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  • Rethinking Africa: The staff of the African Advocacy Network includes Joe Sciarrillo, pictured here with Jean Elias Xavier, Director Aboudou Traore, Charles Jackson and Clementine Ntshaykolo outside their office in the Dolores Street Community Services building. They help a growing number of African immigrants to the Bay Area who may number as many as 50,000.
  • Retiring Pillars: SI’s faculty surprised Fr. Sauer in May with applause and flowers after the announcement of his reassignment.
  • The SI boys’ lacrosse team enjoyed what may have been best year since its founding nearly a quarter century ago. The lacrosse press ranked the team among the top 15 in the nation as SI turned in another undefeated season in league play – its fourth undefeated season since it joined the WCAL in 2010.
  • Richard Driscoll ’06, a performance engineer for Oracle Team USA that will defend the America’s Cup in September, is among the few locals hunkering down in Pier 80 off Marin Street, where they work 65-hour weeks to make sure that Ellison’s boat sails twice as fast as the wind and maneuvers with precision and power as it takes on challengers from around the world.
  • Retiring Pillars: Since the 1970s, Mary McCarty made sure Latin was a living language for students in her classes.
  • Rethinking Africa: Ira Shaughnessy ’00 spent two years in Ghana from 2007 to 2009 working with the Bormase helping with the cultivation of the Moringa tree, whose leaves are rich in vitamins.



SI Football: Start of the Season Blues?

Christiaan Parnell '14
Contributing Editor

With back-to-back CCS titles, the expectations of the SI football program are higher than ever. Expecting to carry the momentum into this season, SI suffered two preseason losses to senior heavy, reigning NCS champions Marin Catholic and the reigning PAL champions Terra Nova, respectively.

At the home opener on JB Murphy Field, SI took a commanding 10-0 lead in the first quarter led by a leaping catch in the back of the end zone by Senior wide receiver Joe Lang.

MC converted two fourth downs on the next possession to score a touchdown. On the following MC offensive possessions, University of Nevada- Reno bound wide receiver Andrew Celis converted an option pass for a touchdown, a field goal, and caught a touchdown pass, ending the half with a 24-10 MC lead.

SI scored a safety to begin the second half. This defensive score was not enough, for MC took control of the game with a rushing touchdown with 6:57 in the fourth quarter. Standout Senior running back Elijah Dale (28 rushes for 106 yards) scored the final touchdown with 3:44 to go in the game. With a 31-20 MC win, they tied the all time SI-MC football series at 9-9-1.

The next week, SI took on the high- powered spread offense of Terra Nova led by Junior quarterback Anthony Gordon. While SI hoped to mimic the results of last year’s 46-26 victory, Terra Nova had different plans in mind. Unexpectedly, special teams characterized the first half. On the opening kickoff, Terra Nova’s Jaylend Jones scored a 95-yard kickoff return.  On their next offensive possession, Senior linebacker Scott Serrato blocked and recovered a failed field goal attempt. Terra Nova then forced SI to punt, blocked it, and took over on SI’s 20.

With 9:27 to go in the second quarter, senior wide out Ikaika Hall caught a tipped pass in the end zone, evening the game 7-7. This was as close as the game would get.

As the game progressed, the evident Gordon to Jones chemistry was too much for the Sunset Swarm. With a resounding 88 total points, SI fell to Terra Nova 50-33.

In last year’s game, Elijah Dale ran for a game- high 225 yards on 28 carries and totaled 5 touchdowns. After spending this past summer working on his speed, strength, and routes, Dale still is not producing the numbers he was last season. “I’m hungry and want to get better”, he said. “We all do.”

One might ask what’s the deal with SI football? Rumors of how SI is Terra Nova’s first win against a WCAL opponent in 12 years and the third time that a team has scored 50 points on SI are spreading. The SI community has been left to wonder whether the football program will have as much success as in the past years.

Senior offensive linemen Liam Mihelich believes, “We are a great team that is having the start of the season blues.”

In my opinion, the true question that must be asked is what is the identity of this team? From watching each game, it is clear that the roles of the players are not defined.

According to Coach John Regalia, “Our team’s identity is unclear”, which worries the supporters of the football program. However, each week is a new test in uncovering the team’s character. “We might not know the team’s identity until the end of the season”, Coach Regalia said, “that’s why I love high school football, there’s a new, unique team each year.”


When asked about his thoughts on this season, Coach Regalia responded, “The expectation for every year is to win a league title.”

Overall: 0-3

League 0-2

09/07 vs Marin Catholic 20-31

Rushing: Elijah Dale, 31 carries, 106 yards, 1 TD

Passing: Ryan Hagfeldt, Attempted/Completed 156 passing yards, 1 TD

Receiving: _____________

09/14 vs Terra Nova

Rushing: _______________

Passing: Ryan Hagfeldt, 27 of 43, 300 yards, 3 TD, 2 Interceptions

Receiving: ___________________

09/20 vs Menlo Atherton

Rushing: Elijah Dale, 9 carries, 32 yards

Passing: Ryan Hagfeldt, 24 of 36, 224 yards, 2 Interceptions

Receiving: Luke Lotti, 4 catches, 63 yards

Posted by on Thursday October, 31, 2013


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