Athletic News


Athletic News

The latest news, releases, scores and features about the St. Francis Athletics teams and the Troubadours.


Get to Know: Softball’s #2 Victoria Cimino
Victoria Cimino is a two-year varsity letter winner. She will attend CS-Monterey Bay in the fall and major in communication design. She hopes to be a game designer. She enjoys photography in her free time.

How is your senior season going?

“It is going good. I enjoy being part of a team and having the love and support of another family.”

What is your softball story?
“I started in first grade and played thru sixth grade. I stopped for a couple years but started again my freshman year.”

What does it mean to you to wear the St. Francis uniform?
“I like representing my school.”


Sophomore Isabelle Palchak Wins High Jump at Section Meet

ELK GROVE, Calif. – Sophomore Isabella Palchak won the Sac-Joaquin Section high jump title Wednesday night with a personal-best clearance of 5-7 to highlight a great first day at the meet. It was the second-best jump in school history to only Karen Lysaght, who won the state title in 1980 with a clearance of 6-0.

“It feels really good,” said Palchak. “I had so much help from Coach Lynda (Shadman) and support from my teammates and the other coaches.”


2018 Lacrosse Highlights

  • St. Francis went 11-6 on the season under Head Coach Julia Southard, advancing to the North Coast Section playoffs. SF was defeated by 17-6 in the first round by Oak Ridge.
  • The Troubadours lost to Oak Ridge in the semifinals of the Sacramento Valley Lacrosse League playoffs after finishing in fourth in the league standings.
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Track and Field Takes Third at Delta League Finals

ELK GROVE, Calif. – The St. Francis track and field team finished third at the Delta League Finals and qualified numerous student-athletes into the Sac-Joaquin Section Trials on Wednesday.

“We did pretty good,” said Head Coach Rod Jett. “The girls that ran today ran well.”

The Troubadours advanced both relays with 4×100m relay (Reyna Johnson, Chanel Grimes, Saniyah Williams, Isabelle Grassel) placing third in 49.70, while the 4×400-meter relay was fourth with Haley Silva, Isabelle Rudis, Grimes and Yahsmeene Duffey placing fourth in 4:14.33


Swimming Takes Frosh/Soph Section Title, Fourth in Varsity Meet

LODI, Calif. – The St. Francis swimming and diving team won the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I Frosh/Soph title and finished fourth overall in the varsity meet, completing a successful two days at Tokay High School.

“It is a fulfillment of all the hard work, early mornings, countless yardage and an overall whole team effort,” said Head Coach Richard Levin.

St. Francis won the Frosh/Soph title for the second consecutive season, taking the Division I title in the new format that divided the meet into three different divisions.


18 Troubadours Earn SportsStars Magazine All-City Honors

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis athletic department had 18 student-athletes recognized on the SportStars™ Magazine All-City team presented by the Sacramento River Cats prior to Sunday’s River Cats game at Raley Field.

St. Francis had the second-best total in the section, trailing only Davis (21), and one of four schools with more than 10 honors including Oak Ridge (13) and Granite Bay (10) on the girl’s teams.


Swimming Sets Stage with Section Trials Performances

LODI, Calif. – Senior Emily Bartylla accomplished what every athlete hopes for in their final performance, swimming a personal-best in her signature event.

“She did a 1:10 as a freshman and she had not broken it since in high school,” said Head Coach Richard Levin. “To do that in her final swim, we both shared a tear together. It was a great way to send her off.”


Summer Basketball Starts June 4

Summer Basketball Schedule (PDF)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis summer basketball starts June 4 with practices and summer league games. All student-athletes must get a physical on file with the athletic department by June 6 or attend Sports Physical Night.

All three levels will be attending a camp at Chico State June 15-17 and the varsity team will play in a tournament in South Lake Tahoe.

For more information on the Frosh first practice, contact Brian Montes at 916-600-8210.


Athletic News (5/11/18)

Upcoming Important Athletics Dates

Track and Field Banquet, Monday, May 14, 6:00 p.m. (Dining Hall)
Varsity Lacrosse Banquet, Monday, May 14, 4:00-6:00 p.m. (Off Campus)
Softball Banquet, Tuesday, May 15, 5:30-7:30 p.m. (Off Campus)
Swimming and Diving Banquet, Wednesday, May 22, 12:30 p.m. 


Softball Clinches Section Playoff Berth

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis softball team won their last two Delta League games highlighted by a 10-0 win over Monterey Trail Tuesday in the Senior Game to clinch a Sac-Joaquin Section playoff berth.

“We are extremely happy,” said Head Coach Kevin Warren. “Our backs were against the wall. They came back in yesterday’s game against Franklin and hit the heck out of the ball.”


Lacrosse Battles Oak Ridge Tough in NCS Playoffs

EL DORADO HILLS, Calif. – The Oak Ridge lacrosse team, the No. 2 seed in the North Coast Section playoffs and ninth-ranked team in the nation, defeated St. Francis 17-6 in a first-round game Tuesday night.

“Today we showed what type of team we were and we can compete at this level,” said senior Juliette Vielhauer.

The Troubadours opened a 4-1 lead on the Trojans, who had eliminated the team from the Sacramento Valley Lacrosse league playoffs last week.


Junior Varsity Lacrosse Selects Team Awards

RANCHO MURIETA, Calif. – The St. Francis junior varsity team celebrated their record-breaking season with their awards dinner on May 6. The team finished with an 11-3 overall mark, the most wins by the JV program in school history. The team finished the season with an 8-6 win over Davis, a team that defeated St. Francis 15-4 earlier in the season.


Track and Field Second Entering Delta League Finals

Elk Grove, Calif. – The St. Francis track and field team was led by pole vault champion Meghan Ladd in scoring 18 points Friday in the opening day of the Delta League Championships. The Troubadours scored 18 points on the night in three finals and advanced 18 student-athletes in the trials to next week’s finals.

Ladd won the pole vault with a clearance at 10-11 and the Troubadours received a fourth-place finish by Isabelle Rudis in the triple jump (34-9.25) and sixth-place by Sarah Healey in the shot put (29-7) in finals contested Friday.


Senior Molly Wilson Finishes Second at Sections

Updated Results: After an error was discovered in the calculation of the results, Wilson was determined to be in second place to Melia Stout (447.95-445.60).

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Senior Molly Wilson won her third straight Sac-Joaquin Section diving title on Friday with an 11-dive total of 415.60 and will advance to the CIF State Diving Championships.


Lacrosse Loses to Oak Ridge in SVL Semifinals

EL DORADO HILLS, Calif. – Junior Jade Borg and freshman Maggie Price each had two goals but St. Francis lost in the semifinals of the Sacramento Valley Lacrosse League playoffs 12-6 to top seed Oak Ridge on Tuesday night.

“I coached a team that believed they could win the game,” said Head Coach Julia Southard. “They were an inspired group led by our seniors. It was a fun game to watch and be part of. Our kids truly feel they can compete with any team in our league.”


Athletic News 5/04/18

Upcoming Important Athletics Dates

  • Softball Senior Game vs. Monterey Trail, May 8, 4:00 p.m.
  • Track and Field Banquet, Monday, May 14, 6:00 p.m. (Dining Hall)
  • Varsity Lacrosse Banquet, Monday, May 14 (Off Campus)
  • Swimming and Softball Banquets, Wednesday, May 22, 12:30 p.m. 

Athletics to Host Annual Sports Physical Night on June 6

St. Francis will be hosting Sports Physical Night for the 2018-19 school year on June 6 with registration starting at 5 p.m. The cost of the physical is $25 per student.


Swimming & Diving Finishes Second at League Meet

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis swimming and diving team finished second overall to Davis at the 2018 Della League Championships. The Blue Devils out-scored the Troubies 615-504 at American River College. Overall, the team placed 18 swimmers in ‘A’ Finals and recorded eight top-three finishes in the meet including relays.


Track and Field Continues Top Performances at Halden Invite

DAVIS, Calif. – The St. Francis track and field team continued to post top performances at the Halden Invitational last Saturday hosted by Davis High School.

The spring group had Isabelle Grassel (12.42) and Chanel Grimes (12.70) finished second and fourth, respectively in personal-best times. Senior Amanda Roina also posted a season-best in the event (13.83).


Diving Takes Top Spots at Delta League Meet

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis diving team took the top two spots in both the varsity and junior varsity diving league champs on Thursday.

Senior Molly Wilson repeated as champion with a score of 447 (All American Qualifying Score) and sophomore Maddy Miles was second with a 342 score for her 11 dives. Wilson earned All-Delta League status with her win.

Freshman Sydney Smith won the JV meet with a personal-best 303, while freshman Sammie Calagna was second with a 289.

Delta League Varsity Results