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Golden Knights march on

Last-minute heroics, incredible individual performances and deep playoff runs highlight the 2010-11 season for St. Francis.

August 24, 2011|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com

GLENDALE — This is the fifth of eight editions in which the News-Press looks back at the area's 2010-11 seasons, school by school, before looking ahead at the year to come.

Two St. Francis High teams, football and basketball, were left to find ways to win without the services of Dietrich Riley, one of the best athletes to come through the school, in 2010-11.

The football squad continued its typical strong play and was knocked out in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Western Division playoffs. The Golden Knights' basketball team stayed put, getting knocked out in the second round of the playoffs for the second straight year.

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The Golden Knights' soccer team assembled the most impressive season this year after losing by a goal in the CIF Southern Section Division I quarterfinals.

Richie Maloof was the highlight of the boys' golf season, advancing to the CIF Individual tournament.

St. Francis' baseball team took a small step, making an appearance in the CIF Southern Section Division II wild-card playoffs, while the school's tennis and volleyball teams came up just short.

Individually, track and field's James Knowles proved himself to be one of the area's very best.

Just like any season, the Golden Knights hauled in their fair share of individual awards and experienced the thrill of victory and bitter taste of defeat. Here are some of those highlights:

• Sept. 17, 2010 — After a nailbiting win the previous year, the football team wins the "Battle of Foothill Blvd." against Crescenta Valley with relative ease, 42-14. Quarterback Brett Nelson throws for 181 yards and three touchdowns and Travis Talianko hauls in two of those touchdown passes.

• Oct. 1, 2010 — The football team loses to West Ranch, 35-34, in a nonleague contest, as Nelson throws for 412 yards and five touchdowns. The defeat breaks St. Francis' perfect 3-0 start to the season.

Down 35-28, Nelson finds receiver Ian Hamilton on a touchdown pass with 11 seconds left to finish the scoring. The Golden Knights go for the win, but fail to score on a two-point conversion.

• Oct. 29, 2010 — Defense helps right the ship for the football team, which surrenders just 139 yards to St. Paul in a 40-10 Mission League victory. The win snaps a four-game losing streak and keeps playoff hopes alive for St. Francis.

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