SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis varsity water polo tryouts start on Aug. 14 from 5:30-8 p.m. at Jesuit High School and continue Aug. 15-18. The team will be named on Friday, August 18. The Junior Varsity (no-cut) will have practice Aug. 14-18 from 5:30-7:15 a.m. at Rio Americano High School. JV Participants must be able to swim 8 laps of freestyle without stopping. All participants need to have a current physical on form with St. Francis prior to participation.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis water polo and swimmer Kayla Wehner has been selected as the school’s valedictorian and will address her class Thursday night at the graduation ceremony at Memorial Auditorium.
“It was really exciting for me,” said Wehner of her honor. “As a freshman I could not have imagined being the valedictorian. Seeing that working really hard in all my classes and things outside of school was able to pay off, it was really cool.”
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis had 30 Troubadours represented on the 2016-17 SportStars River Cats All-City teams announced before Sunday’s game with against the Nashville Sounds. Overall, SportStars Magazine celebrated 500 athletes at the eighth annual event.
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.
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.
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
CARMICHAEL, Calif. – Freshman Kendall Houck scored five times and senior Kayla Wehner added four goals as St. Francis posted a 12-5 win over River City in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I Tournament.
“Our focus was making sure we were on the same page defensively, establishing our press and knowing where the ball is so we can help out where we need too,” said Head Coach Heather Moody. “We did a really good job with those and only had a couple breakdowns but we came back focused and fighting for the win.”
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis water polo team received a No. 5 seed in the Sac-Joaquin Section bracket announced Friday. The Troubadours will host a game at Jesuit High School on Wednesday, Nov. 2 against No. 12 River City. The winner advances to a quarterfinal matchup against the winner of No. 13 Enochs and No. 4 Lincoln of Stockton on Friday.
St. Francis closed out the regular season with a loss at Davis, the top seed in the bracket, on Thursday night.
The Troubadours are the defending Sac-Joaquin Section champions.
CARMICHAEL, Calif. – Seniors Aubree Barr, Sally Ferguson and Frances Barbour each scored four times and senior goalie Maddy Vine recorded a scoreless first half in the cage as St. Francis posted a 21-1 victory over El Camino Friday night.
Barbour scored three times in the first quarter as the Troubadours built a 10-0 lead. St. Francis (9-9) would extend the lead to 14-0 at the break with four more goals in the second quarter.
Kayla Wehner is playing water polo this season for the first time since freshman season. She has been also been a letterwinner on the swim team and competes for Model UN.
Have you had fun playing water polo again this year?
“Water polo this year has been a blast. It’s been so much fun playing with all of my teammates and getting to know them. I get kinda confused a lot since I haven’t played in a few years but it’s ok because Heather and Jessica are awesome!”
Frances Barbour is on her third year on varsity and fourth year in the water polo program. She has played polo since the fifth grade. She is looking for the college that wants her as much as she wants them. She is serving as a Campus Service Leader this year.
What does it mean to you to be selected a captain of the team?
“It is an honor because I have always looked up to my captains since my sophomore year. It feels very cool I can know play that mentor role to others on the team both emotionally and skill-wise in the pool.”
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. – Senior Aubree Barr was among three current and former St. Francis water polo players earned Academic All-America honors from USA Water Polo, the organization announced. Student-athletes needed a 3.6 GPA on a scale of 4.0 to qualify and those that received a 4.0 GPA were honored as outstanding achievers.
“It shows that I am dedicated in the classroom, working hard outside practice and games,” said Barr. “I put a lot of effort and time into succeeding in whatever I do. Whether it is school or water polo, I want to succeed.”
Abbey Berg scored five goals to lead St. Francis to a 13-3 victory over McClatchy. Kate Watley have five saves in earn TroubieTV Player of the Game. Allie Belafsky and Sarah Mudd, added two goals for the Troubies. Other goal scorers included sophomore Jordan Weidman, freshman Hannah Dorsey, sophomore Reagan Garcia and freshman Karla Guerrero.
St. Francis took the early lead 2-0 in the first quarter and extended the lead to 5-2. The Troubadours scored three times in the third and fifth in the fourth to record the victory.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Four players scored two goals each and senior goalie Maddy Vine made nine saves as St. Francis posted a 12-4 victory over McClatchy Friday night.
“I am happy with the win,” said Head Coach Heather Moody. “I feel like we still have some things to work on, including our spacing offensively and our passing. We have to get our passing down a little more so we can get our 6-on-5 to score. Overall, it was nice and everyone hit the water.”
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The 2016 TroubieTV schedule will include broadcasts from volleyball, water polo and golf during the fall schedule announced Wednesday.
The water polo match against McClatchy for the varsity and junior varsity units will be shown Friday afternoon to tipoff the fall season. The freshman volleyball match against Elk Grove on Sept. 21 will showcase the first of several volleyball broadcasts.
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – The St. Francis water polo team defeated Palo Alto High School and lost a tight 9-8 contest against Archbishop Mitty among four games in the Saint Francis Autumn Invitational over the weekend.
Sally Ferguson is a third-year player on the varsity. She scored the game winning goal against Davis to help St. Francis to the Sac-Joaquin Section title last year over Davis, winning the title for the first time since 2008. She likes to rollerblade in her free time and holds the marshmellow toss school record from Sports Day (32 with Kate Arellanes and Taylor Koewler). She is keeping her options open for college.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis Catholic High School has earned recognition as one of 88 schools of distinction from the NFHS Network for the efforts of the Sports Media Club in producing TroubieTV.
TroubieTV produced 58 events in 2015-16 including games and contests from the sports of basketball, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, volleyball and water polo. They also showcased the three St. Francis National Letter-of-Intent celebrations, the Homecoming Pep Rally and International Night among the other broadcasts.
St. Francis Head Water Polo Coach Heather Moody has been a veteran of USA Water Polo for the last 16 years. She was a two-time medal-winning Olympian (2000 and 2004) and coached two medal-winning teams (2008 and 2012). She is entering her fourth season on the staff at St. Francis.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Former Troubadours Jenna Barthels ’16 and Maggie Oys ’16 were both named to the 2015-16 NISCA/Speedo Girls Water Polo All-America honors for their play from the 2015 season.
Barthels, who will be attending Cal-State Northridge, was one of 14 players named to the Water Polo All-America second team and among 16 Californians on the first two teams. She led the team with 47 goals and 70 assists on the season, earning All-Section and All-Delta League first-team honors.
Hope everyone had a great summer and is excited to get back on Monday. Here is some basic tryout information for cross country, golf, tennis and water polo for next week. All students must have a physical on file with the Athletic Department before starting tryouts or practices. If you have any questions, please let us know.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis High School and the Troubadour Athletic Department will partner with SportsLeader over the next four years to implement their Catholic virtue-based formation program for coaches.
“In offering athletics programs at St. Francis we seek to use sport as a context for physical, intellectual, and spiritual growth,” said Athletic Director Mark McGreevy. “Our partnership with Sports Leader represents a continuation of that great Troubie tradition in a very intentional way.”
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis athletic department placed second overall in the All-Sports Award standings for the Delta League among the girls programs for the 2015-16 season, losing to Davis by two points. The Troubadours recorded a league-best seven combined first and second-place finishes.
“We congratulate Davis and appreciate the great competition in our league,” said Athletic Director Mark McGreevy. “Winning is not a primary goal but a byproduct of doing things well and we are proud of the efforts of our student-athletes and coaches.”
GOLD RIVER, Calif. – Former Troubadour Madeleine Verspieren ’12 was drawn to the big boat setup at orientation and decided to try out a new sport. Four years later, she helped the Zags record their best NCAA finish in school history and will leave with two degrees and a feeling of accomplishment from her time on the water.
Alumna Cheryl Murbach ’14 was named to the West Coast Conference All-Academic Team, one of three from the Gonzaga women’s rowing team to tie for league-high honors. She is a sophomore Human Physiology major with a 3.79 GPA. The Zags won the West Coast Conference title and will compete in the NCAA Championships.
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.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis had 21 selections to the River Cats All-City teams sponsored by SportsStars presented prior to the game Sunday at Raley Field. The Troubadours had student-athletes selected to each team led by four from the Sac-Joaquin Section winning water polo team.
DAVIS, Calif. – UC Davis hosted the Aggie Shootout Saturday but it felt like a St. Francis water polo alumnae gathering with the large number of Troubadours students, alumna and parents in attendance. The Cal Head Coach even called it “National St. Francis Day” at the pool.
Five alumnae were representing three different schools at the Aggie Shootout including Brinnley Barthels ‘14 (Pacific), Lauren Charter ‘15 (UC-Berkeley), Marisa Kolokotronis ‘13 (Brown), Kat Menz ‘12 (UC-Berkeley) and Brooke Vowell ‘12 (UC-Berkeley).
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.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Senior water polo player Maggie Oys is featured on Game ON! SportsStars Magazine Star of the Week.
Game On, hosted by Anna Kagarakis from 95.7 The Game, is a bi-weekly local sports magazine show dedicated to female athletes. The unique series includes stories that cover just about anything and everything in the world of women’s sports. From youth soccer to various high school sports, from local Olympians to extreme sports, and stories that defy age restrictions and stories that truly champion female athletes.
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. – Six St. Francis water polo players earned Academic All-America honors from USA Water Polo, the organization announced. Student-athletes needed a 3.6 GPA on a scale of 4.0 to qualify and those that received a 4.0 GPA were honored as outstanding achievers.
Maggie Oys garnered Academic All-America honors with outstanding achievement designation for qualifying with a 4.0 GPA or better for the second consecutive season.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis senior Ally Tambornini is among the six athletes featured in the Faces in the Crowd segment of this week’s edition of Sports Illustrated. Cleveland Cavaliers star Lebron James is on the cover of the December 7, 2015 edition.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis senior goalie Elle Minor was named the SportStar of the Week in the November 25 edition of SportStars. Minor helped the St. Francis Water Polo team to the Sac-Joaquin Section championship on Nov. 14, holding the Davis Blue Devils to five goals in a 6-5 win.
LODI, Calif. – The St. Francis water polo team was well represented on the Sac-Joaquin Section teams selected by the area coaches, earning three first-team members and three second-team choices, Overall, the Troubadours had eight student-athletes earn all-section accolades.
Seniors Jennalyn Barthels, Maggie Oys and Ally Tambornini were each named to the Sac-Joaquin Section first team, while Barthels and Oys earned consideration for All-America team consideration.
ROSEVILLE, Calif. – Junior Sally Ferguson scored two times in the fourth period to help St. Francis to a 6-5 victory over Davis to the win the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I Championship.
“I am actually numb,” said Head Coach Heather Moody. “There is a group of girls that I have been working with for the last three years, 10 amazing seniors, that really set the tone for this year and took ownership of the whole group, leading and truly believing.”
It was the fourth section title in water polo for St. Francis in school history and first since 2008.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Thirteen St. Francis Troubadours participated in the National Letter-of-Intent and College Commitment Celebration at St. Francis on Wednesday.
Senior Ariane Arndt, who will attend UC-Berkeley out of the Pac-12 Conference, headlined a class representing seven sports committing to 12 different schools, including five out-of-state school. The schools for the Troubie signees include Brown, Cal, Cal-State Northridge, Colorado State, Fordham, Loyola Marymount, Michigan State, San Jose State, Santa Clara, UCLA, UC San Diego and Yale.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis senior Jenna Barthels will sign with Cal-State Northridge on Wednesday to play water polo for the Matador program next fall.
“The team was amazing,” said Barthels of joining the CSUN program. “They do things together and work well together. They are such a fun group of people. I did not want to leave and I couldn’t imagine myself anywhere else.”
Barthels will play for Head Coach Marty Matthies, who is in his second season. He led the program to a second-place finish in the Big West Conference last season.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Senior Maggie Oys committed to play water polo at Santa Clara next year and will sign a National Letter-of-Intent with the Broncos on Wednesday.
“I am very excited to commit to Santa Clara,” said Oys. “It feels really good because I not only do I get to play college water polo, which was a goal and dream of mine, but I get to play in the environment that I wanted.”
CARMICHAEL, Calif. – St. Francis water polo advanced to the Sac-Joaquin Section semifinals with a 21-3 win over Enochs Thursday night at Jesuit High School.
St. Francis, the No. 2 seed, out-scored the Eagles 8-0 in the first quarter and 14-1 over the first half to easily cruise to the win. The Troubadours will face Lodi, an 8-7 winner over Woodcreek in one semifinal on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. in Modesto.
Jenna Barthels scored a game-high five goals for the Troubadours.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis water polo team will host Enochs, a 7-5 winner over Turlock, in a second round Sac-Joaquin Section playoff game on Thursday, Nov. 4 at Jesuit High School. St. Francis received a No. 2 seed and enters the playoffs with a 15-7 overall record.
St. Francis is a three-time section champion (2005-06, 2008) and has reached the second finals in each of the last 11 seasons.
ATHERTON, Calif. – St. Francis lost 9-2 t Clovis West to finish 10th in the Nor Cal Championships Saturday. The Troubadours split two games on Saturday. Jenna Barthels scored the game winner as St. Francis defeated Acalanes to advance in the first game Saturday before falling to Clovis West in the finale.
Ally Tambornini scored six goals over three games to lead the Troubadours.
ATHERTON, Calif. – The St. Francis water polo team split two matches on Friday, falling 9-7 to Miramonte in the opener and winning 6-5 over Soquel at the Nor Cal Championships in their final preparation for the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.
Senior Ally Tambornini scored twice and five players added a single tally including Jenna Barthels, Maggie Oys, Kira Chavez, Sam Reinl and Frances Barbour. St. Francis fell behind 9-3 before rallying for four goals in the fourth quarter to cut the final deficit to two.
Senior Maggie Oys has been a four-year member of the varsity team. She is approaching 100 career goals after scoring 34 as a junior and 26 this season.
What does senior night against Davis mean to you?
“It means a lot because it is our last game against Davis. I played for their club team and their coach. It is a good opportunity and it is always fun to play them. It is a good competition.”
CARMICHAEL, Calif. – Davis scored three times in the third quarter to break open a close game and held on for an 8-6 win over St. Francis Wednesday night, spoiling the senior night for the Troubadours.
St. Francis (13-5) rallied in the fourth to cut the deficit to 8-6 after trailing 7-3 after three quarters.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Jenna Barthels and Julie Zanobini combined for nine goals as St. Francis won 15-4 at Rio Americano on Thursday night.
The Trouabdours took an early 5-1 lead and never trailed again in the game. Rio scored three times in second but St. Francis still led 8-4 at the break. In the third, the Troubies out-scored the Raiders 4-0 and added three more goals in the fourth for the nine-goal win.
Senior Caroline Urkov added two goals and two assists, while Ally Tambornini, Sam Reinl and Frances Barour each added goals in the win.
Nikki Chan is in her second season at St. Francis after transferring from Mira Loma HS. She competes in both water polo and swimming. She has a unique talent that runs in her family.
Why was making the varsity water polo team a big deal for you?
“I feel like going into tryouts I was unsure. I came from a rough start from water polo. It has been hard for me to get a hang of the game and it is a difficult game to understand. It was a big step for me and making varsity water polo is the final step. It shows me I have really progressed.”
Madalyn Lavezzo is in her second season on the water polo team. She likes to sew quilts like her mother and grandmother and fishes with her dad and grandmother. She came to SF from El Camino, where she made the varsity water polo team as a freshman and was an all-tournament selection at the Sierra Shootout.
What does it mean to you to be on the water polo team?
“I like the team aspect, being part of the team and being friends with so many amazing people.”
Caroline Urkov is a senior with the water polo team. She is a big fan of Beyonce (see left). She first got involved with the sport with youth clinics at McClatchy in the fifth grade and has been playing ever since. She also is a competitive swimmer.
What is the fascination with Beyonce?
“I love Beyonce, honestly. Her music is so great and I want to hear it all the time. It brings pleasure to my ears. She is a queen.”
Ally Tambornini is in her second year on the varsity water polo team. She has 12 goals and 11 assists on the season for 23 points, ranking fourth on the team in goals and points. She loves to eat ice cream (at least once a day) and used to be into theatre. She swims the 50 and 500 freestyle in the spring on the swim team.
Day one without braces…What does it feel like?
“It feels so good. I love eating even more than I did before. Now I can eat more without worrying about it and I’ll have more energy in the pool.”
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Madalyn Lavezzo, Hannah Warren and Kira Chavez each scored four goals to lead St. Francis to a 27-0 win over Monterey Trail in a Delta League water polo match Wednesday at Jesuit High School.
Overall, seven players scored two or more goals in the game. Junior Sally Ferguson tallied three scores, while Frances Barbour, Sam Reinl and Aubree Barr found the cage two times each. Jenna Barthels, Ally Tambornini, Caroline Urkov, Kobe Carpenter, Julie Zanobini and Rocky Mudd also scored for the Troubadours.
ROSEVILLE, Calif. – Ally Tambornini scored three times as St. Francis defeated Sonora 9-3 to finish pool play 1-1 on the first day of the Woodcreek Tournament. The Troubies lost to Monte Vista 7-3 earlier in the day.
Senior Maggie Oys added two goals and four players had single goals in the contest including Kira Chavez, Caroline Urkov, Sam Reinl and Sally Ferguson.
In the opener against Monte Vista, Reinl scored two times and Julie Zanobini also found the cage.
What does playing water polo for St. Francis mean to you?
“It is my family. It means a team that I see in the halls and we can know what exactly what we are thinking without talking. It means competing and playing with my team and family.”
How did you get into the sport?
“I did swim team and I hate swimming. My dad signed me up to do rec at McClatchy with my sister. We got asked to play for American River and we kept getting better. I kept watching my sister get better and I had to keep up with her.”
St. Francis is excited to provide fans with live-stream broadcasts of Troubadours athletic events! If you are unable to attend a Troubadours sporting event, you don’t have to miss out on the action! Watch our games live online on the NFHS Network from anywhere in the world on your iPhone, Android, tablet or computer.
ATHERTON, Calif. – Maggie Oys and Jenna Barthels combined for seven goals as St. Francis defeated St. Ignatius Friday at the St. Francis Autumn Invitational.
The Troubadours jumped out to a 5-1 and cruised to the victory as seven players scored in the match. Seniors Kira Chavez, Caroline Urkov, Julie Zanobini and Sam Reinl scored. Junior Hannah Warren and sophomore Kobe Carpenter also added a goal for St. Francis.
Barthels added four assists in the game, while Urkov had three.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis water polo programs will scrimmage on Saturday at St. Francis Mountain View with teams from Clovis and St. Francis. Both teams will play three matches and the scrimmages will consist of 5 nine-minute running periods with a two-minute break. The JV will play 5 seven-minute periods.
St. Francis Scramble
9 a.m. – St. Francis JV vs. St. Francis MV JV
1030am – St. Francis Varsity vs. St. Francis MV Varsity
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Former college basketball coach and athletic director Stan Morrison was the keynote speaker for the St. Francis athletics department retreat in August 2015. Morrison started his coaching career at El Camino High School before embarking on a career that would include head coaching jobs at Pacific, USC, San Jose State Basketball coach and as the AD at both UC Santa Barbara and UC Riverside.
Morrison had several messages for the Troubadour coaches intertwined among his tremendous coaching experiences and stories that highlighted his talking points.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis varsity water polo tryouts start on Aug. 12 from 7-9 p.m. at Jesuit High School and continue Aug. 13 and 14. All participants need to have a current physical on form with St. Francis prior to participation. Junior Varsity (no-cut) will have practice Aug. 12-14 from 5-7 p.m. each night at Rosemont High School. (Freshmen are excused from practice Friday).
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Former St. Francis water polo standout Lauren Charter ‘15 was named to the 2014-15 NISCA/Speedo Girls All-America Water Polo third team.
Charter scored a team-best 55 goals and 78 points to lead the Troubadours to the CIF Sac-Joaquin Division I finals for the third consecutive season in 2014. A three-time USA Water Polo Academic All-American, she earned all-section and All-Delta League first-team honors and finished her career with 109 career goals.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Cherie Murbach ’14, Heather Handy ‘14 and Madeleine Vespieren ‘12 competed for Gonzaga in the NCAA Rowing Championships held on Lake Natoma this past weekend.
Murbach, who competed in water polo and track at St. Francis, Handy (golf) and Vespieren (tennis) were on the Second Varsity 8 for the Zags and helped the team to a 17th-place overall finish. It was the second NCAA appearance in school history after the team won the West Coast Conference title.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Sacramento River Cats honored 11 St. Francis student-athletes as members of the 2014-15 River Cats All-City teams in a ceremony before the game Sunday against Memphis at Raley Field.
The Sacramento River Cats recognized their 2014-15 All-City team before today’s baseball game. Eleven Troubadours were selected to the respective sports all-city teams and senior soccer player Anna Gregg was named the River Cats Girls Soccer Player of the Year for the second consecutive season.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Sacramento River Cats will honor 11 St. Francis student-athletes as members of the 2014-15 River Cats All-City teams in a ceremony before the game against Memphis on Sunday, May 24 at Raley Field.
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.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Seniors Annie Rafeld and Cami Cunningham are shining examples of a senior class that has made an impact on the school and the entire Troubie community. On graduation night, they will receive the ultimate honor as the chosen representatives for their class. Rafeld, who is from Granite Bay, is the valedictorian, while Cunningham, a Yuba City product, is the class salutatorian.
LODI, Calif. – St. Francis senior Lauren Charter was named one of 48 winners of the A. Dale Lacky/CSEA Scholarship awarded by the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section office at a ceremony at Hutchins Street Square in Lodi on Tuesday. Charter was the top female student-athlete selected to represent the Delta League and will receive a $600 scholarship.
St. Francis is known for its sisterhood. Here is a collection of photos of Troubie sisters who play sports for the Troubadours, as well as shots with their sports-playing brothers at Jesuit in honor of National Sibling Day.
THANK YOU to Rick and Angela Lavezzo (Madalyn ‘16) for supporting the Troubadours by signing up for 2015 swimming and water polo team sponsorships, a renewal from last year. Team sponsorships include a table for eight at the SFHS Booster Club Crab Feed, Adidas apparel and special barware and recognition at the event.
The St. Francis Water Polo program got an early Christmas present this morning when Chris and Mary Zanobini were the first to sign-up for their 2015 team sponsorship, a renewal from last year. THANK YOU to the Zanobinis for their support of the Troubadours. Team sponsorships include a table for four at the SFHS Booster Club Crab Feed, Adidas apparel and special barware and recognition at the event. If you are interested in sponsoring Water Polo or any of the 12 Troubadour programs, click on the link: https://stfrancishs.formstack.com/forms/crabfeedsponsor
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.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Senior Lauren Charter was selected the team’s Player of the Year at the St. Francis water polo team banquet Tuesday night.
Charter scored a team-best 55 goals and 78 points to lead the Troubadours to the CIF Sac-Joaquin Division I finals for the third consecutive season. A two-time USA Water Polo Academic All-American, she earned all-section and All-Delta League first-team honors in 2014. She finished her career with 109 career goals and will compete for California next fall.
The Sac-Joaquin Section and the NFHS Network will broadcast the section cross country championships Saturday morning starting at 9 a.m. and each of the water polo finals including the St. Francis-Davis matchup at 3:30 p.m.
Fans must register on the NFHS page and there is a daily fee to see the section playoff game.
CLOVIS, Calif. – Juniors Maggie Oys and Julie Zanobini scored a combined four goals in the second half to help No. 2 seed St. Francis advance to the Sac-Joaquin Section finals against Davis with an 8-4 win on Thursday.
“It feels really good,” said Oys. “I am really proud of the way the team played and I am looking forward to Saturday.”
Both Oys and Zanobini are from Davis and led the charge in the second half to setup the section championship appearance against rival Davis.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Nine St. Francis High School seniors signed a National Letter-of-Intent or made a commitment to play collegiate sports next year at schools across the country Wednesday. They were recognized on campus as part of the school’s formal fall signing day recognition.
The event was broadcast on the TroubieTV Network on PlayOn Sports.
LODI, Calif. – The St. Francis water polo team advanced to the Sac-Joaquin Section semifinals with a 9-5 win over Granite Bay Tuesday at Tokay High School.
“It was a good team attack,” said Head Coach Heather Moody. “We started out slow again so that is concerning so we will work on that for Thursday’s game. Once we got going and communicating, the defense definitely picked up.”
Lodi jumped out to a 1-0 lead to start the game. But the Troubadours settled and led 3-1 after the first period. They extended the lead to 7-2 at the half and the Flames never got any closer.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis will be holding a press-conference event on Wednesday, November 12 at 9 a.m., in the CLC on campus to celebrate our students who have committed to participate in collegiate athletics for the ”early” signing date of the National Letter of Intent program.
The event will be broadcast on the TroubieTV Network online. Family, friend and fans can watch the event for free by registering on the PlayOn! Sports NFHS Network.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Senior water polo player Lauren Charter grew up in a Cal Bear family and now she will continue the legacy after receiving an offer to play for the UC-Berkeley water polo program next year.
“Cal has been a major part of my life,” said Charter. “I will be a fourth generation student at Cal. I was born and raised as a Cal Bear and I am so glad I get to carry on that tradition. To be a student-athlete at such a premier school, it is unimaginable. I am so honored and thankful. It has been my dream to go to Cal and be able to play.”
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis volleyball team is seeded fourth in the Sac-Joaquin Section playoff bracket announced Wednesday afternoon.
St. Francis (28-11) will host 13th-seeded Woodcreek on Tuesday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. with the winner advancing to play the winner of No. 5 Granite Bay and No. 12 Franklin-EG. The Troubadours would host the quarterfinal game on Thursday, Nov. 13.
The semifinals will be played on Tuesday, Nov. 18 at school sites with the section final at U.C. Davis at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 21.
PALO ALTO, Calif. – Junior Sam Reinl scored in sudden death on an assist from Ali Tambornini to give St. Francis an 11-10 win over Clovis North at the Nor Cal Championships.
It helped the Troubadours finish their first day with a split after dropping a 12-4 decision to Campolindo in the opening games.
Junior Maggie Oys tied the game with less than one minute left to force the overtime periods. St. Francis has led 8-5 going into the fourth period before Clovis North scored four times to take a 9-8 lead.
DAVIS, Calif. – St. Francis trailed 6-5 entering the fourth quarter but Davis scored six straight to record a 12-6 win Tuesday at the Schaal Aquatic Center.
“Down by one heading into the fourth was a great opportunity, I was really happy where we were,” said Head Coach Heather Moody. “We had a few mental lapses defensively and that gave them the opportunity.”
Senior Lauren Charter and Sally Ferguson each scored twice in the contest. Juniors Jenna Barthels and Julie Zanobini also scored for the Troubadours.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – As the final seconds ticked off the game clock, it was fitting that all four seniors were in the water as St. Francis closed its home campaign with a 14-9 win over Granite Bay Monday night.
“It was kinda surreal,” said senior Lauren Charter, who had four goals in the win. “The four years I have here have gone so fast. This was a nice way to end a big part of my experience at St. Francis. It felt good to be with a team that I love and have a good game.”
ARDEN TOWN, Calif. – Senior Lauren Charter scored four goals to pace the Troubadours to a 8-7 victory over Rio Americano in a rivalry game that dates back 20 years between the schools.
“It was exciting and it was a real team effort,” said Charter. “We started off a little slow but it proved a lot that we were able to comeback from being down and get control of the game. It was one of our hardest games of the season.”
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Junior Sam Reinl scored six goals and junior Kira Chavez added five to lead St. Francis to a 26-3 win over Monterey Trail Wednesday.
The Troubadours scored 14 times in the opening period and led 18-0 at halftime. Junior Elle Minor had nine saves in the cage and only allowed three goals in the game.
Senior Bella Smith and junior Jennalyn Barthels each scored three times, while junior Caroline Urkov, senior Lauren Charter, junior Julie Zanobini and sophomore Alyssa Tamborni scored twice in the contest.
ROSEVILLE, Calif. – Lauren Charter scored five goals in a win over Bella Vista Saturday morning but the Troubadours fell in the ninth-place game to Oakdale Saturday afternoon.
Charter led the Troubadours to their second win over Bella Vista this week Saturday morning, finding the back of the cage five times. Junior Kira Chavez added two goals, while junior Jennalyn Barthels, senior Hannah Milanowski and junior Sam Reinl also scored.
Oakdale defeated St. Francis 6-2 despite goals by Charter and junior Maggie Oys.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis water polo team split two matches Friday in the California Capital Challenge.
The Troubadours lost their opening match in the afternoon 12-5 to Las Lomas. Maggie Oys scored three times and Jennalyn Barthels added two scores in the loss.
The Troubadours rebounded in the evening match with a win over Amador Valley. Barthels scored five times in the blowout 14-2 win. Oys and Alyssa Tambornini each scored twice while the Troubadours got single goals from Lauren Charter, Frances Barbour, Annie Rafeld and Caroline Urkov.
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. – Seven St. Francis water polo players earned Academic All-America honors from USA Water Polo, the organization announced. Student-athletes needed a 3.6 GPA on a scale of 4.0 to qualify, while those that received a 4.0 GPA were honored as outstanding achievers.
Senior Lauren Charter garnered Academic All-America honors with outstanding achievement designation for qualifying with a 4.0 GPA or better for the second consecutive season. Juniors Maggie Oys and Caroline Urkov joined Charter with the elite distinction.
NAPA, Calif. – Juniors Sam Reinl and Jennalyn Barthels scored twice to lead St. Francis to a 6-4 win over Vintage Thursday afternoon.
The Troubadours held the Crushers scoreless in the first half to build and early 2-0 lead. The scoring picked up in the third as the teams combined to score five goals but the Troubadours finished the period with a 5-2 lead.
Vintage scored twice in the fourth but St. Francis prevailed 6-4.
Senior Lauren Charter and junior Maggie Oys each added goals in the victory.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Juniors Kira Chavez and Sam Reinl each scored three goals among 12 players overall who scored in a 21-0 victory over Franklin Wednesday at the Jesuit pool.
“I think we played well as a team and we had a really good counter attack offense,” said Chavez. “We executed pretty well.”
St. Francis (5-2) scored 11 times in the opening period and four times in the second to build a 15-0 halftime lead. The Troubadours added three goals in each of the final two periods and held Franklin scoreless to post the shutout.
Senior Annie Rafeld was featured in the game day program for the matchup against Del Oro on Spet. 11.
How did you get into Water Polo?
“My brother played water polo when he was at Jesuit and he was the captain and a really good goalie. So I decided to try it out. I started playing and I stuck with it. I am not serious about it. I like it for the social aspect of the team.”
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – The St. Francis water polo team split a pair of games at the St. Francis Autumn Invitational Saturday, finishing with win over Leland. The Troubadours are now 4-2 on the season after going 2-2 in the tournament.
St. Francis lost a tough overtime contest to host St. Francis Mountain View Saturday morning. Senior Lauren Charter tied the game with 30 seconds left to force the extra period but St. Francis scored a golden goal in the first possession of the overtime.
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – The St. Francis water polo team split two matches on Friday to open the St. Francis Autumn Invitational. Junior Maggie Oys scored three goals on the day, tallying two in the first and added the only Troubadour goal in a 4-1 loss to Clovis in the second.
The Troubadours opened the tournament with a 9-7 victory over Castilleja Friday afternoon.
Jennalyn Barthels and Julie Zanobini scored twice against Castilleja, while Caroline Urkov, Lauren Charter and Emily Reinl each added a single goal.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Junior Ali Tambornini and senior Lauren Charter each scored four goals to lead the St. Francis water polo team to a 16-5 victory over Del Oro Thursday night at the Jesuit High school pool.
“I am pretty happy with our approach in the game and being as focused as we were,” said Head Coach Heather Moody. “We did not know anything about Del Oro so we played our style of water polo.”
St. Francis (2-0) scored at least three goals in each quarter and got a strong performance from goalie Elizabeth Minor, who made four saves.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Senior water polo standout Lauren Charter will takeover the St. Francis social media pages this weekend to document the team’s trip to Mountain View to play in the St. Francis Autumn Invitational. Check out #TroubieTakeover on Facebook, Twitter and Intragram for all the updates.
Senior Lauren Charter was featured in the game day program for the season opener against St. Mary’s on Sept. 2.
How did you get into Water Polo?
“I tried a six week course over the summer going into 8th-grade year. I really liked it immediately. The first day I came home from practice my mom told my dad we had to call the soccer coach because I was going to quit after 12 years of playing. I tried to do both for a year and I had to make a decision. I am happy that I did.”
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis water polo team opens its 2014 season Tuesday against St. Mary’s of Stockton in what should be a challenging opener for the Troubadours. The two schools faced off last season two times, splitting the matches.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Support your daughter’s team with official St. Francis Adidas spirit gear from Athletics Unlimited. Each fall sport has team specific gear available online until August 29 that will be shipped by Sept. 26. All proceeds from the sales benefit the St. Francis Booster Club.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis will play in the Delta League beginning this fall with many familiar faces and several new ones.
“The Delta League has a lot of history and it is great it is back in existence,” said Delta League Commissioner Ron Nocetti.
The Troubadours move into the newly formed Delta League along with Pleasant Grove and Sheldon from the Delta River League. The league is a realignment of members of both the Delta River and Delta Valley Leagues.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Tryout schedules for volleyball, water polo and cross country have been adjusted on Tuesday, August 12 for the Memorial Service for Brian Dodson on campus.
Volleyball will now have all workouts in the morning with the varsity tryouts on the court from 8-10 a.m., while the junior varsity and freshmen workouts will be held from 10-Noon. Both take place in the St. Francis gym on campus.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis High School athletics department completed the spring campaign on a championship run that included back-to-back Sac-Joaquin Section titles that highlighted another successful season in 2013-14.
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.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis junior soccer player Anna Gregg was named the River Cats Girls Soccer Player of the Year at the High School Awards Ceremony before Sunday’s game against the Tacoma Rainers.
“It means so much and feels so great,” said Gregg of the Player of the Year honor. “I set a goal to help to the section championship and that was accomplished. I could not be happier.”
Gregg and her St. Francis teammates captured the Sac-Joaquin Section title on Saturday on her goal to defeat Oak Ridge 1-0.
SACRAMENTO, – Calif. – Seventeen St. Francis Troubadours have been named to the 2013-14 River Cats All-City teams and will be recognized on Sunday at the High School Sports Awards Ceremony before the River Cats take on the Tacoma Rainiers at 1:05 p.m. at Raley Field.
The St. Francis All-City fall sports selections include senior golfer Emily Laskin, volleyball seniors Ali Koumelis and Anna Baytosh and cross country runners Lauren LaRocco, Madison Rawson and Miranda Myers.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The SFHS Booster Club recognized four senior student-athletes at the 2014 Awards Ceremony.
Senior Lauren LaRocco was named the SFHS Booster Club Scholar-Athlete Scholarship recipient, while Brinnley Barthels, Emily Laskin and Jane Sadler were named winners of the SFHS Booster Club Leadership Scholarship.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Eight St. Francis High School seniors have signed a National Letter-of Intent or made commitments to play collegiate sports next fall for the NCAA signing period that began today. Overall, thirty-two Troubadour student-athletes have now made commitments to play collegiately next year.
BRIDGEPORT, Pa. – Brown women’s water polo freshman Marisa Kolokotronis (Sacramento, Calif.) received Rookie of the Week honors, it was announced by the Collegiate Water Polo Association league office on Tuesday.
Kolokotronis teamed with senior Kate Woods to power a dramatic 15-14 double overtime victory at George Washington on March 1. Kolokotronis tied her career high with three goals and grabbed two steals to help Brown improve to 4-4 on the season.
She has eight goals, seven assists and 11 steals on the season.
The St. Francis Booster Club has its spring Spirit Wear line available for ordering online via a partnership with Athletics Unlimited and adidas. All items will be available for purchase until Friday, March 14 at 5 p.m. and will be distributed by April 4.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Bumps and bruises are her specialty but Kelly Ketcham brings much more to the St. Francis High School community.
Ketcham was named the Assistant AD for Sports Medicine for the St. Francis Athletics Department staff recently after working with the Troubadour student-athletes and teams as the school’s athletic trainer for the last four years. The title was effective in November 2013.
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. – Three St. Francis water polo players garnered Academic All-America honors from USA Water Polo with outstanding achievement designation for qualifying with a 4.0 GPA or better.
The three Troubies include senior Eileen Walsh and juniors Emily Reinl and Lauren Charter.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Senior Brinnley Barthels was named the Player of the Year at the St. Francis Water Polo annual banquet.
Barthels was among five players honored on Dec. 12. Sophomore Maggie Oys was selected as the Offensive Player of the Year, while senior Eileen Walsh was the Defensive Player of the Year. Senior Cherie Murbach was the Most Improved Player. Senior Jenna Bellinger earned the Most Inspirational Award.
Two-time Olympic Medalist and two-time Olympic Medal winning assistant coach Heather Moody begins her fourth season leading the St. Francis program in 2016. She was named the head coach of the St. Francis Water Polo program in August 2013.
Jessica Hamby joined the St. Francis staff as the varsity assistant coach for the water polo program in 2015 and will coach her second season this fall.
Hamby helped coach the Troubadours to the Sac-Joaquin Section title in 2016 with a 6-5 victory over Davis in the Division I title game. St. Francis was well represented on the Sac-Joaquin All-Section teams selected by the area coaches, earning three first-team members and three second-team choices. Eight players earned All-Delta League status.
Emily Whalen joins the St. Francis coaching staff as the Head Junior Varsity Water Polo coach in 2016. Whalen brings to St. Francis a strong prep and collegiate background after a four-year career at San Diego State.
She earned Big West Honorable Mention honors and the Coach’s Award in 2013.
She graduated with a degree in sociology in 2013 and plans to work with animals. She has volunteered with the San Diego Ocean Foundation.
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Senior Brinnley Barthels and junior Lauren Charter both were named to the CIF Sac-Joaquin All-Section water polo first- team and were among four Troubadours overall earning section honors.
Charter tied for third on the team with 28 goals with a team-best 18 assists and a team-best 47 steals during the season. She averaged 1.48 points per game, the second-best average on the team.
ROSEVILLE, Calif. – Davis handed St. Francis an 11-3 loss in the Sac-Joaquin Section final Saturday at the Roseville Aquatic Complex. The two schools have now met in the section finals for each of the last 10 seasons.
St. Francis got goals from Eileen Walsh, Jennalyn Barthels and Brinnley Barthels but did not score until the Blue Devils had opened the game with six goals over the first nine minutes.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Brinnley Barthels remembers the situation. She was called off the bench in the section semifinals against St. Mary’s in Tokay back in 2011. As a sophomore, she had not played too much but was ready to see some action in a big game. Then, she slipped…
TOKAY, Calif. – Eileen Walsh scored two goals and St. Francis played a solid game defensively to post a 6-4 victory over St. Mary’s in the second round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Girls Water Polo team championships.
Walsh tied the game in the second quarter at one and gave the Troubies a 3-1 lead early in the fourth that sparked a four-goal period.
MODESTO, Calif. – Junior Lauren Charter scored three times to lead St. Francis to a 17-3 win over Atwater in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Girls Water Polo team championships.
Charter led a 17-goal attack that had five players score multiple goals. Senior Brinnley Barthels and sophomore Jennalyn Barthels each found the cage two times. Sophomore Maggie Oys and junior Emily Reinl also scored twice in the contest.
St. Francis senior water polo goalie Sophie Rubino takes advantage of every moment of every day. And she needs it.
From the time her alarm clock rings at 5 a.m. until she lays down for the night, the day is full. The drive to be successful in school and in water polo at St. Francis High School starts with more than a ride into school each day. From her home in Penn Valley, Calif., Rubino commutes almost 70 miles each way.
PALO ALTO, Calif. – Junior Emily Reinl scored a season-high five goals to lead St. Francis to a 12-4 victory over Lodi in their final game of the Nor Cal Championships. The win ended the tournament on a strong note after three straight losses, including two one goal decisions to Leland and Menlo Atherton.
Senior Brinnly Barthels added two goals in the win over Lodi, scoring in three of the four tournament games.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Senior Brinnley Barthels scored with 1:55 left to help St. Francis post a 3-2 victory over Bella Vista. The win closed out a successful night that began by honoring the nine Troubadour seniors.
“It was not pretty tonight but it was a natural letdown after such a big game on Monday,” said Head Coach Heather Moody. “All the seniors hit the water and got a little bit of playing time. It was a slow process getting into the game and we had a hard time getting the ball in the cage.”
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis water polo team scored three straight goals to cut the deficit to one with just under four minutes to play but Davis pulled away in the final minutes to post an 11-7 victory at Jesuit High School Tuesday night.
“I felt like we seemed to be in control most of the game,” said Head Coach Heather Moody. “It was just small little mistakes that we made that they really capitalized on. In the fourth quarter, they really stepped it up a bit.”
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis senior Marisa Zanobini will drive across the Blecher-Freeman Memorial Causeway Tuesday morning like she does every morning . With her two teammates in tow, they talk about everything on their drive into Sacramento to attend St. Francis High School. But the most likely subject Tuesday will be the matchup against Davis Senior.
Career Notes: Letter winner as a freshman in 2012 under Chris Borasi…One of top five scorers on the team, helping team to section championship game…Played in seven Junior Olympic Water Polo tournaments in California…Member of the American River Water Polo club…The best thing about attending St.
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