It was not a good Friday night for Peninsula Athletic League football teams in games other than PAL teams playing each other.
In game in which PAL team played outside the league, they went 1-3.
The only win came courtesy of Terra Nova’s 38-13 win over Salinas. It was the first time this season the Tigers were to less than 45 points. That was the lone bright spot.
Mills suffered its first loss of the season, 28-26 to Los Altos. Sequoia lost its first out-of-state game, getting blitzed by Cedar City-Utah 34-7. Alameda more than doubled Hillsdale, beating the Knights 55-24.
Menlo School stamped itself as a legitimate Central Coast Section and Northern California champion contender with a four-set victory over Valley Christian-San Jose, 16-25, 25-18, 25-23 Thursday night.
Valley Christian is one of the top-ranked teams in Northern California.
The Knights were led by Maddie Huber and Lida Vandermeer, who each finished with 13 kills. Morgan Dressel finished with 10 kills.
Menlo improved its record to 13-4 with the win and adds to an impressive resume of victories: two over Menlo-Atherton, reigning CCS Division I champion; Bishop O’Dowd-Oakland, North Coast Section Division III power; as well as CCS contenders St. Francis and Sacred Heart Cathedral.
The Knights are now 3-3 against teams from the West Catholic Athletic League.
Another West Bay Athletic League power, Sacred Heart Prep, also pulled off a four-set victory Thursday night, beating Convent of the Sacred Heart 25-15, 25-22, 28-30, 25-16.
Victoria Garrick, the Daily Journal’s reigning Athlete of the Week, finished with 23 kills to lead the Gators. Lilika Teu dished out 49 assists, while Mamie Caruso had 27 digs.
Menlo-Atherton moved a game above .500 with 3-2 record in Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division match following a convincing sweep of San Mateo Thursday.
Caroline Kelly had the most dominating match for the Bears at No. 4 singles, dropping only one game in a 6-1, 6-0 victory. The No. 3 doubles team of Camilla Calmasini and Julia Chang were nearly as impressive, winning 6-2, 6-0.
Burlingame picked up its second league win with a 5-2 victory over Half Moon Bay, which also enters the match with just one win in Bay Division play.
After splitting the four singles matches, the Panthers swept the three doubles matches, dropping only eight games in the process. Lisa Patel and Haley Shaffer at No. 1 doubles, and the No. 2 doubles team of Sara Arfania and Lindsey Schloetter both lost only two games in straight-set victories.
In other action, Notre Dame-Belmont was swept by Valley Christian in WCAL play, 7-0.
The San Mateo boys picked up its first win in PAL Ocean Division play with a dominating 20-6 win over Capuchino Thursday.
The Bearcats scored six goals in the first period and never looked back as they led 12-4 at halftime.
The San Mateo girls also had an easy time with its Capuchino counterpart, winning 12-3. Like the boys, the Lady Bearcats jumped out to an early lead, holding a 5-1 lead after one period. They led 7-1 at halftime and all but put the game away with four more in the third period.
Aragon stayed unbeaten in PAL Bay Division play by holding off San Mateo 223-228 at Poplar Creek Golf Course Thursday afternoon.
The Dons improve to 4-0 in league play and 10-0 overall.
San Mateo’s Aman Sangha earned low medalist honors with a 2-over 38 on the par-36 course. Aragon’s Kelly Fang was right behind with a 5-over 41.
Valerie Chen shot a 43 for the Dons as all six scorers shot rounds in the 40s. Tessa Ulrich finished with a 45, Emily Paras shot a 46 and Caroline Bigioacchino fired a 48.
Lisa Sasaki and Kristen Tanaya each shot a 45 for San Mateo, while Caroline Wong finished with a 46 for the Bearcats.
The Cañada women suffered their second straight loss after opening the season 2-0, dropping a five-set decision to City College of San Francisco, 19-25, 25-20, 14-25, 25-20, 15-10.
Tia Villareal (Hillsdale) paced the Colts’ offense with 14 kills, while Lauren Fromalejo finished with 18 digs.
The Colts lost their first match of the season Wednesday, dropping a four-set decision to Hartnell, 24-26, 25-17, 25-9, 25-14.
Villareal led the Colts with 15 kills, while setter Ariel Mangum (Aragon) pumped out 51 assists. Yasmin Crociani added nine kills for Cañada, which fell to 2-1 on the season.
Menlo College was also knocked off Wednesday, falling to U.C. Santa Cruz in straight sets, 25-13, 27-25, 25-20. Courtney Calicdan paced the Oaks with 11 kills while adding seven digs and two service aces. Renn Isobe led the Menlo in digs with 13.
Menlo’s record dropped to 6-5 with the loss.