juniors Maggie Oys and Julie Zanobini scored a combined four goals in the second half to help No. 2 seed St. Francis advance to the Sac-Joaquin Section finals against Davis with an 8-4 win on Thursday.

 “It feels really good,” said Oys. “I am really proud of the way the team played and I am looking forward to Saturday.”

Both Oys and Zanobini are from Davis and led the charge in the second half to setup the section championship appearance against rival Davis.

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Nine St. Francis Seniors Make College Commitments

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Nine St. Francis High School seniors signed a National Letter-of-Intent or made a commitment to play collegiate sports next year at schools across the country Wednesday. They were recognized on campus as part of the school’s formal fall signing day recognition.

The event was broadcast on the TroubieTV Network on PlayOn Sports.

St. Francis National Letter of Intent Signees

Danika Bailey, Softball, California

Lauren Charter, Water Polo, California

Erin Crooks, Swimming, Lafayette

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Water Polo Advances to Section Semifinals

LODI, Calif. – The St. Francis water polo team advanced to the Sac-Joaquin Section semifinals with a 9-5 win over Granite Bay Tuesday at Tokay High School.

“It was a good team attack,” said Head Coach Heather Moody. “We started out slow again so that is concerning so we will work on that for Thursday’s game. Once we got going and communicating, the defense definitely picked up.”

Lodi jumped out to a 1-0 lead to start the game. But the Troubadours settled and led 3-1 after the first period. They extended the lead to 7-2 at the half and the Flames never got any closer.

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St. Francis to Hold College Commitment/NLI Celebration

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis will be holding a press-conference event on Wednesday, November 12 at 9 a.m., in the CLC on campus to celebrate our students who have committed to participate in collegiate athletics for the ”early” signing date of the National Letter of Intent program. 

The event will be broadcast on the TroubieTV Network online. Family, friend and fans can watch the event for free by registering on the PlayOn! Sports NFHS Network.

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Water Polo Rolls into Section Quarterfinals

MODESTO, Calif. – The St. Francis water polo team rolled past Enochs 22-2 in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs at Johansen High School Saturday afternoon.

“We are really excited,” said senior Annie Rafeld, who scored two goals and added an assist. “We are taking it one game at a time. I really want us to get to the final game and win everything.”

St. Francis jumped out to a 4-0 lead after the first quarter but Head Coach Heather Moody was not happy with how the team was playing.

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Charter to Play Water Polo at Cal

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Senior water polo player Lauren Charter grew up in a Cal Bear family and now she will continue the legacy after receiving an offer to play for the UC-Berkeley water polo program next year.

“Cal has been a major part of my life,” said Charter. “I will be a fourth generation student at Cal. I was born and raised as a Cal Bear and I am so glad I get to carry on that tradition. To be a student-athlete at such a premier school, it is unimaginable. I am so honored and thankful. It has been my dream to go to Cal and be able to play.”

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Volleyball Seeded Fourth in Section Playoffs

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis volleyball team is seeded fourth in the Sac-Joaquin Section playoff bracket announced Wednesday afternoon.

St. Francis (28-11) will host 13th-seeded Woodcreek on Tuesday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. with the winner advancing to play the winner of No. 5 Granite Bay and No. 12 Franklin-EG. The Troubadours would host the quarterfinal game on Thursday, Nov. 13.

The semifinals will be played on Tuesday, Nov. 18 at school sites with the section final at U.C. Davis at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 21.

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Water Polo Closes Nor Cals with Overtime Loss

PALO ALTO, Calif. – Senior Lauren Charter scored four times in an overtime loss to Acalanes to close play at the Nor Cal Championships Saturday for the St. Francis water polo team.

The Troubadours led at the break 5-3 and had a two-goal lead entering the fourth. But Acalanes scored twice in the fourth to tie the game and won the game with three goals in overtime.

Juniors Jennalyn Barthels, Kira Chavez and Maggie Oys also scored in the contest.

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Water Polo Wins in Double Overtime over Clovis North

Photo by Mary Zanobini

PALO ALTO, Calif. – Junior Sam Reinl scored in sudden death on an assist from Ali Tambornini to give St. Francis an 11-10 win over Clovis North at the Nor Cal Championships.

It helped the Troubadours finish their first day with a split after dropping a 12-4 decision to Campolindo in the opening games.

Junior Maggie Oys tied the game with less than one minute left to force the overtime periods. St. Francis has led 8-5 going into the fourth period before Clovis North scored four times to take a 9-8 lead.

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Water Polo Falls at Davis

DAVIS, Calif. – St. Francis trailed 6-5 entering the fourth quarter but Davis scored six straight to record a 12-6 win Tuesday at the Schaal Aquatic Center.

“Down by one heading into the fourth was a great opportunity, I was really happy where we were,” said Head Coach Heather Moody. “We had a few mental lapses defensively and that gave them the opportunity.”

Senior Lauren Charter and Sally Ferguson each scored twice in the contest. Juniors Jenna Barthels and Julie Zanobini also scored for the Troubadours.

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Water Polo Closes Home Schedule with Senior Night Win

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – As the final seconds ticked off the game clock, it was fitting that all four seniors were in the water as St. Francis closed its home campaign with a 14-9 win over Granite Bay Monday night.

“It was kinda surreal,” said senior Lauren Charter, who had four goals in the win. “The four years I have here have gone so fast. This was a nice way to end a big part of my experience at St. Francis. It felt good to be with a team that I love and have a good game.”

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Water Polo Drops Two in Clovis

CLOVIS, Calif. – The St. Francis water polo team lost two matches in Clovis Saturday, dropping an 11-5 game to Clovis West and 10-2 decision to Clovis.

The Troubadours trailed 7-4 against Clovis West entering the fourth period but were unable to get a closer. Senior Lauren Charter scored twice and Jennalyn Barthels and Sam Reinl each added goals.

In the second game, Clovis defeated the Troubadours 10-2 with Barthels and Reinl both scoring.

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Rafeld and Urkov Lead Water Polo to Win over McClatchy

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Senior Annie Rafeld and junior Caroline Urkov each scored a career-high four goals to lead St. Francis to a 17-3 win over McClatchy Tuesday night at Jesuit High School.

St. Francis (12-4) scored five goals in each of the first two periods to build a 10-1 lead and added four in the third and three in the fourth to win their 12th game of the year.

Junior Jennalyn Barthels and senior Lauren Charter also added three goals. Junior Sam Reinl found the back of the cage two times and senior Bella Smith scored once.

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Water Polo Wins Rivalry Game with Rio

ARDEN TOWN, Calif. – Senior Lauren Charter scored four goals to pace the Troubadours to a 8-7 victory over Rio Americano in a rivalry game that dates back 20 years between the schools.

“It was exciting and it was a real team effort,” said Charter. “We started off a little slow but it proved a lot that we were able to comeback from being down and get control of the game. It was one of our hardest games of the season.”

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Get to Know: Water Polo’s #3 Hannah Milanowski

Senior Hannah Milanowski was featured in the game day program for the matchup against Del Oro on Oct. 8.

Press release

Reinl, Chavez Lead Water Polo to Big Victory

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Junior Sam Reinl scored six goals and junior Kira Chavez added five to lead St. Francis to a 26-3 win over Monterey Trail Wednesday.

The Troubadours scored 14 times in the opening period and led 18-0 at halftime. Junior Elle Minor had nine saves in the cage and only allowed three goals in the game.

Senior Bella Smith and junior Jennalyn Barthels each scored three times, while junior Caroline Urkov, senior Lauren Charter, junior Julie Zanobini and sophomore Alyssa Tamborni scored twice in the contest.

Press release

Water Polo Finishes Play at California Capital Challenge

ROSEVILLE, Calif. – Lauren Charter scored five goals in a win over Bella Vista Saturday morning but the Troubadours fell in the ninth-place game to Oakdale Saturday afternoon.

Charter led the Troubadours to their second win over Bella Vista this week Saturday morning, finding the back of the cage five times. Junior Kira Chavez added two goals, while junior Jennalyn Barthels, senior Hannah Milanowski and junior Sam Reinl also scored.

Oakdale defeated St. Francis 6-2 despite goals by Charter and junior Maggie Oys.

Photo gallery

Water Polo Photos vs. Bella Vista (9/24/14)

Senior Lauren Charter scored five times and juniors Jenna Barthels and Maggie Oys each added three goals as St. Francis beat Bella Vista 17-9.

Photo gallery

Water Polo Photos vs. Franklin (9/17/14)

Juniors Kira Chavez and Sam Reinl each scored three goals among 12 players overall who scored in a 21-0 victory over Franklin at the Jesuit pool.

Photo gallery

Water Polo vs. Del Oro (9/12/14)

Junior Ali Tambornini and senior Lauren Charter each scored four goals to lead the St. Francis water polo team to a 16-5 victory over Del Oro at the Jesuit High school pool.

Photo gallery

Water Polo vs. St. Mary’s (9/3/14)

Press release

Barthels Scores Seven Goals in Tournament Split

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis water polo team split two matches Friday in the California Capital Challenge.

The Troubadours lost their opening match in the afternoon 12-5 to Las Lomas. Maggie Oys scored three times and Jennalyn Barthels added two scores in the loss.

The Troubadours rebounded in the evening match with a win over Amador Valley. Barthels scored five times in the blowout 14-2 win. Oys and Alyssa Tambornini each scored twice while the Troubadours got single goals from Lauren Charter, Frances Barbour, Annie Rafeld and Caroline Urkov.

Video

TroubieTV: Water Polo Highlights vs. Bella Vista (Sept. 24)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Watch highlights from the St. Francis-Bella Vista match on Sept. 24 produced by TroubieTV.

Press release

Water Polo Posts 17-9 Victory over Bella Vista

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Senior Lauren Charter scored five times and juniors Jenna Barthels and Maggie Oys each added three goals as St. Francis beat Bella Vista 17-9 Wednesday night.

“I think we came out tonight and we really wanted to win,” said Barthels. “We came out as a team and we tried our hardest and that put us in lead in the beginning.”

Press release

Seven Water Polo Standouts Earn Academic All-America Honors

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. – Seven St. Francis water polo players earned Academic All-America honors from USA Water Polo, the organization announced. Student-athletes needed a 3.6 GPA on a scale of 4.0 to qualify, while those that received a 4.0 GPA were honored as outstanding achievers. 

Senior Lauren Charter garnered Academic All-America honors with outstanding achievement designation for qualifying with a 4.0 GPA or better for the second consecutive season. Juniors Maggie Oys and Caroline Urkov joined Charter with the elite distinction.

Press release

Water Polo Defeats Vintage 6-4

NAPA, Calif. – Juniors Sam Reinl and Jennalyn Barthels scored twice to lead St. Francis to a 6-4 win over Vintage Thursday afternoon.

The Troubadours held the Crushers scoreless in the first half to build and early 2-0 lead. The scoring picked up in the third as the teams combined to score five goals but the Troubadours finished the period with a 5-2 lead.

Vintage scored twice in the fourth but St. Francis prevailed 6-4.

Senior Lauren Charter and junior Maggie Oys each added goals in the victory.

Press release

Water Polo Posts 21-0 Shutout over Franklin

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Juniors Kira Chavez and Sam Reinl each scored three goals among 12 players overall who scored in a 21-0 victory over Franklin Wednesday at the Jesuit pool.

“I think we played well as a team and we had a really good counter attack offense,” said Chavez. “We executed pretty well.”

St. Francis (5-2) scored 11 times in the opening period and four times in the second to build a 15-0 halftime lead. The Troubadours added three goals in each of the final two periods and held Franklin scoreless to post the shutout.

Press release

Get to Know: Water Polo’s #16 Annie Rafeld

Senior Annie Rafeld was featured in the game day program for the matchup against Del Oro on Spet. 11.

How did you get into Water Polo?

“My brother played water polo when he was at Jesuit and he was the captain and a really good goalie. So I decided to try it out. I started playing and I stuck with it. I am not serious about it. I like it for the social aspect of the team.”

St. Francis Troubies in front of St. Francis High School campus in Mountain View #TroubieTakeover
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Water Polo Finishes with Win at St. Francis Invitational

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – The St. Francis water polo team split a pair of games at the St. Francis Autumn Invitational Saturday, finishing with win over Leland. The Troubadours are now 4-2 on the season after going 2-2 in the tournament.

St. Francis lost a tough overtime contest to host St. Francis Mountain View Saturday morning. Senior Lauren Charter tied the game with 30 seconds left to force the extra period but St. Francis scored a golden goal in the first possession of the overtime.

Press release

Water Polo Splits Two Games at St. Francis Invitational

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – The St. Francis water polo team split two matches on Friday to open the St. Francis Autumn Invitational. Junior Maggie Oys scored three goals on the day, tallying two in the first and added the only Troubadour goal in a 4-1 loss to Clovis in the second.

The Troubadours opened the tournament with a 9-7 victory over Castilleja Friday afternoon.

Jennalyn Barthels and Julie Zanobini scored twice against Castilleja, while Caroline Urkov, Lauren Charter and Emily Reinl each added a single goal.

Press release

Water Polo Defeats Del Oro 16-5

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Junior Ali Tambornini and senior Lauren Charter each scored four goals to lead the St. Francis water polo team to a 16-5 victory over Del Oro Thursday night at the Jesuit High school pool.

“I am pretty happy with our approach in the game and being as focused as we were,” said Head Coach Heather Moody. “We did not know anything about Del Oro so we played our style of water polo.”

St. Francis (2-0) scored at least three goals in each quarter and got a strong performance from goalie Elizabeth Minor, who made four saves.

Press release

Water Polo’s Lauren Charter #TroubieTakeover Annoucement

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Senior water polo standout Lauren Charter will takeover the St. Francis social media pages this weekend to document the team’s trip to Mountain View to play in the St. Francis Autumn Invitational. Check out #TroubieTakeover on Facebook, Twitter and Intragram for all the updates.

Press release

Get to Know: Water Polo’s Lauren Charter

Senior Lauren Charter was featured in the game day program for the season opener against St. Mary’s on Sept. 2.

How did you get into Water Polo?
“I tried a six week course over the summer going into 8th-grade year. I really liked it immediately. The first day I came home from practice my mom told my dad we had to call the soccer coach because I was going to quit after 12 years of playing. I tried to do both for a year and I had to make a decision. I am happy that I did.”

Press release

Water Polo Opens with Big Win over St Mary’s

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Four players scored two or more goals and the St. Francis defense made a strong season opening statement in posting a 12-4 victory over St. Mary’s of Stockton Tuesday night.

“It was a great win,” said Head Coach Heather Moody. “It was a good opening to the season and everyone got to play which was huge. It was a good overall team win.”

St. Francis built a 3-0 lead in the first quarter and extended the advantage to 7-1 at the break. Julie Zanobini scored twice in the first along with captain Hannah Milanowski.

Press release

Water Polo Season Preview
Troubadours Take on St. Mary’s Tuesday

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis water polo team opens its 2014 season Tuesday against St. Mary’s of Stockton in what should be a challenging opener for the Troubadours. The two schools faced off last season two times, splitting the matches.

St. Francis Varsity Water Polo Team 
First Row (L to R): Caroline Urkov, Lauren Charter, Hannah Milanowski, Julie Zanobini, Sally Ferguson, Isabella Smith, Alyssa Tambornini, Madelyn Lavezzo. Back Row (L to R): Maggie Oys, Samantha Reinl, Frances Barbour, Jennalyn Barthels, Elizabeth Minor, Kira Chavez and Annie Rafeld.
Roster

2014 Varsity Water Polo Roster

# Name Position Height Class Hometown (Previous School)
1 Elizabeth Minor G 5-8 Jr. Sacramento (OLA)
3 Hannah Milanowski UT 5-3 Sr. Shingle Springs (Ponderosa HS)
4 Kira Chavez UT 5-7 Jr. El Dorado Hills (Rolling Hills Middle)
5 Jennalyn Barthels UT 5-6 Jr. Sacramento (Cal Middle)
6 Caroline Urkov UT 5-6 Jr. Sacramento (Cal Middle)
7 Lauren Charter UT 5-6 Sr. Sacramento (Holy Spirit)
8 Frances Barbour UT 5-6 So. Sacramento (Sutter)
9 Samantha Reinl UT 5-9 Jr. Sacramento (Holy Spirit)
10 Sally Ferguson UT 5-7 So. Sacramento (Sutter)
12 Julie Zanobini UT 5-4 Jr. Davis (St. James)
14 Alyssa Tambornini UT 5-7 Jr. Sacramento (Arden Middle)
15 Bella Smith UT 5-7 Sr. Sacramento (Holy Spirit)
16 Annie Rafeld UT 5-7 Sr. Granite Bay (St. Rose)
18 Madalyn Lavezzo UT 5-7 Jr. Sacramento (Arcade Middle)
22 Maggie Oys UT 5-8 Jr. Davis (St. James)

Head Coach: Heather Moody (2nd season)

Assistant Coach: Anne Scott (4th season)

Captains: Lauren Charter and Hannah Milanowski

St. Francis Varsity Water Polo Team:

Seniors (4): Lauren Charter, Hannah Milanowski, Annie Rafeld, Isabella Smith

Juniors (9): Jennalyn Barthels, Kira Chavez, Maggie Oys, Madelyn Lavezzo, Elizabeth Minor, Samantha Reinl, Alyssa Tambornini, Caroline Urkov, Julie Zanobini

Sophomores (2): Frances Barbour, Sally Ferguson  

2014 St. Francis Junior Varsity Water Polo Team: Katie Apicella, Amaya Barnes, Aubree Barr, Sharon Burk, Kobe Carpenter, Gabby Casentini, Allison Dowdell, Samantha Garaygay, Mary-Louise Goodwin, Natalie Imboden, Emily Jones, Chloe King, Grace Klas, Monet Lopez, Hailey Malone, Ari Miggins, Rochelle Mudd, Madi Neil, Emily Piatanesi, Charisma Powning, Libby Price, Kristen Ramos, Victoria Slaven, Clairise Tapken, Maddy Vine.
Roster

2014 Junior Varsity Water Polo Roster

 

# Name Position Height Class Hometown (Previous School)
1 Maddy Vine     SO  
2 Hannah Warren     SO  
3 Chloe King     FR  
4 Monet Lopez     SO  
5 Clarise Tapken     FR  
6 Kobe Carpenter     FR  
7 Aubree Barr     SO  
8 Victoria Slaven     FR  
9 Emily Jones     FR  
10 Gabby Casentini     SO  
11 Allison Dowdell     FR  
12 Hailey Malone     FR  
13 Ari Miggins     FR  
14 Sharon Burk     SO  
15 Mary-Louise Goodwin     FR  
16 Katie Apicella     SO  
17 Madi Neil     SO  
18 Natalie Imboden     FR  
19 Kristen Ramos     FR  
20 Amaya Barnes     SO  
21 Grace Klas     FR  
22 Rochelle Mudd     SO  
23 Samantha Garaygay     FR  
24 Libby Price     FR  
25 Charisma Powning     FR  
  Emily Piatanesi        

 

Co-Head Coaches: Anne Scott, Michelle Kaplan

Press release

Fall Athletic Spirit Gear Available

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Support your daughter’s team with official St. Francis Adidas spirit gear from Athletics Unlimited. Each fall sport has team specific gear available online until August 29 that will be shipped by Sept. 26. All proceeds from the sales benefit the St. Francis Booster Club.

Press release

Troubadours to Compete in New Delta League

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis will play in the Delta League beginning this fall with many familiar faces and several new ones.

“The Delta League has a lot of history and it is great it is back in existence,” said Delta League Commissioner Ron Nocetti.

The Troubadours move into the newly formed Delta League along with Pleasant Grove and Sheldon from the Delta River League. The league is a realignment of members of both the Delta River and Delta Valley Leagues.

Press release

Fall Tryout Information

CROSS COUNTRY

Monday, August 11-15, 6:30 p.m. at St. Francis

Location: St. Francis

GOLF

Monday, August 18   4:00 – 5:30  p.m.
Haggin Oaks driving range. Meet new and returning players, and coaches. Bring clubs and meet at the picnic tables by the driving range.

Tuesday, August 19   3:51 – 7:00  p.m.
Round 1, 9 holes at Haggin Oaks Arcade course (front nine)

Press release

Athletics Tryouts Schedules Adjusted on Tuesday August 12

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Tryout schedules for volleyball, water polo and cross country have been adjusted on Tuesday, August 12 for the Memorial Service for Brian Dodson on campus.

Volleyball will now have all workouts in the morning with the varsity tryouts on the court from 8-10 a.m., while the junior varsity and freshmen workouts will be held from 10-Noon. Both take place in the St. Francis gym on campus.

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St. Francis Teams Complete Successful 2013-14 Campaign

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis High School athletics department completed the spring campaign on a championship run that included back-to-back Sac-Joaquin Section titles that highlighted another successful season in 2013-14.

Season highlight

2013 Water Polo Highlights

  • St. Francis advanced to the Sac-Joaquin Section Finals before losing to Davis in the first season under former Olympian and USA Water Polo Player of the Year Heather Moody. The Troubadours went 18-13 on the season.
  • Three St. Francis water polo players garnered Academic All-America honors from USA Water Polo with outstanding achievement designation for qualifying with a 4.0 GPA or better.
Athletic schedule

2014 Varsity Water Polo Schedule

Date Opponent Site Time/Result
Aug. 30 at St. Francis Scramble (JV/V) Mountain View All Day
Sept. 2 St. Mary’s (JV/V) Jesuit W, 12-4
Sept. 11 Del Oro (JV/V) Jesuit W, 16-5
Sept. 12 Castilleja- SF Autumn Invite Mountain View W, 9-7
Sept. 12 Clovs- SF Autumn Invite Mountain View L, 4-1
Sept. 13 St. Francis – SF Autumn Invite Mountain View L, 7-6 OT
Sept. 13 Leland – SF Autumn Invite Mountain View W, 4-1
Sept. 17 Franklin* (V) Jesuit W, 21-0
Sept, 18 at Vintage (JV/V) Vintage W, 6-4
Sept. 24 Bella Vista (JV/V) Jesuit W, 17-9
Sept. 26 at Capital Challege (V) Woodcreek Results
Sept. 27 at Capital Challenge (V) Woodcreek Results
Oct. 8 Monterey Trail* (V) Jesuit W, 26-3
Oct. 13 at Rio Americano (JV/V) Rio W, 8-7
Oct. 14 McClatchy (JV/V) Jesuit W, 17-3
Oct. 17 Intrasquad Rosemont 5:30 p.m.
Oct. 18 vs. Clovis West (V) Clovis L, 11-5
Oct. 18 at Clovis (V) Clovis L, 10-2
Oct. 20 Granite Bay (JV/V) Jesuit W, 14-9
Oct. 28 at Davis * (JV/V) UC Davis L, 12-6
Oct. 31 at Nor Cal Championship Palo Alto Results
Nov. 1 at Nor Cal Championship Palo Alto Results
Nov. 8 Enochs – SJS Playoffs Johansen W, 22-2
Nov. 11 Lodi – SJS Playoffs Tokay W, 9-5
Nov. 13 Vintage – SJS Playoffs Tokay W, 8-4
Nov. 15 Sac-Joaquin Section Finals Woodcreek 3:30 p.m.

*Delta League

Athletic schedule

2014 Junior Varsity Water Polo Schedule

Date Opponent Site Time/Result
Sept. 2 St. Mary’s (JV) Jesuit L, 12-6
Sept. 11 Del Oro (JV) Jesuit L, 11-7
Sept, 18 at Vintage (JV) Vintage W, 8-4
Sept. 24 Bella Vista (JV) Jesuit W, 7-6
Oct. 3 at Crusher Classic (JV) Vintage All Day
Oct. 4 at Crusher Classic (JV) Vintage All Day
Oct. 11 at McClatchy Tournament (JV) McClatchy All Day
Oct. 13 at Rio Americano (JV) Rio W, 9-4
Oct. 14 McClatchy (JV) Jesuit W, 10-8
Oct. 20 Granite Bay (JV) Jesuit L, 6-5
Oct. 25 at Mountain View JV Tourn. Mountain View All Day
Oct. 29 at Davis * (JV) Davis L, 12-6

*Delta League

Press release

Gregg Named River Cats Girls Soccer Player of the Year
17 Troubadours Named to All-City Teams

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis junior soccer player Anna Gregg was named the River Cats Girls Soccer Player of the Year at the High School Awards Ceremony before Sunday’s game against the Tacoma Rainers.

“It means so much and feels so great,” said Gregg of the Player of the Year honor. “I set a goal to help to the section championship and that was accomplished. I could not be happier.”

Gregg and her St. Francis teammates captured the Sac-Joaquin Section title on Saturday on her goal to defeat Oak Ridge 1-0.

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17 Troubadours Named to River Cats All-City Teams

SACRAMENTO, – Calif.  – Seventeen St. Francis Troubadours have been named to the 2013-14 River Cats All-City  teams and will be recognized on Sunday at the High School Sports Awards Ceremony before the River Cats take on the Tacoma Rainiers at 1:05 p.m. at Raley Field.

The St. Francis All-City fall sports selections include senior golfer Emily Laskin, volleyball seniors Ali Koumelis and Anna Baytosh and cross country runners Lauren LaRocco, Madison Rawson and Miranda Myers.

Press release

Four Student-Athletes Honored by SFHS Booster Club

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The SFHS Booster Club recognized four senior student-athletes at the 2014 Awards Ceremony.

Senior Lauren LaRocco was named the SFHS Booster Club Scholar-Athlete Scholarship recipient, while Brinnley Barthels, Emily Laskin and Jane Sadler were named winners of the SFHS Booster Club Leadership Scholarship.

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Frech to Play Water Polo at Sierra College

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Senior Hannah Frech will play water polo at Sierra College next year.

“I have been playing at Sac Polo for the last four years at Sierra College,” said Frech. “I have got to know all the coaches. I am really excited about going there.”

Frech scored six goals and recorded three assists during the season to go with 15 steals, helping the St. Francis team to an appearance in the section championship.

The Troubadour commitments include Allison Autrey (Diving, UC Davis), Brinnley Barthels (Water Polo, Pacific), Ryanne Brust (Lacrosse, Fort Lewis),  Alexa LoGiudice (Volleyball, Dominican), Ileana MacDonald (Golf, Chico State) and Alexis Viramontes (Softball, CSU Dominguez Hills).
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Eight St. Francis Seniors Make Commitments Bringing Total to 32

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Eight St. Francis High School seniors have signed a National Letter-of Intent or made commitments to play collegiate sports next fall for the NCAA signing period that began today. Overall, thirty-two Troubadour student-athletes have now made commitments to play collegiately next year.

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Former Troubadour Water Polo Player Kolokotronis Earns Honor

BRIDGEPORT, Pa. – Brown women’s water polo freshman Marisa Kolokotronis (Sacramento, Calif.) received Rookie of the Week honors, it was announced by the Collegiate Water Polo Association league office on Tuesday.

Kolokotronis teamed with senior Kate Woods to power a dramatic 15-14 double overtime victory at George Washington on March 1. Kolokotronis tied her career high with three goals and grabbed two steals to help Brown improve to 4-4 on the season.

She has eight goals, seven assists and 11 steals on the season.

Press release

St. Francis Spirit Wear Sale Available
Proceeds Benefit the Booster Club

The St. Francis Booster Club has its spring Spirit Wear line available for ordering online via a partnership with Athletics Unlimited and adidas. All items will be available for purchase until Friday, March 14 at 5 p.m. and will be distributed by April 4.

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#FeatureFriday: St. Francis Athletics Adds Ketcham as Assistant AD for Sports Medicine

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Bumps and bruises are her specialty but Kelly Ketcham brings much more to the St. Francis High School community.

Ketcham was named the Assistant AD for Sports Medicine for the St. Francis Athletics Department staff recently after working with the Troubadour student-athletes and teams as the school’s athletic trainer for the last four years. The title was effective in November 2013.

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Water Polo Trio Earns Academic All-America Honors

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. – Three St. Francis water polo players garnered Academic All-America honors from USA Water Polo with outstanding achievement designation for qualifying with a 4.0 GPA or better.

The three Troubies include senior Eileen Walsh and juniors Emily Reinl and Lauren Charter.

Press release

Barthels Named Player of the Year at Banquet

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Senior Brinnley Barthels was named the Player of the Year at the St. Francis Water Polo annual banquet.

Barthels was among five players honored on Dec. 12. Sophomore Maggie Oys was selected as the Offensive Player of the Year, while senior Eileen Walsh was the Defensive Player of the Year. Senior Cherie Murbach was the Most Improved Player. Senior Jenna Bellinger earned the Most Inspirational Award.

Coach

Heather Moody
Head Varsity Water Polo Coach

Two-time Olympic Medalist and two-time Olympic Medal winning assistant coach Heather Moody begins her fourth season leading the St. Francis program in 2016. She was named the head coach of the St. Francis Water Polo program in August 2013.

Coach

Jessica Hamby
Varsity Water Polo Assistant

Jessica Hamby joined the St. Francis staff as the varsity assistant coach for the water polo program in 2015 and will coach her second season this fall.

Hamby helped coach the Troubadours to the Sac-Joaquin Section title in 2016 with a 6-5 victory over Davis in the Division I title game. St. Francis was well represented on the Sac-Joaquin All-Section teams selected by the area coaches, earning three first-team members and three second-team choices. Eight players earned All-Delta League status.

Coach

Emily Whalen
JV Water Polo Head Coach

Emily Whalen joins the St. Francis coaching staff as the Head Junior Varsity Water Polo coach in 2016. Whalen brings to St. Francis a strong prep and collegiate background after a four-year career at San Diego State.

She earned Big West Honorable Mention honors and the Coach’s Award in 2013.

She graduated with a degree in sociology in 2013 and plans to work with animals. She has volunteered with the San Diego Ocean Foundation.

Coach

Hannah Frech
JV Assistant Coach

Hannah Frech will join the St. Francis coaching staff as the Junior Varsity assistant coach for the 2016 season.

Frech, a 2014 graduate of St. Francis, has played the last two seasons at Sierra College. She also participated in swimming, earning All-America honors and qualified for the state meet both seasons.

She was the captain for the water polo team as a sophomore.

Frech scored six goals and recorded three during her senior season with 15 steals, helping the St. Francis team to an appearance in the section championship.

Press release By Steven Shaff, Assistant AD/Sports Information

Former Troubadour Megan Curry Helping Adidas Growth

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The role of performance apparel and footwear in sports is part of everyday culture and is a significant part of athletic branding across all levels and sports. The promoter locally for adidas is Megan Curry.
On any given week,

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Four Water Polo Players Earn Section Honors

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Senior Brinnley Barthels and junior Lauren Charter both were named to the CIF Sac-Joaquin All-Section water polo first- team and were among four Troubadours overall earning section honors.

Charter tied for third on the team with 28 goals with a team-best 18 assists and a team-best 47 steals during the season. She averaged 1.48 points per game, the second-best average on the team.

Athletic schedule

2013 Varsity Water Polo Schedule

Date

Meet

Site

Time/Result

Sept. 13

at Mountain View

Mountain View

All Day

Sept. 14

at Mountain View

Mountain View

Results

Sept. 17

Monterey Trail

Jesuit

W, 22-1

Sept. 19

at Rio Americano

Rio Americano

L, 8-6

Sept. 24

Franklin

Jesuit

W, 23-1

Sept. 26

Clovis West

Jesuit

L, 11-5

Sept. 27

at Woodcreek Tournament

Woodcreek

All Day

Sept. 28

at Woodcreek Tournament

Woodcreek

Recap

Oct. 1

at Oak Ridge

Oak Ridge

W, 12-3

Oct. 8

Laguna Creek

Jesuit

W, 18-4

Oct. 16

at St. Mary’s

St. Mary’s

W, 9-8

Oct. 18

at UC Davis Tournament

Davis, Calif.

Recap/Results

Oct. 19

at UC Davis Tournament

Davis, Calif.

All Day

Oct. 21

McClatchy

Jesuit

W, 13-2

Oct. 22

Granite Bay

Jesuit

W, 11-8

Oct. 29

Davis

Jesuit

L, 11-7

Oct. 30

Bella Vista (Senior Night)

Jesuit

W, 8-2

Nov. 1

Nor Cal Championships

Palo Alto, Calif.

All Day

Nov. 2

Nor Cal Championships

Palo Alto, Calif.

Recap

Nov. 8

Atwater-Sac-Joaquin Section Round 1

Johanson

W, 17-3

Nov. 11

St. Mary’s -Sac-Joaquin Section Round 2

Tokay

W, 6-4

Nov. 13

Granite Bay-Sac-Joaquin Section Semifinals

Tokay

W, 6-5 2OT

Nov. 16

Davis-Sac-Joaquin Section Championships

Woodcreek

L, 11-3

 

Athletic schedule

2013 JV Water Polo Schedule

Date Match Site Time/Result
Sept. 17 Davis Jesuit 5:45 p.m.
Sept. 19 at Rio Americano Rio Americano 5:30 p.m.
Sept. 20 at Bay Arena Tournament Bay Area Tournament All Day
Sept.21 at Bay Arena Tournament Bay Area Tournament All Day
Oct. 1 at Oak Ridge Oak Ridge 5:45 p.m.
Oct. 4 Crusher Classic Tournament Napa, Calif. All Day
Oct. 5 Crusher Classic Tournament Napa, Calif. All Day
Oct. 12 at McClatchy Tournament McClatchy All Day
Oct. 16 at St. Mary’s St. Mary’s 4:00 p.m.
Oct. 21 McClatchy Jesuit 6:00 p.m.
Oct. 22 Granite Bay Jesuit 5:30 p.m.
Oct. 25 at Oak Ridge Tournament Oak Ridge TBA
Oct. 29 Davis Jesuit 4:45 p.m.
Oct. 30 Bella Vista Jesuit 6:00 p.m.

 

Roster

2013 Varsity Water Polo Roster

# Name Position Height Class Hometown (Previous School)
17 Jennalyn Barthels UT 5-6 So. Sacramento (Cal Middle)
3 Brinnley Barthels UT 5-8 Sr. Sacramento (Cal Middle)
12 Jenna Bellinger UT 6-0 Sr. Sacramento (Sacred Heart)
8 Lauren Charter UT 5-6 Jr. Sacramento (Holy Spirit)
19 Kira Chavez UT 5-7 So. El Dorado Hills (Rolling Hills Middle)
4 Hannah Frech UT 5-10 Sr. Sacramento (Presentation)
11 Madaline Helmsin UT 5-5 Sr. Sacramento (Holy Family)
9 Maddie Merwin UT 5-9 Jr. Clarksburg (Clarksburg Middle)
6 Hannah Milanowski UT 5-3 Jr. Shingle Springs (Ponderosa HS)
2 Cherie Murbach UT 5-10 Sr. Shingle Springs (CMP)
10 Lilly Murphy UT 5-2 Sr. Sacramento (St. Mary’s)
22 Maggie Oys UT 5-8 So. Davis (St. James)
14 Annie Rafeld UT 5-7 Jr. Granite Bay (St. Rose)
7 Emily Reinl UT 5-9 Jr. Sacramento (Holy Spirit)
23 Samantha Reinl UT 5-9 So. Sacramento (Holy Spirit)
1 Sophie Rubino G 5-9 Sr. Penn Valley (Mt. St. Mary’s)
15 Bella Smith UT 5-7 Jr. Sacramento (Holy Spirit)
13 Patty Sullivan G 5-3 JR Sacramento (St. Philomene)
24 Alyssa Tamborini        
18 Caroline Urkov UT 5-6 So. Sacramento ( Cal Middle)
16 Eileen Walsh UT 5-8 Sr. Sacramento (Sacred Heart)
21 Julie Zanobini UT 5-4 So. Davis (St. James)
5 Marisa Zanobini UT 5-5 Sr. Davis (St. James)

 

 

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Water Polo Drops Section Final to Davis

ROSEVILLE, Calif. – Davis handed St. Francis an 11-3 loss in the Sac-Joaquin Section final Saturday at the Roseville Aquatic Complex. The two schools have now met in the section finals for each of the last 10 seasons.

St. Francis got goals from Eileen Walsh, Jennalyn Barthels and Brinnley Barthels but did not score until the Blue Devils had opened the game with six goals over the first nine minutes.

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Water Polo’s Barthels Hopes for Special Ending

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Brinnley Barthels remembers the situation. She was called off the bench in the section semifinals against St. Mary’s in Tokay back in 2011. As a sophomore, she had not played too much but was ready to see some action in a big game. Then, she slipped…

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St. Francis Water Polo Advances to Section Final

LODI, Calif. – The St. Francis water polo team overcame a four-goal deficit to post a sudden death victory over Granite Bay in the Sac-Joaquin Section semifinals at Tokay High School Wednesday.

Sophomore Julie Zanobini, who lives in Davis, scored the game winner at the 2:41 mark of the second overtime, advancing St. Francis into the section finals for the 10th consecutive season.

“It was awesome,” said Zanobini. “It is probably the best feeling I have ever had.”

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Water Polo Advances to Section Final

LODI, Calif. – The St. Francis water polo team overcame a four-goal deficit to post a sudden death victory over Granite Bay in the Sac-Joaquin Section semifinals at Tokay High School Wednesday.

Sophomore Julie Zanobini, who lives in Davis, scored the game winner at the 2:41 mark of the second overtime, advancing St. Francis into the section finals for the 10th consecutive season.

“It was awesome,” said Zanobini. “It is probably the best feeling I have ever had.”

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Water Polo Advances to Section Semifinals

TOKAY, Calif. – Eileen Walsh scored two goals and St. Francis played a solid game defensively to post a 6-4 victory over St. Mary’s in the second round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Girls Water Polo team championships.

Walsh tied the game in the second quarter at one and gave the Troubies a 3-1 lead early in the fourth that sparked a four-goal period.

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Water Polo Advances with 17-3 Win over Atwater

MODESTO, Calif. – Junior Lauren Charter scored three times to lead St. Francis to a 17-3 win over Atwater in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Girls Water Polo team championships.

Charter led a 17-goal attack that had five players score multiple goals. Senior Brinnley Barthels and sophomore Jennalyn Barthels each found the cage two times. Sophomore Maggie Oys and junior Emily Reinl also scored twice in the contest.

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Water Polo’s Sophie Rubino Goes the Distance

St. Francis senior water polo goalie Sophie Rubino takes advantage of every moment of every day. And she needs it.

From the time her alarm clock rings at 5 a.m. until she lays down for the night, the day is full. The drive to be successful in school and in water polo at St. Francis High School starts with more than a ride into school each day. From her home in Penn Valley, Calif., Rubino commutes almost 70 miles each way.

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Water Polo Closes Nor Cals with Win

PALO ALTO, Calif. – Junior Emily Reinl scored a season-high five goals to lead St. Francis to a 12-4 victory over Lodi in their final game of the Nor Cal Championships. The win ended the tournament on a strong note after three straight losses, including two one goal decisions to Leland and Menlo Atherton.

Senior Brinnly Barthels added two goals in the win over Lodi, scoring in three of the four tournament games.

WATER POLO

Nor Cal Championships

Palo Alto, Calif.

St. FRANCIS (MV) 11, ST. FRANCIS (SAC) 1

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Barthels Scores Game Winner to Cap Senior Night

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Senior Brinnley Barthels scored with 1:55 left to help St. Francis post a 3-2 victory over Bella Vista. The win closed out a successful night that began by honoring the nine Troubadour seniors.

“It was not pretty tonight but it was a natural letdown after such a big game on Monday,” said Head Coach Heather Moody. “All the seniors hit the water and got a little bit of playing time. It was a slow process getting into the game and we had a hard time getting the ball in the cage.”

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Water Polo Drops 11-7 Game to Davis

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis water polo team scored three straight goals to cut the deficit to one with just under four minutes to play but Davis pulled away in the final minutes to post an 11-7 victory at Jesuit High School Tuesday night.

“I felt like we seemed to be in control most of the game,” said Head Coach Heather Moody. “It was just small little mistakes that we made that they really capitalized on. In the fourth quarter, they really stepped it up a bit.”

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Troubie Trio Looking Forward to Davis Matchup Tuesday

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis senior Marisa Zanobini will drive across the Blecher-Freeman Memorial Causeway Tuesday morning like she does every morning . With her two teammates in tow, they talk about everything on their drive into Sacramento to attend St. Francis High School. But the most likely subject Tuesday will be the matchup against Davis Senior.

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Season highlight

2010 St. Francis Water Polo Season Highlights

2nd Place Sac-Joaquin Section Division I

2nd Place Sacramento Valley League

All Sacramento Valley All-League
1st Team- Bryce Beckwith ‘12, Brooke Vowell ‘12

2nd Team- Marisa Kolokotronis’13, Kaitlyn Cozens ‘13
Sacramento Valley Sportsmanship Award: Camille Wolfersberger ‘11

Sac-Joaquin Section Team
1st Team- Bryce Beckwith ‘12, Brooke Vowell ‘12
2nd Team- Marisa Kolokotronis ‘13, Kaitlyn Cozens ‘13
Honorable Mention- Kathleen Menz ‘12

All-American- Bryce Beckwith ‘12

Season highlight

2009 St. Francis Water Polo Season Highlights

League- 1st, Section – 2nd

Sacramento Valley League Honors
MVP: Emily McNamara ’10
Goal Keeper: Samantha Meredith ’10
First Team: Brooke Vowell ’12
Second Team: Bryce Beckwith ’12
Honorable Mention:
Tracy Mezger ’10

Sac-Joaquin Section Honors
1st team: Emily Mcnamara ’10
Bryce Beckwith ’12
2nd team: Brooke Vowell ’12
Tracy Mezger ’10
Honorable Mention:
Kelly McKenna ’10
Samantha Meredith ’10

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#22 Maggie Oys
5-8, UT, Senior, Davis, Calif.

Career Notes: Letter winner as a freshman in 2012 under Chris Borasi…One of top five scorers on the team, helping team to section championship game…Played in seven Junior Olympic Water Polo tournaments in California…Member of the American River Water Polo club…The best thing about attending St.

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