St. Mary’s run ends

Maybe taking a bus wasn’t the greatest idea after all.

When the St. Mary’s High School girls volleyball team was asked how their grueling road trip from Berkeley to Mission Viejo went, they all responded in unison with a resounding: "LONG!"

The girls broke out in laughter and it was the first time since the final point of their 26-24, 25-20, 25-9 loss to Francis Parker-San Diego in the CIF Division IV championship match that the girls smiled.

The Panthers definitely showed they belonged against a tough Francis Parker team, who played seemingly without making a mistake in game three. The Panthers showed tremendous heart in game one and two, coming within one point from taking game one. If that happens, who knows what would have followed.

Despite the loss, Bernie Leary was given the CIF sportsmanship award. Tarah Murrey and Natalie Bogan were named to the Division IV all-tournament team. And the Panthers had a season that will last a life time.