Serra boys basketball coach Chuck Rapp was frustrated to learn that the Sacramento school that ended the Padres' season last year received heavy penalties this week for recruiting violations.

Sheldon beat Serra in the opening round of the Northern California Open Division playoffs.

"It was frustrating to end our season playing an all-star team from Sacramento,'' Rapp said. "Prep basketball has changed with the whole AAU thing, guys moving around, changing schools.

"It was a sad way to end our season and looking at all these violations it becomes a little more depressing and hard to take.''

The Sheldon basketball program was hit by sanctions Monday after being found to have committed multiple California Interscholastic Federation bylaw violations for "several instances of undue influence in trying to persuade current high school players to transfer to Sheldon as well as incoming middle school basketball players to enroll at Sheldon."

Five current Sheldon players were declared ineligible, the program is prohibited from taking part in the 2014 postseason and the team's schedule was reduced from 27 to 24 games the next two seasons.

The team also will be allowed to take part in no more than one tournament in each of the next two seasons.

Sheldon lost to Archbishop Mitty in last year's Open Division final.

  • Leading Lynbrook by 18 points at halftime Friday night, the Wilcox boys basketball team started running. The Chargers ran from one sideline to the other, over and over.

    It was as if practice had broken out. Except it was not practice. There was still a second half to play.

    Turns out, coach Patrick Galos had made a deal with his players. If they allowed one more offensive rebound, they would have to run at the break. "They did not box out and gave up an offensive rebound," Galos said.

    Wilcox won 76-54.

  • Capuchino's cheerleaders performed last weekend in Hawaii at the Pro Bowl as part of the halftime show along with the band Fall Out Boy. "They did a fantastic job,'' said athletic director Matt Wilson, who was a chaperone.