St. Francis Catholic High School held its inaugural Athletics Hall of Fame induction ceremony and dinner on April 6 in the school gymnasium. The 2018 class included the 1993 CIF State Championship basketball team, golf coach Diane Aguer, three-sport star Karen Lysaght Perkins '81, volleyball and softball standout Jill Haas Benson '93, swimmer Katie Younglove Zylstra '98, golfer Sarah Huarte Glynn '00, and tennis star Emani Decquir '09. Dotty Brandenburger, who was the official scorekeeper for the softball program for 35 years, completed the class in the contributor category.
The St. Francis basketball team placed three players on the All-Delta League team as selected by the league’s coaches. Seniors Nika Bagatelos and Lauren Pank joined junior Mia Fleming-Mullins on the first team.
St. Ignatius won the 2019 St. Francis P.A.L. Tournament title with a 40-32 win over St. John Notre Dame in the championship game. SI advanced to the title game with wins over St. Rose (41-16) and St. Roberts (34-13).
The St. Francis basketball program earned a playoff berth in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I bracket and will host Inderkum on Monday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. The Troubadours are the No. 16 seed while Inderkum (13-13) is the No. 17 seed.
Jasmine Lee is in her third season in the basketball program and first full season with the varsity team. She has scored in double figures in three games and has averaged 4.6 points over 24 games. She also participated on the swimming team during her freshman season, while participating on clubs like ERA, Young Democrats and Guardian Angels. Jasmine is the Vice President for the junior class.
Nika Bagatelos has been a four-year varsity player after her call up freshmen season for the CIF State playoff run. She has reset her single-season best for three-pointers and is chasing the school’s career three-point mark. Nika hopes to play hoops in college and has talked to coaches at UC Santa Barbara and Chapman. Nika’s fun fact is that she loves sports and watches SportsCenter all the time.
Jorie Keitges is in her third season with the varsity team, playing in 76 career varsity games and scoring more than 300 points. She wants to play basketball in college. Jorie’s fun fact is that she is a big Disney fan and she collects Disney crystals of each character. She plans to go to Disneyland for a week later this year. Jorie also plays on the varsity lacrosse team.
Senior Ally Gage had a career-high 14 points and team-best nine rebounds but the St. Francis varsity team lost to rival Christian Brothers 46-40 in the annual Holy Hoops game in front of a sold out gymnasium.
Ally Gage is a returning senior letter winner for the basketball team. She will be attending Dominican University in the fall on a soccer scholarship. A fun fact about Ally is she has attended the last three NBA Finals and her favorite moment was the Warriors winning the title in Cleveland.
Holy Hoops ticket sales to St. Francis and Christian Brothers students, parents, fans and alumna will open on Saturday, January 12 at 8 a.m. (Limit 4 per person). A passcode will be sent to your St. Francis student email account on Friday to access the tickets.
Megan Austin is in her fourth year on the varsity team and is having her best season to date, averaging 6.4 points per game and has scored in double figures in two of the last three games with a career-high 11 against St. Vincent-St. Patrick. Her fun facts include that she has been to Peru and can juggle.
Maya Curiale is her in first full season on the varsity team after sitting out last season after her transfer from Bella Vista. She has seen action in 11 games and is coming off a season-best four-point performance against Vanden in West Coast Jamboree. She hopes to be a firefighter and just got a puppy named Pearl for Christmas.
The St. Francis varsity basketball team will play a game against Delta League rival Davis on Thursday, February 7, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at the Golden I Center as part of a high school doubleheader with the Jesuit Marauders. The Jesuit-Davis boys contest tips off at 7:30 p.m.
The St. Francis basketball team lost 68-48 to Vanden in the West Coast Jamboree Opal Division bracket to finish fourth, going 1-2 on the weekend. The Troubadours also defeated Atwater in the bracket opener and lost by seven to host St. Vincent-St. Patrick in the semifinals. All three teams were ranked among the state’s Top 50 by Maxpreps entering the weekend.
The St. Francis basketball team won for the second consecutive day at the Nike Tournament of Champions with a comeback effort for a 44-38 victory over Boulder Creek (Ariz.) to finish the tournament with a 2-2 record.