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The St. Francis of Assisi Girls Varsity Softball Team made it to playoffs in the Parochial Athletic League for the first time in nearly a decade. Coach Bill Coombs has mentored and encouraged the girls for four years.

Team members include 7th and 8th graders (standing, left to right)  Erin Smith, Mary Blake, Melody Vallejos, Ashley Spellman, Andrea Hester, Amanda Oldham, Kelly Fogarty, Annie Flati, and (kneeling, left to right) Megan Park, McKenna Dice, Breanna Holman, Kendyll Toomey, Courtney Coombs, Katie Searle and Taylor Asciak. Not pictured: Lauren Weber.

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St. Francis of Assisi School held their annual Winter Sports Awards Night, where athletes in 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade were each recognized for their contributions to an outstanding basketball season.  Four teams participated, including Girls Varsity Basketball, Boys Varsity Basketball, Girls B Basketball, and Boys B Basketball.  The Girls A Basketball Team came in third place in Orange County for the Parochial Athletic League’s Large School Division, and the Boys B Basketball Team went undefeated.

In addition to each player being awarded a certificate, several players were acknowledged as Most Outstanding Offensive Player, Most Outstanding Defensive Player, Most Improved Player, and others received the Coach’s Award.

For Girls A Basketball, with Coach Pete Toomey, special recognition went to:

Katie M for Most Improved Player; Andrea H for Most Outstanding Defensive Award; Morgan M for Most Outstanding Offensive Player; and Katie C for Coach’s Award.

For Boys A Basketball, with Coach Don Hester, special recognition went to:

Connor M for Most Improved Player; Corey K for Most Outstanding Defensive Player; Will H for Most Outstanding Offensive Player, and Nathan H for Coach’s Award.

For Girls B Basketball, with Coaches Jeff Christiansen and Doug Goodkind, special recognition went to:

Caroline W for Most Improved Player; Erica P for Most Outstanding Offensive Player; Ashlynn W for Most Outstanding Defensive Player;  and Sydney L for Coach’s Award.

For Boys B Basketball, with Coaches Joe Mauthe and Brett Caya, special recognition went to:

Brandon L for Most Improved Player; TJ M and Nick M for Most Outstanding Defensive Players; Reilly C for Most Outstanding Offensive Player, and Lucas A for Coach’s Award.

Principal Tom Waszak and  Athletic Director Debbie Handy praised the students for their great effort, balancing schoolwork and team responsibilities, with a great attitude. They also acknowledged the important role of coaches and parents to provide students with an outstanding athletic experience.

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Congratulations to 8th grade student Katie C!  Katie, a member of the Girl’s “A” basketball team took second place in a free throw shooting contest at a Girl’s Christmas holiday basketball tournament sponsored by Sts. Simon and Jude Catholic School.  As a result of her sharp shooting, Katie is the recipient of a scholarship check in the amount of $100 courtesy of the Sts. Simon and Jude Men’s Club. All that practice was worth it!

Our Girls “B” basketball team played an incredible game, but lost to St. Norbert’s in overtime.  The next game for the Girls “B” Basketball team in the St. Barbara Tournament is Saturday January 15th at 11:20 am.

Both the Boys “A” and “B” Basketball teams won their first round game in the Mater Dei and St. Barbara Tournaments respectively.  The “A” team is now playing in the semi finals this Saturday, January 14th at 7 pm at Mater Dei.  Boys “B” team advance to the semi finals on Saturday, January 14th at 5:10 pm at St. Barbara School.

If either or both of our boys’ teams make it to the finals, there will be a phone blast giving everyone the tournament information for the next game.  If they make it to the finals and you attend the final game, you will receive a free dress pass for a date to be determined.

Boys Varsity final game for first or second place is Sunday, January 15th at 7 pm.  Boys “B” final game for first or second place is Sunday, January 15th at 5:10 pm.  If SFA is in the finals, you will need to sign in with the team mom or Mrs. Handy.  Boys Varsity team is Mrs. Warye and boys “B” team is Mrs. McMahon.

St. Barbara (Girls and Boys “B”)

5603 W. McFadden Ave.

Santa Ana, CA  92704

Mater Dei (Boys “A”)

1202 W. Edinger Ave.

Santa Ana, CA  92707

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*Contributed by Francine Hodges

Wednesday, October 5, the Lady Wolves battled and beat St. Norberts with an amazing amount of enthusiasm.  The entire team was cheering on the bench and with the incredible skills of Lauren G and Annie F the girls beat St. Norberts.

On Monday the Girls A Volleyball team battled it out with La Purisima on their courts and were again victorious.  In the third game Erica H and Alexis W did a terrific job against the other team.  Brooke A also helped out with aterrific serving streak.  Keep up the good work.

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*Contributed by Patty Weller

Snatched from the jaws of victory. That’s the best way to describe the Girls B Volleyball game against Holy Family on Wednesday. Down by four players and dealing with a toasty climate, the girls did a spectacular job of weathering the elements and pulling off a win in the second game after a heart-wrenching loss of the first game. Hanna C and Anna S demonstrated some very strong offensive serving strategy, nailing several serves in a row. Defensively, Alyssa J and Morgan E demonstrated some strong Wolfie energy by keeping some balls in play to secure the win. Many balls were passed and hit by two players before being passed back over to Holy Family, a clear sign of the strength and progress of the St. Francis team. The third game was played hard and the lead rotated back and forth between Holy Family and St. Francis. It was a nail-biter and all the parents were glued to the edge of their seats but ultimately, the Wolves suffered the loss.  The match went to Holy Family. While disappointing, the Holy Family coach summed it up best when she said what a great team we have here at St. Francis, and how very nice and spirited our girls are on our B team. Today, everybody was a winner.

The Wolves B Volleyball Team played a tough game at La Purisima on Monday. With the sun directly in their eyes for the first game, the Wolves were having a hard time and a tough start to the game.  Of course the Wolves would have none of it. Sunglasses were pulled out and put on by the girls, they rediscovered their energy, and regained the lead, winning both games. The match went to St. Francis. Morgan E’s defensive plays helped turn the first game around, and Hayley A’s save of what would have been a lost ball, won us the final point of the first game.  Amazing serving by Avery H secured the second game.  What a great show of perseverance by the Wolves. Madison B did a great job in the third game, demonstrating great defensive strategy on the court.

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*Contributed by Jim McMahon

The boys football B team had a very good performance against La Purisima.  The final score was 36-20 but the game was never that close, it was 36-6 at the end of the third period.  Today’s game was extremely rewarding for me as a coach because the boys all gave their best effort each and every time they were out on the field.

We had exceptional performances from Logan Awho played as aggressively today as I have seen him play all year; he came up with a very big play on a critical fourth down late in the second period to stall a La Purisima drive.  Joel S also had a notable game making several big plays at both the left safety and right safety positions.  Brian A gave his best effort of the year and I look forward to him building off his performance today.  Nick M had another very strong performance with four runs over 20-yards and a touchdown, he also made several big plays on defense.  Nick R had another strong game and broke up a long touchdown pass in the end-zone by diving to knock the ball down.  Brandon L had a very strong showing on defense and disrupted the La Purisima quaterback all afternoon.  

Reilly C continues to make big catches each and every game; he caught a 20-yard pass and made a move on the safety to score a 40-yard touchdown.  He also made a great catch on a two-point conversion by tipping the ball to himself, definitely an ESPN highlight.  Ryan K continues to shine on both sides of the ball and made several big plays on defense on third down as well as making key blocks on offense to spring both Nick Mauthe and TJ M for long runs.  TJ McMahon continues to be our leader on the field, he ran for three touchdowns today, threw another and made several big flag pulls on defense from his middle-linebacker position.

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Contributed by Jim McMahon

The B-boys had another strong showing on Monday.  We started the game off with a bang by scoring on the first play.  Nick M ran 55-yards to get the scoring started. Nick had another very impressive game, also returned a punt for a TD (his second of the year).  Jacob D continues to good a solid job as our center and is continuing to develop as a blocker, he plays hard every play.  TJ M continues to distribute the ball to numerous teammates from the QB position.  Reilly C, Ryan K, Nick M, Sean Lugo and Nick R all caught passes.  Our first team defense continues to play very well as a group and has only allowed 1 TD in 4 games.  Timmy B and Joel S were our captains this game and both made nice plays on defense to help the team.

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