Coach’s Box 1/25

Falcon’s Sports News


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“The principle is competing against yourself. It’s about self-improvement, about being better than you were the day before.”

Steve Young

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Varsity Football

Christian Brothers is happy to announce the hiring of John Wiley as the Head Football Coach. Coach Wiley has experience at the professional and College level. He played at and attended Auburn University and went on to be drafted by the Chicago Bears. Following his playing career, Wiley began coaching. He has coached at Sacramento State University, Christian Brothers High School, Davis High School, and last year he was an assistant coach at Cosumnes Oaks High School. Coach Wiley is thrilled to hit the ground running with the program as he said “Christian Brothers is really the dream job as a coach. The players and families are phenomenal. I’m excited to return to the program and get to work building on the success and rich tradition of Christian Brothers High School football.”

Women’s Freshman Basketball

The Lady Falcons had a great victory on Friday the 18th against Rio Americano 54-12. There were several outstanding performances. COLUMBA EFFIONG ‘22 had 14 points.  Back from an injury, KAYLA GANNON’22 had 12 points and ERICA WILLIS ‘22 had 9 points and 10 rebounds in a solid effort.

On Saturday afternoon in the Holy Hoops game the Lady Falcons lost 55-25 to St. Francis. Despite the loss the Lady Falcons had 16 points in the 3rd quarter. COLUMBA EFFIONG ‘22 had 15 points in the loss. The Lady Falcons will finish out the week with a home game against Davis.

Women’s Junior Varsity Basketball

The JV Girls are making good progress to their season.  Although they lost to St. Francis at Holy Hoops and St. Mary’s Tuesday, going 1 and 2 for the week, they still control their own destiny in their quest for a 3rd straight league title with a league win against Rio Americano.  At Holy Hoops at St. Francis, the Falcons put up a strong effort against the Troubadors with a solid performance by Sophomore Demi Dupavillion ‘21, with 15 points, but in the end, they could not match St. Francis’ defensive intensity in the 56 to 34 loss.  At St. Mary’s, the team started off strong leading 13 to 7, but could not overcome a rash of turnovers in a 45-31 loss.  Demi and Freshman Julia White ‘22, led the way with 10 points each.  Julia also had double digit blocks to keep the Falcons in it for most of the game.  Against Rio at home, the Falcons put up a well balanced attack in the 37 to 24 win.  Demi again scored double digits with 10, Freshman Kendyl Chin ‘22, had 7 with Freshmen Julia White ‘22 and Sarai Rice ‘22, each with 6.  The Falcons are now 14-7 overall and 5-1 in league as they enter the last two weeks of the season with a home game tonight against El Camino.”

Women’s Varsity Basketball

Christian Brothers took on St. Francis in the annual holy hoops matchup. It was a close game with the two teams trading baskets. At half time the game was tied at a score of 15-15. However, Christian Brothers would continue to work hard and win by a score of 46-40. Bria Shine ‘20 would lead with 16 points followed by Chance Sims ‘19 with 12 points. Freshman Karli Cooper would add 10 points.


Christian Brothers fell to St. Mary’s High School on Monday by a score of 43-59. Bria Shine ‘20 led with 14 points followed by Donnelli Allen ‘22 with 9 points. Chance Sims ‘19 and Karli Cooper ‘22 chipped in 8 points each.


Men’s Freshman Basketball

The freshman boys basketball team (18-4, 6-1) had another strong week taking away wins over Rio Americano and Del Campo.  On Fri. Jan. 18 the boys traveled to Rio Americano to take on the Raiders in their final game in the first half of league play.  The freshman started strong, coming out to a 12-3 lead in the first quarter.  After a much closer second quarter, the Falcons found themselves up 31-21 at half.  The third quarter was another strong showing from the freshman, building their lead to 50-30.  The game ended as a 68-54 win for the Falcons, their sixth of the league season. Mike Wiggin ’22 and John Marengo ’22 both scored 10 points to lead the team, while Donovan Chock ’22 and Parker Spellacy ’22 both added six points.  In their second game this week, the freshman looked to win their first game in the second half of league, this time against Del Campo.  The game was very closely contested with each of the first two quarters ending in a tie and with the freshman team leading by only two points, 35-33, at the end of three quarters.  In the fourth the freshman turned it on, outscoring the Cougars 22-12 and taking the 57-45 win. Chock and Marengo were again very important, with both players ending with 13 points, while Spellacy’s seven and a clutch six points by Cooper Rapton ’22 helped lift the freshman to the win.  The freshman have a busy week as they end their regular season, playing three games including games against El Camino (1/25), Del Oro (1/26) and Rio Americano (1/30).

Men’s Junior Varsity Basketball

The Boys JV basketball team comes off a heartbreaking lost against Del Campo at home. Elijah Covington ’21 hits a tough shot closing the fourth quarter to send he game in to overtime. But came up short 60-55. The Falcons hope to bounce back today again El Camino. The Falcons come into the game 13-9 overall and 5-2 in league play.

Mens Varsity Basketball

Monday Jan. 21 Christian Brothers 41 Mission 52: Brothers Varsity played in The MLK NorCal Sports TV one day showcase at American Canyon High School. The Falcons held the 2017 D3 State Champion Mission Bears from San Francisco to a season low 52 points but struggled to find a rhythm on offense. Ryan Toschi ‘20 was named the Player of the Game.

Wednesday Jan. 23 Christian Brothers 38 Del Campo 57: The Falcons started the second half of league with a rematch with the Cougars. Brothers’ offense struggled throughout the game shooting a season low 28% from the field. Brett Petkus ‘20 & Angelo Butler ‘20 led the team with 9 points and Shahkai Nichols ‘20 had 7 points.

Next Game: at El Camino Friday Jan 25 7pm


Men’s Junior Varsity Soccer

Last Friday afternoon our JV boys soccer team took on a tough opponent in CK McClatchy. It was a back and forth game in the 1st half as both teams tried to take control of the game. Our boys created many scoring opportunities and fortunately were able to capitalize on one as Kenrick Dawson ’21 put one shot pass the goalkeeper and into the back of the net. In the 2nd half the boys continued to play well and capitalize on a foul inside the box over Christian Vaughan ’22. Antonio Jacobo ’21 scored the PK for a 2-0 lead. At the end the boys came out victorious 2-1.


Last Thursday night at Hughes Stadium the mighty young Falcons continued their winning ways beating league rival Rio Americano 3-1. The boys did not played well in the first half and found themselves down 1-0 at halftime. The 2nd half was a different story as our boys dominated pretty much the 2nd half. Kenrick Dawson ’21 tied the score at 1-1with a shot just outside the 6 yard line. The boys continued to put pressure on the Raiders taking shot after shot. Shortly thereafter the Falcons were awarded a PK for an intentional hand ball by a Rio Americano defender inside their box. Antonio Jacobo ’21 once again took care of business and put the Falcons ahead 2-1. Kenrick Dawson ’21 sealed the Falcons comeback win with a rocket shot as he placed the ball inside the upper left corner of the goal, by far the best goal of the season. With this win the boys have won four games in a row against really tough opponents.  Our defense has played really well during the winning streak, the defense has been led by Ben Delfino ’21, Desmond Greer ’21, Jack Smiley ’21 and goalkeeper Andre Tabunda ’22. Well done Falcons!!!


League Record: 3-1-1; Overall Record: 6-2-3


Men’s Varsity Soccer

The Varsity boys soccer team had a very successful week, earning two league victories. On Tuesday evening, the Falcons traveled to Capital Christian to square-off against the Cougars. Although the Falcons looked sluggish and a little disconnected, they still managed to win the match 3-0. Goals by Hunter Dierlam ’20 (2) and Zach Martin ’19 were the difference in the match. Robert Murti ’19 and Zachary Santsche-Chavez ’21 added assists for Brothers Soccer.

On Thursday evening, the Falcons hosted league-leading Rio Americano and their undefeated league record. The boys in blue knew that this would be a tough match, as Rio is one of the top teams in the area. Fortunately, the Falcons were up to the task. The game started out at a fast pace, as both teams looked to create attacking opportunities. CB had the first quality scoring opportunity, and narrowly missed taking the lead in the first half. Moments later, Rio earned a free kick from about 30 yards out. The Raider player took a hard shot to the far side of the goal, but was thwarted by Falcon Goalkeeper Ben Kessler ’19 who made a diving save to preserve the shutout. The second half began right where the first had left off, with both teams creating opportunities. In the 60th minute, the Falcons broke through the Rio defense and scored on a beautiful goal by Hunter Dierlam ’20. The goal gave the Falcons a burst of energy, as they began to find cracks in the Rio defense. CB nearly doubled their lead in the 70th minute, when defender Clark Jacobson ‘20 sent a shot just above the crossbar following a corner kick. As the final ten minutes of the match wound down, both teams created opportunities, but it was the Brothers team defense and intensity that made the difference in the match. When the final whistle blew, the Falcons had handed Rio only their 3rd loss of the season, and first in league play. The win kept the Falcons right in the playoff hunt with 3 games left to play in league. The Falcons will host El Camino on Thursday, in what is surely to be a heated contest.

Overall record: 9-7-1; League record: 6-2-1.

Women’s Junior Varsity Soccer

On Thursday 1/24 our CB JV woman’s soccer took on Rio Americano, CB was able to take the lead in the first half of the game from an outside shot from sophomore Natalie Dudensing ‘21 that Rio Americano goal keeper could not hold on to. Unfortunately, due to a miscommunication between the defensive line and our goalkeeper, Rio Americano were able to tie the game shortly after. In the second half, another costly mistake gave Rio the lead to win the game 2-1. 

League record: 2-2-1

Women’s Varsity Soccer

CB vs Capital Christian

CB started the game with a controlled and balanced attack that had Lexi Rakela (’21) score the 5th minute from an Ashley Valerio (’19) assist.  The Falcons passing was crisp and precise all night long in this contest. Taylor Hammond (’19) scored her first goal in league play off a beautiful back pass from Sara Cruz (’20) in the 21st minute.  Lexi Rakela (’21) got in the assist column in the 32nd minute with a nice pass to Sara Cruz (’20) to bring the score to 3-0 at the half.  The second half was more dominance by the Lady Falcons.  Ashley Valerio (’19) put one in by a flicked header that came off of a long throw-in from Kennedy Early (’19) in minute 58.  Defender Annemarie Barbour (’19) scored the last goal of the night from another precise back pass from Lexi Rakela (’21).  The defense was stellar again in the 5-0 victory.


CB vs Rio Americano

Looking to avenge the only League loss by the Lady Falcons this year, they squared off against the Raiders.  CB came out firing and struck first with a bullet of a shot by Ashley Valerio (’19).  The Raiders tied it up off of a corner kick in which the ball barely rolled over the line to be called a goal by the Assistant referee.   Still in the first half, Lexi Rakela (’21) hit a screamer past the Rio keeper for the 2-1 edge at half time.  Unfortunately, the Falcons could not hold on to the lead as the Raiders scored off of another corner that made its way past the mouth of the goal and a Raider made a good strike to tie the game.  The Lady Falcons battled hard all night and it was great to watch from the bleachers. The Lady Falcons are 10-2-5 (W-L-T) overall and 5-1-2 in league play.

Next week the Falcons have a bye on Tuesday but on Thursday they will face El Camino.  The Falcons are lining up well for upcoming playoffs.  With 3 games left in League play, they still have chance at first place.  GO FALCONS!!




Games of the Week

Women’s Basketball vs Rio Americano

Tuesday (4:00/5:30/7:00)


Men’s Basketball vs Sac High

Friday (4:00/5:30/7:00) at SCC