After a slow start, Menlo School put the pedal to the metal and cruised to a 42-10 win over Sequoia Friday night in a Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division game in Redwood City.
Menlo (1-0 PAL Bay, 5-1 overall) led 6-3 after the first quarter, but blew Sequoia (0-2, 3-3) away in the second quarter, scoring 22 unanswered points to lead 28-3 at halftime. Menlo scored two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter and Sequoia scored its only touchdown in the final period as well.
Menlo quarterback Jack Heneghan threw four touchdown passes for the game. Jack Marren caught a pair of scoring passes and rushed for a third. Graham Statford also caught two touchdown passes.
In Lake Division action, Hillsdale improved to 2-0 in division play with a 49-14 win over Jefferson. El Camino bounced back from a disappointing loss to Mills last week, shutting out Carlmont 21-0.
Sacred Heart Prep pulled into a third-place tie with Harker in the West Bay Athletic League standings by beating the Eagles 4-3 Thursday afternoon.
SHP (3-3 WBAL) lost the first three singles matches, but Kate Ackley picked up a key win at No. 4 singles and then the Gators swept the doubles matches to pick up the win.
Lucie Ackley and Ruth Sarwal made quick work at No. 1 doubles, winning 6-0, 6-2. Caroline Parsons and Maddie Jones were up a set and up 2-0 in the second when their Harker counterparts retired, and Taylor McKelvy and Lauren Trihy completed the doubles sweep at No. 3 with a 6-2, 6-4 victory.
In Peninsula Athletic League action, Carlmont followed up its big win over Hillsdale Tuesday with a 5-2 victory over Burlingame Thursday.
The Scots swept the singles matches, as well as the No. 1 doubles match to pull out the win.
Cori Sidell and Veronika Dvorak, the Scots’ No. 1 and No. 2 singles player respectively, won their matches by the same scores of 6-0, 6-1.
Mar Burgueno and Michelle Guan, at No. 3 and No. 4 singles, also won their matches in straight sets for Carlmont. The doubles team of Cassidy Sobey and Pareesa Darafshi needed three sets and a tiebreaker in the first to pull out a 7-6 (5), 4-6, (10-7).
Burlingame got wins at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles from Sara Arfania and Marie Blukher, and Madeline Somers and Sammy Kotmel.
The Hillsdale team rebounded from its loss to the Scots by beating San Mateo 5-2. Cindy Liu, who was suffering from a shoulder injury in her loss to Sidell Tuesday, appeared better in her match against the Bearcats, winning 6-1, 6-2.
Natalie Spievack, Mariko Iinuma and Irene Palisoc completed the singles sweep for the Knights, while Brooke Branting and Neema Shayo gave Hillsdale a rare doubles win at No. 1 doubles, with a 2-6, 6-4, (10-8) victory.
In West Catholic Athletic League play, Notre Dame-Belmont dropped a pair of matches, falling 4-3 to Pinewood Wednesday and getting swept by Mitty 7-0 Thursday.
Menlo School crushed rival Sacred Heart Prep Thursday, recording a 25-15, 25-14, 25-17 victory to move to 5-0 in West Bay Athletic League play and 18-4 overall.
The Knights got a great team effort in the win. Lida Vandermeer had a team-high 15 kills to go along with eight digs and five blocks. Maddie Huber finished with 12 digs and 11 kills, while Elisa Merten pumped out 34 assists and added 11 digs and a pair of blocks. Melissa Cairo was the team’s best defender, finishing with 19 digs. She also had three service aces.
Half Moon Bay’s Logan Marshall has to be considered the odds-on favorite to win the Peninsula Athletic League title at the PAL Cross Country Championships after he captured his third straight PAL meet Wednesday, beating Carlmont’s Mark Vingralek by eight seconds — 15:54 to 16:02.
Gerardo Castro of El Camino took third in a time of 16:13, finishing just ahead of Carlmont’s Owen Lee and Menlo-Atherton’s Zach Plante, who each finished with a time of 16:14.
The Carlmont boys’ team, however, captured the team win over Half Moon Bay. The Scots had five runners finish in the top 10, compared to just two for the Cougars.
On the girls’ side, M-A’s Madeleine Baier and Katie Beebe went 1-2 to lead the Bears to the team win over Half Moon Bay. Baier, only a sophomore, covered the Crystal Springs course in a time of 18:48, more than 30 seconds ahead of her teammate Beebe, also a sophomore.
Half Moon Bay’s Carmen Contreras finished third and was the first of three Cougars to cross the finish line.
Of the top 10 spots, only one was not from M-A or Half Moon Bay — Sequoia’s Sophie Walton, who finished ninth with a time of 20:38.
In the West Catholic Athletic League meet in Golden Gate Park Thursday, St. Ignatius’ Kevin Lehr won the boys’ race in a time of 15:33. Gabriel Flynn was the top finisher for Serra, coming in 15th place with a time of 16:28.
St. Francis’ Julia Bounds, a freshman, captured the girls’ race in a time of 17:34. Megan McDonell was the top finisher for Notre Dame-Belmont, covering the course in a time of 21:35, good for 30th place.
The Menlo boys’ team picked up a huge non-league win, knocking off North Coast Section power De La Salle 12-10 in overtime Friday evening in Atherton.
It avenged a 10-5 loss to the Spartans in the opening round of the CCS/NCS Challenge last month.
Chris Xi paced Menlo (16-2 overall) with four goals, while Nick Bisconti and Andreas Katsis each scored three goals apiece for the Knights. Weston Avery rounded out the scoring.
Goaltender John Wilson had a huge match, finishing with 19 saves.
Menlo led 4-0 at halftime, but were outscored 8-4 over the final two periods of regulation. Both teams found the back of the net in the first overtime period, but the Knights pulled out the win by outscoring De La Salle 3-1 in the second overtime period.
The Menlo School girls’ team handed Half Moon Bay its second PAL Ocean Division loss, downing the Cougars 4-3 Thursday.
Menlo (8-4 PAL Ocean) scored two goals in the first period and led 3-1 at halftime. But Half Moon Bay (11-2) scored single goals in the third and fourth, but the Knights’ score in the third proved to be the difference.
Kate Huneke scored twice for Menlo, while Audrey Flower and Anna Miller tallied one apiece. Knights’ goaltender Donya Dehnad had a huge match, finishing with 16 saves.