Water Polo


Water Polo Tops Rio Americano 10-3

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Senior Kate Watley had 13 saves to lead the St. Francis water polo team to a 10-3 victory Thursday at Jesuit High School over Rio Americano.

“I was anticipating the shot, working with my defense and making sure everyone was dropping back,” said Watley, who had 13 saves in the contest.

The game was tight early as St. Francis managed a 1-0 lead after the first eight minutes on a Zoe Slater goal off an assist by Malia Arnott.


Petersen Scores Six Goals in Rio Americano Win

SACRAMENTO, Calif.  – Water Polo’s Karissa Petersen helped the junior varsity team to 14-12 victory over Rio Americano on Thursday. She scored six goals with two assists in the match.

Baya McIntosh added four goals and Emma Olver added two. The Troubies got a combined 15 saves in goal by Isabella Honig and Bella McCullough.

St. Francis is back in the pool on Saturday at the Granite Bay Tournament.

St. Frasncis 14, Rio Americano 12

SF – Petersen 6, McIntosh 4, Olver 2, Davis.





JV Water Polo Loses Heartbreaker at Woodcreek

ROSEVILLE, Calif. –The St. Francis junior varsity water polo team came back from a three-goal deficit to tie the game twice in the second half before Woodcreek scored twice in the final minute to get an 8-7 victory on Wednesday at the Roseville Aquatic Center.

Sophomore Sage Davis had three goals and three assists, while Karissa Peterson and Ava Caron each added two goals for the Troubies.


Water Polo Opens Home Slate with 18-4 Win

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis water polo team defeated St. Mary’s 18-4 as 10 players scored in the contest.

“I felt like today we made the adjustment of playing more team defense and playing more together than the weekend,” said Head Coach Heather Moody. “Everyone is getting together defensively. We were attacking and doing a good job. I am happy with the result.”

Three players tallied multiple goals led by sophomore Libby Slater, who tallied four goals in the game.


JV Water Polo Second at McClatchy Tournament

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis junior varsity water polo team finished second at the 5th Annual C.K. McClatchy Invitational on Saturday in the their action of the 2018 season.

The Troubadours defeated host McClatchy 7-3 in their opener. SF then took own Rio Americano 9-5 in the semifinals before losing to Bella Vista 8-4 in the finals.

St. Francis has their first home match on Wednesday against St. Mary’s at 5 p.m. at the Jesuit High School pool.


Alumna Carpenter Named NISCA/Speedo Girls Water Polo All-American

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Alumna Kobe Carpenter ’18 has been named to the 2017-18 NISCA/ Speedo Girls Water Polo All-America team announced this week.

Carpenter was named to the Sac-Joaquin Section first team. She ranked fourth on the team in goals with 25 and recorded 46 points on the season. Sophomores Caroline Wilkins and Kendall Houck were second-team selections. Houck led the team in the goals with 44 and totaled a team-best 82 points. Wilsons was second on the team with 37 goals and 63 points.


Recent Grad Ariana Miggins to play Water Polo at American River College

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Recent St. Francis graduate Ari Miggins will continue her water polo career at American River College this fall.

“They have a really strong team and I like the training schedule,” said Miggins. “(Head Coach) Bethani (Black) has a similar coaching style to St Francis Head Coach Heather Moody so I know I can fit in easily.”

Miggins played in 21 games as a senior, making 148 saves while allowing just 69 goals.


Wehner Selected as St. Francis’ Valedictorian

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.”


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.


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.”


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.


Water Polo Promotes Three Players to Varsity

SACRAMENTO – The St. Francis Water Polo team promoted three players to the varsity team for the final regular season game and the playoff season, Head Coach Heather Moody announced.

 “For those three girls, it shows them it is not that drastically different (from JV) and it is not that hard,” said Moody. “It gives them a confidence boost and is a reward for their season.”

Moody invited goalie Kate Watley and utility players Abigail Berg and Hayley Hoang to the varsity team.


Water Polo Garners No. 5 Seed in Section Bracket

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.


Water Polo Needs Late Surge to Beat Granite Bay

GRANITE BAY, Calif. – St. Francis scored three times in the final quarter and tightened up its defense to post a 9-6 win on the road on Thursday.

‘We played really well in the first half and dominated instead of playing into their game,” said junior Kobe Carpenter, who scored two goals including one in the decisive fourth quarter.

Carpenter, Caroline Wilkins and Sally Ferguson each scored in the final period and senior goalie Maddy Vine held the Grizzlies scoreless over the final seven minutes to help SF to the victory.


Water Polo Posts League Win over Franklin

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Senior Sally Ferguson had a goal and a team-best five assists to lead St. Francis to a 19-0 win over Franklin Tuesday afternoon at the Jesuit pool.

“We wanted to start off playing our style of water polo and we got the win,” said Ferguson. “We wanted to keep up the intensity and work on executing what we have been working on in practice.”


Three Water Polo Standouts Earn Academic All-America Honors

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.”


Water Polo Competes at Saint Francis Autumn Invite

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.