Glory days and Golden Knights

Nov. 14, 2009 — The cross-country team finishes eighth and fails to advance to the CIF finals, but Palazzolo makes the top-six cut for individual advancement, taking fifth in his Division III heat in 15:52.

Nov. 20, 2009 — The football team wins a wild one, blasting past high-scoring Gahr, 55-34, in the opening round of the CIF Southern Section Western Division playoffs for the program's first playoff win since 2005.

"Our offense is not going to be stopped," says Posthuma, who tallies three rushing touchdowns and three passing touchdowns. "We knew they had a high-powered offense, so we had to match them step for step. We wanted to pound it and we had everything going all game, we can pass and we can run."

Nov. 21, 2009 — Palazzolo, an individual entrant, takes 31st in the CIF Southern Section Division III finals, finishing his and the Golden Knights' cross-country run.

Nov. 27, 2009 — In an unbelievably back-and-forth, mind spinning game, the Knights' football team walks away heartbroken as its season ends with a 49-42 double-overtime loss to Palmdale in the Western Division quarterfinals.

Posthuma has five total touchdowns and linebacking standout Chris Cabrera has 20 tackles, but it's not quite enough to derail the Falcons.

The Golden Knights finish the season with a 9-3 mark.

Jan. 6, 2010 — The soccer team opens up Mission League play with a 2-0 loss to Harvard-Westlake to start the season at a dismal 2-7 after having won the CIF Southern California Division II Regional Championships the season prior.

Jan. 8 — On the road at Chaminade, the basketball team edges out the Eagles, 57-55, for its first Mission League win, with Tommy Jordan scoring 13 points.

Jan. 15 — With a 1-0 win over Loyola on the strength of an early Christian Swart goal, the soccer team finishes the week with seven points and gets back into the Mission League mix.

Feb. 3 — Despite a season-high 28 points from Jordan and 19 from Emerson Castaneda, the basketball team falls against Alemany, 72-70, in a Mission League tilt.

Riley also has nine points and five rebounds on the night, coming not long after he had announced he would attend UCLA and play football there on National Signing Day live on ESPNU.

Feb. 8 — Crespi defeats the Golden Knights, 1-0, in soccer action, assuring St. Francis of a second straight fourth-place finish in the Mission League.

Feb. 17 — Sparked by Castaneda's 23 points and Ian Hamilton's 16 rebounds, the basketball team tastes postseason victory for a second straight year, defeating Gabrielino, 76-44, in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division IV-AA playoffs.

Feb. 18 — On the road against third-seeded West Torrance in the first round of the CIF Division I playoffs, the soccer team pulls off the upset with a 1-1 (5-4) triumph.

Max Cadena converts a penalty kick with under two minutes to play and Sean Fitzpatrick, after the teams had played to a stalemate in overtime, boots in the winning penalty kick in a shootout.

"We're not daunted by somebody's record, we know if we play well, we have a chance," Appels says.

Feb. 19 — The basketball season comes to an end in the second round of the playoffs, as the Golden Knights lose, 77-62, against fourth-seeded Bishop Amat.

Jordan and Spencer Nieves each score 15 points in the finale, which concludes the Golden Knights' year with a 12-15 record.

"That's a good team and there's nothing shameful in losing to that team," St. Francis co-Coach Ray O'Brien says. "They've proven all year long they're worthy of the No. 4 seed."