Glory days and Golden Knights

Feb. 23 — Another overtime thriller doesn't end in the same fashion, as the soccer team rallies from a two-goal deficit only to fall in overtime, 3-2, to Northwood.

"From where we were early in the season, our guys made great strides," says Appels, whose team ended its season at 8-12-2 and got goals from Cadena and Joel Ingram in the playoff loss.

March 2 — After going winless the previous season, the volleyball team opens with a 25-23, 15-25, 25-23, 22-25, 15-12 win over Temple City on the strength of 53 Matt Grace assists. Michael Bacall and Wesley Coffey had 17 and 15 assists, respectively.

March 4 — St. Francis' golf team begins its season competing in a nonleague tri-match at La Cañada Country Club against neighbors Flintridge Prep and La Cañada. The Golden Knights are victorious as they shoot a 175 to 193 by La Cañada and 204 by Flintridge Prep.

St. Francis receives an even-par 34 from Sean Brennan, a 36 from Bobby Coffin and a 37 from Richie Maloof.

March 16 — Ethan Bramschreiber twirls six brilliant innings to lead the baseball team past Alhambra, 9-1, to win the championship game of the Arcadia Elks Tournament.

March 25 — The track and field team opens up the season at 3-1 with an 89-36 win against Chaminade, with Palazzolo, James Knowles and Walker Fitch all notching double wins. However, it would be the pinnacle of the season for the track team, as it lost its last two meets.

April 1 — The golf team maintains its upper hand over rival Crescenta Valley, knocking off the Falcons, 197-221, in a nonleague match at Brookside Park Golf Course No. 1 in Pasadena.

Maloof earns low-medalist honors by shooting a one-under-par 35.

The tennis team drops an 11-7 decision to Flintridge Prep and finds the loss a bit of a foreshadowing, as the Golden Knights are unable to return to the postseason, going 4-10 overall and 3-7 in league for fourth place in the six-team Mission League.

April 16 — With the tying and winning runs on base, Mark Saatzer sends a shot into the right-center field gap in the bottom of the seventh inning, only to be robbed for the third and final out in Chaminade's 6-5 Mission League win over the baseball team.

"We battled again," St. Francis Coach Brian Esquival says. "That's all you can ask for.

"We did the things to put us in position to tie or even win the game. We had a couple of bounces go against us. I thought the ball Mark hit would fall in and [the center fielder] got a good jump on the ball to make the catch. That's a tough play to make and he made a great catch."

The game is especially symbolic of the season for the Golden Knights, who lose nine games by one run.

April 20 — The Golden Knights rally for a long-overdue Mission League volleyball win, besting Chaminade, 22-25, 20-25, 25-21, 25-20, 20-18, as Michael Bacall has 20 kills, five blocks and three aces. Wesley Coffey adds 17 kills and five aces, while Matt Grace had 51 assists.

May 1 — The volleyball squad rebounds from a subpar first day to capture the Silver Division championship on the final day of the Crescenta Valley Varsity Tournament. The team would end the season with a 7-12 mark, a huge improvement from a season prior.

May 3 — The doubles pairings of John Kazanjian and Chris Norhadian and Daniel Setiady and Greg Pak notch first-round victories in the Mission League prelims, but fall in the second round, putting an end to the tennis season.

May 6 — None of the Golden Knights golfers extend their seasons at the Mission League finals at Mountain Meadows Golf Course in Pomona. Maloof, an All-Area golf and football selection, notches a 10-over-par 82 after shooting a 76 in the first round for a two-round score of 158. Coffin posts an 80 for a total of 161. Drake Muir shoots an 83 (163), while Chris Petito shot a two-day 165. As a team, St. Francis takes fifth with an 11-6 overall mark and a 6-6 league slate.

At the Mission League track and field finals, James Knowles takes second in the 110 high hurdles in 15.16, while Walker Fitch notched a mark of 20-1 in the long jump for third.

May 13 — The baseball team defeats Notre Dame, 12-5, to finish its season on a winning note and with a 13-14 overall mark. David Olmedo-Barrera and Bramschreiber, both of them All-Area selections, lead the way as the former has a three-run triple and the latter pitches six innings for the win.