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NEW: Troubie MUN 2018

St. Francis Catholic High School invites 7th and 8th Grade students  to participate in this exciting half-day Model United Nations conference led by the SFHS MUN team!

Practice your speaking and negotiation skills by taking on an assigned character and debating as that character. Maybe you’ll be Ron Weasley discussing Muggle rights… Or the main suspect in a puzzling Murder Mystery…

This year’s topics are: 
Rights of the Youth, Harry Potter, Murder Mystery, and Greek Gods Plus, you can win awards and fun prizes , and make new friends !

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Get to Know: Lacrosse’s Rachel Wick

Q&A with Senior Rachel Wick – Rachel Wick is in her second season with the varsity team and fourth overall in the program. Wick, who scored 18 goals last season, started playing in the sixth grade with the Sacramento Stingers. She has two brothers, Kyle and Taylor. Rachel’s fun fact is she broke her arm twice (2 and 4 years old). Both stories involve one of her brothers and a stolen shoe and a pool tool. She hopes to continue playing lacrosse in college in Southern California. She loves to spend time with horses in her free time.

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Chamber Singers Compete in Golden State Choral Festival

We are excited to announce our SFHS Chamber Singers received a third-place award at the Golden State Women’s Choral Competition on Friday March 9, in the Bay Area. This was our first time participating in the competition (or any) and we are thrilled to have received such an honor. We were competing against 9 other bay area choirs, many whom are well know throughout the region for choral excellence and we really held our own!

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Certamen at CARCER 2018

On Sat March 3rd, 2018, Dr. Briggs and 16 SF certamen students traveled to the California Regional Certamina Rounds (CARCER). CARCER is a certamen tournament held simultaneously in one location in Northern California and one in Southern California. We had a team of four students competing in each of the four high school levels. The top nine teams overall advance to the semi-final round at Latin Convention in April.

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SFHS Students practice for Golden State Choral

Mrs. Harris invited staff to join her Chamber Singers class today as an audience in preparation for the Golden State Women’s Choral Competition on Friday. They are incredible, here is a quick sneak peek from the rehearsal.  

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Track and Field Continues to Make Strides

Photos by Phil Roina

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis track and field team won six individual and relay events at the Matador Invitational on Saturday to complete an exciting and busy week for the team.

Junior Chanel Grimes won the 100 meters with a personal-best 12.88, while the Troubies captured three field event titles. Sophomore Meghan Ladd took the pole vault with a season-best 10-11.5, while sophomore Isabella Palchak cleared 5-0 feet. Senior Isabella Rudis won the triple jump with a personal best 34-1.75.

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Student Service Hours

If your daughter was not at Homeroom on March 1st, ask her to stop by the CLC to pick up her service hours report if she hasn’t done so already. If the report needed corrections and the student has spoken to or emailed with Stephanie Villanueva, she can pick up the new report in the CLC.

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Lacrosse Falls to Davis on Late Goal

DAVIS, Calif. – The St. Francis lacrosse team got a pair of goals by senior Rachel Wick and junior Jade Borg but fell on a late comeback by the Blue Devils Thursday night.

“We are not playing as a team quite yet,” said Head Coach Julia Southard. “The season is long so we have time to make progress but we are out there individually right now and that will not work against a strong opponent.”

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Senior Arts Recognition Ceremony (Thursday, 5/3)

You are invited to attend this ceremony which acknowledges the senior students who have committed to majoring in an art form at their college of choice. This event is on the St. Francis Stage at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 3rd. The seniors will be wearing their university or college shirt. They will be telling us about their arts experience thus far and where they want to go with it. This honoring event is free.

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Swimming and Diving Defeats Pleasant Grove

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis swimming and diving team posted 118-50 victory over Pleasant Grove on Wednesday at Jesuit High School.

“Today was the first time having all of our USA swimmers from the area together and see what our relays look like stacked and loaded,” said Head Coach Richard Levin. “They are solid.”

The Troubadours opened the meet winning the 200-yard medley relay with sophomore Kendall Houck, sophomore Emma Hollenbach, junior Hannah Parulan and sophomore Chloe Beebout combining for a time of 1:55.33.

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MUN Competes in 2018 BMUN Conference

Model UN had another great conference experience this spring. Our 16-person team attended the UC Berkeley Model United Nations Conference (BMUN) during March 2-4, which hosted over 2300 high school students this year. The girls presented their research and practiced their negotiation skills with a vastly diverse and incredibly talented pool of students.

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2017 Water Polo Team Highlights

  • St. Francis was selected to play in the first-ever CIF Northern California Division 1 Championships, losing to top-seed and eventual champion Miramonte 16-1.
  • St. Francis was the No. 2 seed in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I bracket, posting wins over No. 3 St. Mary’s (4-3), No. 7 Oak Ridge (10-7) a d No. 10 McClatchy (10-3). The Troubadours lost to champion Davis 14-2 in the finals.
  • The Troubadours posted a 20-9 overall record, including a 5-1 record and home and 4-1 record on the road. St.
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Track and Field Opens at Sacramento State Classic

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Senior Sydney Vandegrift opened the season with a win in the 3200 meters Saturday at the Sacramento State High School Classic at Hornet Stadium.

“I was very happy it was not raining today and to come away with the win,” said Vandegrift. “It helps build up my confidence. It was a good opening time for the season.”

Vandegrift ran in second for the first half of the race before taking it out.

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Red Carpet Viewing Party – Donations Needed

We are still in need of more items for our Red Carpet viewing party for this weekend. There are signups open on MVP for the following items so if you need to fulfill your volunteer hours, please consider donating these items. For more information and to log into your account, click HERE. Thank you much!

Popcorn Kits (1 box from Amazon)

Peppermint Patties (1 box from Costco)

Gold Chocolate Stars (from Amazon)

Cases of Sprite from Costco

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Principal’s Message (3/02/18)

Dear St. Francis Families,

The recent shooting in Parkland, Florida, has left many of us reeling and wondering what to do in the face of such tragedy.  As teachers and administrators, we too, are confounded, and our hearts break over the senseless loss of life that continues to plague our schools across the country.

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Mom Prom – I Love You to the Moon and Back

You are invited to attend St. Francis Highs School’s Mom Prom. Come dance the night away with the special women in your life! Join us for music, dancing, dessert, games, photos, and lots of love.

Purchase tickets HERE. Tickets are $25 per mother/daughter and $5 for each additional daughter/aunt/grandma/guest. If a student’s mother is unable to attend, she may bring an adult female relative or female family friend in her place.

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March SFHS Dads Club Meeting (Thursday, 3/15/18)

The next Dads Club meeting will take place on Thursday, March 15th from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Dining Hall, with social time beginning at 6:00 p.m.  Our special guest speaker at this month’s meeting will be our Wellness Counselor, Chyrissee Lee, MFT.  Ms.

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Junior Commissioning Mass

Save the Date! Junior Commissioning Mass will be on Wednesday, May 16 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. We will officially bless the Class of 2019 to be the seniors and leaders for the 2018-2019 school year.

The girls will also receive a special Four Pillars Pin that represents the foundation and mission of St. Francis.  All family and friends are invited to attend.  Any questions, please contact Maggie Murray at Campus Ministry, mmurray@stfrancishs.org  

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Going, Going, Gone – Last Chance to Purchase

Here’s your chance to get in on the action – even if you missed Revelry! There are a few items still available for purchase including golf packages, yoga sessions, or dance lessons. You could also get tickets for one of our fabulous sign-up parties including an Indian Cooking Class, Bikes & Bubbles or a Poker Party. View what’s available here

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Freshmen Registration Night Volunteer Help Needed

When: Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Time: 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.

The Admissions Department is looking for 8 current parents to help with setting up the check-in tables for Freshmen Registration Night, staffing the table during registration, distributing folders and t-shirts, and cleaning up the tables. Thank you for volunteering for this event and for helping us welcome the Class of 2022 and their families to the St. Francis Family! Click HERE to log in and sign up.

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Athletic News (3/02/18)

Lifetouch will be on campus to shoot individual photos for the following spring sports:

March 12 - Softball (JV/V), Swimming, Diving
March 16 – Lacrosse (JV/V), Track and Field

If your daughter cannot make her assigned day, please have her report to the other opportunity. There will be no makeup days.

Picture Day ID: CR017443X0

https://order.lifetouchsports.com

Customer Service: 1-916-535-7799

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2018 Soccer Team Highlights

  • The Troubadours advanced to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I quarterfinals before losing to Granite Bay 1-0. St. Francis defeated Oak Ridge 4-0 in the playoff opener. The Troubies posted a 16-6-4 overall record.
  • St. Francis finished third in the Delta League with a 10-3-1 overall record. SF was 8-2-2 at home and 5-4 on the road with a 3-0-2 neutral field mark.
  • St. Francis tied Davis 0-0 on Feb. 1. The Troubies were one of two teams to hold the team scoreless on the season.
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Important Safety Information

You may have already seen the TV news, social media, or read about it in the paper. Yesterday afternoon, a man wielding a knife in the area of 63rd and Elvas Avenue was arrested by Sacramento Police Department. This person was also later involved in another incident in the area of Mercy Hospital and Sacred Heart School.   We want to be very clear, no SFHS students or adults were involved, this message is strictly a safety message.  While these events are very rare in our area, it does remind us to always look at our personal safety, no matter where we are.

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Track and Field Opens at Pitman Distance Wars

Pitman Distance Wars Results

TURLOCK, Calif. – The St. Francis track and field team opened the season with the distance group competing at the Pitman Distance Wars.

St. Francis won the featured Distance Medley Relay with a team featuring Erica Cradeur, Hanna Hekkanan, Haley Silva and Sydney Vandegrift winning in 13.23.49. The event features four legs including the 1200-400-800-1600.

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Spring Play – “2 Gentlemen of Verona” by William Shakespeare

The set is in the 1960s with lots of color, crazy lights, and fun. Opening Night is Friday, March 9 at 7:00 p.m., with two more shows on Saturday at 2:00 and 7:00 p.m. The following weekend, shows are on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights at 7:00 p.m. Get your tickets online since these shows will sell out. Only 150 seats, general seating on the stage. Food trucks will be here before the short 80-minute show on Thursday and Friday nights. To purchase tickets, click HERE.

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Sophomore Family Mass (Sunday, 3/11/18)

Sophomore Family Mass is Sunday, March 11th at 10:30 a.m. There will be picture opportunities before Mass for all families, a class video, and a blessing of the class rings or family mementos. The girls will check in with their homeroom teacher before Mass. Parents play a role in the blessing ceremony. The collection at Mass will be for our sister school in Ghana, Africa.

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Second Saturday Art Opening – 3/10/18

Come to the Second Saturday Art Opening on Saturday from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the SF Theatre Lobby Gallery.  This is a free event and is open to the public. This show is the best of the best art work done this year. The student artists and their families will be here while the Patrons host appetizers and sweets. See you at the Art Opening!

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LAST CHANCE for Revelry Volunteer Hours

If you have not completed your hours or have not even started your hours, please remember that Revelry is the last major event that has a lot of volunteer opportunities available. Active volunteer service must be done for at least 13 of your hours. We still have many volunteer opportunities available on Saturday, February 24, Sunday, February 25, and Monday, February 26.  

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Friday, March 2 – New Schedule

Friday, March 2nd is NOT an Early Schedule 5 day.

We have changed the online calendar to correctly reflect that Friday, March 2nd is a late start to accommodate us for First Friday Mass. Dismissal time is 3:00 p.m.  

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Collection for CRS Rice Bowl

We are currently collecting funds in our homerooms for the Catholic Relief Services efforts to feed the hungry in our world. During each homeroom period, we are asking students to contribute some change that they have saved up during the week to share with those who have little. If your daughter asks to participate, please encourage her. It is one more way that we are a voice for the voiceless.

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Athletic News (2/23/18)

Soccer Advances to Quarterfinals with 4-0 Win

The St. Francis soccer team advanced in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs with a 4-0 win over No. 11 seed Oak Ridge on Wednesday. Read the full release HERE.

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Get to Know: Soccer’s #34 Sydney Galvan

Sydney Galvan is in her first full season with the varsity team. She recently posted a scoreless shutout against the 19th-ranked Davis team. She is big fan of both Wicked and Hamilton. She plays for Davis Legacy during club season.

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Basketball Falls to Antelope in Quarterfinals

ROSEVILLE, Calif. – The eighth-seeded St. Francis basketball team lost to Antelope 81-51 in the quarterfinals of the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs on Thursday night.

“We could not stop their dribble penetration,” said Head Coach Vic Pitton. “We played hard and I am happy with the effort that we gave. Lauren Pank and Ally Gage played outstanding games.”

The Troubadours fell behind 7-0 to start the game but responded with a 9-0 run after a timeout.

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Soccer Advances to Quarterfinals with 4-0 Win

Four Troubies Score to Advance in Section Playoffs.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis soccer team advanced in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs with a 4-0 win over No. 11 seed Oak Ridge on Wednesday.

“I am very proud,” said Head Coach Maryclaire Robinson. “It took us almost 25 minutes to find ourselves. This is a group that is very connected and they really want to do well for each other. We found ourselves and played St. Francis soccer and then we got some chances.”

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Two Gentlemen of Verona Opens March 9

St. Francis Catholic High School’s production of “Two Gentlemen of Verona” is Abridged by Bill Tordoff from “The Two Gentlemen of Verona” by William Shakespeare, and set in the style of 1960s Archie Comics. 

The two “gentlemen” of the title are Proteus and Valentine, who are taking leave of one another as the play opens. Valentine travels to Milan, where he falls in love with Silvia, daughter of the Duke. Proteus, meanwhile, hunts after love and remains in Verona, pledged to faithfulness to his beloved Julia. 

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Basketball Advances over Roseville with 11-0 Run to Close Game

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Trailing 37-30 with three minutes on the clock, St. Francis closed the game on an 11-0 run to advance past No. 9 seed Roseville in the opening round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs.

“The last three and half minutes were fantastic,” said Head Coach Vic Pitton. “The first 28 and half was not quite up to our standards.”

The Troubies trailed 37-30 after managing just eight points in the third quarter but turned up the pressure to get back in the game in short order.

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Basketball Advances over Roseville with 11-0 Run to Close Game

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Trailing 37-30 with three minutes on the clock, St. Francis closed the game on an 11-0 run to advance past No. 9 seed Roseville in the opening round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs.

“The last three and half minutes were fantastic,” said Head Coach Vic Pitton. “The first 28 and half was not quite up to our standards.”

The Troubies trailed 37-30 after managing just eight points in the third quarter but turned up the pressure to get back in the game in short order.

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Safety Response
See Something - Say Something

When incidents such as the Florida shooting, which occurred Wednesday, happen, students and their families want to know what to do. At SFHS, we help students to not be fearful, but to be prepared. While the odds of an active shooter scenario are small, we do educate our students about active shooter lockdowns and shelter in place scenario. We follow the FBI Run/Hide/Fight protocols, which was demonstrated at the last student Safety Assembly.

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Soccer Wins Season Final, Preps for Playoffs

ELK GROVE, Calif. – Haley Blakeman and Ella Sloss each scored two goals each as St. Francis closed the regular season with a 6-0 win over Monterey Trail.

Sloss opened the scoring with the first goal off an assist by Elise Urkov. Haley Blakeman scored back-to-back goals off assists by Urkov and Emily Billena to give the Troubadours a 3-0 at the half.

Sloss scored her second goal in the second half off an assist by Barger, who added a second assist on Anna Huber’s goal. Allie Cloninger completed the scoring with a goal assisted by Huber.

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Principal’s Message (2/16/18)

Dear Families,

This week we celebrated a beautiful Ash Wednesday Mass in our gymnasium, and we welcomed a record number of parents, grandparents, and family members. I am always moved by the beauty of our service and the involvement of our Troubies. We are truly blessed to have such a dedicated parent community that supports and cherishes our Catholic values. 

As we begin our Lenten Season, I offer you this prayer:

Heavenly Father,

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Get to Know: Basketball’s #21 Ally Gage

Ally Gage is in her second season on the varsity team and third season in the basketball program. She has scored in double figures in four games this season, including three of the last five overall (career-high 12 points vs. Elk Grove). She can speak fluent Spanish and likes to go on runs in her free time.

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Friday, March 2 – New Schedule

Friday, March 2nd is NOT an Early Schedule 5 day.

We have changed the online calendar to correctly reflect that Friday, March 2nd is a late start to accommodate us for First Friday Mass. Dismissal time is 3:00 p.m.  

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Basketball to Host Roseville in SJS Division II Playoffs

Tickets Available Online on GoFan Digital Huddle Tickets

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis basketball team earned a No. 8 seed in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs and will host ninth-seeded Roseville on Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m.

 

The Troubadours enter with a 17-10 record after tying for the Delta League title with a 12-2 league record. Leading scorer Marlee Nicolos, who led the team with a 14.5 scoring average, is out for the season.

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Athletic News (2/16/18)

Spring Sports Adidas Order Information

Deadline is Sunday. Now is the time to get your St. Francis Adidas gear to support your daughter’s spring sports team. Orders will not be accepted after the deadline to take a look at the offerings today. There are sites for
student-athlete order and the Troubie parents for each sport. Click HERE to order.

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Traffic Issues – Please Read

As a reminder, the pedestrians have the right of way in the drop off/pick up lane. It is the responsibility of the driver to watch for students exiting vehicles or crossing to and from the curb.  Do not speed, use your cell phone, or do anything that would distract you when driving on campus (5 mph zones).  In addition, parent drivers are cutting in front of other parent drivers who have been patiently waiting to pick up their daughters when moving through and out of the cell phone lot.  Please take a moment to be safe and courteous for all concerned.  Thank you.

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St. Francis Summer Registration is Open!

If you have a 5th to 8th grade daughter, have her spend her summer on campus at St Francis Catholic High School! Camp Troubie is for girls 5th – 8th grade to enrich their summer both mentally and physically. With a wide range of classes, both academic and extracurricular, Camp Troubie participants will learn and grow, all while building community and new friendships!

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Parent Service Hours for Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors are due 4/30/18

Parent Service Hours are due for freshmen, sophomore, and junior parents on April 30, 2018. 

Please do not wait too long to schedule your parent volunteer opportunities-you may run out of available activities. Parents of non-seniors are committed to 25 hours of service, half of which may be fulfilled with donations, while the rest must be completed with active service.  There is no pro-rating of service hours.

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Basketball Clinches Share of Delta League Title

Watch the Sac-Joaquin Section Playoff Annoucement at 4 p.m. on Thursday

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Senior Adrienne Graybill scored a varsity career-high 11 points among three players in double figures as St. Francis defeated Grant 66-30 on Tuesday. The win clinched a share of the Delta League title with Davis as both teams finished at 12-2 on the season.

“It was super exciting because I scored my career high and we got the win on senior night,” said Graybill.

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Get to Know: Basketball’s #3 Megan Austin

Megan Austin is in her third season on the varsity. She has had her junior season interrupted by a concussion but she is positive about her rehab process ahead. She is working to be back for spring ball and ready for next year. She will swim for St. Francis in the spring, specializing in freestyle.

What is your basketball story?
“I started playing basketball in middle school in first grade. I played Red Raiders and it was where I met all my friends, teammates and girls. Here I am on varsity basketball and will finish off senior year.”

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Birthdays

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE FOLLOWING GIRLS CELEBRATING THEIR BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK! 
Freshmen: Mary O’Callaghan, Anne Sedar, Emma Lyons, Saniyiah Williams, Ariana Ocon, and Hannah Carsey. 
 
Sophomores: Grace Mellberg, Peyton Spellacy, Annika Remme, Grace Jones, Ciara Colgan, and Kiera Deak. 

Juniors: Rachel Cabral, Anneke Zegars, Rose Conlin, Chantal Nguyen, and Megan Russo. 

Seniors:  Sarah Huggins, Carly Simpson, Mayrin Gonzalez, Rebecca Phelan, and Penelope Zavala.

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Bagatelos Hits Eight Triples in Win over Monterey Trail

Senior Nika Bagatelos Scores a Career-high 26 Points in Win

ELK GROVE, Calif. – Junior Nika Bagatelos hit a career-high eight three-pointers as part of a career-high 26-point effort in a 69-41 victory over Monterey Trail Friday night.

“I missed the first couple but then got hot taking a few drives to the basket to get my shot going,” said Bagatelos. “I just kept shooting.”

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We’re in Need of Some Couches

Maybe you’ve recently upgraded your family room furniture, or maybe you’re downsizing and have furniture you don’t need. St. Francis is in need of donations of gently used couches to make our Student Rec Room even more inviting. Please send a photo of any furniture you would like to donate to Bill Hanrahan, bhanrahan@stfrancishs.org. If we can use the furniture, Bill will arrange to have it picked up. Thanks for creating a welcoming and warm place for our students.

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St. Valentine’s Day Reminder

Please remember that the front office does not accept deliveries at school for students for St. Valentine’s Day, other holidays, or birthdays. Please give those treats to your daughter at home. Thank you!

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Revelry Tickets / Volunteers Needed / Wine Donations

Revelry Tickets Selling Quickly

If you have not purchased your Revelry tickets yet, now is the time! Tickets are selling quickly and you do not want to miss your opportunity to attend this beautiful event to support your daughters and the educational programs at St. Francis. Click here to purchase tickets!

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Principal’s Message (2/09/18)

Dear Families,

The month of February is here and while the current weather is a little misleading, it is not spring yet. There are 13 weeks left of this academic year and plenty of work to do in the remaining weeks of the semester. Let’s encourage our Troubies to keep their eyes on the prize and not lose sight of the finish line, whether it be graduation or completing their respective grade level.

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Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Advisory

This advisory letter is to inform you that a single case of Pertussis (whooping cough) has been reported at St. Francis Catholic High School. The student is home recuperating and on a treatment of antibiotics. We have also provided the link (below) to the Sacramento County Department of Health concerning Pertussis.

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Freshman One Day Retreats – 2/13/18

Freshman One Day Retreats continue next week. The girls are assigned to a specific day based on their Theology class. They are already registered for their date. Freshman One Day Retreat is a requirement of their Theology class. The remaining date is below. Parents, it is your responsibility to drop off and pick up your Troubie at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, where our retreat will take place.  Drop off is at 8:00 a.m., and pick up is at 2:30 p.m. Please be sure to drop-off and pick-up on time so that the day begins and ends smoothly. The girls may wear free dress that day.

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February SFHS Dad’s Club Meeting – 2/22/18

The next meeting of the Dad’s Club will take place on Thursday, February 22nd from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Dining Hall, with social time beginning at 6:00 p.m.  Our special guest speaker at this month’s meeting will be our Dean of Students, Cynthia Cost.  Dean Cost will share information on how she keeps our Troubies and campus safe.  Her discussion on student safety will touch on the extensive training she provides staff, faculty, and students on emergency procedures and preparedness.  We’ll also gather in our Dad’s Club subcommittees (C

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Athletic News (2/09/18)

Volunteer Hour Opportunity

There will be parent volunteer opportunities at the Basketball Booster Que on Saturday, February 10. Log into MVP, and reserve your spot today.

Mark Your Calendars – Spring Sports Parent Meeting

The Athletics Department will hold the Spring Sports Parent Meeting for the sports of Diving, Lacrosse, Softball, Swimming and Track and Field on Thursday, February 15 at 6:00 p.m. in the Gym. Individual team meetings will follow.

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Ash Wednesday: What’s with that dirt on your head?

Who hasn’t gotten that question on Ash Wednesday before? Do you feel silly when people ask you about your ashes? Is it hard to answer their questions? Having ashes on your forehead isn’t just some weird Catholic thing, it’s a tradition that finds its roots in the Old Testament, “I turned to the Lord God, to seek help, in prayer and petition, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes” (Daniel 9:3). When the ashes are placed on our foreheads in the sign of the Cross, it is a reminder of several things.

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A Message about Self Care from the Dean’s Office

A reminder to all about self care, especially in regards to the FLU:

It is very important that you do not come to school if you are ill, not even to “just take a test”. (If you have the flu and come to school, you probably won’t do very well on that test, because you won’t feel well). You also will expose many other people to this serious virus.  Ill or vomiting students will be sent home.  Parents: Please call the attendance line at 737-5050 if your daughter is ill and will be staying home from school.

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St. Francis Athletics to Host Event for Girls & Women in Sports Day

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis athletics department will celebrate National Girls & Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) on Saturday, Feb. 10. The event will be held in Serra Court and gym from 4-7 p.m.

All girls and boys wearing their team uniform or school shirt will be admitted free into the St. Francis basketball games against Antelope. The Troubadour freshman basketball team plays at 2:00 p.m., followed by the junior varsity at 3:30 p.m. and varsity at 5 p.m.

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Spring Sports Adidas Order Information

Diving Student-Athlete

All orders will be delivered to St. Francis High School.

Estimated ship date: March 21st

No returns or exchanges on decorated apparel

No orders will be taken after the deadline: February 19th

You will be notified within 48 hours of store closure if any products on your order are on backorder or out of stock. 

http://stfrancishsdiving2018.itemorder.com/

Diving Parents

All orders will be delivered to St. Francis High School.

Estimated ship date: March 21st

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Soccer Ties Davis in Delta League Match

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Junior goalkeeper Sydney Galvan had 15 saves to help St. Francis tie Davis 0-0 Thursday in a game at Granite Regional Park.

“I am absolutely proud,” said Head Coach Maryclaire Robinson. “It was a great team effort. They have some big timers on their team. We pressured them and sometimes they went went through three defenders but it was our defending forward that got it. 
That is what separates us. We have a great team chemistry. We work at it and we played for each other today.”

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Senior Taylor Simpkins to Play at Point Loma Nazarene

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Senior Taylor Simpkins will sign to play soccer with Pt. Loma Nazarene Sea Lions at the St. Francis Soccer Signing Day celebration on Feb. 7.

“At first it was all about the campus,” said Simpkins about the attraction to PLNU. “My mom and went to San Diego to tour all the schools in the area. Pt. Loma was the first one and I just had the feeling that it was where I needed to be.”

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Get to Know: Soccer’s #25 Ella Sloss

Ella Sloss is one of two freshman on the varsity team this season. She has two goals and five assists in 17 games this season. She plays for San Juan in club season. She will be going out for track and field after soccer season and will compete in the long jump.

What does the accomplishment of making varsity as a freshman mean to you?
“It is really an honor because not a lot of people get that opportunity.”

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Behind the Scenes for One Acts

Behind the scenes getting ready to put on four different One Act shows tonight starting at 7pm! Each one act is unique and they range from realistic to science fiction. We would also like to highlight that one of the pieces, “As the Silence Gets Louder”, is written by senior Bailey Yates!

2018 One Acts LineUp: 
Tracks (by Peter Tarsi): Strangers meet in a filthy subway station: will they make it to their final destination?

Dark Road (by Laura Lundgren Smith): A powerful drama about the choices that allow evil to become ordinary.

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Get to Know: Soccer’s #6 Janae DeFazio

Janae DeFazio is in her third season with the St. Francis varsity squad. She will be playing in her 60th varsity game today, totaling 30 goals in her career. She has made a commitment to play at UCLA in the fall of 2019. She likes to hang out with her friends in her free time and with her family, including her two younger siblings.

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Valentine Dance

February 9, 2018 

7:00 pm – 10:00 pm 

 St. Francis High School Gym

Tickets are $10 and are on sale online HERE

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Soccer Program Hosts Canned Food Drive

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis soccer team will host a canned food drive in coordination with the team’s annual Booster BBQ on Thursday, Feb. 1 as part of the game against Davis (JV at 2 p.m. and Varsity at 3:30 p.m.) at Granite Regional Park. All parents, family and friends attending the game are asked to bring a canned food item to share including meal makers (chili, spaghettios/a meal in a can), tuna, top ramen & canned fruit. All donations will go to Golden Palms (senior community), Freemont area families & Sac State. Please support our efforts to feed our neighbors!

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Basketball Falls on Buzzer Beater at Davis

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Kelsey Forrester hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to give Davis a 53-50 win over St. Francis on Monday night. It was the first Delta League loss for the Troubies.

“Our lack of effort in the first half and mistakes defensively, not sticking to the game plan, gave them three baskets and had another bounce off our hands,” said Head Coach Vic Pitton. “Davis played hard and knew they needed this game. I tried to express that to our team.”

St. Francis fell behind at the half 28-20 and were behind double digits in the third quarter before rallying.

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Get to Know: Basketball’s #2 Anne McDaniel

Anne McDaniel is in her fourth season in the basketball program and second season on the varsity. She is a semifinalist for a full-ride scholarship at Seattle University and has St. Mary’s, Arizona State, Stanford, Yale among her college applications. She plans to work the Olympics in 2028 in Los Angeles as a volunteer and will represent SF in leading the pregame prayer at Holy Hoops on Saturday.

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St. Francis Celebrates Lady Bird!

And you’re invited! Join the St. Francis community for a one-of-a-kind Red Carpet Awards Party on Sunday, March 4, 2018 on campus. We’ll have our own red carpet so come out at 4:30 pm to experience the paparazzi and have your picture taken.

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Basketball Sweeps Holy Hoops over Christian Brothers

Basketball Sweeps Holy Hoops

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis basketball program swept all three games with Christian Brothers in front of a sold out crowd Saturday highlighted by the varsity’s 57-51 win in the featured game.

“CB is definitely a really good team,” said captain Marlee Nicolos. “Props to them, we had the bigger will today and it was a game we really wanted to win. It is the most exciting game and is always a big event. Our friends are here and we wanted to show everyone what we are made of tonight.”

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Arts Alumna Update: Natasha Soto-Albors ‘02

We love hearing from Alumnae! After graduating from SFHS Natasha Soto-Albors ‘02 made the journey east to study at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Since receiving her B.F.A. in Drama, Natasha has built a career as an actor, screenwriter, and film producer. She is the founder and CEO of Night Spark Pictures, an NYC production company dedicated to diverse and dynamic storytelling. 

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When and How do I Report My Parent Volunteer Hours?

When you have completed all your required parent service hours, go to the “Reports” tab in your MVP account, and download the “Detailed Hours Report.”  Email a copy of the report to Ms. Leavitt cleavitt@stfrancishs.org 

Please check the report to ensure that no more than half of your required hours are from the “Donations” category. You may have to adjust the dates on the report to include hours from 2017.

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SAVE THE DATE for Summer School & Camp Troubie 2018

Summer Registration will open February 13, 2018 at 7 a.m.

High school level courses are offered in academic subjects for female and male students grades 9-12. Courses are offered in 3-week sessions. Year-long courses require attendance in both sessions.  All courses meet Monday through Friday.

St. Francis Summer Programs are now available to view: Summer Programs 2018

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Resource Outreach (1/26/18)

Resource Outreach: Mrs. Biller, Resource Specialist

Brain Gain: The Body/Mind Connection!

Top Ten Tips: How to Maximize Brain Health and Function (Please ask a doctor before changing diet or exercise plan.)
ADD:

1.  Breakfast! A frappuccino does NOT count.
2. Brain foods: walnuts, sunflower seeds, blueberries, fish.
3. Brain boosters: Omega 3 fish oil (burpless!), and a multivitamin with B12.
4. Eight, yes, eight hours of continuous sleep.
5. Enough exercise to get rid of stress and produce endorphins.

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Pax et Bonum Mass – 1/31/18

Our Pax et Bonum Mass is on Wednesday, January 31st.  Guests are always welcome to attend our Masses. Please sign in at the front office when you arrive.  We will also have a collection benefiting the St. Francis Scholarship and the St. Angela Merici Scholarship funds. The Merici fund benefits families seeking a Catholic education who have lost a parent or guardian.  Thank you for your support.

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Help Needed in the Theatre this Saturday (1/27/18)

We need as many people as possible to help in the theatre this Saturday (1/27/18) . Drop in at any time between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to help us get our special seating done for the One Acts next week!  There will be metal work, carpentry, painting, and stapling of fabric.  if you bring your willing and able selves for at least two hours, we will provide training, safety equipment, and tools. Please wear closed-toe shoes and clothes you can get dirty. As a side note, if we have a lot of people, we may run short on screw guns.

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Epicurean (Food Service Provider in our Café)

“Epicurean-Group Fresh. Honest. Local.  The freshest ingredients.  Honest, what we say is true. Local, locally sourced ingredients at your door step.  Providing for the kids of the future.”  Epicurean has a promotion coming up to re-introduce the snack bar during lunch services!  There will be new menu items daily!

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Attendance on SWAP Day, February 2, 2018

All school days are mandatory, and this includes SWAP Day. A parent/guardian or their daughter must attend SWAP Day. This means either the student or her parent must be in classes on February 2, 2018.  Attendance is taken just like any other day. If for any reason neither student nor her parent can attend, the parent must call her daughter in absent by 8:00 a.m. to the attendance line (916) 737-5050.  

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Athletic News (1/26/18)

Mark Your Calendars – Spring Sports Parent Meeting

The Athletics Department will hold the Spring Sports Parent meeting for the sports of Diving, Lacrosse, Softball, Swimming, and Track and Field on Thursday, February 15 at 6:00 p.m. in the Gym. Individual team meetings will follow.

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AP 2018 Exam Information

If your daughter will be taking an AP Exam this May, please look for the AP Parent Information letter which will be emailed to you soon.  The letter includes important dates, requirements, and payment information.  Also, be sure to note that all AP Exam takers must attend a mandatory pre-administration meeting scheduled for Friday, April 13th at 8:00 a.m.

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Get to Know: Basketball’s #10 Adrienne Graybill

Adrienne Graybill is in her fourth season in the basketball program and second with the varsity team. She is the only three-sport athlete in the Class of 2018 and will finish her career with nine varsity letters, including four for varsity golf, two for hoops and three for track and field. She plans to attend Grand Canyon University in the fall and study forensic science.

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2017 Tennis Highlights

  • St. Francis went 19-1 overall on the season and 12-0 in the Delta League to win the league title, capturing the title for the 28th time in school history and third consecutive.
  • The St. Francis tennis team lost 5-2 in the semifinals of the CIF/USTA Northern California Regional Championships Friday to eventual champion Los Gatos. It was the second consecutive CIF NorCal appearance for the program.’
  • The Troubadours equaled the best finish in school history with their fourth NorCal semifinal appearance. St.
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Soccer’s DeFazio Scores Goal, Adds Two Assists in Win

Junior Scores for Third Consecutive Game

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Junior Janae DeFazio scored a goal and contributed two assists as the St. Francis soccer team posted a 3-0 victory over Monterey Trail on Tuesday afternoon.

“I am really proud of Monterey Trail,” said Head Coach Maryclaire Robinson. “They have a few girls that absolutely have jets. We scored some really nice goals in the first half to break open the game but we were still having to defend the entire field.”

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Basketball Improves to 6-0 Behind Bagatelos

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Junior Nika Bagatelos scored 17 points to help St. Francis improve to 6-0 in Delta League play with a 63-54 victory over Monterey Trail on Friday.

“We had to pull through and take care of the basketball while playing good defense and rebound,” said Bagatelos.

St. Francis (10-7) led 45-30 after three quarters but the Mustangs fought to make the came close down the final quarter, closing within five points. The Troubies had to seal the game at the line with Marlee Nicolos and Lauren Pank each hitting two free throws late.

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Retreats for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors

If you have a sophomore, junior, or senior daughter who has not gone on retreat yet, we still have a few more retreats to choose from this year.  The retreat dates for each grade level are below. Follow the direct link, and if you have any problems registering for sophomore or junior retreats, please contact Mrs. Murray at mmurray@stfrancishs.org.  If you have questions about Kairos registration, please contact Mr. Tholcke at stholcke@stfrancishs.org.  

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Principal’s Message (1/19/18)

Dear Families, 

This week I was blessed with the opportunity to attend a Kairos retreat. It was my first experience attending any of the retreats offered at St. Francis Catholic High School.  I must say what an amazing opportunity it is for our student leaders, retreatants, and staff members to be able to participate.

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Get to Know: Soccer’s #14 Taylore Givens

Taylore Givens in her first season with the varsity team. She has two goals on the season including one at Davis last week. She started playing soccer in the fifth grade and has a little brother, Jared. She is also a member of Mathletes and plans to run for a student body office next year. She does not like fruity candy and her favorite is Andes mints (the ones you find on your pillows at hotels).

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Athletic News (1/19/18)

Holy Hoops Ticket Information

Holy Hoops tickets went on sale on Friday, January 19 for St. Francis students, alumnae and families. Students were sent a link and passcode to their St. Francis accounts to access the ticket sale. The Holy Hoops game against Christian Brothers is scheduled for Saturday, January 27 at Christian Brothers. Game times are 2:30 (F), 4:00 (JV), and 5:30 p.m. (V). Tickets are $7 each with $1 service charge and are print-at-home or download to your phone. Tickets must be shown at the door.

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Track and Field Preseason Information

St. Francis Track and Field Goals: 
  • Delta League Champions
  • Advance as many athletes as possible to Sections, Masters, and State
  • Improve on individual personal records
  • To work hard.
  • To have fun.
Practice:
  • Always remember track and field is a real sport. It is not a hobby.  You must be at all practices on time (3:45 PM), with proper equipment, and prepared to workout.
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Swimming Preseason Information

Meet Information, Swimmer Information and Attendance Policy

2018 Meet Information

Dual Meets: We will not be able to swim every swimmer on the team in every swim meet. With the meet schedule that is attached you will see which groups swim in which meets listed below. Even then not all swimmers will be entered in each meet. 

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Nicolos to Sign with Santa Clara Soccer

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis senior Marlee Nicolos will sign with Santa Clara soccer program next month during the NCAA National Signing Day for soccer.

“I am so excited about signing with Santa Clara,” said Nicolos. “It is amazing. I have been excited and a little nervous but after my official visit on Sept. 29, it made everything so much more exciting. I met the girls in my (recruiting) class, girls on the team and had team bonding. It was an amazing experience and one of the best nights I have had.”

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Keitges Scores 17 Points in Basketball Win over Franklin

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Junior Jorie Keitges scored a career-high 17 points as St. Francis posted a 75-44 victory over Franklin on Tuesday night.

“It was a lot of fun tonight,” said Keitges. “We all connected on the court and our sequences of passes were on point.”

Keitges knocked down five three-pointers as part of her record night, scoring in double digits for the third time this season.

“I was focusing on my form and to shoot it with arc and spin on it,” said Keitges. “They went in for me tonight.”

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Class of 1993 – 25 Year Reunion

It’s time for your 25th Class Reunion! Mark your calendar for October 5-7th for your reunion weekend fun! Your reunion is going to rock!

For more information about getting involved please connect with the planning committee at sfhs93reunion@gmail.com

RSVP Here

Friday, October 5th – 7:30 pm

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Father Daughter Dance is Almost Here!

Dads, enjoy a wonderful evening with your daughter! 

This special event is sure to provide many opportunities to make lasting memories.

Ticket price includes: Close, ample and free parking; a delicious buffet dinner at interactive food stations; dessert bar; unlimited non-alcoholic specialty drinks; candy bar; Treasure Chest; dancing; and, Many returning games and activities with new surprises!

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Solos & Ensembles Recitals 2017

The Solo and Ensemble Recital on December 11th was a resounding success. Over 20 vocalists and instrumentalists performed beautiful songs for over 80 family members and friends.

We we would also like to acknowledge & thank Mrs. Tina Harris, Vocal Instructor, Mr. Gerald Rheault, our piano accompanist, and 
Todd Weber, Guitarist for their support and accompanying the students at solo and ensemble!

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SFHS Representing at CA Honor Choirs

We are so impressed with how active our singers have been, and will be this coming spring in Honor Choir participation. Honor Choir is an auditioned/recommended ensemble comprised of singers from various schools, who rehearse and perform with a guest conductor.

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Get to Know: Soccer’s #20 Anissah Surita

Anissah Surita is in her fourth season in the soccer program and also played softball as a junior. She has played in 28 career games over the course of her four-year career. She is out of the season after tearing her Achilles last April playing club and will have surgery later this month.

Your injury has dampened your senior season, how are you trying to make the most of it?
“As a teammate, I am trying to support my team. I am glad that I still get to be part of the program and see my friends play.”

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Get to Know: Basketball’s #4 Nika Bagatelos

Nika Bagatelos is in her third season with the St. Francis varsity team after earning a call-up her freshman season. She has played basketball all her life. Nika set a sophomore school record with 56 three-pointers last season and likes to knit hats in her spare time and works at the St. Johns Center. Her aunt Mindy was on the 1993 State Championship team.

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PCA Girls in the Game Event

Young Female Athletes, their Coaches and Parents are invited to attend.

Girls in the Game Educating and Empowering Young Female Athletes to be the Voices and leaders of our future with Ruthie Bolton, Monique Ambers, Alicia Jay and More! Saturday, February 10th 10am-12pm The Guild Theater ~ 2828 35th St., Sacramento.
Join us February 10th to learn about the lifelong benefits of keeping “Girls in the Game” and to celebrate the growing opportunities and achievements in sports! 

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Winter One Acts 2018

The SF Players are pleased to present their annual Winter One Acts. The four one acts are varied and range from realistic to science fiction. This will be great night of theatre showcasing the talents of the St. Francis High School advanced acting company.

Each year the One Acts are performed before a panel of judges and they select one of the One Act shows to be presented at the Lenaea High School Theatre Festival on Feb.4 at the Harris Center in Folsom.

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Wellness Window (1/12/18)

St. Francis Catholic High School is pleased to host Lifetime Achievement Award-Winning Speaker, Author, and Mental Health Advocate, Kevin Hines, at our Wellness Assembly on Wednesday, January 24.  Kevin will share his own story with our Troubies, address suicide prevention, and provide hope for students and their families who may be dealing with mental health issues.  

For more information on our speaker, please visit his website at www.kevinhinesstory.com

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Theatre News (1/12/18)

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Auditions for Spring Play

“2 Gentlemen of Verona” auditions are Tuesday, January 16 and Wednesday, January 17. Students need to sign up for a time slot for one of those days. Callbacks are Thursday (January 18). This all-girl cast will perform the show March 9-17. 

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Principal’s Message (1/12/18)

Dear Families,

I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year and officially welcome you back to the second half of the 2017-18 academic year. I know the last two weeks probably flowed at a different pace, but now that school is back in session, a sense of normalcy should return to your households.  The remaining months of this semester are going to move quite rapidly, and it’s important that we remind our students to plan ahead, stay on target, and not procrastinate.

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January SFHS Dad’s Club Meeting (1/18/18)

The next meeting of the Dad’s Club will take place on Thursday, January 18th, 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Dining Hall. Social time will begin at 6:00 p.m. Our special guest speaker at this month’s meeting will be our President, Theresa Rodgers.  President Rodgers will discuss the work she does to advance the mission of St. Francis High School.  Guests will also learn about her professional background in education and her path to St. Francis.  All dads are welcome to participate in an engaging Q & A following her talk.

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Don’t miss your chance to become a St. Francis Troubadour for the day! (2/02/18)

SWAP (Switch with a Parent) Day will be held on Friday, February 2nd, and is a great opportunity for parents to experience their daughter’s classes in a fun and memorable way.  Join us between 8:00 and 8:45 a.m. for a coffee reception in the Dining Hall. School “starts” at 8:45 with a welcome by the President, Theresa Rodgers, and the Principal, Elias Mendoza, and then you are off to enjoy all of your daughter’s classes. Be sure to make a copy of her schedule so you know where you need to be and when (you don’t want to get a tardy!).

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Athletic News (1/12/18)

Holy Hoops Ticket Information

Holy Hoops tickets go on sale on Friday, January 19 for St. Francis students, alumnae, and families. The Holy Hoops game against Christian Brothers is scheduled for Saturday, January 27 at Christian Brothers. Game times are 2:30 (F), 4:00 (JV), and 5:30 p.m. (V). Tickets are $7 each with $1 service charge and are print-at-home or download to your phone. Tickets must be shown at the door. Students will be sent a link and passcode to their St. Francis accounts to access the ticket sale.

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Soccer Completes Week with 2-0 Win over Elk Grove

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Freshman Ella Sloss and junior Lindsey Porter scored within two minutes of each other in the first half to pace St. Francis to a 2-0 win over Elk Grove on Thursday. The win improved the Troubies to 2-2 in league play and 7-4-3 overall.

St. Francis scored the first goal of the day in the 16th minute when Sloss connected off a pass by Lindsey Porter into the box.

“It was really helpful to have everyone in the box,” said Sloss. “It was a good ball by Lindsey (Porter) and just happened to be in the right place at the right time.”

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SFHS Theatre Alumna Headed to Broadway!

Congratulation to SFHS Theatre Alumna Jesscia Crouch ‘04 who has been cast in the Broadway bound Pretty Woman: The Musical! Jessie was very active member of the SF Theatre Program. She performed in musicals, plays and was a member to the SF Players all four years of high school. Jessie received an Elly Award for her final performance as Winifred in Once Upon a Mattress! After high school she graduated in musical theatre from NYU Tisch and has been working non stop since in regional theatres and national tours.

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SFHS Students Place in 2018 Academic Decathlon Art Competition

Congratulations to our Academic Decathlon Art Competition Winners! SFHS placed in all but one category, and Senior Katharine Moore’s piece “The Beauty of Color” was selected as the Overall Excellence winning entry! See all of our amazing artists work below and be sure to congratulate Julia Bird ‘21, Ava Schaedler ‘20, Sophia Zogbi ‘21, Sana Niaz ‘18, Ana Lucia Burns ‘19, Lynea Gamez ‘21 and Katharine Moore ‘18.

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Get to Know: Soccer’s #23 Anna Huber

Anna Huber is on her second season with the varsity team and fourth season overall in the soccer program. She is considering several schools for college including Nevada, Wheaton, Dominican, UC Santa Cruz and Seattle University. She is joined on the team by her twin sister, Rachel, who was born one minute earlier. She likes to cook in her free time and her grandma’s chicken dumplings is her specialty. She has two goals this season and 27 in her St. Francis career, including 16 during her freshman season.

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Get to Know: Basketball’s #22 Logan Kelly

Logan Kelly is in her fourth season overall with the varsity team. She has made a verbal commitment to play at Lewis and Clark in Portland next season. She is the daughter of Frosh Coach Mike Kelly. She is thinking of majoring in psychology and minoring in photography in college.

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Freshman Williams Has Big Game in League Opener

ELK GROVE, Calif. – The St. Francis basketball team snapped a four-game losing streak with a 72-53 win in the Delta League opener over Pleasant Grove on Wednesday.

“I thought we had a lot of energy on defense,” said Head Coach Vic Pitton. “We put pressure on their ball handling and wanted to keep the tempo up. We knew if we got in a half-court game, their size would be a factor.”

Freshman Saniyiah Williams had a breakout game in her first Delta League game, scoring a career-high 17 points with a pair of three-pointers.

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Game Day Information for Golden 1 Basketball Game; Television and Live Stream Links

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Here is game day information for the St. Francis-Davis game at the Golden I Center on Friday at 6 p.m.

Ticket Pickup

Online ticket purchases must be picked up at will call at the Southwest Entrance on game day starting at 5p.m.. Tickets may also be picked up at St. Francis on Jan. 4 from 3:30-7:00 p.m. in the gym. All tickets are general admission.

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Soccer Opens Delta League Play with 7-1 Win over Grant

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sophomore Grace Barger scored twice as the St. Francis varsity team cruised to a 7-1 victory over Grant to improve to 6-2-3 overall and win their third straight. The win extended the unbeaten streak by the team to five games.

“We got off to a really good start and really worked as a team today,” said Barger, about the 6-1 first half. “A lot of people scored which was really good. We got to work on the things we have been working on in practice. It was fun.”

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Soccer Opens Delta League Play Tuesday

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis soccer team will open Delta League play on Tuesday, Jan. 2 at 3:30 p.m. at Granite Regional Park against Grant.

The Troubadours are coming off the Tri-Valley Classic, posting a 2-0-2 record over the two day tournament. St. Francis posted a pair of ties against San Ramon Valley (1-1) behind a Jane DeFazio goal and 0-0 tie versus Clayton Valley Charter as Sydney Galvan and Kimberly Riley combined for the shutout.

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Basketball Wins Again at Nike TOC

QUEEN Creek, Ariz. – The St. Francis basketball team used a strong second quarter for the second consecutive day to help post a 51-39 win over Warren (Calif.) and advance to the consolation bracket championship Friday.

“We built off the energy from last game with our defensive intensity,” said junior Nika Bagatelos. “That started it off and then our shots started falling.”

Bagatelos finished with 13 points with three triples and senior Logan Kelly scored a team-high 15 points as the Troubadours won their second game in three days.

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Basketball Rebounds with Win over Omaha Northwest (Neb.)

Queen Creek, Ariz. – Seniors Marlee Nicolos and Logan Kelly both posted double-doubles to help St. Francis defeat Omaha Northwest (Neb.) 62-56 on Wednesday in the Nike Tournament of Champions.
 

“We are really happy with the win,” said Nicolos. “We talked a lot about it and we were not happy with how we played yesterday. We really wanted to step up our game, listening to coach and working on his points of energy and effort and the results we will show. It definitely did today.”

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Basketball Drops Nike TOC Opener

QUEEN CREEK, Ariz. – The St. Francis basketball team dropped their opener in the 2017 Nike Tournament of Champions to Horizon (Colo.) 59-35 at Queen Creek High School. Four Troubadours scored six points each to lead the team.

“They need to take the challenge to be ready to compete from the start of the day until game time,” said Head Coach Vic Pitton. “No one is going to do it for them and they have to do it themselves.”

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SF Musicians Learning from the Original Composer for Christmas Concert

We had a full house last night for the opening of our Christmas Music Concert. We can’t wait to share our music with you again today at 2pm.

One interesting fact you may not know is that while preparing for the concert, our musicians were unsure of the correct tempo for Veni, Veni Emmanuel. Our choral director, Mrs. Harris, knew the original composer of this version, Michael John Trotta, was still active in the industry and decided it couldn’t hurt to contact him. He was elated to help and offered to skype with our students.

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Get to Know: Soccer’s #16 A.J. Tanner

AJ Tanner is in her second season on the varsity team and has been selected one of the squad’s captains for the 2017-18 season. She has made a commitment to play soccer at San Francisco State for the Gator program. AJ stands for Alyssa Joselyn. She likes to cook in her spare time and brownies are her specialty. She also played softball growing up but has focused on soccer in high school.

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Troubadours Post Stellar Fall Campaigns

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The five St. Francis fall sports programs recently completed a campaign that will be remembered for a long time based on the banners and trophies that will occupy the gym walls and trophy cases. The Troubadours combined to win four Delta League titles, two Sac-Joaquin Section championships and a pair of runner-up trophy finishes in the Section finals. All five programs advanced beyond sections to compete in regional and/or state championship play.

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Get to Know: Soccer’s #10 Lindsey Porter

Lindsey Porter is in her third season on the varsity team. She recently committed to play at UCSB in the Fall of 2019. She is a captain. She is tied for the team lead in goals with two and ranks second with five points.

What did the team learn from Holy Cup?
“From Holy Cup, I think as a whole we learned to play more as a team and trust in each other’s abilities. We also learned that in order to succeed, our desire for success needs to be greater than our fear of failure.”

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Soccer Gets Back in Win Column with 3-0 Victory over Rocklin

Troubies Score Three Times in Non-League Win

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis soccer team posted a 3-0 win over Rocklin on Thursday, posting a positive result after going winless over the last two contests to improve to 3-2-1 on the season.

“The process was better,” said Head Coach Maryclaire Robinson. “It took us longer to get played in. This was the first game against a good opponent where we took care of the details and then the goals came. And it was nice goals.”

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2017 Alumnae Visiting SFHS

2017 Alumnae Sarah Ajise (USC) and Julia Cannon (CalPoly) visit SFHS for the Advent Prayer Service and to keep an eye on younger sister, Lauren Cannon. Troubies always welcome on campus!

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Ayotte Goal Highlights Loss to Bella Vista

Junior Scores First Goal Since Return from Knee Injury

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Junior Anne Ayotte scored her first goal since returning from a knee injury that cost her the entire sophomore season, providing a positive note in a 2-1 loss to Bella Vista on Tuesday at Granite Regional Park.

“Bella Vista tried to clear it and didn’t and I shot it with my left into the corner,” said Ayotte. “It feels so good. It is my first goal since I have gotten back so it was fun.”

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Basketball Opens with Two Wins in Roseville Elite Showcase

ROSEVILLE, Calif. – Senior Marlee Nicolos scored 17 points to lead three players in double figures in a 66-57 win over Reno Saturday to cap the three-day Roseville Elite Showcase. The Troubadours won two of three games on the weekend, defeating Inderkum 51-29 in the season opener and losing to Pleasant Valley 67-60 on Friday.

“It was a really good building weekend and starting point,” said Nicolos. “It is nice to be 2-1 heading into the Arizona Tournament. We have a lot of strong points as well things to work on. The coaches and girls are really excited.”

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Get to Know: Soccer’s #3 Allie Cloninger

Allie Cloninger is a captain for the varsity team this season in her third season with the team and fourth overall in the program. She has two goals this season in the first three games after scoring just one in her first two varsity seasons.

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Class of 55 Visits St. Francis High School

Our sprightly graduates from the St. Francis Class of 1955 joined us on campus for a festive holiday lunch. These Alumnae were treated to beautiful singing from our A Capella group and lunch was served by our warm student Ambassadors. As one of the Alum noted, “It felt like a miracle.” Our current students witnessed the St. Francis sisterhood and friendships that have been nurtured over many decades. As the words of one of the songs shared said, “Here we are as in olden days, happy golden days of yore.

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Spanish Students Take Part “Las Posadas” Re-enactment

Today our Spanish classes are participating in a re-enactment of Mary’s and Joseph’s search for shelter before the birth of Jesus, Our Lord. We are grateful to our Maintenance Staff for their support and assistance and to Jason Murchinson, from the Epicurean Group and his Kitchen Crew for helping with the preparation of the tamales.

Mrs. Vargas, one of our amazing Spanish faculty members, has provided a wonderful description about the Spanish-speaking Christmas tradition of Las Posadas. Read on to learn more:

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Three Volleyball Seniors Named to Optimist Game at St. Francis

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Three St. Francis seniors will play against some of the Sac-Joaquin Sections top seniors at the Sacramento Optimist Volleyball Large School Game on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. at St. Francis High School. The small schools match will take place at 5 p.m.

“I am really honored and super excited,” said senior Mady Schildmeyer. “I have dreamed about playing in this game. I have known a lot of girls who have played in the past. It is a huge honor and I could not be more excited to play.”

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Volleyball’s Alynn Wright Named Delta League Coach of the Year

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis Volleyball Head Coach Alynn Wright was named the Delta League Coach of the Year in a vote of the league’s coaches.

“She focuses on volleyball but that is not her main priority,” said senior Mady Schildmeyer. “It is helping us become better women. Since (my first season on varsity) my sophomore year, she has helped me with my confidence on and off the court. Having that flourish is a big factor with who I am on the court and as a person.”

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Katherine Clark ’12 graduated with high honors from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy

Katherine Clark ’12 graduated with high honors from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management and a commission as an Ensign. Katherine was a varsity starter and two-time Captain of the CGA Women’s Soccer Team and received the Captain Lee H. Baker Award, which is presented to a female senior for inspirational leadership in Academy athletics.

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Soccer Opens with 4-0 Win over Vacaville

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Junior A.J. Tanner scored and added two assists in a 4-0 win over Vacaville on Tuesday in the season opener for both teams.

“We scored some goals and defensively we have worked on some things and I could see it was helpful,” said Head Coach Maryclaire Robinson. “Everyone got a chance to stretch their legs. It was a nice way to start.”

The Troubadours scored four times in the opening 20 minutes of the game to cruise to the victory.

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Cross Country Ready for Final Run at State Championships

FRESNO, Calif. – After winning the Delta League and Section Championships, the St. Francis cross country team will toe the line at Woodward Park on Saturday morning chasing one final title to top off the season.

“The last two weeks have been great,” said Head Coach Aaron Rios about training since the section meet. “The girls are looking the best they have all season — only a few seconds apart. I really hope this translates to the meet. If this happens, we’re looking at a top 5 finish for sure.”

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Volleyball’s Alexa Edwards Named Delta League Most Valuable Player

Seven Troubadours earned Delta League recognition.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis volleyball team had six players named to the All-Delta League team including Most Valuable Player Alexa Edwards as votes by the league coaches.

Edwards led the league with 512 kills (15th in the state) with a league-best 4.7 kills per set and 333 digs with the second-best per set average of 3.0. She was also third in hitting percentage (.280). It was the second all-league honor for Edwards.

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Fembot’s at Pleasant Grove HS Practice Tournament

Excellent practice competiton Oct. 27-29, 2017 at Pleasant Grive High School. A practice competition allows teams to test their robots, and fine tune before the large FIRST Robotics competiton “Power Up” coming January 2018.

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MUN Competes at the Stanford Conference Nov. 2017

Congratulations to the SFHS Model UN team! During Veteran’s Day weekend 16 Troubies attended the Stanford Model United Nations Conference. With both veteran and rookie members in attendance, the girls debated their assigned perspectives, negotiated with other delegations, and interacted with high school students from across the country. Additional congratulations to Anisha Rao ‘19 for winning the award of Outstanding Delegate in the United Nations Security Council! 

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Tennis’ Kristi Spector Named Delta League Coach of the Year

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis Tennis Coach Kristi Spector has been named the Delta League Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season.

“I am humbled because it is voted on by the other coaches,” said Spector. “It is not who is undefeated or first in your league to be named coach of the year. I appreciate the fact that the others coaches felt that I am connected with my team in a way that they decided to vote me coach of the year.”

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Cross Country Wins Sac-Joaquin Section Division II Title

FOLSOM, Calif. – The St. Francis cross country team won its second consecutive Sac-Joaquin Section title, winning the Division II title Saturday at Willow Hills Reservoir.

“It is another box checked off for us,” said Head Coach Aaron Rios. “We had some goals in the summer and this was one of them to win the section. Today they ran more as a team and with state upcoming that is huge motivation for us.”

Senior Sydney Vandegrift, who signed to run at Cal on Wednesday, finished second overall in 18:33 to lead the Troubadours.

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St. Francis Senior Niki Barnes to Sign with TCU for Equestrian

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis senior Niki Barnes will sign to attend school and ride for the Texas Christian University Equestrian team at the St. Francis Signing Day Celebration on Wednesday.

“There is such a big span of riders across the United States and so few opportunities in college, to be chosen to be part of a team is a really big deal,” said Barnes. “It is not like other sports where there are so many (scholarship) opportunities.”

Barnes, who lives in Rancho Murieta, is an accomplished rider who has been around horses and the sport for most of her life.

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Senior Kendall Carlsen to Sign with SMU Rowing

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis senior and Capital Crew product Kendall Carlsen has committed to Southern Methodist University and will sign with the Mustangs rowing program.

“I went to the campus on an official visit, I had never been to Texas before,” said Carlsen, who was also considering Loyola Marymount and USD. “I knew right away that it was the school for me, I feel I will fit in very easily. I liked Texas, the team and the coaches. They have a new coaching staff so I know the program will be very successful in the future.”

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Congrats to Delaney Feener ’14

Congratulations to Delaney Feener’14 who is appearing as Cinderella in INTO THE WOODS at DePaul University. 

In 2013 Delaney won an Elly for her portrayal of The Witch in The SF Theatre production of Sondheim’s musical. 

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Wilson to Dive for Cal Poly

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis senior Molly Wilson will sign with Cal Poly on Wednesday to join the Mustangs Diving team next fall.

“I am really excited because I really love the sport,” said Wilson. “It is nice to be able to continue it another four years in a place I want to be.”

Wilson plans to study biology at the school.

Cal Poly competes in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, finishing sixth overall last season with two divers placing among the top three at the conference meet. The program produced 18 MPSF All-Academic selections last year.

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Jackson Twins Win Section Doubles Title

ROSEVILLE, Calif. – St. Francis seniors Kiya and Kyla Jackson defeated the team of Ali Isaac and Emma Dobson of Del Oro to win the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I Doubles title at Johnson Ranch Racquet Club Monday.

“We are very ecstatic,” said Head Coach Kristi Spector. “They have been working on this for a long time and it is really special coming in their senior year. They played as a team and did not deviate from their strategy. It is what pulled them though.”

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Golfer Lauren Allen to Sign with Missouri S&T

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Senior golfer Lauren Allen will sign with Missouri University of Science and Technology to play golf for the Miners next fall. She will participate in a ceremony at St. Francis on Wednesday.

“I am very excited knowing I get to continue to play the sport I love while getting a degree I know I’ll love,” said Allen. “Making a career out of connections with others that play the sport is a dream come true for me.”

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Jackson Sisters Advance in Section Brackets

Benush Loses in Second Round to No. 1 Seed Tan

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Kiya and Kyla Jackson advanced into the semifinals of the Sac-Joaquin Section doubles draw on Thursday. Play was postponed for Friday and rescheduled for Monday morning.

Sophomore Adithi Benush advanced to the second round of the singles draw before falling to top seed Jacquie Tan of Franklin 6-0, 6-0. She had advanced with a three-set win over Laura Wadsworth of Armijo 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 in the opening round.

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Cheryl Watson attends Screening of Greta Gerwig’s ‘02 “Lady Bird”

St. Francis Performing Arts Department Chair, Cheryl Watson, enjoyed a special screening of Greta Gerwig’s ‘02 new film, “Lady Bird,” penned a love letter to Sacramento. Greta tells the story of Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (played by Saoirse Ronan) during her senior year at Immaculate Heart High School. 

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Tennis Advances in Section Playoffs, Hosts Davis Next Week

Sac-Joaquin Section Playoff Bracket

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis tennis team, the top seed in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I bracket, advanced with an 8-1 win over McClatchy Wednesday at Rio del Oro Racquet Club.

“I am really proud of the way the girls played, especially being in the middle of Homecoming week,” said Head Coach Kristi Spector. “I wanted them to play their game and not get caught up in another person’s game.”

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Volleyball Advances in Sections; Hosts Gregori at 5 p.m. on Thursday

SACRAMENTO, CALIF. – The St. Francis volleyball team easily advanced with a 3-0 win over Kennedy in the opening round of the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.
 

“They were very, very focused tonight,” said Head Coach Alynn Wright. “I thought they served really well was good to see how scrappy defensively they played. They looked like they were having fun and they followed the game plan to a tee.”


St. Francis had big runs in each set aided by strong serving. The Troubadours tallied 16 aces on the night with only one error.