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Aragon girls’ athletics may be the queens of the Central Coast Section, winning three section titles this season, but Menlo-Atherton continues to be the cream of the Peninsula Athletic League.

Bears’ athletics won 10 PAL varsity titles this season, which helped the Bears to their 11th straight Commissioner’s Cup and 12th overall in the 13 years the award has been given out.

On the boys’ side: football, basketball, wrestling, track, golf and tennis. Girls’ championships included: tennis, volleyball, soccer and track.

The Commissioner’s Cup was implemented in 2007 by the Peninsula Athletic League as a way to determine the best athletic program in the PAL. Where a team finishes in the standings is only part of the formula. There is a sportsmanship component to the award.

“The Commissioner’s Cup is awarded annually to the Peninsula Athletic League school that best exemplifies the league’s commitment to sportsmanship and excellence in athletics,” says the heading on the PAL website. “It is our mission to create an atmosphere of positive competition and sportsmanship between the schools of the Peninsula Athletic League.”

Sportsmanship points are awarded — or deducted — based on player or coach ejections at the varsity, junior varsity and freshmen levels.

“We are especially proud of this high honor, not only because it shows the overall strength of our athletics program, but also because it shows how we stress the importance of good sportmanship and fair play,” said M-A co-athletic director Paul Snow in an email.


After being one of the premiere summer baseball organizations on the Peninsula for decades, American Legion baseball fizzled out on the Peninsula a couple years ago.

Bel-Mateo Babe Ruth is trying to bring American Legion back into the spotlight — for one day at least.

Bel-Mateo will be hosting several American Legion luminaries Saturday, June 8, at the Belmont Sports Complex to help the American Legion celebrate its 100th anniversary.

“American Legion always had a deep appreciation for baseball,” said Alex Cooke, who is the event coordinator for Bel-Mateo Babe Ruth. “We really want to welcome them. We want to give back to the community.”

Not only will the commanders of Post 82 in San Mateo and Post 105 in Redwood City be in attendance for the ceremony, the district commander will participate, along with the mayors of Belmont, Redwood City and San Mateo, and four Purple Heart recipients. The grand marshal of the event is an American Legion “centurion” — a member who is 100 years old.

The ceremony will be held before the first of four games scheduled that day. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., with the first pitch of the first game scheduled for 10 a.m.


A pair of Atherton schools announced the hiring of new coaches. Menlo School announced this week that Tony Holland will take over the girls’ volleyball program. Holland has spent the last six seasons as an assistant on the Menlo coaching staff and has extensive club coaching experience.

Holland will be replacing Marco Paglialunga, who left the school after three seasons to coach the U24 Italian national team.

“Tony exemplifies the character and leadership traits of a Menlo School coach,” athletic director Earl Koberlein said in a press release. “He understands the importance of academics at Menlo and recognizes the balance between academics and volleyball.”

Down the street and around the corner, Menlo-Atherton announced Wednesday the hiring of Steve Yob to replace Markisha Coleman as the girls’ varsity basketball coach.

Yob, a three-year varsity starter and a 2004 M-A graduate, has been an assistant junior varsity coach at M-A, Palo Alto and Woodside high schools, a press release from the school said.

He is currently a physical education teacher at La Entrada Middle School in Menlo Park.

Nathan Mollat can be reached by email: or by phone: 344-5200 ext. 117.

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