St. Francis Solano basketball teams win age titles

The basketball program at St. Francis Solano had another good year, with 13 teams making the playoffs, six teams reaching the semifinals and three teams winning the championship in their category, according to Athletic Director Keith Enstice.

“Teams are encouraged to try to ‘win’ the game, but not at all costs,” said Enstice. “Sportsmanship, equal participation of all players and fair play are the first priority of every practice and game.”

The boys seventh grade team is coached by Nicolai Mathison. They beat St. John in the semifinals 26-12, then defeated Our Lady of Guadalupe 22-21 in the finals to take the Division 5 championship for their age group, finishing the year with a 10-0 record.

The fifth grade boys are coached by Mike Harris and Mark Burningham. They also won a Division 5 championship in their age group, winning their semifinal against St. Sebastian 40-15, and taking St. Elizabeth’s 33-27 in the final. The first-place win came with an 11-1 record.

The fourth grade girls won in the Division 1 category for their grade. They are coached by Steve Andres and Guy Delorfice. The team won their semifinal against St. Anthony’s of Napa, 17-10, and defeated St. Sebastian 26-16 in the final, ending the year with a 10-2 record.

The North Bay CYO league consists of teams from Sonoma, Napa, Marin, and Mendocino counties.

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