October Athletics News


Hello all, thank you all for supporting our Snap-App online donation drive for St. Francis Athletics!  We were equal to our revenue from 2015-16 school year.

Sports programs are going well this fall as teams are playing great, competing well, and are receiving great support at games/matches and races.

Cross Country

Our Cross Country team is doing well and both boys and girls won their last meet on September 15th. EJ Kelly placed first for the boys with a time of 16:15. Riley Croghan and Olivia Burke led the girls teams with times of 21:46 and 21:49. The Sharks also had a meet on September 29th at Pinto Lake vs Aptos, Mt. Madonna and Scotts Valley.

Girls Tennis

The Girls Tennis team is on a roll with a 4-2 league record and a 6-4 overall record. The team is fresh off of victories over Soquel, SLV, and Monte Vista Christian. In the Soquel matches, Katherine Casper won 6-0, 6-1, Gabriella Gutierrez won 7-5, 6-0, Maya Talavera won 6-4, 6-3, and Megan Kelly won 6-0, 6-1. Doubles teams have been on fire as Rachael Boxwell and Avery Croghan teamed up for a win over SLV 6-4, 6-1. Also earning wins over SLV in doubles were Emily Wells and Kayli Galster 6-3, 6-0 and the team of Madeline Kehoe and Emily Garcia 6-0, 6-0. Mika Marheineke  also won her exhibition match against SLV 6-2, 6-3.

Girls Volleyball

Girls volleyball placed 2nd in the first St. John Bosco Tournament hosted by St. Francis High School on September 17th and placed 5th in the Mt. Madonna tournament on September 24th. The Sharks are on a nice little roll with league wins over Mt. Madonna and SLV. The Mt. Madonna win came in a 5 set match and the Sharks won a clean 3-0 sweep over SLV.


The first season of Cheer is going well at St. Francis as over 20 girls are in the program cheering at varsity and JV football games. The girls will continue into the winter season and will cheer at boys and girls varsity basketball games.


Varsity football is off to a great start with a 4-1 record. The Sharks also won their rivalry game over Pajaro Valley to begin the season. The Sharks took on Soquel High School on Friday September 30th at Soquel for their final non-league game before opening up their league season on October 7th at Emery in Emeryville. Quarterback Derric Estrada-Haro has been leading the offense and has thrown 9 touchdowns with 0 interceptions on the season. Seniors Richie Martinez, Andrew Ciandro, Zach Estrada, Jerome Lumicao, Joseph Kovacs, Ivo Lasich, Conor Bagchee, Chris Copriviza, Walker Gong, and Noe Madrigal have led the defense. The junior varsity team remained undefeated at 4-0 after a 41-14 win at Valley Christian of Dublin.

The Sharks hosted round 1 of the Hazel Bowl as La Salle High School of Oregon, coached by Aaron Hazel, the older brother of Sharks coach Adam Hazel, came down. While La Salle was here, they did a practice on the beach, had a service day at 2nd Harvest Food Bank, experienced a team prayer service led by Father Ron Shirley, and took in a game at San Jose State. The Sharks won the JV game 12-8 and the Falcons of La Salle won the varsity game 44-21. Next year, the Sharks will be traveling to Oregon for a September 8th, 2017 game date. Coach Adam Hazel is already at work planning and fundraising for the trip to Portland, Oregon. If you are interested in joining the Sharks on the trip or helping Coach Hazel fundraise for the trip, please contact Coach Hazel at hazel@stfrancishigh.net or by phone at 831-724-5933 x 207. Coach Hazel and the football program are hoping to take in some sights of the great northwest, do a college visit, and hope to fit in a service project while up in Oregon--as well as hoping to even the Hazel Bowl with a win over the La Salle Falcons! Jim Seimas of the Santa Cruz Sentinel wrote a great article before the game.

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