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SHP named CA All-Sports School of the Year
Cal Hi Sports
For the second time in five years, Cal-Hi Sports has tabbed Sacred Heart Prep as it's California-State Division IV All-Sports School of the Year.
After last summer when not one but two former Gators were on the roster for the U.S. women’s soccer team that won the World Cup in France, athletes from just about every other sport at the school must have been inspired.
Sacred Heart Prep traditionally has been D4 for school of the year consideration and while that’s getting harder to maintain with its teams in many sports playing up in CIF Central Coast Section open divisions, we kept the Gators there for one last season. They will have to move up for the 2020-21 season.
The girls soccer team, which is the same one that Team USA players Abby Dahlkemper and Tierna Davidson both played for, was only 10-7-6 overall, but made it to the CIF NorCal D4 final where it lost to Branson of Ross.
The Gators beat a 30-win Branson team in the CIF NorCal D2 playoffs in boys basketball. They ended 23-6 and lost in the next round to St. Patrick/St. Vincent of Vallejo.
Sacred Heart Prep also had high playoff finishes and outstanding records in boys soccer (20-2-2), boys water polo (16-5) and girls water polo (18-1). They reached the NorCal D1 semifinals, NorCal D1 first-round and NorCal D1 finals, respectively. The boys water polo team also won the school’s first-ever CCS Open Division title.
Two other teams that were more than solid were in football and girls basketball. The gridders went 8-4 with the highlight being a win vs. state-ranked St. Ignatius of San Francisco. The girls cagers went 16-10 (with wins vs. Menlo School and Woodside Priory) and lost in the second-round of the NorCal D2 playoffs in two overtimes to Clovis.
The SHP Girls Volleyball team also clinched a berth into the CCS DiviDion IV championship match and NorCal Division III championship.
This is the second State School of the Year honor for SHP in five years. The last time it won was in D4 for 2014-15.