With fist-bumps and lunchtime talk, new Catholic bishop visits Roanoke

Elementary school students were running and yelling on the front lawn of Roanoke Catholic School on Thursday afternoon — that is, until Bishop Barry Knestout started walking toward the entrance. Recess immediately halted as the grade-schoolers lined the sidewalk, cheering as he fist-bumped them. Inside, staff in the front office rushed around as he walked in. They excitedly shook his hand and asked for pictures. It was the first time they had met their new bishop. Knestout was announced bishop of the Diocese of Richmond in December, installed earlier this month, and is now the leader of more than 220,000 active Catholics in Virginia. To get to know the people of the diocese, he began a regional tour Saturday. Roanoke Catholic was his sixth stop and one of the many schools in the region he is visiting. He was to celebrate a Mass on Thursday evening at the adjacent St. Andrew’s Catholic Church for parishes across the Roanoke Valley. In the cafeteria, about 10 high school students stood when he approached their lunch table to join them. Once the prayer was said and everyone sat down, Knestout asked what grades each of them were in. Then, he looked around the table and said, “So where does everybody want to go to college?” Knestout has been traveling the sprawling Diocese of Richmond — it covers much of the state excluding Northern Virginia — to meet with leaders and parishioners, but especially with students. The diocese is home to a number of colleges and universities, as well as eight Catholic high schools and 24 Catholic elementary schools. Knestout said he hopes to make students a focus of his ministry. “They are a big component to the life of the church,” he said. “We want to help them integrate their faith into their life.” When asked about colleges, most of the students at lunch named nearby schools — Virginia Tech, Hollins University, James Madison University or Washington Continue Reading

High School Damaged In Tubbs Fire Reopens Today

Bay City News Service Published 10:20 am, Monday, January 22, 2018 SANTA ROSA (BCN) Students returned today to Cardinal Newman High School in Santa Rosa that was heavily damaged in the Tubbs Fire in October. The students attended four other Catholic schools in Cotati, Rohnert Park, Windsor and Santa Rosa during the private Catholic high school's closure and cleanup. Some portable classrooms were delivered to the high school in early December, furniture and fixtures for the portable classrooms were delivered earlier this month and the baseball field turf that was destroyed in the fire is scheduled to be replaced on March 1, according to the school's website. The Oct. 8 fire also damaged St. Rose Catholic School adjacent to the high school, administration buildings, a library and Roseland Collegiate Prep school. LATEST SFGATE VIDEOS Now Playing: Now Playing Could you live in a remodeled school bus? Alix Martichoux / SFGATE Kevin Durant on Capela’s “We’re Better” claim San Francisco Chronicle SFPD releases video of choke attack San Francisco Police Department 161 Gilbert St., San Francisco Blue Sky Films Newsreel: "Danger Women at Work" Getty Images The joy of powder at Squaw Valley on Jan. 21, 2018 @AEngerbretson / Twitter / Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows) Santa Cruz County Sheriff looking for suspect in Toys 'R Us theft Santa Cruz County Sheriff 2018 Women's March in San Francisco Martin do Nascimento San Jose Women's March 2018 Josh Koehn The Regulars: Godmother of Ganja Liz Hafalia, Manjula Varghese, San Francisco Chronicle A campus reopening celebration is scheduled for Feb. 10 at the Soda Rock Winery in Healdsburg. There were 621 high school students at the school in October. An assembly is scheduled today. Continue Reading

Chronicle’s Top 20 boys, girls high school basketball rankings

By Mitch Stephens Updated 11:47 pm, Monday, January 22, 2018 Bellarmine basketball coach Patrick Schneider spent 10 minutes breaking down his third-ranked team’s West Catholic Athletic League game with eighth-ranked St. Francis, scheduled for Tuesday. The longtime rivals own identical records of 14-2 and 6-0 in perhaps the state’s top league. They each feature reigning co-WCAL Players of the Year, Jake Wojcik, a 6-foot-4 senior guard for Bellarmine, and Logan Johnson, a 6-2 senior guard for St. Francis, which will be the visiting team Tuesday. Both teams own win streaks: St. Francis at 14 and Bellarmine, which hasn’t lost to a team in state, at seven. Sports Channel Now Playing: Now Playing Cavaliers Questioned Legitimacy of Kevin Love's Illness Sports Illustrated Nassar Victim: Michigan State Still Billing Her Associated Press Milwaukee Bucks Fire Jason Kidd Sports Illustrated Are Jaguars' Complaints About Officiating Valid? Sports Illustrated Nick Foles Goes From Maligned Back-Up to Super Bowl Quarterback Sports Illustrated Crossover TV Discusses the NBA All Star Draft Sports Illustrated Here's Why Tyronn Lue's Job Should Not Be in Jeopardy Sports Illustrated Could Rockets Beat Warriors in a Playoff Series? Sports Illustrated Tom Brady Proved Hand Injury Is Non-Issue Sports Illustrated LeBron Becomes Easy Target For Trolls as Cavs Continue Slide Sports Illustrated Schneider, who has led the Bells to four WCAL and 13 Central Coast Section titles since taking over the team in 1991, wasn’t about to make bold predictions, but he did offer this one piece of advice: “Get there early,” he said. “It’s going to be packed.” Although the rest of the players probably will decide the game, the most intriguing matchup is between Wojcik and Johnson, who happen to be best friends. Both are college-bound — Johnson to Cincinnati and Wojcik to Siena — two Continue Reading

Iowa high school basketball scores: Jan. 19, 2018

BOYS BASKETBALLMVAO-CO-U 58, Westwood, Sloan 34Pleasant Valley 52, Assumption, Davenport 47Treynor 66, Griswold 13 GIRLS BASKETBALLADM, Adel 39, Ballard 37Algona 62, Webster City 45Alta/Aurelia 75, East Sac County 63Ankeny Centennial 63, Valley, West Des Moines 57Belle Plaine 45, Iowa Valley, Marengo 40Bishop Garrigan 69, Eagle Grove 29Bondurant Farrar 65, Carroll 55CAM, Anita 53, Ar-We-Va, Westside 29Camanche 82, West Liberty 31Cascade,Western Dubuque 58, Durant-Bennett 19Central Lee, Donnellson 62, Danville 47Clear Lake 51, Clarion-Goldfield-Dows 21Collins-Maxwell 28, Baxter 22, 4OTExira/Elk Horn-Kimballton 70, West Harrison, Mondamin 15Forest City 76, North Iowa, Buffalo Center 30Garner-Hayfield/Ventura 79, Belmond-Klemme 52Gilbert 54, Greene County 24Holy Trinity 80, Eldon Cardinal 41Indianola 77, Newton 27Iowa Mennonite, Kalona 49, Columbus Community, Columbus Junction 39Jesup 47, Hudson 30Keota 52, Tri-County, Thornburg 32Knoxville 57, Davis County, Bloomfield 24Lewis Central 56, Sergeant Bluff-Luton 31Logan-Magnolia 75, A-H-S-T-W, Avoca 39Louisa-Muscatine 40, Highland, Riverside 39Maquoketa Valley, Delhi 64, Edgewood-Colesburg 31Marshalltown 67, Urbandale 31Mediapolis 82, Lone Tree 13MOC-Floyd Valley 54, Boyden-Hull 37Moulton-Udell 35, Iowa Christian Academy 32Newell-Fonda 83, Southeast Valley 30North Linn, Troy Mills 53, East Buchanan, Winthrop 28North Mahaska, New Sharon 69, Lynnville-Sully 57North Polk, Alleman 44, Nevada 31Panorama, Panora 67, AC/GC 29Rockford 44, Northwood-Kensett 28Ruthven-Ayrshire 66, West Bend-Mallard 16Saint Ansgar 48, North Butler, Greene 29Sioux Central, Sioux Rapids 55, South Central Calhoun 44South O’Brien, Paullina 62, Hinton 31Sumner-Fredericksburg 59, Denver 49Treynor 56, Griswold 18Van Meter 42, Woodward-Granger 38WACO, Wayland 47, Notre Dame, Burlington 44Waukee 59, Ames 52West Central Valley, Stuart 56, Madrid 49West Fork, Sheffield 45, Newman Catholic, Mason City 40West Lyon, Inwood 64, Sibley-Ocheyedan 54West Continue Reading

High schools: Mitty boys basketball posts 1st WCAL win

By Mitch Stephens Updated 10:54 pm, Tuesday, January 16, 2018 It’s like a slow, loud faucet drip. The longer it goes, the louder it seems to get. Mitty’s boys basketball team finally shut off the valve with a 66-60 West Catholic Athletic League home victory Tuesday over 12th-ranked Riordan. Sophomore guard Devan Sapp led a balanced scoring attack with 15 points, followed by 14 from Joseph Vaughn, 12 points and 11 rebounds by Riley Grigsby and 10 points by Charles Meng. It all added up to Mitty’s first WCAL win of the season following four losses. Mitty, a two-time state champion when Aaron Gordon was around, and a perennial Bay Area power, is 4-12 overall. A win was most welcome. “Of course, it felt good to finally get one,” Mitty coach Tim Kennedy said. “If you go a while without a win, it really begins to wear on you. From a mental state, this was huge. Now if we can win one in a row again, it will feel even better.” The Monarchs are clearly better than their record. They’ve been in every game. Something inevitably has gone wrong. Even Tuesday, Mitty had built a 20-point third-quarter lead only to watch Riordan (11-4, 2-3) almost pull out the game with a fourth-quarter rally behind Jelani Clark (16 points), James Chun (13) and Watidaishe Mukukula (11). The Crusaders put up 24 points in the fourth quarter. “We finally got some stops down the stretch, but it wasn’t easy,” Kennedy said. “Nothing in this league is.” No. 4 Bellarmine 62, Serra 53: Without reigning WCAL co-Player of the Year Jake Wojcik (ankle injury), and two other key reserves, the host Bells (13-2, 5-0) held on behind the terrific efforts of 6-foot-6, 230-pound senior Kendall Stubblefield (24 points) and 6-2 senior point guard Nathan Metzger (11). Serra (9-6, 1-4), behind the all-around play of Parker McDonald, Colin McCarthy and Henry James, took the lead early in the third quarter but Bellarmine regrouped, Continue Reading

Iowa high school basketball scores: Jan. 12, 2018

BOYS BASKETBALLA-H-S-T-W, Avoca 53, IKM-Manning 51Akron-Westfield 81, Hinton 52Alburnett 77, Cedar Valley Christian School 27Algona 65, Iowa Falls-Alden 59Allen, Neb. 52, Whiting 22Alta/Aurelia 55, South Central Calhoun 48Ames 56, Southeast Polk 39Ankeny Centennial 62, Waukee 55Aplington-Parkersburg 68, Hudson 42Ar-We-Va, Westside 55, Coon Rapids-Bayard 39Beckman Catholic, Dyersville 68, Central Clinton, DeWitt 45Bondurant Farrar 67, Perry 52Boone 65, ADM, Adel 53Boyer Valley, Dunlap 72, CAM, Anita 46Calamus-Wheatland 63, East Buchanan, Winthrop 47Carlisle 74, Carroll 72Cascade,Western Dubuque 60, North Cedar, Stanwood 33Cedar Falls 67, Dubuque, Senior 57Cedar Rapids Xavier 58, Iowa City High 43Center Point-Urbana 73, Vinton-Shellsburg 35Central City 60, Midland, Wyoming 18Central Decatur, Leon 80, Southwest Valley 57Charles City 54, Decorah 35Colfax-Mingo 67, Tri-County, Thornburg 47Colo-NESCO 67, North Tama, Traer 55Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln 75, Bishop Heelan Catholic, Sioux City 73, 2OTCreston 77, Denison-Schleswig 65Crestwood, Cresco 55, Oelwein 30Dallas Center-Grimes 61, Pella 52Davenport, North 58, Assumption, Davenport 55Des Moines, Roosevelt 42, Des Moines, Lincoln 33Dike-New Hartford 66, Denver 59Dowling Catholic, West Des Moines 68, Marshalltown 44Durant-Bennett 80, Wilton 71East Sac County 61, St. Mary’s, Storm Lake 52Epworth, Western Dubuque 58, Maquoketa 48Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton 80, Glidden-Ralston 45Fremont Mills, Tabor 61, Clarinda Academy 60Garner-Hayfield/Ventura 54, Forest City 51Gilbert 59, North Polk, Alleman 57Gladbrook-Reinbeck 75, AGWSR, Ackley 40Grand View Christian 75, Lynnville-Sully 62Harlan 75, Clarinda 41Harris-Lake Park 76, Clay Central-Everly 40Iowa City West 73, Cedar Rapids, Washington 50Jesup 54, Union Community, LaPorte City 36Johnston 51, Fort Dodge 47Keota 72, B-G-M, Brooklyn 61Knoxville 74, Clarke, Osceola 56Kuemper Catholic, Carroll 76, Red Oak 49Lake Mills 62, Belmond-Klemme 38Lawton-Bronson 62, West Monona, Continue Reading

Marin Catholic’s Spencer Petras is Metro Player of the Year

By Mitch Stephens Updated 11:07 pm, Saturday, January 6, 2018 It’s not fair to be compared to the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NFL draft. Not as a 17-year-old high school senior. But Marin Catholic-Kentfield senior Spencer Petras didn’t mind. He relished being measured with the same stick as Los Angeles Rams Pro Bowl alternate Jared Goff, a member of Marin Catholic’s class of 2013. “It’s good to be compared with him,” Petras said. “He’s obviously a great player and was a great player in high school. He always had a quick release. I like watching the different things he did (in high school). His body language. That’s always something I try to work on. Staying calm like Jared.” And like Goff, Petras has been named The Chronicle’s Metro Player of the Year. The 6-foot-5, 225-pound Iowa signee had superior numbers to Goff. By quite a bit. In their senior seasons, Petras played three fewer games but threw for more yards (4,157 to 3,692) and more touchdowns (50 to 40) with fewer interceptions (2 to 12). Both led their teams to North Coast Section titles, although Goff did play in a state championship game. Petras’ team finished 12-1, one game short of a state final. “Remarkable,” Marin Catholic coach Mazi Moayed said of Petras’ season. “Fifty touchdowns and just two interceptions. That alone is hard to fathom.” Petras carved up secondaries from the outset, breaking his own school record in the season’s second game by throwing for 374 yards in a 35-21 win at St. Ignatius. Utilizing a rocket right arm — “the ball just jumps out of his hands. … He’s got a major-league arm,” Moayed said. Petras broke his single-game record three more times with 412, 448 and 502 yards, the latter on 24 completions in a 59-56 win over Cardinal Newman-Santa Rosa in the NCS Division 3 championship game. “He’s a stud, man,” Continue Reading

High school football: NorCal, SoCal pairings set

By Mitch Stephens Updated 8:08 pm, Sunday, December 3, 2017 Photo: Scott Strazzante, The Chronicle Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Buy photo Marin Catholic's Spencer Petras rushes in 4th quarter of Marin's 59-56 win over Cardinal Newman in North Coast Section Division 3 football championship game in Rohnert Park, Calif., on Saturday, December 2, 2017. less Marin Catholic's Spencer Petras rushes in 4th quarter of Marin's 59-56 win over Cardinal Newman in North Coast Section Division 3 football championship game in Rohnert Park, Calif., on Saturday, December 2, ... more Photo: Scott Strazzante, The Chronicle Buy this photo High school football: NorCal, SoCal pairings set 1 / 1 Back to Gallery If Metro football teams are going to win state bowl championships, they’ll need to take the long route. Eight of the 10 Bay Area squads selected for the CIF Regional Bowl Championships will play on the road, according to the 12 regional pairings announced Sunday. The governing board for California high school sports also selected its top teams from the North and South — De La Salle-Concord (11-1) and Mater Dei-Santa Ana (Orange County) (14-0) — both of which will skip the regional level and play in the Dec. 16 Open Division state title game at Sacramento State. Ron Nocetti, associate director of the CIF, said there are many factors in how sites are picked, but ultimately the organization tries to balance travel for all sections. For the second year in a row, Central Coast Section Division 2 champion Serra (11-2) travels to a Central Section champion, in this case Tulare Union (13-0) for a 7:30 p.m. Friday game in the 2-AA regional. The 225-mile trip will take Serra about 40 miles south of last year’s foe, Sanger (Fresno County). Serra beat Sanger 49-36 at the Continue Reading

Cardinal Newman vs. Marin Catholic matches friend and foe

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Iowa high school basketball scores, Dec. 8, 2017

BOYS BASKETBALL A-H-S-T-W, Avoca 73, Logan-Magnolia 57Alburnett 48, Central City 35Ankeny Centennial 61, Southeast Polk 34Ar-We-Va, Westside 63, Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton 60Atlantic 65, Creston 39Audubon 87, Riverside, Oakland 45Baxter 60, Collins-Maxwell 24Bedford 89, Interstate 35,Truro 77Bettendorf 71, Davenport, West 70Bishop Heelan Catholic, Sioux City 80, Sioux City, North 50CAM, Anita 70, Coon Rapids-Bayard 45Cascade,Western Dubuque 59, Camanche 58, OTCedar Rapids Xavier 60, Linn-Mar, Marion 39Central Clinton, DeWitt 47, West Delaware, Manchester 46Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln 63, Sergeant Bluff-Luton 58Dallas Center-Grimes 63, Newton 43Eagle Grove 68, Bishop Garrigan 66Epworth, Western Dubuque 54, Solon 43Fremont Mills, Tabor 80, Clarinda Academy 40Garner-Hayfield/Ventura 82, Belmond-Klemme 36George-Little Rock 58, West Lyon, Inwood 50Gladbrook-Reinbeck 42, South Hardin 36Harlan 70, Denison-Schleswig 49IKM-Manning 56, Missouri Valley 33Iowa City West 65, Dubuque, Hempstead 52Kuemper Catholic, Carroll 63, Lewis Central 51Mount Ayr 60, Southeast Warren, Liberty Center 15North Linn, Troy Mills 86, Edgewood-Colesburg 42Norwalk 84, Indianola 62Pleasant Valley 61, Burlington 27Pleasantville 59, Southwest Valley 40Roland-Story, Story City 50, Saydel 39Shenandoah 62, Clarinda 58Sidney 77, Essex 35Sioux City, East 74, Sioux City, West 56South Hamilton, Jewell 71, North Polk, Alleman 37South O’Brien, Paullina 57, West Sioux, Hawarden 29Spirit Lake 53, Estherville Lincoln Central 28St. Albert, Council Bluffs 89, Red Oak 51St. Edmond, Fort Dodge 62, Hampton-Dumont 31Stanton 56, East Mills 29Treynor 70, Griswold 25Tri-Center, Neola 64, Underwood 55GIRLS BASKETBALL AGWSR, Ackley 59, East Marshall, LeGrand 19Akron-Westfield 57, Harris-Lake Park 42Ankeny Centennial 55, Southeast Polk 36Belle Plaine 44, English Valleys, North English 19Bellevue 51, Northeast, Goose Lake 39Benton Community 45, Independence 31Bettendorf 66, Davenport, West 10Bishop Garrigan Continue Reading