Coach’s Box 11/9

Falcon’s Sports News

 

Quote of the day:

“If serving is below you, Leadership is beyond you.”

Anonymous

To see schedules and results, please visit: https://www.cbhs-sacramento.org/athletics/

 

The Athletic Department will be celebrating the first college signing day for our senior student-athletes signing NCAA National Letters of Intent on Wednesday, November 14th at 8:00am in the George Cunningham ’41 Performing Arts Center.  The following athletes are signing:

 

Jessica Hennelly ’19 -Softball – University of Rhode Island

Annemarie Barbour ‘19- Soccer – American University

Giana Hays ‘19– Softball- Sonoma State University

Cecelia Sidley ‘19– Softball- University of Rhode Island

Caty Cordano ‘19– Volleyball- Sacramento State University

 

Women’s Varsity Volleyball

Christian Brothers Women’s Varsity Volleyball entered the week taking on a tough Acalanes team in the first round of the CIF State playoffs. The Lady Falcons dropped the first two sets of the match. Down 2 sets to 0 the Falcons made an amazing come-back, winning the final 3 sets of the match to advance to the 2nd round of the State playoffs. This had to be one of the most epic matches of the season so far.

Last night, the Lady Falcons welcomed Lowell High School the Ron Limeberger Gym in the 2nd round of the State playoffs. They came out the gates a little slow, but picked it up and ended up winning the match in 3 straight sets. With the win, the team advanced to the Nor-Cal semifinals on Saturday.

This week, the Falcons have been led by their trio of seniors: Shea Harrington ’19, Hailey Naldoza ’19 and Caty Cordano ’19 who are doing everything in their power to keep their last high school season going.

Next up: The Falcons take on Presentation of San Jose at home in the Semi-Finals of the Northern California Regional.

 

Varsity Football

The Varsity football team played a very closely contested playoff game against Yuba City on Friday, Nov. 2, but unfortunately were unable to pull out a win, missing a field goal with just 1:30 left on the clock that would have given them the lead.  The varsity team started the game quickly scoring on a six-play, 78-yard drive, capped off by Jacob Stewart ’21’s 46-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Green ’19.  The Honkers responded with two touchdowns, but a missed extra point and a Reed Mercer ’20 blocked extra point saw Yuba City up 12-7 at the end of the first quarter.  The Falcons fought back however, scoring on a 12-play, 72-yard drive, capped by Stewart’s second TD pass to Green. An extra point put Brothers ahead 14-12.  An Andrew Dettling ’19 onside kick recovery set the Falcons up for another score, but a Honker interception gave Yuba City good field position, which they capitalized, giving them a 18-14 lead.  Brothers would respond quickly to the score with Luke Jones ’20’s catch and run of 62 yards to give the Falcons a 21-18 lead heading into the half. The first drive of the second half went the Honkers, but the Falcons’ defense was up to the task, stopping Yuba City on fourth down.  The offense re-paid the favor driving down the field before Stewart found Bryan Garrett ’21 on 4th down to put Brothers up 28-18.  Unfortunately, the Honkers were able to score twice more to put them up 30-28 late in the game.  Despite a valiant effort by the offense to pull off another late game miracle, a 30-yard field goal with 1:30 left could not find the uprights and the Falcons fell 30-28.  The season was a good one for a young team with a tough schedule.  Stewart was strong in his sophomore debut, going 146-259 for 1,919 yards, 23 TDs and only 12 INTs.  Green and Jones led the receivers with Green recording 843 yards on 56 receptions and Jones racking up 810 yards, a MaxPreps-era junior record, on 48 receptions.  Both receivers had nine touchdowns on the year.  Green also moved into second place all-time (MaxPreps-era) for receiving yards with 1,799 in his CB career.  Seniors Freddie Fiske ’19, Chace Gallup ’19 and Graeme Ferrell ’19 led the defense with 96, 95 and 88 tackles respectively on the season.  Fiske led the team with five interceptions, while Ferrell and Mercer led the team with four sacks each on the season.  Dettling led the team with seven pass break-ups adding to his three INTs.  The Falcons will look to build on this season next season as they will battle to take back their CAL league crown.  Thanks for all the support this season!

 

Varsity Men’s Water Polo

The Falcons this week continued their strong push through D-III section play with a big win over Sonora 14-4 this Tuesday morning. The boys played extremely well together and showed the section commissioners that Christian Brothers has a very strong water polo program. What this means for the team: Christian Brothers has qualified for the NorCal Championship tournament and will see teams from all over the state. The boys hope to blaze past that competition as well to take home a state championship from D-III. Our next opponent will be Oakdale High School and we will see them on Saturday morning at Woodcreek High School. The boys have made it into the final round and the winner will take home a D-III section title. For our Falcons, this is a big deal. If Christian Brothers takes home a win on Saturday, the boys will have had continued success, which means that they will advance into D-II for sections in years to come. Our boys hope to take home the title and move Christian Brothers up into D-II. Come out and support our Falcons this Saturday at 11:30am!

Cross Country

Although we had low numbers, Christian Brothers Cross Country had a great showing at Frogtown, USA this past Saturdday.  Out of 6 possible team chances, CB will be sending 5 of those teams to the Section Finals. Including those upstart 9th grade boys who won their race!  I am very proud of the effort put forth last Saturday.  Some highlights: Ryan Dong (9th grade) won the Frosh Boys’ race running away, beating all runners from divisions 4 and 5. Michele Ratliff, also a ninth grader, shows that she and her crew will do well to help Malia Gay (10th grader) and Jenna Martinez (9th grader) continue to build a solid Women’s program; Malia, Aileen Fortin, Rain Cheng, Jenna and Paige Sparks kept alive their hope of competing for a position at the podium next weekend at Section Finals.  The varsity men are ready to push the race against Placer as they seek a third Section title in 4 years. This, despite being down 3 of its 7 top runners.  Senior, Nico Sanchez, stepped up despite being sick, to help carry the Falcons to a 4th place team finish. Next up, Section Finals and another shot at State Finals, Saturday November 11 at Willow Hills Reservoir, Folsom CA.  All races for our division begin after 12:00 noon.  Come on out and check out this incredibly successful team!

Women’s Basketball

The Women’s Basketball program will kick off their season with a scrimmage against Cordova High on Friday 11/9; Freshman/JV at 5:30 pm and Varsity at 7pm @ The Nest. Coming off a record setting season last year, the varsity team is looking to continue that success. With two solid returners, some juniors coming up from a very successful and talented JV team last year, two crafty sophomores and 2 phenomenal freshmen, we are hoping to make some waves. Please come out and support! Go Falcons!

Men’s Freshman Basketball

The freshman basketball will begin their season with a jamboree at Granite Bay High School on Saturday, Nov. 10.  This will be their first action as a team. The team will play in a second scrimmage on Wednesday, Nov. 14, this time against Liberty Ranch High School.

 

 

ATHLETIC EVENTS OF THE WEEK

Men’s Water Polo vs Oakdale- SECTION TITLE GAME!!!

Saturday, 11:30am at Woodcreek H.S.

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Cross Country Section Finals at Willow Hills Reservoir (Folsom)

Saturday, beginning at noon

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Women’s Volleyball vs Presentation- NOR-CAL Semi-Finals

Saturday, 6:00 pm