Michael Matsuno, Mills boys’ basketball. The sophomore guard put on a show in the first round of the PAL tournament, scoring 27 points — on nine 3-pointers — in a 73-51 win over Terra Nova. He added two more treys in a 55-41 loss to Jefferson in the tournament semifinals. The nine 3s marks a new single-game record in the 17-year history of the PAL tourney, topping the previous record of eight held by four different players, including Matsuno’s older brother Brandon from 2015.
Jennis Eastwood, El Camino girls’ soccer. The Lady Colts benefitted from the inception of the PAL Lake Division this season, winning their first league title in program history. But it didn’t come easy. El Camino finished its season winning seven straight league games to etch an 8-3-1 record, edging Mills’ 8-4 record to capture the Lake crown. The last five El Camino wins were shutouts, thanks to the efforts of its junior goalkeeper. Eastwood was on point in last Tuesday’s season finale, getting peppered with shots on goal all day, including a dual save in the 73rd minute. At the time, the Colts led 1-0 after an early score by freshman Mayel Pacheco. The lead looked in peril when Oceana got a breakaway look. Eastwood batted away the initial attempt, but the deflection fell to the foot of another Oceana player, who quickly tried again only to be met by Eastwood’s quick reflexes to make her feet and record another save. It wasn’t until the 79th minute when sophomore Rachel Vargas scored to seal the win for the Colts, who will move up to the PAL Ocean Division next season.
Brittney Cedeno, South City girls’ basketball. The senior point guard moved into sixth place all-time in total points for a PAL tournament, racking up 67 points in three wins to lead the Lady Warriors to the PAL girls’ tournament championship. Cedeno tallied 24 points in each of South City’s first two wins over Aragon and Carlmont. She needed every one of her 19 points in the title game to deliver the Warriors the championship though, a 59-58 win over Menlo-Atherton, in which she knocked down an eight-foot jumper with nine seconds to go that proved to be the game winner.
Estreya Gonzalez and Celeste Perez, South City girls’ soccer. It went down to the last day of the season for South City to sew up the PAL Ocean Division championship, marking the first league title in program history. The Warriors brought home the crown with last Thursday’s 4-1 victory over Half Moon Bay, fronted by goals from Gonzalez and Perez. South City now advances to its first ever Central Coast Section postseason, opening play at home in the Division II bracket Wednesday as the No. 5 seed hosting No. 12 Menlo School.
Tobias Jacobson, Menlo-Atherton boys’ soccer. The senior striker had a big game in the Bears’ 3-0 win over eventual PAL Bay Division champion Burlingame. He gave M-A the lead just three minutes into the first half when he beat everyone to a free ball and pounded it into the back of the net. He then iced the game in the final minutes with a breakaway strike.
Elise Kratzer, Menlo-Atherton girls’ soccer. Making just her fourth varsity appearance, the senior striker came off the bench and used her blazing speed to net a pair of goals as the Bears clinched the PAL Bay Division title with a 3-0 win over Carlmont. Her first-half goal was a matter of being in the right place at the right time as she bodied the ball over the goal line amid a scrum of players. On her second, she motored past the Carlmont defensive line and won the 1-on-1 battle with the goalkeeper.
Davidson Iriabho, Westmoor boys’ soccer. The senior forward scored a hat trick in Westmoor’s most critical win of the season, a 4-2 victory over Half Moon Bay, the only league loss of the season for the PAL Ocean Division champs. The Rams needed the win to earn at-large consideration for the CCS playoffs, and had to battle back from an early 1-0 deficit. Iriabho tied it on a header in the 35th minute, then opened the second half with the go-ahead goal on an assist pass from junior Luis Aguilar. Iriabho returned the favor, assisting on an Aguilar goal to make it 3-1. Then, after HMB scored in the 72nd minute, Iriabho knocked in a long goal from just inside midfield to seal the victory. The win over a league champ helped Westmoor earn 40 1/2 power points, just enough to qualify for its second CCS Division II postseason bracket in three years.
Thomas Brown and Riley Woodson, Menlo boys’ basketball. The Knights finished off their perfect season in West Bay Athletic League Foothill Division play last week. With wins over the King’s Academy and Woodside Priory, Menlo improved its league record to 14-0 and its overall mark to 23-1. Brown opened the week by matching his season-high, scoring 23 points in a 67-41 win over TKA. Then Menlo closed out the regular season with a 58-29 win over Woodside Priory, paced by a double-double from its senior big man Woodson, who totaled 16 points and 14 rebounds.
Sam Treanor, Half Moon Bay boys’ basketball. The senior point guard helped the Cougars clinch a share of the PAL North title with 11 points in a win over El Camino in the regular-season finale. He then went off for 23 in a 59-56 win over Menlo-Atherton in the first round of the PAL Tournament. He added nine more in a 58-51 loss to Sequoia in the tournament semifinals.
Luis Alcala, Daniela Corona, Hallie Beier and Morgan Sparks, Half Moon Bay wrestling. Count two more PAL championships on the Coastside as both the Half Moon Bay boys’ and girls’ wrestling teams claimed the respective PAL wrestling crowns Friday and Saturday at Half Moon Bay High School. The boys earned the team title with 202 points, led by Alcala’s first-place triumph in the 115-pound division. The Lady Cougars earned the team title with 160 points, including three individual championships from Corona at 143s, Beier at 162s, and Sparks at 235s.