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2 years ago @ 12:32PM

Finals Trio: SHC Wins Two, Runner Up in Third Final in One Day

March 7, 2015 was a day to remember for the Fightin' Irish as the boys soccer and boys basketball teams each won their respective CCS Division III titles and the girls soccer team finished runner up.

2nd-seeded boys soccer started the day off with a 1-0 win over upstart 8-seeded Sacred Heart at Homestead High School in Cupertino. the Irish scored in the 5th minute of the game on a bouncing ball by Ali Aldrees '15 right up the middle from about 30-yards out. The two teams clamped down on defense while each showed flashes of offense, neither was able to mount a sustained threat. This was the second CCS title for SHC and the first since 2012. Before the game, head coach Jeff Wilson was awarded his CIF State Honor Coach Award. 

A few miles away at Valley Christian High School, the 7th seeded SHC girls soccer team took on Sacred Heart as well. The Gators were the top seeded team in the tournament and came out guns blazing, scoring 4 goals in the first 10 minutes. The Irish responded well, holding SHP to just one more goal for the rest of the half and just one in the second half. this was the first ever postseason appearance for the Fightin' Irish and they certainly came to play. The Irish went on the road and dominated Pacific Grove 3-0, upset the 2nd-seed Scotts Valley with another 3-0 shutout, and then shocked Menlo with an overtime semifinal win in penalty kicks before falling in the finals to the powerful Gators.

A few hours later, and a few miles away at Independence High School, the top-seeded boys basketball team took care of business against 2nd-seeded Aptos with a 62-51 win sparked by Alfred Hollins '17 and his 22 point, 9 rebound performance. The game was a see-saw battle for the first three quarters as the Irish led by 3 entering the 4th quarter. SHC scored only 3-points in the first 5 minutes of the final quarter, but held Aptos scoreless until nearly a minute-and-a-half later. The Irish closed on a 6-0 run including a powerful fast-break dunk by Hollins as an exclamation point.

By virtue of their CCS Finals appearance, the boys basketball team earned a berth in to the State playoffs. The Irish were given the 7-seed in the Division III playoffs and will host #10 Vanden on March 11 in the Round 1. The Irish girls team, which won the CCS Open Division, earned the 4-seed in the State playoffs and will host #5 St. Mary's (Albany) on March 13.

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