Sometimes when putting together the Daily Journal Athletic Honor Roll, some numbers just pop out at you.
This week, Devin Joos leads the HR in that category. The junior from Menlo-Atherton has made a huge splash since moving into the starting lineup with the Bears. In the Bears’ loss to Woodside, Joos finished with a match-high 40 kills.
Also falling along that line is Christine Alftin of Woodside volleyball. The senior had 30 kills in the win over Woodside and followed that with 15 more in a win over Hillsdale as the Wildcats pulled into a first-place tie with Carlmont atop the PAL Bay Division standings.
A couple of other volleyball numbers of merit include: Victoria Garrick racked up 23 kills and 19 digs in a four-set win over Notre Dame. Natalie Marshall had 52 dimes while Ara Peterson added 17 kills of her own. Over in Daly City, Marlene Alcantara’s defense led Westmoor to a 2-0 win. She tallied 62 digs. Over at Carlmont, it was a big week for Charlotte Jackman. A couple days after taxing South City to the tune of 13 kills, six digs and two blocks, Jackman hit a whooping .600 with a career-high 23 kills in a victory over Aragon. She also had five digs. Last week’s Athlete of the Week, Ella McDonough, racked up 32 kills in those two wins. Amelia Tupou had 90 assists.
Not to be outdone statistically, Tammy Byrne had a big week for Notre Dame-Belmont. The Tiger went for 35 kills, 19 digs and two aces in a loss to St. Ignatius. But, she stayed hot. In what was a second place finish during the Stockton Classic, Byrne had 62 kills, four aces, 44 digs and six solo blocks. Katie Smoot (27 kills, four blocks, five aces against S.I.) wasn’t too far behind with 52 kills, seven aces and six blocks of her own. Katarina Warburton went for 81 digs and four aces.
The Tigers won their first two matches in straight sets over Ponderosa and Oakdale, before needing three set to get past Heritage in the semifinals. They fell to Monterey Trail in the championship match in three sets.
And finally on the hardwood, Ali Vidali of Terra Nova volleyball helped the Tigers into a share of the PAL Ocean Division lead with wins over Half Moon Bay and Sequoia last week. Against Half Moon Bay, she finished with 18 kills and followed that with a 20-kill performance against then-division leader Sequoia.
Over on the football field, Anthony Gordon of Terra Nova lit up the South City defense, completing 18 of 21 passes for 380 yards and five touchdowns in a 49-0 win as the Tigers moved to 2-0 in Bay Division play and remain undefeated at 6-0 overall.
Jack Marren of Menlo School football turned in a great overall performance. Marren caught a pair of touchdown passes in the Knights’ 42-10 win over Sequoia. He also accounted for a two-point conversion, a fumble recovery in the end zone, six tackles and a sack.
Josh Holman of Woodside football continues to be one of the best all-around threats in the PAL. In the Wildcats’ 58-24 win over Capuchino, the senior returned three kicks for touchdowns and also recovered a fumble that he took to the house as well to give him four scores on the night.
Speaking of big scores, Finau Hafoka of San Mateo rushed for 169 yards on 22 carries on Friday. But what was huge was his winning touchdown with 15 seconds left that gave San Mateo a 23-22 win over Half Moon Bay.
And finally on the gridiron, Kava Cassidy had a workman-like game in a 28-7 win over Valley Christian. He ran the ball 23 times for 125 yards and touchdown.
Elsewhere, Cori Sidell of Carlmont tennis picked up two big wins last week as the Scots pulled into a tie for first place in the Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division.
Playing at No. 1 singles, Sidell beat an ailing Cindy Liu in straight sets as Carlmont handed Hillsdale its first Bay Division defeat of the year. Sidell followed that with another win against Burlingame.
On the cross country courses, Zoe Enright and Lizzie Lacy of Menlo finished second and third at the second West Bay Athletic League meet. Their team finish (101:44) not only led Menlo to a team victory, but also was the second-fastest time overall on the Baylands course ever (Mitty 100:59 in 2012).
Madeleine Baier Katie Beebe finished first and second, leading Menlo-Atherton to a win at the last PAL cross country meet of the season on the girls’ side. The Bears edged Half Moon Bay (who finished third, fourth and fifth) by nine points.
On the boys’ side, Logan Marshall continued his individual hold on the league. He finished first with a 15:54 to lead Half Moon Bay into second place. The boys from Carlmont finished first.
Lastly, on the golf links, SHP went 2-0 on the week thanks in large part to Jessica Koenig and Maddy Ellison. The two were medalist on separate occasions as the beat Castilleja (Ellison, 39) and Mercy-Burlingame (Koenig 38) respectively.