After recently earning a 30-0 shutout victory in the semifinals of the Valley Classic, the St. Anastasia Catholic School varsity football team was defeated 20-14 by St. Paul the Apostle School in the championship game.

Supporters of the Playa del Rey school said that despite the loss, they were proud that their small school finished in second place out of 14 schools, showing that the athletic program is on the upswing.

“Our boys football has taken huge steps in a very short period of time towards building an elite program,” St. Anastasia Head Coach Nick Galvan said.—“The success that we had in this tournament is a testament to their hard work as a team.—Our players and their parents showed how committed they are to their school in a big way this weekend.”

School Principal Rosemary Connolly added, “What a thrill for our team to make it to the final game. And while we congratulate St. Paul the Apostle school on their victory, it is heartwarming for me to see the students embrace their team as they earned the second-place trophy.

“The spirit of sportsmanship and competition is alive and well at St. Anastasia Catholic School, and I am excited to see what the rest of our season will bring.”

St. Anastasia Catholic School is a K-8 Catholic school. Information (310) 645-8816, or