Small powerhouse Santa Fe Christian worked its way to playing basketball with the “big schools.” The Eagles edged out Lincoln 39-35 in a defensive struggle to win the San Diego Section Division I championship on March 4 at USD’s Jenny Craig Pavilion. “It’s unbelievable that a school with 400 students could get this done,” said SFC’s Matthew Stevenson, who scored 11 points. “This is huge. We’re so thankful for our blessings.” The Eagles went on to state playoffs, collecting an opening round 68-57 win against Vista Murrieta in front of a standing-room-only crowd at SFC, making it to round two in which they were downed by Colony High School in Ontario.
The last time SFC made it this deep in CIF playoffs was a decade ago, when they went to the D4 finals six consecutive years, winning championships in 2001, ’03, ’04 and ’06. The top-seeded Eagles advanced to the Southern California playoffs.
Congrats Coach Bickley
In addition to leading the Eagles to their first-ever Division I CIF Championship. SFC Head Basketball Coach Chad Bickley (who also serves as SFC’s Athletic Director) has been named CIF Coach of the Year for the San Diego Section. This award is voted on by media, coaches and the San Diego Hall of Champions.
When asked what it was like to hold the D1 Championship trophy, Coach Chad Bickley said, “It was a bit surreal, people kept asking how we were feeling and all that, and I’ll be honest, the focus before and during this game was 100% on Lincoln, and trying to stop their guards. So when your focus is so on that, and all of a sudden in an instant you’re holding up a trophy, It’s pretty crazy! But we will reflect, and so happy for the past players that built this culture. All the glory goes to God.”
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