Times they are a changing -- quite literally (hello, daylight saving time), and in the San Mateo County athletic scope as well.
Only one local basketball team is alive in the California Interscholastic Federation state tournament and if the Menlo girls' basketball team keeps playing like it has been, we might still be talking basketball until late March.
And that will most definitely be the case if Lauren Lete continues her terrific play.
The senior guard scored 15 points in three quarters against Moreau Catholic on Wednesday. On Saturday, she had eight points and five steals in a win over Bear River to lift Menlo School into the CIF NorCal Division IV semifinal against Salesian of Richmond.
In the last two games, she's had six assists and just two turnovers.
"Her low turnover rate has been crucial to our success," said Menlo head coach John Paye via email. "She's been a field general. She has the ball 80 percent of the time and is not only distributing, but also scoring."
As accustomed, Drew Edelman led the scoring charge in both wins and she received her support from Maddie Price -- who's made it very dangerous for other teams to focus solely on the Knights' superstar center.
Also in Division IV, Sacred Heart Prep saw its season end at the hands of No. 1 Salesian. Helen Gannon scored 12 points to lead the Gators in that loss.
It was a thrilling week for Menlo baseball.
In two consecutive games, the Knights pulled out a victory in the seventh inning.
After scoring in the bottom of the seventh to defeat Woodside 1-0, the Knights came back from a 2-1 deficit by tallying twice in the top half of the seventh and then having Austin Marcus close the door in the bottom of seventh with a 3 up, 3 down effort against Evergreen Valley High School.
Adam Greenstein led off with a triple and scored after the relay throw was misplayed in left field. Sam Crowder then singled and stole second. Austin Marcus singled to left, with Crowder holding at third. After Marcus stole second, Kevin Jacques hit a sacrifice fly to left field and the Knight had their go-ahead run.
Menlo followed those two thrillers by losing to state powerhouse St. Francis of Mountain View 12-6. Menlo was led offensively by junior Will King who had two hits and freshman Jared Lucian who had a two-run RBI double.
In the annual Serra versus Burlingame rivalry game, the Padres prevailed 4-2, powered by back-to-back triples by Jordan Paroubeck and Mickey McDonald in the fifth inning. Serra rode starting pitcher Orlando Razo's complete-game gem. Razo dazzled, striking out 15 while allowing just two runs -- both unearned -- on two hits to go the distance.
Sacred Heart Prep enjoyed a two-win week thanks in large part to the arm of Tyler VauDell and the bat of Mike Covell.
VauDell allowed just one hit over six innings of work against Half Moon Bay to pick up a win. Covell drove in two runs in that victory. He then turned around and went 2 for 4 in a win against Hillsdale.
Notre Dame-Belmont's Lindsey Mifsud continued her early season tear at the plate. The senior is hitting .464. In three games last week, the sophomore hit .500, driving in six runs in the process.
She also pitched 14 innings, going 1-1 while striking out nine.
The highlight of a week's worth of tennis goes to the entire Menlo School team. In a 7-0 win over the King's Academy, the Knights of Menlo swept the 14 sets -- dropping only two points in the process.
It was also a historic week for Serra who, after 15 years of frustration, got over the Bellarmine College Prep hump by beating the Bells 5-2 to take control of the West Catholic Athletic League.
Individually, it was a good week for Burlingame's Scott Taggart, Matt Miller and Forrest Tsu. Reuben Sarwal picked up a dominating victory for SHP against Pinewood and the same can be said about Duncan MacWilliams, Ikjoo Cho (doubles team), and Tim Lewis and Sean Harrison.
The Menlo boys' lacrosse team opened up Santa Clara Valley Athletic League play with an 11-7 victory at Los Gatos.
Senior Wiley Osborne scored five goals over a six-minute stretch late in the first quarter and early second quarter to stake the Knights to a 5-2 lead that they held throughout the rest of the game. Osborne later added two assists and Menlo also had two goals from Riley Zeisler and Jack Marren.
It was also a big week for Duncan McGinnis of Menlo-Atherton. He scored three goals and had two assists in two Bear wins. Nick Schlein scored four times and assisted on another in the same span.
Burlingame defeated Menlo-Atherton 228-241 at Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club last Tuesday. ... Matt Teahan of Burlingame was the medalist with a score of 41. ... In SHP's win over Pinewood, Bradley Knox's 38 was best. ... Ian Bennett was a bright spot in SHP's loss to Leigh in boys' volleyball. ... He had 10 kills and six digs. ... Sacred Heart Prep girls' lacrosse moves to 4-0 after a 16-1 win over Leland. ... Brigid White led the Gators with seven goals. ... Libby Muir did a hat trick plus one. ... Ally Mayle scored three more. ... Menlo girls' lacrosse lost, but Ali Kim did score four times. ... And briefly, the Honor Roll gives a basketball farewell to seniors Henry Caruso (Serra, 25 points), Michael Smith (El Camino, 28 points) and Elijah White (El Camino 20 points) -- three of the very best the county has seen -- who lost over the weekend in the CIF tournament.
The college signing period for girls' volleyball officially begins April 16, but news broke over the weekend for one of the area's most athletic females.
Aragon's Chanel Joyce committed to Southern Mississippi University and will play volleyball for the Falcons.
Dons head coach Kelsey Stiles said the two visited the campus over the weekend and fell in love with everything it had to offer.
"It was just a fabulous experience and I couldn't feel more amazing about her spending the next four years of her life at that school," Stiles said via email. "Chanel's faith has become a huge focus in her life and the coaches and team are all extremely supportive of this and [were] highly involved themselves. It was a perfect fit and exactly what she had been looking for in a school."