Are you ready to rumble?
Well, the winter season may be young, but Menlo-Atherton’s is already in mid-season form apparently. Wilson went 4-0 to capture the 138-pound wrestling title at the Golden Gate Invitational hosted by Washington-San Francisco. Wilson was also named “Most Outstanding Middleweight.”
While Wilson was busy being a monster on the mat, Sacred Heart Prep’s Ben Burr-Kirven continues to wreck havoc on the football field. And he’ll be at it for at least one more week. The Gators unleashed the full effect of Burr-Kirven, who led the Gators to the Nor Cal Division III championship. He rushed for 161 yards and four touchdowns in a 42-7 win over El Cerrito. On defense, he was a part of 17 tackles – 11 of which were solo tackles. He also recorded a sack and forced a fumble.
The Honor Roll will heat up really soon with plenty of basketball news. But already there have been some noteworthy performances to share.
Royce Branning of Menlo-Atherton basketball lit up Half Moon Bay for 29 points during the Bears’ 65-62 loss to the Cougars in the Burlingame Lions’ Club tournament. Branning earned all-tournament honors.
Half Moon Bay got the last laugh, though. Behind Corey Cilia and his 33 points during the championship game, the Cougars took down the Panthers to win the tournament title. Cilia was named to the all-tournament team. The Panthers’ Frankie Ferrari and Nick Loew were also selected.
Danny Mahoney, a Serra senior guard, scored 18 points and handed out five assists as the Padres handed Aragon a 66-51 loss. Sean Watkins wasn’t too far behind with 16 points. In that same game, Toby Liebergesell of Aragon led all scorers with 20.
Jaylend Jones scored 15 points in a cross-divisional PAL game against Hillsdale. Terra Nova won 53-44.
In girls’ basketball, Anisah Smith of Carlmont basketball now has five straight games with 20 points or more with a pair of big performances last week. She scored 28 in a Scots win over Oceana and followed that up with a 29-point performance in a victory over Yerba Buena.
Emma Pastorino and Kaylin O’Leary of Notre Dame-Belmont earned all-tournament team nods at the Valley Christian Dublin tourney after the Tigers took third place at the Valley Christian Dublin tournament. Earlier in that tournament, the entire Notre Dame defense put on a show. They kept St. Elizabeth to just 10 points in a 47-point win. Camryn McNab scored 16 points in that win while Sam Requilman added 10 with five steals.
Meghan Holland went off for 28 points and Riley Hemm added 18 in a Gator victory. They were both named to the all-tournament team. Holland also had a 14-point game against Aragon earlier in the week.
In the consolation championship of the Tera Nova Tournament, Menlo came back from a four-point deficit at halftime to beat Piedmont Hills 62 to 52. Menlo was led by all-tournament player Hannah Paye who had 22 points including five three-pointers. In addition to Paye, sophomore McKenzie Duffner contributes a double double with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
in girls’ soccer, Menlo defeated Burlingame 2-0. Fifteen minutes into the second half, Amanda McFarland scored off a corner kick from Chandler Wickers. Wickers then scored unassisted in the 34th minute on a 25 yard shot that found the upper corner of the goal.
Schuyler Tilney-Volk had 9 saves in goal for Menlo, earning her second consecutive shutout.
And finally in some late fall season Honor Roll news, Sofia Caryotakis and Jessica Heilman were named to the Central Coast Section First Team representing Division I after their superb seasons for the Menlo-Atherton girls’ water polo team.
Kristen Denney (Carlmont), Francesca Gilles (M-A) made the second team. Samantha Hartman (M-A) was named Honorable Mention.
In Division II, Caitlin Stuewe was named the CCS Player of the Year with teammates Morgan McCracken and Kelly Moran earning First Team honors. They were joined by Burlingame’s Nikki Reynolds.
Second Team members included: Maddy Johnston and Malaika Koshy (SHP) with Lauren Kerrigan (SHP) and Micaela White (Half Moon Bay) were named Honorable Mention.