Athletic News


Spring Signing Day Highlights St. Francis Students

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

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


Diver Wilson Wins DeLaSalle Invitational

CONCORD, Calif. – Freshman Madison Miles finished fifth among four Troubadours with a score of 136.65 in the varsity competition at the DeLaSalle Invitational on Monday. Junior Molly Wilson won the meet with a score of 246.20. Callista Stanley (114.40) and Maddie Covert (113.10) finished sixth and seventh, respectively.

In the JV meet, Claudia Campos (108.200 and Arissa Vallejo (72.65) also competed.

DeLaSalle Varsity Results


Senior Monet Lopez to Play Soccer at ARC

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis senior Monet Lopez will continue her soccer career at American River College. She will be part of the St. Francis Signing Day Celebration on Wednesday, joining 11 classmates who have made commitments to play a sport in college.


Tijerino-Santos to Play Soccer for ARC

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis senior soccer player Savannah Tijerino-Santos has committed to play for American River College and will join the local program to play and attend school next fall.

“I am very excited and I am glad I get to keep playing soccer,” said Tijerino-Santos. “I would have been upset if I had stopped playing after high school. Doing it with one of my best friends, I am super excited.”

Savannah will joins classmate Monet Lopez in joining the ARC program coached by Paul Arellanes.


Elizabeth Hennessy to Run for UCSD

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis senior Elizabeth Hennessy will continue her track career next year, competing for the UC San Diego Tritons. She is one of 11 Troubadours making commitments to play or compete collegiately next fall during the spring signing period.


Ferguson to Continue Water Polo Career at Santa Clara

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

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


Big Weekend at Arcadia Invitational

ARCADIA, Calif. – Led by a school record in the 4×1600-meter relay on Friday night, the St. Francis track and field team was well represented at the Arcadia Invitational.

The 4×1600-meter relay reset the record set last season of 22:28.11 by Sophie DeBenedetti, Alana Reyna, Gabrielle Dyer and Chase Worthen. DeBenedetti paired with Kathryn Kramer, Noelle Lynch and Sydney Vandegrift to win the race in 21:11.79.


Divers Finish Second and Sixth at Jesuit Invite

RIO LINDA, Calif.  – Junior Molly Wilson finished second at the Jesuit Invitational with a career-best 441.90 on her 11-dive list.

“I think I did ok,” said Wilson. “I could have done better on a couple of my dives but I am happy with my overall performance. Hopefully I can hit every dive at sections.”

Junior Camille Lutes finished sixth overall with a score of 159.85.


Volleyball’s Schutz Named a Lackey Scholarship Recipient

LODI, Calif. – St. Francis senior Claire Schutz was named a recipient of the A. Dale Lacky/CSEA Scholarship awarded by the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section office and will recognized at a ceremony on April 25. Schutz was selected to represent the Delta League as the league’s top female student-athlete and will receive a $500 scholarship.


Fencer Gabby Zegers to Sign with Duke

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Lindsey Lohan, a phone book and a family rule. St. Francis senior Gabby Zegers definitely came across fencing in a non-traditional way. But eight years later, she is devoted to the sport and is going to Duke to join their nationally-ranked program on scholarship.


Volleyball’s Davis Commits to Play at Occidental

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis senior volleyball player Emily Davis has committed to play volleyball at Occidental.

“I have always wanted to play volleyball in college,” said Davis. “I wanted to make sure I found the right school that I could play at and have everything else I was looking for in a school. I think I have found that in Occidental.”


Athletics News – 4/7/17

This Week in Troubie Sports…

Spring Sports are limited this week with the Easter holiday. Track and Field hosts the Jesuit Invitational and hosts Franklin and Pleasant Grove on April 19. Diving host the Jesuit Invitational on April 8 and travels to the DeLaSalle invitational on April 10. For a complete list of Athletic Events, click here.


St. Francis Senior Del Mar to Join UNR Rifle Team

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis senior Veronica Del Mar has committed to attend the University of Nevada-Reno and will compete on the Wolfpack’s NCCA rifle team.

“I am so excited to compete against my current teammates who are going to other NCAA schools,” said Del Mar. “I have put a lot of work into this and I don’t want to stop here. It is going to be harder and a lot of fun. It will be great to compete against people not just California but the whole United States. Hopefully, I will make the travel team.”


Swimming Defeats Franklin in Delta Dual

Elk GROVE, Calif. – The St. Francis swimming team posted a 125-45 win over Franklin on Wednesday at the Wackford Aquatic Center. The Troubadours swept four of the events and won 10 of the 11 overall to lead the team to victory. Senior Tatum Roepke and freshman Chloe Bebbout each claimed two events.


Roepke Commits to Cal State East Bay for Swimming

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Senior Tatum Roepke was practically born in the water so it only makes sense she continues swimming in college. She has committed to swim for Cal State East Bay next fall.

“I went on my recruiting trip and the team just felt like a family to me,” said Roepke “It felt like I was already part of the team. The coach is awesome. He came to watch me swim in San Diego. I wanted to step up what I am doing from USA Swimming to College swimming.”


Washburn to Play Softball at Saint Anselm (N.H.)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis senior Lauren Washburn has committed to play softball at Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire, fulfilling a lifetime dream to play in college.

“It took a lot,” said Washburn of her softball career. “I have been trying to do it (have a chance to play softball in college) since the seventh grade. To finally be able to say, I am going somewhere to play softball is achieving that goal.”


Passantino to Sign with Tennessee Wesleyan for Lacrosse

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Senior Grace Passantino will continue her lacrosse career at Tennessee Wesleyan next fall. She will participate in the St. Francis Signing day Celebration on April 12.

“I plan to attend Tennessee Wesleyan in Athens, Tenn.,” said Passantino. “It started with a recruiting process and visit. I got a sense of the school and the team. It seemed like a great fit because the girls were so accepting and loving.”

Tennessee Wesleyan is a member of the Appalachian Athletic Conference and competes in the NAIA.


Softball Falls to Sheldon in Delta League Game

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sophomore Bella Valentine homered and sophomores Chloe Smith and Sydney Littles had two hits each before Sheldon broke open a close game to defeat St. Francis 19-6 on Tuesday.

“It felt good (to get the home run),” said Valentine. “At first I did not think it was going to go out. But I felt like I got all of it.”

St. Francis (7-9) led 3-1 after the first highlighted by Valentine’s second home run of the season.

“We were really hitting the ball well,” said Valentine of the early success. “We were finding the gaps and getting on.”