St. Francis High School athletic program makes history

St. Francis High School in Sacramento made sports history this month, as five female sports made it to section finals and finished with one runner-up and four Sac-Joaquin Section Titles.

LETTERS OF INTENT SIGNERS. This fall, eleven seniors at St. Francis signed letters of intent to play college sports in 2012. Top row, left to right: Cora Stebbins (swimming), Paige Sellers (swimming), Haley Hughes (soccer), Emalia Seto (crew), Tessa Sandoval (tennis), Kamali Houston (crew), Nicolette Valicenti (crew). Bottom row, left to right: Ashley Noda (golf), Clara Nowinski (crew), Bryce Beckwith (water polo), Catherine White (crew). Crew is not an SFHS sport. / Photo courtesy, St. Francis High School

LETTERS OF INTENT SIGNERS. This fall, eleven seniors at St. Francis signed letters of intent to play college sports in 2012. Top row, left to right: Cora Stebbins (swimming), Paige Sellers (swimming), Haley Hughes (soccer), Emalia Seto (crew), Tessa Sandoval (tennis), Kamali Houston (crew), Nicolette Valicenti (crew). Bottom row, left to right: Ashley Noda (golf), Clara Nowinski (crew), Bryce Beckwith (water polo), Catherine White (crew). Crew is not an SFHS sport. / Photo courtesy, St. Francis High School

The Sac-Joaquin Section has been in existence for 70 years. There are currently 195 schools in the section and no female sports program has ever accomplished what the Troubadour’s fall sports did this year.

All five sports (cross country, golf, tennis, volleyball and water polo) made it to section finals and finished with one runner up and four Sac-Joaquin Section titles. St. Francis is the first female sports program to win four section titles in the fall.

Highlights from the season

Water Polo won the Norcal Championship Tournament and finished second in Division I Sac-Joaquin Section Playoffs.

Cross Country: the Frosh/Soph, Junior Varsity and Varsity teams swept the Delta River League, Subsections and Division I Sac-Joaquin Sections. They won their eighth section title overall and finished fourth in the state.

Golf won the Division I North Section Championship for their 19th Sac-Joaquin Section Title. They finished fourth in Norcals.

Tennis won The Santa Catalina Tournament and their seventh Division I Section Championship in a row and ninth overall. Tennis made it to the Northern California semi-finals.

Volleyball won the Super 8 Tournament and Division I Section Championship for their 11th section title overall.

Top program in state

This makes 81 Section Titles for St. Francis High school, the most of any female sports program in the Section and one of the top programs in the state.

In the last 10 years, from the 2001-2002 school year to 2010-2011, St. Francis has won the most section titles out of any high school in the Sac-Joaquin Section for just one gender. [St. Francis girls (48), Jesuit-boys (40), Davis-girls (27), Oak Ridge-girls (21)].

When both genders are considered, only Davis High has as many titles as the St. Francis Troubadours. [St. Francis-girls (48), Davis-both genders (48), Jesuit-boys (40), Granite Bay-both genders (35), Oak Ridge-both genders (29)].

Letters of intent

Another aspect of the Troubadour athletic program is the number of students who sign letters of intent to play sports at colleges and universities across the United States. This fall, eleven seniors signed letters of intent. They are: Bryce Beckwith (Water Polo), Kamali Houston (Crew – not an SFHS sport), Haley Hughes (Soccer), Ashley Noda (Golf), Clara Nowinski (Crew), Tessa Sandoval (Tennis), Paige Sellers (Swimming), Emalia Seto (Crew), Cora Stebbins (Swimming), Nicolette Valicenti (Crew) and Catherine White (Crew).