Coach’s Box 12/7

Falcon’s Sports News


Quote of the day:

“Quiet confidence is the mark of a prepared competitor. You do not have to tell anyone how good you are because you know through the preparation you have put in before you ever stepped on the field or court.”


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Women’s Freshman Basketball

Last Saturday the Frosh Lady Falcons ended their Tournament with a victory over Ponderosa 49-28. There were outstanding performances by Columba Effiong ‘22 who had 21 points as well as Adelina Castellano ’22 and Tavia Purdy ‘22 who each had 9 points.

To follow up on their win last Saturday, the Lady Falcons   Kicked off their Rocklin Tournament with  a solid performance despite a losing effort 49-45. Columba Effiong scorned 18 . Erin Eills ‘22 and Tavi Purdy had 7. The Falcons will continue their Tournament in Rocklin this weekend.

Women’s Junior Varsity Basketball

The JV girls continued there early success of the season winning the Edison JV Tournament with a blowout semifinal win against Heritage 53 to 12 and a hard fought victory against Lodi HS, 30 to 21 in the Championship game as point guard Jene Wells ‘22, was awarded Tournament MVP honors.  Against Heritage, Jene scored 16 points on an array of layups and Sarai Rice ‘22, matched her with 16 points. Julia White ’22,  also led the team in blocks and assists in the blowout.  In the Championship game, Jene held Lodi’s best player to just 2 points and Julia led the team in scoring with 15 points with a key 3 point play in the 4th quarter to hold off Lodi’s comeback.  The Lady Falcons remained unbeaten (5-0) against Mira Loma in the first round of the Kennedy JV tournament, in a rout.  After leading 39 to 1 at the half, they cruised to a 49 point win 59 to 10 as they welcomed the return of key Freshman, Kendyl Chin ‘22 who was playing her first game of the season after suffering a broken finger, contributing 11 points and a handful of steals in her season debut. The team will face their toughest game of the season as they square off against unbeaten JV power Del Oro in the semifinals of the Kennedy tournament Friday night at 5pm

Women’s Varsity Basketball

The lady Falcons kicked off the Edison Tournament with a game against Pleasant Grove. Christian Brothers was in control of the game from the beginning. They took a commanding lead at half time with a score of 46-16. Donnelli Allen ‘22 would lead all scorers with 21 points. Chance Sims ‘19 also added an impressive 18 points. Bria Shine ‘21 chipped in 11 points. The Falcons would win the game with a score of 71-39.


Next the Falcons played their long-time rivals, St. Francis. Christian Brothers battled all game to keep it close but trailed most of the game until the 4th quarter. Chance Sims led all scorers with 13 points. With the help of Karli Cooper ‘22 (10 points), Faith Mucheru ‘21 (8 points), and Donnelli Allen (7 points) the Falcons would pull away in the 4th quarter to win by a score of 52-41.

Christian Brothers would face the hosting team Edison in the championship game. Again, the Falcons trailed most of the game until the 4th quarter. However, their conditioning would overtake the Vikings to win the game by a score of 36-35. Donnelli Allen would score an impressive 19 points. Chance Sims added 10 points. The Falcons will travel to Chabot College to take on Archbishop Mitty this Saturday. Overall record: 3-1.

Men’s Freshman Basketball

The freshman basketball team (4-1) continued their strong start of the season with a 69-33 win over Oak Ridge on Friday, Nov. 30. Donovan Chock ’22 and John Marengo ’22 led the way scoring 11 points each as the Falcons outscored the Trojans 40-14 in the second half.  On Saturday, Dec. 1 the freshman team looked to claim their first tournament championship against Lincoln High School.  The Fighting Zebras proved a tough task as despite a balanced attack that saw 10 different scorers in the game, the Falcons could not pull out a win falling 43-39.  With the loss the Falcons took second place in the Claude Brock Classic.  On Tuesday, Dec. 4 the frosh team faced another tough task, this time against St. Mary’s of Stockton.  The Falcons jumped out to a quick start, leading 14-7 early in the 1st quarter.  Unfortunately the Rams were not down on themselves and reversed the score after going on a 20-6 run, putting Brothers down 30-23 at half.  The second half was not a strong start as the Rams built their lead to 11 points.  However, midway through the third quarter the tides switched and the Falcons used an 11-2 and a 14-0 run to flip the score and come away with a 62-53 win. Marengo (12 points), Avante Lee ’22 (11 pts) and Parker Spellacy ’22 (10 pts) led the way for the frosh team in the win.  Finally, the Falcons finished a busy week with a 70-15 win over Bear Creek. Michael Wiggin ’22 (12 pts), Ezekiel Jackson ’22 (7 pts) and Elias Emseih ’22, Jake Elorduy ’22, John Piegaro ’22 and Spellacy (all 6 pts), led the victory over the Bruins. The Falcons face the Oakmont Vikings on Friday, Dec. 7 as they look to earn another trip to a championship game on Saturday.

Men’s Varsity Basketball

Friday 11/30 vs McClatchy at Elk Grove’s Cartwright Classic: Christian Brothers 57 McClatchy 39 In the second round of the tournament Brothers Varsity notched their first win of the season with a gritty defensive performance against neighborhood rival McClatchy. After a fast paced first quarter that saw McClatchy finish with a 14-13 advantage, The Falcons held the Lions to 8 total points in the second quarter and a total of 17 points in the second half to come away with the lopsided victory. Luke Jones ’20 and Brandon Wiggin ’19 led the team in charges taken, Anthony Zavala ’19 led the team in steals with 5, Angelo Butler ’20 led the team with 8 deflections and Shahkai Nichols ’20 & Michael Moreno ’21 dominated the defensive boards with 5 each. Shahkai was also 4 for 5 from the free throw line and had a career high 12 points in the victory.

Saturday 12/1 vs River City at Elk Grove’s Cartwright Classic: Christian Brothers 63 River City 66 The Brothers Varsity team played their best game of the young season against a talented River City team in the consolation championship game. CB executed on offense throughout the first quarter and ended the first eight minutes with a 22-19 lead. In the second quarter The Falcons defensive effort stepped up as they held River City to 11 points and took a 38-30 lead into the locker room at halftime. However, River City came out for the third quarter and made 5 three’s on the way to a 19-point quarter and comeback to pull within one heading into the 4th, 50-49 CB. The 4th quarter was a back and forth battle as CB maintained their lead until River City went on a run in the middle of the quarter to take a 6-point lead but the Falcons battled back to tie the game on a basket by Ryan Toschi ’20 with 16 seconds to go in the game. A foul was called on Christian Brothers with 6 seconds to go and River City made 1 of 2 free throws to take a 64-63 lead and eventually win 66-63. Anthony Zavala ’19 had 13 points 7 assists and 4 steals and Anthony Zavala ’19 was named to the All-Tournament Team. Ryan Toschi ’20 played in his first game of the season and had 15 points and 8 rebounds. Angelo Butler ’20 and Michael Moreno ’21 had 13 and 10 points each and Shahkai Nichols ’20 played great defense off the bench in the second half.

Tuesday 12/4 vs Inderkum at Christian Brothers Christian Brothers 59 Inderkum 83 The Falcons made their regular season home debut and came out in the first quarter with a great defensive effort holding the visiting Tigers to 11 points and taking a 14-11 lead into the second quarter. A late run at the nd of the second quarter propelled Inderkum to a five point advantage at halftime, Falcons 34 Tigers 39. A back and forth third quarter that saw the Falcons close the lead to 3 at 48-51 but a late 11 to 3 run by Inderkum to close the third quarter was too much for the young Falcons to overcome as the Tigers finished the game with a 22 to 10 advantage in the fourth quarter to seal the victory. Ryan Toschi ’20 had a varsity career high of 14 rebounds to go along with 13 points and Michael Moreno ’21 continued his good shooting behind the arc with three  3-pointers on the way to 11 points.

Upcoming: Christian Brothers Varsity has a HOME game tonight vs El Dorado at 7pm. The team then hits the road for the Inaugural Mark Gallo Invitational at Central Catholic High School in Modesto. The team will play 4 games in 5 nights at the brand new Gallo Athletic Center and open with an 8pm tipoff vs Gregori on Tuesday December 11. Go Brothers!

Men’s Junior Varsity Soccer

The JV Men’s soccer team played a tough match at Jesuit on Tuesday, losing 4-1 in a game that looked and felt even throughout most of the match.  Jesuit opened the scoring in the 8th minute.  The Falcons equalized in the 15th minute. Midfielder Nicholas Hannah ’21 played a beautiful ball through to striker Kenrick Dawson ’21 who gathered it in and finished from the top of the penalty area. Jesuit went up 2-1 late in the first half. The second half was evenly played and CB had chances to equalize but it was not to be.  Jesuit scored twice in the last ten minutes.  Next up is another tough match up against Vista Del Lago on Tuesday. Record 1-1-1

Men’s Varsity Soccer

CB falls to Jesuit in Men’s Soccer

Jesuit continued its rivalry dominance, defeating Christian Brothers 6-0 at Jesuit Tuesday afternoon. CB was unable to penetrate the Marauders’ extremely strong defense. The Falcons were unable to clear the ball out of the CB side of the field, making for a long afternoon. In addition to the lopsided score, the Falcons also suffered injuries to key injuries to midfielder Andrew Constancio ’19 and attacker Scott Cotter ’20. The Falcons are looking to bounce-back this weekend at the Rocklin tournament.

Rocklin Invitational: The boys in blue rebounded from their disappointing result against Jesuit with a convincing win over River Valley in their first game of the Rocklin tournament. Goals by Declan Simonovich ’20 and Zach Martin ’19, along with solid play from goalkeeper Ben Kessler ‘19 sealed the win for the Falcons. Next up, CB will face Rocklin H.S. in what is sure to be a difficult match-up of attacking-minded programs. Stay tuned for more results and updates from the soccer pitch.

Current record: 2-2

Women’s Junior Varsity Soccer

The JV women’s soccer team continued their unbeaten streak this week. The girls earned a come-from-behind draw with St. Francis on Monday (1-1) and a solid 2-0 win over McClatchy on Wednesday.

Current record 3-0-1

Women’s Varsity Soccer

The “Holy Cup” started out as St. Francis came out with a frantic pace. CB was able to hold-off the furious attack with some aeriel saves and Sportscenter-worthy acrobatics by goalkeeper Lauren Towne ’21. The Falcons had a limited number of shots, but almost took the lead when Sophia Mattos ’19 just missed a nice volley. For the remainder of the match, both teams created opportunities, but were unable to put the ball in the net. The final result was a draw between two of the top teams in the Sacramento region. These teams will have another chance at each other on Saturday, when they will face-off in a tournament game in Rocklin.

The Falcons suffered their first defeat of the season on Wednesday as they were defeated by an aggressive McClatchy team. CKM scored a nice goal off a free kick in the 20th minute. CB was gifted an own-goal by the Lions, when sophomore Lexi Rakela ’20 pressured the defense and forced a mistake by the CKM defender. McClatchy retook the lead in the 52nd minute off a “give-and-go” through the middle of the CB defense. This turned out to be the difference in the match that resulted in a 2-1 win for the Lions.

Next up: Rocklin tournament on Friday and Saturday