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Softball Falls to Christian Brothers in Albie Aware Game

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis softball team lost to Christian Brothers on Saturday 4-3 in the annual Albie Aware games at River City High School.

“We have been playing much better the last few games and we started off well,” said Head Coach Kevin Warren. “We opened the door on a couple of plays defensively. They capitalized and scored four run off it.”

Sophomore Sydney Littles went 3-for-4 with two runs scored to pace the Troubadours offense.

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2017 Speech State Qualifier

State Qualifier Tournament

Antelope HS

Feb 24-25

Speech Special Recognition Awards: A special congratulation goes to Alexandra Retodo ‘17 and Olivia Fu ‘18 who were selected for the Dream Team award. Coaches select the top seven speech students in the region to create a “dream team” of all-star performers. This is a distinguished honor, not only for Alexandra and Olivia, but for St. Francis, too!

Congratulations to the members of the Speech Team who competed on February 24 & 25 at Antelope HS for the Speech Qualifier, including:

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Diving Posts Strong Results vs. Davis

RIO LINDA, Calif. – The St. Francis diving team recorded the top two places, four of the top five and nine of the top 10 performances on Wednesday against Davis in the dual with the Blue Devils.

Junior Molly Wilson had a season-best 266.85 to lead the team, posting a score pf 266.85. Junior Julia Endicott was second with a season-best 189.45. Camille Lutes had her season best with a 132.45 to finish fourth and Allie Belafsky scored a season-best 126.15.

Overall, 11 divers had season-best performances against Davis.

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Westover Records 100th Career Goal in Win at Palo Alto

PALO ALTO, Calif. – Senior Sarah Westover, a USC signee, scored six goals to help St. Francis to a 17-8 win over Palo Alto Tuesday night. Westover, who entered the season with 83 goals, notched her 100th goal with her fifth goal of the game and added a sixth to finish with 101 for her career.

St. Francis improved to 5-1 on the season entering the match with Sacramento Valley Lacrosse rival Oak Ridge on Friday at Mather Sports Complex.

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Get to Know: Lacrosse’s #4 Avery Myers

Avery Myers is in her second season with the varsity lacrosse program after playing two seasons with basketball. She averaged 6.7 points per game as a sophomore. She saw action in 12 games last season, recording 11 ground balls and five takeaways. Avery’s sister, Miranda, graduated from St. Francis in 2015 and runs at Northern Arizona.

How is your senior season going in your second season with lacrosse?
“It is going pretty well. My stick skills are improved but I am still out of shape. That will pass with time.”

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Athletics News – 3/17/17

This Week in Troubie Sports…

Spring Sports continue play this week. Lacrosse hosts Vista del Lago on March 21 and travels to Oak Ridge on March 24. Softball hosts Grant on March 21 and plays at Pleasant Grove on March 23, Swimming and Diving hosts Elk Grove on March 22, and Track and Field runs at Elk Grove on March 21. For a complete list of Athletic Events, click here.

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Alumna Carpenter Named Mountain East Player of the Week

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. – Lyndsay Carpenter has been tabbed the Mountain East Conference women’s lacrosse defensive player of the week.
 
Carpenter, a junior defender from Sacramento, California, guided the Cardinals defense to its first ever victory over a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) opponent last Tuesday.  The Cardinals held Edinboro to 11 goals on their way to a 13-11 victory.
 

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Basketball Season Ends in CIF NorCal Quarters

BRENTWOOD, Calif. – The St. Francis basketball team was eliminated from the CIF Division I NorCal Regional quarterfinals on Saturday with a 63-48 loss to No. 3 Heritage.

‘We ran out of gas and we had some foul trouble that altered the rotations and we just did not make some shots we normally do,” said Pitton. “It was not for lack of effort. We played hard and kept coming back at them but we ran out of gas.”

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Swimming defeats Pleasant Grove in Delta Dual

CARMICHAEL, Calif. – St. Francis won nine of 11 events to post a 127-43 victory over Pleasant Grove on Wednesday to improve to 2-0 on the Delta League dual season.

Senior Elizabeth Fugit won the 100 backstroke and helped the 200 medley and 400 free relays post victories. Emma Peters won the 200-yard freestyle in 2:02.54, while senior Taylor Koewler won the 200 IM in 2:15.62. Senior Tatum Roepke won the 100 butterfly in 59.67 and freshman Kendall Houck captured the 500 free in 5:25.70.Freshman Emma Hollenback won the 100 breaststroke in 1:10.77.

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Basketball Upsets James Logan, Advances in State Tournament

UNION CITY, Calif. – Senior Julia Razo had a game-high 24 points to lead the No. 11 seed St. Francis to an 81-52 upset over No. 6 James Logan in the first round of the CIF Division I NorCal Championships Wednesday night. St. Francis (22-8) is the defending CIF Division I champions.

“We showed a lot of heart,” said Head Coach Vic Pitton. “We went in with the right attitude. We have been on the road before. I was impressed but it did not surprise me.”

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Divers Compete against Pleasant Grove

RIO LINDA, Calif – Junior Molly Wilson posted a season-best 266.05 against Pleasant Grove as nine of 12 divers had season-best performances against the Eagles.

Wilson scored a 266.05 to lead the team. Junior Julia Endicott was second overall with 180.15, while freshman Maddy Miles was third on the team with a score of 144.05.Maddie Covert was fourth 126.40.

St. Francis Scores vs. Pleasant Grove

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Athletics News – 3/10/17

This Week in Troubie Sports…

Spring Sports start continue play this week. Lacrosse travels to Palo Alto on Tuesday and hosts Oak Ridge on Friday, March 17. Softball is at Pioneer on March 16 and plays Christian Brothers on March 18. Swimming and Diving are at Davis on March 15, while traack and field will compete at Grant and Monterey Trail on March 15. For a complete list of Athletic Events, click here.

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Crocker Art Museum “Self-Portrait” Exhibition

We are excited to once again participate in the Crocker Art Museum’s “Self-Portrait” exhibition with 13 other high schools. The Self Portrait Gallery will be on display from April 6 through May 27 and the Artist Reception will be April 23! Congratulations to all of our featured artists, your artwork is phenomenal!

“Girl” Mia Stephens
Artist’s Statement: “I created this piece using a combination of ink, paint, and construction paper. I used brightly colored construction paper to add a whimsical element to an otherwise black and white piece.”

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Get to Know: #6 Rhyann O’Mara

Rhyann O’Mara returns to softball after playing last season with the lacrosse program. She was a Sacramento Bee honorable mention All-Metro and Delta League second team selection as a sophomore after hitting .462 with a team-best tying 30 RBI. 

Welcome back to Softball! How does it feel to be back on the diamond this year?
“I thought when I came back it was going to be really hard and different. It took a little bit of time but I am back into it and it feels like I never left. I like it and I did miss it.”

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Speech Invitational Tournaments

New this year for Speech Team**

Congratulations to the members of the Speech Team who competed in the following Invitational Speech Events. Invitationals are national or international tournaments that students attend additionally on their own outside of our regional events.

Yale University, September 17-18, 2016

Olivia Fu

  • Parliamentary Debate-3 wins, 2 losses (attended with Jesuit’s Debate team)
University of the Pacific, October 28-30

Olivia Fu

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Get to Know: Lacrosse’s #6 Emily Bush

Emily Bush will be playing in her fourth season on the varsity in 2017 and has scored 17 career goals. She will be attending the Naval Academy in the fall. She has been to Guam five times in her life, visiting family on her mother’s side. She has an older brother and sister.  

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Lacrosse Completes Bay Area Sweep

MENLO, Calif. – The St. Francis lacrosse team continued its early season momentum with a 12-9 win over Menlo-Atherton on Saturday to complete the two-game overnight trip to the Bay Area.

“We knew coming in we were going to be tired,” said Head Coach Julia Southard. “Our leadership group is an incredible force on our team and they knew what they needed to do to get the job done. Our seniors carried us on a tough day.”

St. Francis fell behind early 4-1 in the first half but rallied to score seven unanswered goals.

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Lacrosse Wins Battle of St. Francis

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – Sophomore Jade Borg and senior Sarah Westover combined for nine goals to lead the St. Francis lacrosse team to a 13-4 win over St. Francis Mountain View Friday night in the first game of two-day trip to the Bay Area.

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Lacrosse Opens with 11-8 Win

RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. – Senior Grace Passentino scored four times as St. Francis posted an 11-8 win over Justin Siena in the season opening match on Thursday. Senior Sarah Westover added three goals in the win. The Troubies also got goals from Rachel Wick, Juliette Vielhauer, Emily Bush and Jade Borg. The Troubadours travel to St. Francis Mountain View on Friday.

St. Francis 11, Justin Siena 8

SF – Passentino 4, Westover 3, Wick, Vielhauer, Bush, Borg.

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Basketball Falls to Oak Ridge in Section Quarterfinals

EL DORADO HILLS, Calif. – The St. Francis basketball team lost at Oak Ridge 65-48 Thursday in the Sac-Joaquin Section quarterfinals.

“I am absolutely extremely proud of all of them,” said Head Coach Vic Pitton. “They gave everything they had in a very adverse situation. They really responded well in the first quarter and they played hard the whole game.”

Seniors Julia Razo and Jane Fairbrook combined to score 30 points in the game led by the game-high 21 points by Razo. Fairbrook scored nine and led the team in rebounds.

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Athletics News – 3/3/17

This Week in Troubie Sports…

Spring Sports start continue play this week. Lacrosse hosts Cardinal Newman on March 7 and travels to Vista del Lago. Softball hosts Casa Robles on March 7 before playing the Victory Tournament. Swimmong and Diving hosts Pleasant Grove on March 8 and Track and Field hosts Christian Brothers on March 8 for Holy Spikes.. Basketball awaits a potential al-large berth to NorCals to be announced on Sunday. For a complete list of Athletic Events, click here.

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Get to Know: Soccer’s #12 Abby Padilla

Abby Padilla is in her second season on the St. Francis varsity soccer team and fourth season with the program overall. She has seven career goals overall, including one last season on varsity against Grant. She has always worn No. 12., and overcame having open heart surgery when she was five years old. She has been accepted to Northeastern University but is waiting on decisions from other schools before making her collegiate choice.

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Get to Know: Basketball’s #20 Raenalyn Montemayor

Raenalyn Montemayor is in her third season in the basketball program and first with the varsity unit. She likes to hang out with her cousins. She has played basketball since the first grade. She likes science and wants to major in biology in college. 

How is your first season on varsity?
“It is going great. I worked really hard during my basketball career to be here. I have always to play for Coach Vic since I was in middle school. I am glad it came true.”

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Get to Know: Soccer’s #22 Meridith Wong

Senior Meridith Wong is in her second season on the varsity soccer team and third overall in the soccer program. She rides horses every week on Saturday, likes to read and enjoys Netflix. She has a sister Alexis who attended St. Francis. She is applying to schools on the West coast, including California, Washington and Oregon. She is thinking about studying forensics/criminology in college.

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Get to Know: Basketball’s #23 Maggie Malaney

Maggie Malaney is in her first season on the varsity basketball team and third season overall in the program. She lettered in volleyball in the fall with the Troubies becoming the first two-sport letter winner in the sports since 2003. Maggie is a twin whose brother, Jake, is a basketball player at Jesuit. She recently attended the inauguration in Washington, D.C. with her mom and Godmother. 

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Soccer Seeded Sixth in Division I

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis soccer team is seeded sixth in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I bracket released Friday afternoon.

“We are working really hard in practice,” said senior Arianna Avila. “It is what makes us a good team because we push each other to the max so during the playoffs it will payoff.”

The Troubadours hope the payoff will be a long playoff run.  SF will open at home (Granite Regional Park) on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 3 p.m. against Modesto. The Panthers are 13-3-3 on the season with a 9-1-2 league mark in the Modesto Metro Conference.

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Soccer Preps for Playoffs with 6-0 Win
Seven Seniors Recognized Pregame

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis soccer team sent out their seniors with a 6-0 win over Monterey Trail Thursday in the final regular season tune-up for the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.

“I am very pleased,” said Head Coach Maryclaire Robinson. “We came out and were professional. My concern was focus. Senior Day is always an emotional, heart-felt event. For us to be able to share in that and tuck a few away early on changes the game.”

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Basketball Seeded Sixth in the Sac-Joaquin Section Bracket

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis basketball team was awarded a No. 6 seed in the Sac-Joaquin Section playoff bracket announced on Thursday.

The Troubadours defeated Grant on Wednesday 71-32 to claim the Delta League Championship title. The Troubadours improved to 13-1 overall in league play and garnered the No. 1 seed from the league. It is the second consecutive league title for the team and 15th overall in school history.

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Athletics News – 2/17/17

This Week in Troubie Sports…

Spring Sports start this week while basketball and soccer start Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs. Both teams are likely to host playoff games next week so look for updates on the Athletic website and on social media. For a complete list of Athletic Events, click here.

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Soccer Wins Late vs. Franklin 3-2

ELK GROVE Calif. – Sophomore Janae DeFazio scored the game winner in extra time to give St. Francis a 3-2 win over Franklin on Tuesday.

Savannah Tijerino-Santos scored in the fourth minute to give the Troubadours a 1-0 lead. The assist came off passes from Elise Urkov pass and Janae DeFazio, who connected with Santos.

Franklin tied the game on a penalty kick in the 32nd minute and took the lead half way into the second half on a second PK.

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Basketball Celebrates Seniors with Win

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Seniors Julia Razo and Janae Fairbrook led St. Francis to a 74-32 win over Sheldon on a night they were celebrated in their final regular season home game.

“It has been one of the best experiences knowing there are so many people here that love and support us,” said Fairbrook, who scored four points on with four three-pointers. “It was a great night.”

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2016 Volleyball Highlights

  • St. Francis advanced to the CIF Northern California Regional semifinals before losing to eventual state champion Valley Christian in the Division II bracket. The sixth-seeded Troubadours upset No. 3 seed Whitney in the quarterfinals to advance. SF also defeated No. 11 Windsor.
  • St. Francis advanced to the Sac-Joaquin Section semifinals before losing to eventual section champion Whitney. The Troubies were the No.
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Basketball Continues Win Streak

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Julia Razo scored a game-high 27 points as St. Francis posted an 85-44 victory over Monterey Trail. The Troubadours have now won 11 consecutive games.

Razo scored 17 points in the first half as SF took control of the game. Classmate Janae Fairbrook added three triples in the first quarter and Jackie Koerwitz scored 10 of her 16 in the first half.

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SF Players at Lenaea Competition 2017

Our talented SF Players are competing at the Lenaea Festival Friday, February 10 through Sunday February 12! Keep them in your prayers as they perform their One Act “Trojan Women” an original tragedy by Thom Green and David Blanchard.

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Athletics News – 2/10/17

This Week in Troubie Sports…

Spring Sports tryouts and practices continue, while basketball and soccer regular season play wraps up. Basketball will celebrate their seniors on Monday, Feb. 13, while soccer will have senior Day on Thursday, Feb. 16. Both teams will host Booster Ques in conjunction with the events.  For a complete list of Athletic Events, click here.

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Get to Know: Soccer’s #3 Allie Cloninger

Junior Allie Cloninger is in her second season on the varsity team and third overall in the SF soccer program. She has five career goals, scoring four as a freshman on the JV team and one last season in her first season with the varsity. She is considering studying biopsychology or psychology in college. She plans to consider Cal Poly next year and has two older siblings. Sister Katie graduated in 2013 and also played soccer for the Troubies.

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Get to Know: Soccer’s #3 Allie Cloninger

Junior Allie Cloninger is in her second season on the varsity team and third overall in the SF soccer program. She has five career goals, scoring four as a freshman on the JV team and one last season in her first season with the varsity. She is considering studying biopsychology or psychology in college. She plans to consider Cal Poly next year and has two older siblings. Sister Katie graduated in 2013 and also played soccer for the Troubies.

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Antelope HS Speech Tournament Feb. 2017

Speech Tournament

Antelope HS

Feb 4, 2017

 

Congratulations to the members of the Speech Team who competed on February 4 at Antelope HS, including:

Isabelle Bauman ‘17- Original Oratory 2nd

Nicole Young ‘18- Thematic Interpretation 3rd

Lauren Kim ‘20- Thematic Interpretation 5th, Oratorical Interpretation 7th

Alex Retodo ‘17- Impromptu 1st, International Extemporaneous 2nd

Olivia Fu ‘18- Impromptu 3rd, International Extemporaneous 1st

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Soccer Loses Close Battle 2-1 on the Road

DAVIS, Calif. – Senior Savannah Tijerino-Santos scored to give St. Francis a lead but Davis answered with two goals to pull out a 2-1 victory on Thursday night.

“We played them last Friday and lost 4-1 and we played tonight on a rainy night and lose 2-1,” said Head Coach Maryclaire Robinson. “They are very good and they are at the top of the league for a reason. But we battled them and anytime you play them you get a little better because they are so fast. I feel very good.”

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Swimming Preseason Information

1. Season Start Date: Monday, February 6th

2. Season Goals: Win Varsity and F/S Sections; Win DL Champs -Stroke Improvement – Participation - Be Part of the Team – Team Spirit

3. Team Website – www.stfrancisswimming.com All St. Francis Swimmers are required to register on

the team site. If you do not register you will not be on the team. Registration must be completed

before participation on the team will be permitted.

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Basketball Takes Lead in Delta League with Win over Elk Grove

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Seniors Julia Razo and Janae Fairbrook each scored 19 points as St. Francis defeated Elk Grove 60-55 on Wednesday to take over first place in the Delta League standings.

“We are all on a high right now,” said Razo after the game. “We are just really happy we pulled through.”

St. Francis (16-7, 9-1) pulled ahead with key three-pointers and a big advantage at the free throw line, making 15-of-22 on the night.

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Athletics News – 2/3/16

This Week in Troubie Sports…

Spring Sports tryouts and practices start on Monday, Feb. 6, while basketball and soccer continue regular season play. Soccer hosts Elk Grove on Tuesday at Granite Regional Park. The team will host a Booster Que and is asking all fans to bring a can food donation in return to be donated. For a complete list of Athletic Events, click here.

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Basketball Downs Davis for Third Time

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis varsity basketball team hit 12 three-pointers to defeat Davis for the third time on the season and remain tied for the first in the Delta League with a 76-67 road win Monday night.

“One of the oldest axioms is it is hard to beat a good team three times,” said Head Coach Vic Pitton. “Coming into their house we knew we are going to have our best performance. We played a fantastic first half. Davis gave everything they had and they never gave up as they fought down to the wire.”

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Soccer’s Avila to Sign with Fresno Pacific

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Senior soccer player Ariana Avila will sign to attend and play soccer at Fresno Pacific on soccer’s National Signing Day on Wednesday, Feb. 1. Avila will participate in a ceremony at St. Francis at 9 a.m.

“I have committed to Fresno Pacific University,” said Avila. “The coach emailed me out of nowhere after seeing me play in a tournament. He invited me to his camp and I toured the campus. It had everything I wanted in a home for college. He offered me on the spot.”

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Senior Razo Leads Basketball to Holy Hoops Win

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Senior Julia Razo scored a game-high tying 27 points to lead St. Francis to a 79-65 win over Christian Brothers in front of a sold out crowd of 1,200 fans Saturday afternoon in the annual Holy Hoops rivalry game.

“We were all in the moment, play by play, giving it our all,” said Razo, who reset her career-high for points in a game. “Our adrenaline really helped us and we maintained a pretty good composure for a big game like this.”

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Athletics News – 1/27/16

This Week in Troubie Sports…

Basketball hosts its annual PAL Tournament this weekend. The Troubies host Grant on Tuesday and travel to Pleasant Grove on Friday before hosting Holy Hoops on Saturday. Soccer is at Monterey Trail on Tuesday, hosts Grant on Thursday and Davis on Friday. For a complete list of Athletic Events, click here.

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Get to Know: Soccer’s #24 Aly Shebert

Aly Shebert is in her second season on the varsity team after previously playing only club soccer. She has also run track at St. Francis but decided to go out for soccer last year. This year she has the opportunity to compete in both with the move to winter. She hopes to play club soccer in college.

What does it mean to you to play on the team at St. Francis?
“For me, it means being a family and it like having a second family at St. Francis. You see them every day and get along with them. You learn to work together as a team.”

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Senior Janae Fairbrook Scores 41, Hits 11 Three-Pointers in Win

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Senior Janae Fairbrook had a big night on Tuesday, scoring a career-high 41 points and made a St. Francis school record 11 three-pointers, including 10 straight in the first half.

“I was not really counting during the game,” said Fairbrook, whose career best was six entering the game. “They just kept adding up.”

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Volleyball’s Edwards named Finalist for PrepVolleyball.com Freshman of the Year

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis freshman Alexa Edwards was named one of 20 finalists for 2016 PrepVolleyball.com National High School Freshman of the Year.

“Alexa is one of the best freshmen I’ve ever coached,” said Head Coach Alynn Wright. “She is one of the hardest workers in the gym and her volleyball IQ is incredible.” 

Edwards was selected among 150 nominated players that made “massive” varsity impacts as freshmen.

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St. John the Evangelist Wins St. Francis P.A.L. Title

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Congratulations to St. John the Evangelist for winning the 2017 St. Francis P.A.L. Invitational title 40-29 over St. Mel on Sunday in the championship game.  SJE advanced to the title with wins over St. John Notre Dame and St. Francis.

St. John Notre Dame was third overall after a 37-8 win over St. Ignatius. St. Charles Borremeo won the consolation title with a victory over Holy Spirit. Other participants includes St. Francis, St. Patrick’s and St. Rose.

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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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Get to Know: Basketball’s #30 Julia Razo

Julia Razo is in her fourth season overall and third full season with the varsity team (she was called up freshman season). She was a black belt before concentrating on basketball. She plans to play in college next season but has not chosen a school yet. She is averaging a career-best 11.6 points and 4.9 rebounds this season and scored a career-best 22 against Antelope on Saturday.

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Alumna Beth Balbierz ‘11 Making Impact on the Sideline

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Coaches can be role models for their players in many ways. Alumna Beth Balbierz ‘11 is not only a former player at St. Francis but Division I starter at Cal Poly and now she is passing on her program and basketball knowledge to the players on the Junior Varsity team.

“It is fun but different,” said Balbierz. “There is more anxiety on this side of the ball as I have learned. The girls are really smart players so it is easy to coach them. They catch on quickly.”

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2017 St. Francis P.A.L. Invitational Results

St. Francis P.A.L. Saturday Results

St. Francis 27, St. Rose 13

St. John Notre Dame 44, St. Charles Borremeo 5

St. Mel 43, St. Patrick Academy 8

St. Ignatius 28, Holy Spirit 23

St. Charles Borremeo 40, St. Rose 21

St. Mel 25, St. Ignatius 19

St. John the Evangelist  40, St. John Notre Dame  32

Holy Spirit 31, St. Patrick’s 12

St. Francis P.A.L. Sunday Schedule

St. Francis vs. St. Patrick’s, 1:00 p.m.

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Basketball Resets Single-Game Scoring Mark in Win

ELK GROVE, Calif. – The St. Francis basketball team shattered the school record for points in a game with 99-54 in a win over Monterey Trail on Friday.

“The energy, effort and intensity was there,” said Head Coach Vic Pitton. “We are really learning how to rebound and how to go after our missed shots. It is really making a huge difference.”

The team broke the school record of 94 points set vs. Ponderosa on Feb. 21, 2008 and it was just the fifth game of 90 points or better in school history.

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Wong, Defense Help Soccer to Win over Franklin

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Senior Meridith Wong scored the game-winning goal in the second half to give St. Francis a 3-2 win over Franklin on Thursday.

“Elise (Urkov) played it through and I took a touch and whacked it,” said Wong. “It feels amazing. I feel lucky to have been able to be playing and make a difference for my team.”

Wong’s goal put the Troubadours back on top after the Wildcats erased a 2-0 first-half lead.

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Speech Qualifying Tournament – National Catholic Forensic League (NCFL)

Speech Qualifying Tournament

National Catholic Forensic League (NCFL)

Rockland HS

Jan 21, 2017

 

Congratulations to the members of the Speech Team who competed on January 21 at Rockland HS, including:

Carmen Ocazionez ‘18

  • Duo 4th
  • Dramatic Interpretation

Nicole Young ‘18

  • Duo 4th

Yukta Gutta ‘19

  • Declamation 1st

Lauren Kim ‘20

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Athletics News – 1/20/16

This Week in Troubie Sports…

Basketball hosts its annual PAL Tournament this weekend. The Troubies host Grant on Tuesday and travel to Pleasant Grove on Friday before hosting Holy Hoops on Saturday. Soccer is at Monterey Trail on Tuesday, hosts Grant on Thursday and Davis on Friday. For a complete list of Athletic Events, click here.

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Get to Know: #12 Isabella Quiniola

Isabella Quiniola is in her first season on the varsity team and third year in the program. She started dribbling a basketball when she was four years old and has played the game ever since. She babysits in her spare time and  has two older sisters that attended St. Francis, Victoria ’13 and Natalia ’12.

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Varsity Basketball Wins Non-League Game at Antelope

ROSEVILLE, Calif. – Julia Razo scored 22 points to lead St. Francis to a 68-59 win over Antelope on Saturday.

“We had a lot of contributions from a lot of people,” said Head Coach Vic Pitton. “Two pf the people who really contributed were Logan Kelly, who played a really solid game offensively and defensively, and Jorie (Keitges). She played her best game as a varsity basketball player.”

Kelly had seven points in the game, while Keitges contributed nine points for the second straight game to surpass her total off 11 points over the first 14 games.

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JV Basketball Wins Double Overtime Thriller at Antelope

ROSEVILLE, Calif. – Sophomore Krysta Alvarez scored a game-high 15 points including five in the decisive second overtime period as the St. Francis JV basketball team posted a 67-61 win over Antelope Saturday.  

“Krysta, when she gets in a zone, can really shoot the ball,” said Head Coach Gary Ender. “Today it was the three ball. Lily also provided us with a lot of offense.”

The Troubadours remained undefeated on the season at 16-0 in their toughest test to date.

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Soccer Comeback Downs Elk Grove

ELK GROVE, Calif. – The St. Francis varsity soccer team posted a 2-1 comeback victory over Elk Grove on Thursday behind second-half goals by freshman Marli Berry and sophomore Janae DeFazio with assists by sophomore A.J. Tanner and senior Ariana Avila.

Elk Grove took the early lead with the only goal in the first half after a slow start by the Troubadours. After having their game postponed on Tuesday due to the rain storm, the Troubies were sluggish coming out on Tuesday.

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Frosh Basketball Wins Sixth Straight, Posts Big Win

PLACERVILLE, Calif. – Tara Keene had 12 points, five rebounds and three assists to lead the St. Francis freshman team to a win over El Dorado Wednesday afternoon. The Troubadours scored 35 points in the first half led by Keene and held El Dorado to just one point. It was the sixth consecutive win for the Troubadours.

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Soccer Games Postponed for Jan. 10

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – All three Soccer games scheduled for the afternoon against Davis (JV Gold, V) and JV Red (Rocklin) have been postponed due to safety concerns because of the weather. The games will be rescheduled at a later date to be announced. Practices today have also been canceled.

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Holy Court Ticket Sales Start Saturday, January 14

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Holy Court ticket sales to St. Francis students, parents, fans and alumna will open on Saturday, January 14 at 8 a.m. (Limit 2 per person). A passcode will be sent to your St. Francis student email account on Friday to access the tickets.

Holy Hoops will be played on Saturday, January 28 at St. Francis starting with the freshman contest at 2:00 p.m. The junior varsity teams will play at 3:30 p.m., followed by the varsity match at 5:00 p.m.

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Soccer Ties Pleasant Grove in Home League Opener

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Senior Savannah Tijerino-Santos scored the lone goal for the Troubadours in a 1-1 tie with Pleasant Grove on Thursday at Granite Regional Park.

“We worked really well and the intensity was there,” said Tijerino-Santos, who scored her third goal of the season. “We were pressing them and did everything we could do. I am proud of my team.”

The Troubadours scored first with the Tijerino-Santos goal off an assist by senior Arianna Avila. The Eagles tied the score later in the half.

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Freshman Alexa Edwards Named to MaxPreps Freshman All-American Team

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis freshman Alexa Edwards was named to the MaxPreps Freshman All-American Team. The 25-player team was announced on Wednesday.

“It is a tremendous honor to be named to this All-America team,” said Edwards. “I am really thankful for (Head Coach) Alynn (Wright) for helping me develop this year. I am looking forward to the future.”

Edwards averaged 4.1 kills per set and hit better than 24 percent on the season. She led the team with 526 kills and digs with 425. She was named to the Delta League first team.

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Athletics News – 1/13/16

This Week in Troubie Sports…

The basketball program opens the week with a tripleheader at Antelope in Roseville on Saturday. Frosh game starts at Noon. The St. Francis junior varsity and varsity teams host Franklin on Tuesday and travel to Monterey Trail on Friday, January 20. The freshman play at Sacramento on Thursday. Soccer (JV Gold and Varsity) plays at Sheldon on Tuesday ad hosts Franklin at Granite Regional Park on Thursday with varsity starting at 2:00 p.m.

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Get to Know: #10 Adrienne Graybill

Adrienne Graybill is one of only two student-athletes to compete in three different sports last year at St. Francis. She is coming off playing for the varsity golf team that won the Delta League Championship this fall and plans to run track (400 meters) again this spring. She is in her third season playing basketball at St. Francis and is in her first season on the varsity team. She likes to paint in her free time. She commutes from El Dorado Hills.

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Soccer Opens Delta League with Win

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sophomore Lindsey Porter had a hat trick as six players scored in the Delta League opening 8-1 win over Grant.

Sophomore Elise Urkov scored the first goal of the game in the first minute off an assist by Abby Padilla. Padilla then assisted Porter on the first of her three goals. Freshman Marli Berry (Urkov), sophomore Anna Huber (Blakeman) and sophomore Janae DeFazio (Huber) each scored in the half as the Troubadours led 5-0.

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Pitton Wins 300th as St. Francis Opens Delta League

SACRAMENTO, Calif.  - St. Francis Head Coach Vic Pitton won his 300th career game at the helm of the Troubadours tonight with a 77-26 win over Pleasant Grove. He is in his 15th season as coach of the Troubadours.

“I appreciate the opportunities I have had and the great teams I have had the privilege to coach,” said Pitton. “The number is just a number. Each one of the victories and the losses has provided a special memory.”

Assistant Coach Maren Christie was on his first team and was part of the victory on the bench today.

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Winter TroubieTV Schedule Announced

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The 2017 Winter TroubieTV schedule will include numerous basketball and soccer broadcasts in the winter schedule announced Tuesday.

The JV and Varsity basketball games against Davis on Friday, January 6 will tipoff the campaign that includes at least 12 basketball broadcasts and seven soccer broadcasts. All six basketball and soccer teams will be highlighted at least once during the season and TroubieTV will follow all playoff games for the varsity units.

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Get to Know: Soccer’s #20 Ari Avila

Ari Avila is a second-year varsity member. She likes to draw and paint in her free time. She has committed to play at Fresno Pacific University.

What does it mean to you to be named a captain?
“It means a lot because I have tried to put in a lot of hard work. I want to bring together all of our classes to make a really good team. It is an honor to be able to lead that group and be a role model.”

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Get to Know: Basketball’s #22 Logan Kelly

Logan Kelly is in her second season on the varsity team at St. Francis. Logan enjoys photography in her spare time and drawing.

How was your offseason and how did you get better?
“The offseason was very good. I played for the St. Francis club team and had a trainer for basketball and strength and conditioning. I worked with her every day. It made me a lot stronger and quicker and we worked on a lot of basketball so my basketball IQ got a lot better too.”

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JV Basketball Defeats St. Mary’s for Title

ANTIOCH, Calif. – Sophomore Gabi Lopez was named the MVP and freshman Akira Cherry was selected to the all-tournament team as the St. Francis JV team posted a 62-61 victory over St. Mary’s to win the Antioch Tournament.

Lopez led the team with 11 points and Azareyah Edwards and Byrnne Burrows each added 10 in the win.

The Troubadours remain undefeated at 11-0 on the season. They return to the court on Tuesday for the Delta League opener against Pleasant Grove.

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Freshman Basketball Wins Antioch Tournament

ANTIOCH, Calif. – Mia Fleming-Mullins was named the tournament most valuable player and Hannah Dorsey was named to the All-Tournament team as the St. Francis freshman team posted a 41-34 victory over San Rafael to win the Antioch Christmas Holiday Jamboree.

St. Francis fell behind early 12-5 after the first quarter but rallied to take a 21-20 halftime lead. Dorsey scored six points in the second quarter to help the comeback. The Troubies pulled ahead for good in the third and Fleming-Mullins sealed the game in the fourth quarter with six points in the final period.

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Basketball Falls to Miramonte in West Coast Jamboree

OLINDA, Calif. – St. Francis lost to Miramonte 63-53 in the semifinals of the Diamond bracket at the West Coast Jamboree Thursday. The Troubadours will play Elk Grove in the third-place game at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Senior Julia Razo led the team with 11 points. Sophomore Nika Bagatelos and senior Janae Fairbrook each added eight in the loss.

St. Francis (5-5) led 35-27 at the half but Miramonte (11-2) out-scored the Troubies by 18 in the second half led by a 22-point third quarter.

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Basketball Wins Overtime Thriller in West Coast Jamboree

ORINDA, Calif. – Sophomore Jackie Koerwitz sent the game to overtime and sophomore Nika Bagatelos hit two threes in the extra period to propel St. Francis to a 69-66 win over Arcata in their opening game of the Diamond bracket of the West Coast Jamboree.

“We were planning on Julia making the shot but I just got (the rebound) and was able to put it in to tie it up,” said Koerwtiz.

Koerwitz, who finished with a career-high 20 points, capped her big night with a buzzer-beating put back to give the Troubadours a chance in overtime to cap the comeback effort. 

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Soccer Goes 2-1-1 in Tri-Valley Classic

DANVILLE, Calif. – Sophomore Janae DeFazio provided the equalizer and senior goalkeeper Kaitlyn Hendrickson kept El Camino Real out of the goal to finish the Tri-Valley Classic with a 1-1 tie against El Camino Real at Sycamore Valley Park.

“The last two games – Foothill and El Camino Real – were fantastic opponents,” said Head Coach Maryclaire Robinson. “These last two games were a great test for us. It was team defense, we battled and we had to play faster. There is no doubt in my mind we are better this evening than this morning when we got here.”

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Basketball Drops Nike Finale

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Sophomore Lauren Pank scored a career-high 16 points in her second varsity start but it was not enough as St. Francis lost 54-40 to Forest Grove (Ore.).

“It was really fun,” said Pank after the game about contributing. “I am glad I got to help my team out a little bit. Hopefully, I can do more of that in the season.”

She scored 16 points, totaling her season output from the first six games. Pannk hit three three-pointers and went 5-for-6 at the line.

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Basketball’s Late Rally Falls Short at Nike TOC

PHOENIX, Ariz. – The St. Francis basketball team fell behind by 14 points in the second half only to pull within a basket before falling 53-50 to Gilbert (Ariz.) Wednesday on the third day of the Nike Tournament of Champions.

Sophomores Nika Bagatelos and Megan Austin combined for 18 points in the fourth quarter as the Troubadours almost came back in a game that looked over entering the final period.

“We started to play good defense and get in the passing lanes and that helped our offense get going and score some points,” said Bagatelos.

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Basketball Falls to Familiar Foe in Nike Event

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Just 3.1 miles apart in Sacramento, St. Francis and Sac High met 634 miles away in Phoenix Tuesday in the second round of the Nike Tournament of Champions with the Dragons winning 54-36.

“We did not match their physicality in the first half and their quickness got to us,” said Head Coach Vic Pitton. “There was a part of the game in the second quarter where we played pretty good. Certainly in the second half we picked it up but offensively we hit just two threes and we have to hit more threes than that.”

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Basketball Wins Opener at Nike TOC in Phoenix

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Senior Julia Razo scored a team-best 15 points to help St. Francis to a 51-47 opening round win at the 2016 Nike Tournament of Champions over Chapparal (Colo.) Monday.

St. Francis trailed by seven points in the early minutes of the fourth quarter 42-35 but rallied with an 11-0 run sparked by Razo, who scored six of 15 points in the quarter. Senior Janae Fairbrook added seven points including a big three-pointer during the rally.

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Athletics News – 12/16/16

This Week in Troubie Sports…

Basketball and Soccer continue play over the holiday break. The Varsity Basketball team travels to the Nike Tournament of Champions on Sunday. The Frosh team plays in a tournament at Oak Ridge Dec. 20-22 and both the Frosh and JV teams are in Antioch following Christmas. The Varsity and JV Gold soccer teams will play at Folsom on Tuesday. Varsity soccer will compete in the Tri-Valley Tournament Dec. 27-28.  For a complete list of Athletic Events, click here.

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Varsity Soccer Ties Rocklin 1-1

ROCKLIN, Calif. – Sophomore Janae DeFazio scored a late goal for the second consecutive game to salvage a tie at Rocklin on Tuesday night. DeFazio scored her fourth goal of the season in the 89th minute off a rebound off the cross bar. The ball was initially served by A.J. Tanner.

Rocklin’s Madeline Morrison gave the Thunder the lead in the 34th minute.

St. Francis (2-1) returns to action at Folsom on Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 5:30 p.m.

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Basketball Travels to Arizona for Nike Tournament of Champions

PHOENIX, Ariz. – The St. Francis varsity basketball team will open the 20th Annual Nike Tournament of Champions in Phoenix against Chapparal (Colo.) at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec 19 at the Salvation Army KROC Center.

“I am really excited for the basketball aspect of the trip,” said junior guard Marlee Nicolos. “There is a lot of really good competition so we should grow as a team there. It is also a really big bonding experience for all of us. We get a lot closer after Arizona so I am looking forward to that.”

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Volleyball’s Wright Named Delta League Coach of the Year

SACRAMENTO, Calif . – St. Francis Head Volleyball Coach Alynn Wright was named the Delta League Coach of the Year in a vote of her league colleagues. It is the 15th League Coach of the Year honor in her career.

Wright led St. Francis to the CIF Northern California Regional semifinals before the Troubadours lost to eventual CIF Division II state champion Valley Christian. The sixth-seeded Troubadours upset No. 3 seed Whitney in the quarterfinals to advance after defeating No. 11 Windsor in the opening round.

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2016 Volleyball Highlights

  • St. Francis advanced to the CIF Northern California Regional semifinals before losing to eventual state champion Valley Christian in the Division II bracket. The sixth-seeded Troubadours upset No. 3 seed Whitney in the quarterfinals to advance. SF also defeated No. 11 Windsor.
  • St. Francis advanced to the Sac-Joaquin Section semifinals before losing to eventual section champion Whitney. The Troubies were the No.
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Basketball Comeback Downs Davis in Roseville Elite

ROSEVILLE, Calif. – Down by seven heading into the final quarter, Head Coach Vic Pitton challenged his senior point guard. And she answered.

Senior Janae Fairbook scored 14 of her game-high 22 points in the final quarter to help St. Francis erase the deficit and post a 77-69 victory over Delta League rival Davis in the third-place game of the Roseville Elite Showcase.

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JV Basketball Claims Robby Nakamura Holiday Title

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sophomore Krysta Alvarez had a game- and season-high 19 points to lead St. Francis to a 50-46 win over Del Oro to capture the Robby Nakamura Holiday Classic at Kennedy High School.

“It feels very good especially with a new team and our chemistry is definitely growing,” said Alvarez, who notched double digits for the first time this season. “It is nice to win and know we can work together well.”

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Spector Named Delta League Coach of the Year

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis tennis coach Kristi Spector was named the Delta League Coach of the Year. She led the Troubadours to the quarterfinals of the CIF/USTA Northern California Regional Tennis Championships and the Delta League championship.

The Troubadour tennis team also advanced to the Sac-Joaquin Section finals before losing to Oak Ridge, finishing with an 18-3 record on the season and posting a perfect undefeated 12-0 mark in Delta League play. It was the second consecutive league title for the Troubadours and first NorCal appearance since 2011.

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2016 Tennis Highlights

  • St. Francis reached the quarterfinals of the CIF/USTA Northern California Regional Tennis Championships presented by Farmers before a 5-2 loss to third-seeded Amador Valley
  • The Troubadour tennis team advanced to the Sac-Joaquin Section finals before losing to Oak Ridge (7-2). They advanced with wins over Vacaville (9-0), Rocklin (7-2) and Del Oro (5-4). The Troubadours advanced to NorCals after posting a win over McClatchy in the play-in match.
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Late Goal Completes Holy Cup Comeback

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis soccer team scored three unanswered goals to comeback and post a 3-2 win over Christian Brothers in the Holy Cup matchup at Hughes Stadium Thursday night.

“Amazing team effort and character,” said Head Coach Maryclaire Robinson. “I am very impressed especially under the conditions.”

Christian Brothers (5-1) scored early to take the lead in the contest and added a second goal early in the second half. Sophomore A.J. Tanner  got the Troubadours back in the game with a strong second half, scoring twice to tie the score.

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Athletics News – 12/9/16

This Week in Troubie Sports…

Basketball and Soccer continue play over holiday break. Soccer (JVG/V) plays at Rocklin on Tuesday this week and JV Red plays El Camino at home. The Varsity Basketball team travels to the Nike Tournament of Champions on Sunday. The Frosh teams play in a tournament at Oak Ridge Dec. 20-22 and both the Frosh and JV teams are in Antioch following Christmas. Varsity soccer will compete in the Tri-Valley Tournament Dec. 27-28.  For a complete list of Athletic Events, click here.

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Soccer Opens Season with a 5-1 Win over Rio

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sophomore Janae DeFazio scored twice and added an assist as the St. Francis varsity soccer team opened the 2017 season with a 5-1 win over Rio Americano.

“It is exciting,” said DeFazio. “There are a lot of new players. We were all a little nervous but once we got on the field we were connecting good.”

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Basketball Opens Season with Win over Kennedy

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis basketball team opened the 2016-17 season with a 69-40 victory over Kennedy in the home opener for the team.

“The young players are starting to learn what to takes to play at the varsity level,” said Head Coach Vic Pitton.

Senior Janae Fairbrook led all scorers with 16 points, while sophomore Nika Bagatelos had 12 and Logan Kelly contributed a double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds.

“It is great to start the season off with a win,” said Kelly. “We all worked together as a team and helped each other out.”

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Frosh Basketball Wins Robby Nakamura Holiday Classic

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Hannah Dorsey scored 17 points and Ali McDaniel added 11 as the St. Francis freshman basketball team won the Robby Nakamura Holiday Tournament on Saturday 40-33 over host Kennedy.

“It felt really good because we all pulled together as a team to win,” said McDaniel. “We worked together and really played hard for the win.”

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Jones Named Delta League Girls Golf Coach of the Year

SACRAMENTO, Calif – St. Francis Head Coach Bert Jones was named the Delta League Coach of the Year.

Jones, who was in his first season in the position, led the St. Francis golf team to a tie for seventh finish at the 2016 NCGA/CIF NorCal Championship at The Club at Crazy Horse Ranch. It was the first NorCal appearance for the program since 2013.

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2016 Golf Highlights

  • St. Francis golf finished tied for seventh at the 2016 NCGA/CIF NorCal Championship at The Club at Crazy Horse Ranch. It was the first NorCal appearance since 2013. Freshman Nashla Aguero posted the low score on the day for the Troubadours with a 10-over par 82.
  • The Troubies qualified for the CIF NorCal Regional Championships with a third-place finish at the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters tournament at the Reserve at Spanos Park. Junior Chase Saca tied for the low score of the day for the Troubadours with an eight-over par 80, shooting 39-41.
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Athletics News – 12/2/16

This Week in Troubie Sports…

Basketball and Soccer open their 2016-17 seasons this week. Both teams have home games for all three teams on Tuesday. Soccer travels to Christian Brothers for Holy Cup on Thursday night at Hughes Stadium. All three basketball teams play in tournaments next weekend with varsity in Roseville, JV at Kennedy and Frosh n Pittsburg. For a complete list of Athletic Events, click here.

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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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Cross Country Finishes Fourth at State Championships

FRESNO, Calif. – The St. Francis cross country team finished fourth overall at the CIF State Division II State Championships on Saturday at Woodward Park. It is the fifth consecutive Top 10 finish for the St. Francis and third top-four placement in the last five years.

“It was a phenomenal job by the ladies,” said Head Coach Aaron Rios. “Coming in ranked ninth and finishing fourth was a pretty good feeling. The girls gave it 100 percent and it is all we can ask.”

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Volleyball Season Ends in NorCal Semifinals

SAN JOSE, Calif. – The St. Francis volleyball team dropped its CIF State NorCal Semifinal match 3-1 at Valley Christian 27-29, 25-15 25-22 25-17 Tuesday night.

“I was proud of the girls” said Head Coach Alynn Wright. “They fought and battled. We just had more unforced errors tonight.”

Freshman Alexa Edwards had 22 kills and Claire Schutz added 14. Junior Madelyn Schildmeyer recorded 44 assists to lead the Troubadours. Junior Aubrey Kenny notched 19 digs and sophomore Camille Enes had 12 in the match.

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Athletics News – 11/25/16

This Week in Troubie Sports…

Happy Thanksgiving from St. Francis Athletics. Cross country competes on Saturday for the CIF Division 2 State Championships in Fresno. Basketball and Soccer open their 2016-17 seasons the first week of December. For a complete list of Athletic Events, click here.

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Volleyball Advances to NorCal Semifinals

ROCKLIN, Calif. – The St. Francis volleyball team upset No. 3 seed Whitney in the CIF State Championship Division 2 NorCal bracket 3-1 Saturday night. The Troubadours advance to face Valley Christian out of San Jose in the semifinals Tuesday night.

“I am on a high right now,” said freshman Alexa Edwards. “It feels so amazing that we could do it. We are two games away from state.”

St. Francis faced Whitney for the second time in the postseason and third time overall this season. The team mantra leading up the match was two L’s equal a W (picture it with your hands).

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Volleyball Advances with Win in NorCals

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis volleyball team advanced to the next round of NorCals with a 25-20, 25-12, 25-22 win over Windsor in the CIF NorCal Regional Championships on Wednesday.

“It was really satisfying,” said Edwards. “It was a good momentum change. Our cover was really good and our blocking helped us against #16 and shut her down. It helped our defense adjust.”

Edwards led the attack with a game-high 16 kills with seven digs.

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Tennis Falls in NorCals to Amador Valley

FOLSOM, Calif. – The St. Francis tennis team’s season came to an end Friday in the quarterfinals of the CIF/USTA Northern California Regional Tennis Championships presented by Farmers with a 5-2 loss to third-seeded Amador Valley at the Broadstone Racquet Club.

“I am really proud of the girls for the way they played, not only today, but the entire season,” said Head Coach Kristi Spector. “This was truly a team all the way from No. 1 to No. 18 in terms of support each other and working together on and off the court. It has been a wonderful year with a lot of support.”

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Athletics News – 11/18/16

This Week in Troubie Sports…

Cross country competes on Saturday after Thanksgiving for the CIF Division 2 State Championships. For a complete list of Athletic Events, click here.

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Tennis Opens Against Amador Valley in NorCals

FOLSOM, Calif. – The St. Francis tennis team was awarded a No. 6 seed in the CIF/USTA Northern California Regional Tennis Championships presented by Farmers. The Troubadours will take on No. 3 seed Amador Valley (12-3) at 10 a.m. on Friday at Broadstone Racquet Club. The Dons were the North Coast Section runner-up.

The winner will advance to a 2 p.m. match against the winner of No. 2 St. Ignatius and No. 7 Red Bluff.

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St. Francis High School Soccer Student-Athlete Web Store

  • Deadline: November 27th, 2016 (11:59 p.m.)
  • All orders will be delivered to St. Francis High School with an estimated ship date of December 22nd.
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St. Francis High School Soccer Parents Web Store 2016

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Basketball Adidas Sale

Deadline:November 20th, 2016 (11:59pm)

  • All orders will be delivered to St. Francis High School with an estimated ship date of December 15th.
  • No returns or exchanges on decorated apparel
  • No orders will be taken after the deadline: November 20th

St. Francis High School Basketball Parents 2016

Deadline:November 27th, 2016 (11:59pm)

All orders will be delivered to St. Francis High School with an estimated ship date of December 22nd.

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Volleyball No. 6 Seed in NorCal Bracket

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis volleyball team is the No. 6 seed in the Division II bracket for the CIF State Girls Volleyball Championships. The Troubadours will host No. 11 Windsor at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at St. Francis.

“We have a lot of volleyball left,” said Alynn Wright to her team after the section semifinals. “The Whitney coaches complemented the team on the outstanding defense we played. We can still play better defense.”

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Cross Country Advances to State Championships

FOLSOM, Calif.  – The St. Francis cross country team placed their top five among the first 17 finishers to score 44 points to win the Sac-Joaquin Section Division 2 title and advance to the CIF State Championship. It is the sixth consecutive state appearance for the Troubadours, who have finished among the Top 10 in the each of the last five seasons.

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Alumnae Post Top Performances at NCAA West Regional

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis alumnae Lauren LaRocco ‘14 and Peyton Bilo ‘15 had successful returns to Sacramento at the NCAA West Regional on Friday morning.

“It was really fun because there were people lining the course everywhere,” said Portland junior Lauren LaRocco. “I was really surprised by the turnout and I felt like I had a lot of support running in my hometown.”

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Tennis Advances to NorCals with Win over McClatchy

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Freshman Adithi Benush provided the clinching point in a 6-3 win over McClatchy Thursday at Rio del Oro racquet Club, earning the St. Francis tennis team a berth in the upcoming CIF State NorCal Championships.

“I am beyond proud of the team,” said Head Coach Kristi Spector. “We were tired and so was McClatchy. But, I told them before the matches started that I knew we were tired mentally and physically but we can do this. We had to dig down deep and when you think you can’t go any further, yes you can! That was my motto.”

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Athletics News – 11/11/16

This Week in Troubie Sports…

Playoff postseason continues for the tennis and volleyball teams in the NorCal Championships, while cross country will be off this week to train for the state championships over the Thanksgiving weekend. Several teams will host their end-of-season banquets this week, celebrating the outstanding team and individual accomplishments of the Fall season. The basketball and soccer teams will complete tryouts and start preparation for the upcoming season.

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Tennis Finishes Second in Section; Will Play for NorCal Berth

FOLSOM, Calif. – Oak Ridge defeated St. Francis 7-2 to win the Sac-Joaquin Section title and the automatic berth into the NorCal Tennis Championships next week at Broadstone Racquet Club.

“I am feeling really good but these girls are really tired,” said Head Coach Kristi Spector. “They have had some long matches. But I am really proud of the girls. Oak Ridge is the No. 1 team in the Sierra Foothill League and No. 1 seed in the playoff bracket. We had a couple matches that could have gone either way. Regardless, I hoping we can pull off the win and advance to NorCals.”

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Three Seniors Ink Commitments to Play in College

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Three St. Francis seniors participated in the NLI/College Commitment Celebration hosted on the St. Francis campus Wednesday morning. Volleyball’s Claire Barbe (Gonzaga) and lacrosse standout Sarah Westover (University of Southern California) joined classmate Grace Reginato (Rowing, San Diego State) in participating in the event.

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Tennis Advances to Section Finals

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – After three hours and 12 minutes, senior Annie Gianulias prevailed at No. 6 singles with a three-set win over Alora Jorgensen to clinch the match 5-4 for the St. Francis tennis team over Del Oro and earn the Troubadours a berth in the Sac-Joaquin Section finals on Wednesday.

“It feels, honestly, awesome,” said Gianulias. “It was a tough match to pull out. Assistant coach Todd Stanley told us these are the matches you will remember and they are one you have to fight for.”

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St. Francis Finishes Tied for Seventh at NorCals

SALINAS, Calif. – The St. Francis golf team finished tied for seventh at the 2016 NCGA/CIF NorCal Championship Monday at The Club at Crazy Horse Ranch. It was the first NorCal appearance since 2013.

“I am proud of us making it this far and we did really well this season,” said sophomore Patricia Sweeney.

St. Francis shot a 425 team score to tie with Alameda. Saint Francis Mountainview was the overall team leader at 382 with Dougherty Valley at 387 and Carondelet at 388. All three advanced to the CIF State Championships next week.

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Tennis Advances to Section Semis

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis tennis team won four three-set matches  to propel the Troubadours into the Sac-Joaquin Section semifinals with a 7-2 win over Rocklin Monday afternoon at the Rio del Oro Racquet Club.

St. Francis opened the match with a pair of 6-0, 6-0 wins at No. 5 and No. 6 singles by Marisa Fat and Annie Gianulias, respectively. In doubles, senior Abby Benvenuti and Sabrina Voeller gave SF the 3-2 lead with a 4-6, 6-1, 6-1 at the top spot. But the match was decided by four matches that went three sets, including two singles and two doubles.

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St. Francis Senior Reginato to Sign with San Diego State

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis senior Grace Reginato started a new sport in the eighth grade. Five years later it part of her daily life and she will sign this week with the San Diego State Aztec Rowing program.

“When I was in the eighth grade, I thought I would do it for high school,” said Reginato of her crew career. “I did not decide until last year I wanted to do it in college. Being a student-athlete sounds so hard but now I could not imagine my life without it. It is the main reason for my day and I look forward to going to practice.”

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Cross Country Places First at Subsections

FROGTOWN, Calif. – The St. Francis cross country team won the Sac-Joaquin Subsection Division 2 meet to advance to the sections next week, scoring 67 points to defeat Vacaville (84).

Freshman Isabella Fauria and junior Sydney Vandegrift paced the team, finishing in a virtual tie in eighth overall in 19:22. Sophomore Sophie DeBenedetti was the third Troubadour across the line (19:52) with freshman Haley Silva just four second back. Freshman classmate Emma Hollenbach was 21st overall. Alana Reyna (35th, 20:51) and Allie Lourim (46th, 21:12) closed out the varsity top seven.

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Athletics News – 11/4/16

This Week in Troubie Sports…

As the Fall playoffs continue, winter sports soccer and basketball begin tryouts this week. All student-athletes must have a physical on file before participating on Monday. Cross Country runs in the Sac-Joaquin Sections on Saturday for the chance to go to the state meet. Tennis, Volleyball and Water Polo look to continue deep playoff runs. The first National Letter of Intent signing celebration will be held on Wednesday, Nov.

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2015 Volleyball Highlights

  • St. Francis advanced to the Sac-Joaquin Section quarterfinals before losing to eventual winner Granite Bay. They were the No. 4 seed overall entering the tournament.
  • The Troubadours posted a 20-16 overall record under Head Coach Alynn Wright, who coached her 27th season at St. Francis.
  • The Troubadours finished third in the Delta League with a 10-4 overall record.
  • Three St. Francis volleyball players earned Delta All-League honors in 2015 as voted by the league coaches.
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2016 Lacrosse Highlights

  • St. Francis went 8-10 on the season under Co-Head Coaches Spenser Ruvalcaba and Julia Southard. The Troubadours lost to Oak Ridge in the semifinals of the Sacramento Valley Lacrosse League playoffs.
  • St. Francis placed six players on the Sacramento Valley Lacrosse Conference All-League team, including first-team selection Sarah Westover as selected by the league coaches.
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2016 Swimming Highlights

  • Senior Emily Peters qualified for the CIF State Championships in the 50 free for the second consecutive season. She clocked a time of 24.25 to finish 25th in the 50-meter freestyle Friday at the Clovis Olympic Swim Complex.  She entered the meet seeded 34th with a seed time of 24.23 and was 22nd overall as a junior.
  • St. Francis placed fourth overall in the varsity meet at the Sac-Joaquin Section Swimming Championships held at Tokay High School. The St.
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2016 Softball Highlights

  • The St. Francis softball team went 14-12-1 overall and 9-5 in the Delta League to finish third overall in the standings.
  • The Troubadours advanced to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs as the No. 12 seed. St. Francis won an elimination game over No. 5 Vintage 5-2 before losses to No. 4 Del Campo (6-0) and No. 9 Elk Grove (10-2).
  • Seniors Mel Baccay and Shelby Tevis were named to the Sacramento Bee All-Metro second team.
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2016 Soccer Highlights

  • St. Francis finished with a 14-4-4 overall record, losing to No. 4 Woodcreek in the Sac-Joaquin Section quarterfinals.  The Troubadours defeated Pitman 2-1 in the opening round.
  • St. Francis was 7-3-4 in Delta League play, finishing third overall in the team standings.
  • Senior Hailey Barrett led the team with 11 goals and six assists. Freshman Janae DeFazio added eight goals and a team-best eight assists.
  • The Troubie had three players selected to the All-Delta League team, including Barrett, Ashley Newland and junior Savannah Tijerino-Santos.
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2015-16 Basketball Highlights

  • The St. Francis basketball team’s postseason run ended with a loss in the CIF Division I State Championship but not before posting a set of accomplishments that will be remembered forever in the school’s history books.
  • St. Francis lost 64-51 to Brea Olinda in their quest for the second state championship in school history. The Troubadours had not reached the state final since the school won the Division III title in 1993, bringing back memories from alumnae and fans alike. Several members of the 1993 attended the state final at Sleep Train Arena.
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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.

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St. Francis Catholic High School’s Robotic Team Sponsored by Bishop-Wisecarver Group

St. Francis FIRST Robotics Team 692 “The Fembots” is proud to be sponsored for another year by Bishop-Wisecarver Group (BWG). BWC recently announced this sponsorship in a press release on their website: http://www.bwc.com/about/press-release/bishop-wisecarver-promotes-stem-diamond-supplier-first-competition. St. Francis is privileged to be one of four schools this year to have a FIRST Robotics team sponsored by the company.

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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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2015 Golf Highlights

  • St. Francis finished fourth at the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament. The Troubadours shot a 459 team score to tie with Vista del Lago for fourth place overall. Granite Bay was the top qualifier with a 406 followed by Oak Ridge at 422 and Rocklin at 450. Seniors Kristi Lee and Mikia Fang led the team with identical rounds of 15-over par 87.
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2015 Tennis Highlights

  • The Troubadour tennis team advanced to the Sac-Joaquin Section semifinals. They advanced with wins over Vacaville (9-0) and Del Oro (5-4).
  • The team posted a 15-2 overall record under Kristi Spector, including an 11-1 Delta League mark to finish tied for first with Franklin. It was the first league title since 2012.
  • St. Francis senior Avery Spector was named the Delta League Most Valuable Player by a vote of the coaches and earned all-league honors for the third consecutive season. Spector finished the season with a 13-4 dual match record and 17-5 overall mark.
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2015 Diving Season Highlights

  • Freshman Julia Coss competed at the first CIF State Swimming and Diving Championships held at Clovis West High School and finished 22nd overall.
  • Coss finished third and earned a berth in the first CIF State Diving Championships to be held May 22 at Clovis West High School. She was one of five divers who competed at the Sac-Joaquin Section finals Saturday at Buchanan High School, the most of any school in the section.
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2015 Swimming Highlights

  • Juniors Emily Peters and Chloe Mitchell both qualified for the first CIF State Championships and the St. Francis swimming team placed fourth overall in the varsity meet at the Sac-Joaquin Section Swimming Championships held at Tokay High School.
  • Peters swam in the 50-meter freestyle and clocked a time of 24.24 to finish 22nd overall.
  • Peters qualified to swim at the first CIF state championships in the 50 freestyle after her sixth-place finish in time of 24.29.
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2015 Lacrosse Highlights

  • St. Francis finished the season with a 7-10 overall record and 4-6 overall in the Sacramento Valley Lacrosse League (fourth). The Troubadours finished the season ranked No. 20 in the North Coast Section and No. 7 in Division I by LaxPower.
  • St. Francis placed six players on the Sacramento Valley Lacrosse Conference All-League team, including first-team selections Ryleigh Bone for the second consecutive season.
  • Bone, who is from Granite Bay, was second on the team with 35 goals, nine assists and 44 points.
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2015 Soccer Highlights

  • St. Francis was ranked No. 5 in the state and No. 52 in the nation according to MaxPreps High School Soccer Poll. SF was also ranked No. 4 in Region 5 and No. 20 in the nation in the final NSCAA poll.
  • St. Francis advanced to the Sac-Joaquin Section championship for the second straight season before falling to Franklin. The Troubadours defeated No. 1 seed and overall state-ranked No. 1 Davis 1-0 in the semifinals.
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2015 Softball Highlights

  • The St. Francis softball team advanced to the double-elimination second round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Playoffs. The Troubadours opened with a 9-7 win over McClatchy before losing to Bella Vista (12-8) and River City (8-4). Overall, St. Francis went 16-14 and 9-5 in the Delta League to finish third overall.
  • Senior Danika Bailey was named the Delta League Co-Player of the Year. The Cal signee hit a league-best .642, an average that ranked among the Top 100 players in the country and fifth-best in the section, with a .660 average in league play.
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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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2014 Tennis Highlights

The Troubadour tennis team advanced to the Sac-Joaquin Section quarterfinals for the second consecutive season before losing 5-4 at St. Mary’s. They team advanced in the playoffs with wins over Franklin (S) and Gregori of Modesto.

The team posted a 14-4 overall record under Kristi Spector, including a 10-2 Delta League mark to finish second.

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2014 Cross Country

  • St. Francis finished third at the CIF State Championships, recording a Top-10 finish for the fourth consecutive season and third top-five placing in the last four years.
    • State Meet Team Results: 1. Great Oak 45; 2. Bella Vista 141; 3. St. Francis 186; 4. Clovis North 198; 5. Trabuco Hills 203. State Meet Individual Results: 26. Miranda Myers, 18:43; 30. Peyton Bilo, 18:53; 38. Ariane Arndt, 18:55; 60. Ava Nkadi, 19:12; 93. Sydney Vandegrift, 19:36; 127. Chase Worthen, 20:15; 154.
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2015 Science Olympiad Division C Tournament

Congratulations to Frosh Olivia Fu who earned a 3rd place medal in “Air Trajectory”. She had to build a device that would launch a ping pong ball at a specific target, not knowing the exact target distance ahead of time. Our team earned 9th place overall out of 24 teams. 

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Congratulations to the SF Mock Trial Team!

Congratulations to the St. Francis Mock Trial team for their win in Round 2 of the Mock Trial competition.  The defense team was able to successfully defend their client, Evan Shem, leading to an acquittal.

A special congratulations is also presented to Frances Barbour and Kayla Hall who won the MVP awards for their rounds respectively.
The competition continues on Monday, February 23rd.

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Mixon Nominated as Candidate for US Presidential Scholarship in the Arts!

Mixon Nominated as Candidate for US Presidential Scholarship in the Arts!

Congrats to Caroline Mixon, who was nominated by YoungArts as a candidate for the 2015 US Presidential Scholarship in the Arts! She was one of 40 of the 170 YoungArts Finalists (who were selected from over 11,000 applicants) to be nominated!

Here is the youtube video of her performance in Miami. She is singing a song from the musical “Thoroughly Modern Millie” which was the first show she every did at St. Francis when she was a freshman.  2011: Caroline Mixon in "Thoroughly Modern Millie"

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2014 Volleyball Highlights

  • St. Francis advanced to the Sac-Joaquin Section semifinals before losing to eventual state runner-up Pitman. They were the No. 4 seed overall entering the tournament.
  • The Troubadours posted a 30-12 overall record under Head Coach Alynn Wright, who coached her 26th season at St. Francis. St.
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SF Students Place at Cal-Western Vocal Competition

Congrats to Alexandra, Natalie, Mrs. Harris and all of the students who competed!

Congrats to SFHS students Alexandra Oliva, ‘15 and Natalie Sulzinger, ‘16, who were awarded 2nd and 3rd place in the Cal-Western Vocal Competition (upper high school category) sponsored by the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) held at CSUS this past weekend!!

Singers age 14-adult from 3 states participated in this annual event for both classical and musical theater vocalists.

Other students who participated were Emily West ‘16, Amanda Hoffman ‘15, Annemarie Mullen’ 17 and Madeleine Vine, ‘17. All are students of the wonderful Tina Harris. Special Kudos to Mrs. Harris, for all of her hard work as well!

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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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2014 Golf Highlights

  • St. Francis finished sixth at the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament. Junior Kate Swanson and freshman Chase Saca tied for team-best honors with rounds of 88. The Troubadours advanced to the Masters with a fourth-place finish at the Division I tournament.
  • Senior Victoria Ramirez was a three-year member of the varsity team. She carded a person-best three-over par 39 against Monterey Trail on Oct. 13.
  • St. Francis went 6-1 in the inaugural season of the revamped Delta League, placing second overall.
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SF MUN 2014

Congratulations to the SFHS Delegates of our MUN team, who competed yesterday at the SF State MUN Conference! 
We were broadly recognized by the Chairs yesterday with awards as follows:

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2014 Lacrosse Highlights

  • St. Francis advanced to the North Coast Section playoffs and lost in the first round at Granite Bay. The Troubadours finished the season with a 9-10 overall record.
  • St. Francis placed six players on the Sacramento Valley Lacrosse Conference All-League team, including three first-team selections. Juniors Hayley Kusserow, Ryleigh Bone and Erika Palmer were all first-team selections as selected by the league coaches.
  • Kusserow led the team in scoring with 57 goals and was named the team’s Most Valuable Attacker.
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2014 Soccer Highlights

  • The St. Francis soccer team earned the No. 1 ranking in the state of California and No. 17 national ranking by MaxPreps following their Sac-Joaquin Section win. 
  • St. Francis won their 13th section title in school history and first since 2010 with a 1-0 win over Oak Ridge. The Troubadours finished a 21-3-5 season with a postseason run that included wins over Armijo (4-2), Enochs (5-4), Granite Bay (1-0) and Oak Ridge (1-0) in the SJS playoffs.
  • Junior Anna Gregg was the Co-Player of the Year in the Delta River League, helping St.
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2013 Volleyball Highlights

  • St. Francis advanced to both the CIF State Volleyball Nor Cal and Sac-Joaquin Section Finals before losing to eventual state champion Granite Bay in each match. They were the No. 2 seed in both brackets.
  • The Troubadours posted a 34-9 overall record under Head Coach Alynn Wright, who celebrated her 25th season directing the St. Francis program.
  • The Troubadours won the Delta River League title with a perfect 10-0 record, winning the league title for the 16th consecutive season.
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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.
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2013 Golf Highlights

  • St. Francis finished eighth at the NCGA/CIF Girls Nor Cal Championship. The Troubadours advanced with a third-place finish at Masters.
  • Head Coach Cindy Mah-Lyford was named the Northern California Girls’ Golf Coach of the Year by the California Coaches’ Association.
  • Senior Ileana MacDonald shot a team-best six-over par 78 to lead St. Francis to the Sac-Joaquin Division I North Section title for the eighth consecutive season at Rocklin Golf Club.
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2014 Swimming Highlights

  • The St. Francis swimming team finished third overall at the Sac-Joaquin Section Championships at Tokay High School, finishing behind Granite Bay and Davis.
  • St. Francis won the Delta River League title for the sixth consecutive season, recording an impressive 19 event wins at the El Dorado Hills swimming complex.
  • The Troubadours had nine varsity event winners at the Delta River League Championships, earning each individual All-League honors.
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2014 Diving Highlights

  • Senior Allison Autrey finished seventh and junior Patty Sullivan was ninth at the Sac-Joaquin Section Diving Finals contested at McClatchy High School.
  • Sullivan won the Delta River League individual title, scoring a 375.25 to claim the individual league diving title and earn All-DRL honors.
  • Sullivan also won the St. Mary’s Invitational on April 11 in Stockton.
  • Autrey signed to compete for UC Davis in the fall.

Individual Honors

All-Delta River League

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2013 Cross Country Highlights

  • St. Francis finished ninth at the CIF State Championships, recording a Top-10 finish for the third consecutive season. Senior Lauren LaRocco finished sixth overall and junior Miranda Myers was 10th.
  • St. Francis was second overall in the Sac-Joaquin Section meet to Davis.
  • LaRocco won her third consecutive Delta River League title to lead the St. Francis team to the team title.
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2014 Basketball Highlights

  • St. Francis advanced to the second round of the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs, losing to McClatchy. The Troubadours defeated Edison in the first round. They went 6-4 in Delta River League action, finishing third overall in the standings.
  • Junior Susie Rogers was named the Outstanding Offensive Player on the varsity team. She averaged 9.6 points per game, the second-best total on the team, while recording 5.5 rebounds per contest and a team-best 3.2 assists.
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2014 Softball Highlights

  • The St. Francis softball team went 13-11-1 overall and 5-5 in the Delta River League.
  • Garcia posted a .443 batting average with a team-best 35 hits and 30 runs scored for the Troubadours, earning All-Delta River League honors. She was also the winner of the team’s Most Inspirational Award. She will play at Cal Poly.
  • Marks, who was also a DRL first-team selection, batted .432 on the season with a team- best 30 RBI.
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2014 Track and Field Highlights

  • 21st-place State Championship Finish (10 points)
  • Delta River League and Sac-Joaquin Section Champions

Seven CIF State Championship Qualifiers in Six Events

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Get to Know: Volleyball’s #5 Carly Simpson

Carly Simpson is in her fourth season with the varsity team. She missed most of her sophomore year with a knee injury and has recovered to be one of the team leaders this year. She went on a four-week trip to Europe this summer that kicked off what she hopes is a great senior year. She has a twin brother, Chris, at Jesuit.

What does it feel like to be a senior?
“Senior year. It is definitely different. I have always been the younger one and now I am the older one. I feel like I have to show a sense of responsibility and leadership to the team.”