Menlo-Atherton 70, Jefferson 27
The Bears, the top seed in the South, had little trouble with the Grizzlies, the No. 4 seed from the North, in the first round of the PAL tournament.
M-A jumped out to a 23-10 lead after the first quarter and never looked back. Greer Hoyem scored a game-high 23 points to lead the Bears, who also got 14 points from Carly McLanahan and 12 from Ofa Sili.
M-A will now face and Oceana (No. 2 North) in the semifinals at 6 p.m. Thursday at Hillsdale.
Oceana 50, Carlmont 42
The Sharks, the No. 2 seed in the North, outlasted the Scots, the No. 3 seed from the South, in a quarterfinal matchup in the PAL tournament.
The game was nip-and-tuck the whole way. Oceana led 8-7 after the first quarter and 19-17 at halftime. After both teams scored 15 in the third, the Sharks outscored the Scots 16-10 over the final eight minutes to pull out the victory.
Oceana will now face top-seeded M-A in the semifinals at 6 p.m. Thursday at Hillsdale.
Half Moon Bay 84, Aragon 53
The Dons, the No. 4 team in the South, stayed with the Cougars, the top seed out of the North, for the first half, trailing just 35-32.
But Aragon was limited to just 21 points in the second half as Half Moon Bay scored 23 in the third and 26 in the fourth to win going away.
Ethan Menzies had a monster game for the Cougars, scoring a game-high 32 points to go along with 14 rebounds. Ryan Yerby added 16 for Half Moon Bay, which had 27 assists and just six turnovers for the game.
The Cougars will face Sequoia (No. 2 South) in a semifinal game at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Hillsdale. Sequoia beat Westmoor, 85-61.
Menlo-Atherton 63, El Camino 23
The Bears, the No. 1 seed from the South, had no problem with the Colts, the fourth seed from the North.
M-A led 19-2 after one period and 38-9 at halftime. The Bears will take on Jefferson (No. 2 North) in a semifinal game at 4:30 p.m. Friday at Hillsdale.
Jefferson beat Woodside in its quarterfinal game.
San Mateo 10, Gavilan 0
The Bulldogs ran their winning streak to six in a row with a shutout over the Rams in San Mateo.
CSM (7-1) scored all the runs it would need with a four-run first inning. The Bulldogs added one more in the second, two more in the fourth before tacking on single runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings.
Mark Quimby, Anders Green and Chris Papapietro all had three hits. Quimby had a double and two triples, Green had double and a triple while Papapietro had a triple and three RBIs. Green also drove in three.
Dalton Gomez picked up the win, pitching seven innings of five-hit ball while striking out seven.
Chabot 17, Cañada 1
The Colts (0-9) dropped their ninth straight to start the season as Chabot scored crooked numbers in four different innings and banged out 18 hits.
Former Carlmont first baseman Alex Pennes paced Cañada with two hits, who scored Cañada’s only run in the seventh inning on an RBI groundout by Danny Ruiz. Chabot designated hitter Matthew Barraza was 4 for 6 with four RBIs and three runs scored, and slugged one of the Gladiators’ three home runs.
Colts starting pitcher Nico Mayoral took the loss, yielding seven runs over 2 2/3 innings. His record falls to 0-2.
Half Moon Bay 59, Burlingame 18
The Cougars won their 24th straight PAL dual meet and captured their fourth straight PAL regular-season title with a dominant performance over the Panthers, winning 10 of the 14 matches.
Half Moon Bay got pins from Ricky Camacho (287), Jimmy Claitor (172), Gerardo Penaloza (222), Johnny Mendez (122), Lucas Woodbridge (197), Tommy Sendino (108).
Josh Mutto (134) and Damon George (134) each won their matches by techincal falls.
Juan Diaz (162) and Pedro Nic-Novelo (182) each won decisions for the Cougars.
On the girls’ side, Half Moon Bay’s Emely Mendez (133) won the only match contested, rallying in the third period to clinch the win. It gives the Lady Cougars their best-ever record of 5-1 and second place in the PAL Bay.
Aragon 2, Menlo-Atherton 1
The second-place Dons stayed in the chase for the PAL Bay Division title with a key win over the defending champ Bears.
Aragon (9-3-1, 28 points) remains one point behind Carlmont (9-2-2, 29 points) with the season finale today. The Dons host fourth-place Burlingame at 3 p.m., while the Scots host seventh-place Sequoia.
Christian Torres scored both goals for Aragon — one in each half. He gave the Dons a 1-0 lead in the 25th minute off a free kick from Nick Demonico.
M-A (6-6-1, 19 points, fifth-place) tied the game before halftime on a penalty kick.
Torres scored the game winner in the 60th minute on a breakaway.
San Mateo 5, Mills 1
The Bearcats can still catch Hillsdale for second place in the PAL Ocean Division standings after beating the Vikings in the second-to-last game of the season.
San Mateo will travel to Hillsdale today in the season finale. The winner has an excellent chance of earning a CCS at-large berth.
Vidhu Raj and Juan Guzman each scored twice for San Mateo (10-3 PAL Ocean), with David Haner rounding out the scoring. Aarong Baca, Christian Chacon, Grant Rueca, Liam Delaney and Garrison Wendlberger each recorded assists for the Bearcats.
Half Moon Bay 5, Jefferson 3
The Cougars rallied from a 2-1 second-half deficit to beat the Grizzlies in a PAL Ocean matchup.
Gio Hamilton gave Half Moon Bay (2-10-1 PAL Ocean) a 1-0 lead at halftime, but Jefferson (1-12) scored the next two in the second half.
But Roni Acosta scored twice and assisted on a third to lead a four-goal, second-half onslaught. Hamilton added his second goal of the game and Saul Villafuerte rounded out the scoring.
King’s Academy 45, Sacred Heart Prep 34
The Gators limp into the CCS playoffs with their third straight loss to end the regular season.
SHP (7-7 WBAL, 11-13 overall) scored only 14 points in the second half after scoring 20 in the first two quarters.
No Gator scored in double figures, which were led by Kyle Stalder’s eight points. Eric DeBrine and Tevin Panchal scored seven each.
Mercy-Burlingame 3, Mercy-SF 0
The Crusaders clinched second place in the WBAL Skyline Division with a shutout over the Skippers.
Senior Emily Naughton, along with freshmen Jayden Pineda and Isabel Bojorquez, each scored once for Mercy-Burlingame (9-2-1, 28 points), which finished four points behind division leader Woodside Priory (11-1, 33 points).
San Mateo 13, Hartnell 6
The Bulldogs won their fifth in a row, downing the Panthers in Salinas.
Hartnell took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first, but CSM (5-1) erupted for a seven-run third and added five more in fifth to take a commanding lead.
RJ Prince had a homer, a double and two RBIs to pace CSM. Angelo Bortolin homered as well for the Bulldogs, also driving in a pair of runs. Anders Green drove in three and had a triple.
Wyatt Tucker earned the win for CSM, working four innings, giving up two runs on two hits. Jacob Hord and Ethan Bledsoe finished out the game for the Bulldogs, with three innings and two, respectively.
Skyline 5, Laney 1
The Trojans (8-3) got back in the win column at Laney-Oakland behind starting pitcher Richard Boe’s first win of the year. The 6-foot-6 right-hander ddominating through eight innings, allowing one unearned run on four hits to improve his record to 1-0.
Tied 1-1 in the fourth, Skyline rallied for three runs, highlighted by an RBI single by Joey Pledger. The freshman totaled a career-high three hits. Transfer sophomore Kyle Barrett added two knocks, hitting safely in his seventh straight game.
Hitting .381, Barrett currently leads the Trojans with 16 hits on the year.