Another Central Coast Section meet, another dominant performance by the Carlmont boys’ cross country team.
All five Carlmont scoring runners finished in the top 12 in the Division I race at Toro Park in Salinas. The Scots held off Bellarmine Prep 39-55.
Daniel Bereket led the Carlmont charge with a third place finish at 15:41. Lucas Matison came in at sixth Arthur Schulte finished ninth.
Menlo-Atherton High School picked up the third spot on the podium with a 134. George Baier was the Bears’ top finisher in seventh with a 16:01.
In girl’s Division I, Taylor Fortnam of M-A was the county’s top finisher. The newly-crown Peninsula Athletic League champion Bears finished fourth, nine points behind Palo Alto and just 22 behind first place Salinas High School.
In boys’ Division II, the Aragon Dons boy’s team put together a historic, second place meet with a pair of top 10 individual finishes. Rory Beyer and his 15:49, plus Wyatt Cooper and his 16:07 led the way for the Dons who advance to the CIF state meet for the first time in the 49-year coaching career of Bill Daskarolis. It was a total team effort by the Dons as the Division II race was marked at identical 91-point scores for Aragon, St. Francis and Leland. The tiebreaker in CCS is the team’s sixth place finisher and for that reason, senior Landon Hart and his 30th place finish takes home the MVP for the Dons. Hart finished in 16:58.
On the girls’ side of DII, Aragon had the best team finish. The Dons finished sixth. Westmoor’s Kylie Goo, the reigning PAL champion, finished just outside the podium in fourth — just a second behind third place. The Rams finished 13th.
In Division III, Terra Nova earned a seventh place finish with Michael Ward’s time of 16:21 good for eighth.
Burlingame’s Catherine Lowman qualified for the state meet with a second place time of 18:34. Katie Hall of Terra Nova led the Tigers’ eighth place charge.
In Division IV, Logan Marshall took the individual title with a 16:05 in helping the Cougars finish second in the team competition. Sacred Heart Prep took home fourth place with Steven Glassmoyer’s third place finish tops on the team. Daniel Hill finished seventh. The Menlo Knights used two top 25 finishes to place eighth.
The Cougars’ girls team took bronzes with Chandra Anderson’s 10th place finish at 19:38 tops on the squad. West Bay Athletic League freshman and reigning champion Zoe Enright brought home a fourth place finish. The Knights were seventh. Sacred Heart Prep was 10th.
And in Division V, Crystals Springs Uplands took to top spot on the boys’ side and second on the girls’. Ryan Kaveh was fourth in leading the Gryphons’ male charge while Jenny Shearer’s second place finish was tops on the girls’ side for Crystal Springs.
In the past five seasons, the boys have finished first (2008), second (2009), second (2010), first (2011) and first (2012).
With the power points counted and the seeds set, the Central Coast Section football playoffs are set to begin.
In the Open Division, the Serra Padres are the highest local seed. At No. 5, the Padres will travel to Palo Alto High School to battle the Vikings in a very intriguing opening round matchup Friday night at 7 p.m.
Peninsula Athletic League co-champion Terra Nova drew the No. 1 seeded Bellarmine.
The WCAL rivals would face each other in the semifinals if they were to win their games.
In Division I, it’ll be a local affair when No. 4 Menlo-Atherton hosts No. 5 Sequoia. The winner of the Friday night affair will have a date with either No. 1 Milpitas or No. 8 Silver Creek.
PAL Ocean Division champion South San Francisco High School earned a No. 6 seed and will travel to take on the Chargers of Wilcox. If the Warriors win, they’ll take on either No. 2 Los Gatos or No. 7 Pioneer.
On the bottom half of the bracket, No. 5 Aragon will head over to Leland High School on Friday night. A win for the Dons means a semifinal game with No. 8 Overfelt or No. 1 St. Francis who is fresh off an upset of the Serra Padres.
Burlingame is the lone local representative in Division III. After a couple of clutch wins in the PAL Bay Division and a win in the 85th Little Big Game, the Panthers’ prize is a game with No. 3 Valley Christian.
And in Division IV, Sacred Heart Prep earned the highest local seed. The No. 2 Gators will host No. 7 Pacific Grove. SHP rival No. 4 Menlo earned the No. 4 seed and will borrow Sequoia High School’s football field for a matchup with No. 5 Monte Vista Christian.
Lastly, all CCS eyes will be on Seaside High School on Friday night as Justin Ewing and Lake Division champion Capuchino will try to upset Seaside and break a single-season rushing record at the same time. Ewing needs 51 yards to break the record set in 1997 of 2,798 yards in a single season.
GIRLS’ WATER POLO
In CCS girls’ water polo Division I, Menlo-Atherton won its quarterfinal matchup with Los Gatos 9-5. The Bears will play Leland High School in the semifinals on Wednesday night for a right to play against either Archbishop Mitty or St. Francis of Mountain in Saturday’s final.
In Division II, the Burlingame Panthers hung tough with the WCAL’s Presentation but ultimately fell 11-8. That leaves Sacred Heart Prep as the lone local representative in DII — the Gators dominated Santa Catalina 11-2 and are now a step closer to their sixth straight CCS title. SHP takes on Castilleja Tuesday night at Gunn High School in Palo Alto.
BOYS’ WATER POLO
In CCS boys’ water polo Division I, Menlo-Atherton made easy work of Leland 12-4 and must now fend with St. Francis, the No. 2 seed, Tuesday night at Serra High School.
Serra fell to Mountain View in a close game 10-9 in its quarterfinal matchup.
Sacred Heart Prep totally manhandled Burlingame in their Division II quarterfinal. The Gators beat the Panthers 18-0. The Gators will take on Soquel, the No. 4 seed, in the semifinals Wednesday afternoon at Serra.
In CCS girls’ team tennis, Menlo earned a spot in the semifinals after a 12-6 over Saratoga High School. They’ll take on Monta Vista on Monday at Courtside in Los Gatos.
The individual brackets are set for CCS in girls’ tennis, too. Carlmont’s Codi Sidell has a date with Shirley Chen of York High School.
In the lower half of the bracket, Peninsula Athletic League champion Mariko Iinuma of Hillsdale High School will take on No. 2 seed Liz Yao of Menlo School.
In doubles tournament action, Lauren Sinatra Lisa and Lisa Patel have a date with the No. 2 seeded Monarchs of Mitty. Also representing the PAL is the Aragon duo of Kaede Ishikawa and Samantha Wong who take on a pair of Milpitas High School.
In CCS girls’ volleyball, Menlo-Atherton is making another run in Division I. Their three-set victory over San Benito means a matchup with No. 2 Salinas, Wednesday after at Santa Clara High School.
Carlmont fell in its quarterfinal matchup with Homestead in three sets, 25-22, 25-15, 26-24 to end its season. And Sequoia stood tough against the volleyball machine that is Palo Alto High School. The Cherokees lost in three sets 25-22, 25-11, 25-21.
In Division III, Burlingame carries the PAL torch. By virtue of the Panthers’ 25-13, 25-12, 25-11 win over No. 5 Branham, Burlingame will take on No. 1 Valley Christian at Sacred Heart Cathedral in San Francisco on Wednesday Night.
Aptos High School proved too much for San Mateo High school in its quarterfinal match. The Bearcats fell in three sets.
Division IV of CCS gives fans a Valparaiso Bowl on the volleyball court with Sacred Heart Prep visits No. 3 Menlo School on Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. The Knights took care of Notre-Dame Belmont in three sets to win their quarterfinal matchup. And No. 2 SHP disposed of Mercy-Burlingame 25-20, 26-24, 25-16 on Saturday night.