Christian Brothers High School – Sacramento, Athletics
Highlights for the week of Nov. 10th – November 16th
Saturday offered some insights into the strength, motivation and diligence of CB racers. Watching them respond to instructions up close, or responding to an approaching runner or pushing harder to catch someone ahead was so rewarding to see. Witnessing each of our runners take what we have given during our training and apply it to racing is joyful. Yes, joyful!
KBFT was out with us on Saturday and they could not believe how difficult XC really is. Seeing it all up close, moving from place to place, sprinting to keep up and get to the next spot before youths runners…in the words of one of the camera folks, “I have so much more respect seeing this in person!” I do too. But, it goes deeper for me. When I get home and I can analyze the results, that’s when the full understanding of their efforts and accomplishments really sink in for me.
Just a few numbers: 41 runners. 35/40 chances for improvement. 24 new PRs! 5/6 Teams improved from CAL Finals. This is amazing for us as a team! It reflects their willingness to work hard, listen and then apply the lessons to their running. Some struggled. It happens. But, as a team, others picked up the slack. That IS team running!
9th grader Malia Gay took on D3 runners but also made a statement to the Section when it was most important, ran hills to perfection, maintained her pace and then turned on the jets to finish the race down the stretch. It resulted in her first place finish and her first Section Title. Not bad for someone who started the season a month after all other runners!
Varsity Men…disappointed with certain parts of their racing were beaten by a better Placer team who was the second best performing team in all races yesterday. We PR’d as a team and would have won D3 varsity race. Although we were unable to three-peat, we head off to State Finals with a lot of confidence and desire.
I am so proud of these kids!
Varsity Football: The varsity football team opened up SJS playoffs with a 59-0 victory over the visiting Benicia Panthers last Friday night. Leading the way for the Falcons offensive attack was senior Quarterback Gunnor Faulk who finished 7 of 10 for 268 yards and 5 touchdowns. Senior running back Jacob Tucker also added 2 touchdowns on the ground. Defensively, Brothers was led by senior linebacker Jake Regino who finished with 9 tackles. Senior defensive linemen Connor Laffan and Spencer Webb each recorded a sack. Christian Brothers Football looks to continue its championship quest with a second-round playoff game against Rio Linda at Hughes Stadium tonight at 7pm.
Women’s Varsity Volleyball:
Last night our Women’s Varsity Volleyball team entered the first round of the CIF State Playoffs seeded 12th with an away match vs #5 Marin Academy. After struggling to shake off nerves during the match the Lady Falcons squeaked out a 5 set win to upset Marin Academy and advance to the next round vs. #4 Lincoln of San Francisco.
Men’s Varsity Water Polo: Last Saturday, the men’s water polo team took on Sonora for the Section championship. It was an extremely close contest with Christian Brothers hold a small lead throughout. With 19 seconds left in the match, Sonora tied the game and sent it into overtime. After the first overtime, the score remained tied. In the 2nd overtime, CB took control by scoring two goals and winning the section championship by a score of 6 – 4. Congratulations on a fantastic season. The boys faced off against a tough and talented St. Francis of Mountain View in the first round of Nor Cal. Unfortunately, they could not keep the streak going and lost. Here are some honors for our section championship team!
Luc Verspieren was D3 MVP
Sam Noonan and Owen Clark were D3 first team.
Luke Sorensen, Nick Piper, and Jason Carrey were D3 second team.
Christian Brothers Soccer:
I am proud to announce that Christian Brothers Soccer program has once-again been recognized for their achievements in the classroom by the United Soccer Coaches Association. CB earned the Academic Team Award for their dedication and hard work in the classroom for the 2016-17 school year. To receive this award, a school must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25 for the entire school year. Only 48 schools in the entire country earned this award for both their men’s and women’s teams. Christian Brothers has received this award for 10 straight years!!! Please help me in congratulating these young men and women for their dedication, hard-work and commitment to academic excellence. Thank you to all of the teachers, counselors, support staff and administrators who have guided and supported these student-athletes in their path to success!
GAMES OF THE WEEK
Football Playoffs – Round 2
Christian Brothers vs. Rio Linda
Friday, November 17th – 7pm
Sac City College
NorCal Volleyball Playoffs – Round 2
Christian Brothers vs. Lincoln
Saturday, November 18th – 6pm
Lincoln High School, San Francisco