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S.F. Italian Athletic Club to give high school sports awards

The Bears — along with NCAA championship soccer coach Stephen Negoesco — will be special guests at the inaugural High School Sports Awards banquet put on by the San Francisco Italian Athletic Club on May 8 at its North Beach clubhouse on Washington Square. Mission completed a 35-1 season by winning the first state basketball championship for a San Francisco Section school with an 81-75 win over Villa Park (Orange County). [...] the Bears have been honored by San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee’s office, hosted by the Warriors at Oracle Arena and picked by The Chronicle as the Metro Area’s No. 1 team for 2016-17. Zelaya and his star player, Niamey Harris, will be honored individually at the May 8 event, which will salute past and present high school achievement and serves as a fundraiser to support high school sports in San Francisco. Harris and Sacred Heart Cathedral senior IImar’I Thomas, The Chronicle’s Metro Girls Player of the Year, will be honored with the Kevin Restani basketball trophy as the top players in the city. SFIAC Football Trophy (for top player): Lincoln two-way lineman Ronald Phelps, The Chronicle’s San Francisco Player of the Year, who led the Mustangs to an AAA/Turkey Day championship win. Stephen Negoesco Trophy (for top soccer players): St. Ignatius duo of Dominic Galetti (male) and Lizzy Wagner (girls). Dante Benedetti Trophy (lifetime achievement for coach): Ron Isola (Riordan basketball and baseball) and John Donohue (Lowell baseball). The 6-foot-6 standout averaged 21.3 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists for the Mariners, who lost 72-65 to Esperanza-Anaheim in the state final despite 28 points and 10 rebounds from Walker.

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