Lancers top Gators as easy

St. Francis Lancer Curtis Witt congratulates Sacred Heart Prep Andrew Daschbach after exciting 64-59 contest in CCS semifinals Tuesday at Independence High in San Jose.

St. Francis Lancer Curtis Witt congratulates Sacred Heart Prep Andrew Daschbach after exciting 64-59 contest in CCS semifinals Tuesday at Independence High in San Jose.

Hats off to tiny Sacred Heart prep for coming within one trey, by Mason Randall of tying top-ranked St. Francis of Mountain View Tuesday in the CCS semifinals.

The Lancers prevailed 64-59 but clearly had the fear of God put in to them by their mid-Peninsula brethren. The Gators team featured several members of a football unit that defied the odds to win the Open contest this fall, including Randall, their QB. You would think that suiting Ben Burr-Kirvan even for one game might have been worth a bucket or two Tuesday when it counted most.

As I exited the game I brushed against the lines of sportsmanship, near the St. Francis bench. I greeted the reserve guard Riley Quinn, who saw no action Tuesday but was a contributor on football. We exchanged high fives and I said “Good game, son. Good luck”. I saw Quinn during warm-ups, running the drills with his mates. Here is a quote that Riley attributed to former Major League pitcher Jim Abbott and told a writer for the Chron two springs ago (and it does dovetail or overlap with my Susan O’Malley tribute yesterday):
“… believe in yourself, find your own way, and use the talents you’ve been given … great things can happen!”

My own observation is that as the years recede the difference between my opponents and my teammates blurs; now the distinction is between being able to run and play at all compared to when I would fill nearly ever afternoon with some type of exertion or game:

Riley Quinn top of key and his mates, preparing to play with and against boys from Menlo Park

Riley Quinn top of key and his mates, preparing to play with and against boys from Menlo Park

And1: a bad pun in headline about the Saint’s hometown. Other than those warm-ups I’ve never seen Quinn; he’s been written about in local and national media.

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Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player; he also sang in local choir, and fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32
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