Marek Palladino and Juliano Rodriguez, Serra baseball. The Padres advanced to the CCS Open Division semifinals, with Palladino pacing the team at the plate. The senior was 4 for 6 through the two CCS playoff games. Rodriguez was a big reason why Serra advanced in the tournament as he earned the win in the quarterfinals over Santa Cruz. The senior right-hander allowed one run on two hits over 4 2/3 innings while striking out seven.
Kealani Cardona, Hillsdale softball. With the CCS Division II quarterfinals rescheduled for Monday, March 20 due to rain, Cardona made the two extra days of rest count. The senior left-hander fronted an 11-0 win over Monte Vista Christian-Watsonville, firing her first varsity no-hitter in the six-inning mercy-rule victory.
Charlotte Tomkinson, Menlo girls’ track. The junior turned in a silver-medal performance in the girls’ 1,600 at the CIF State Track and Field Championships Saturday in Clovis. Tomkinson took second place with a time of 2:09.41, the second fastest time in the state all season, finishing just .63 seconds off the gold-medal time of Samantha Wallenstrom.
Alexandra Chan, Menlo girls’ track. The senior didn’t advance past the preliminaries at the CIF State Track and Field Championships, but she still enjoyed the best performance of her varsity career in the girls’ 100 hurdles Friday night in Clovis. Chan placed 13th in the prelims with personal record of 14.60 seconds.
Carly Watts, Terra Nova girls’ track and field. The senior ended her varsity career in style, taking the bronze medal in the CIF State Track and Field Championships Saturday in Clovis, recording a top throw of 45-4, marking the best throw by a PAL girls’ competitor in the history of the state meet.
This is the second straight year Watts has reached the state finals in shot, after finishing sixth place last season at 43-6. The last Peninsula Athletic League girls’ shot put thrower to reach the state finals was in 2013 when Mills’ Sabrina Mendoza took 11th place. Watts’ third-place finish was the best by a PAL shot put thrower since Jefferson’s Tina Etuale took second place with a distance of 44-11 1/4 in 1995.
Other PAL shot placers at the state finals: In 1986, Buffy Sexton, Mills, sixth place 40-10 1/2; 1982, Cindi Durchslag, San Carlos, sixth 43-5 1/4; 1979, Jodi Barker, Sequoia, fourth place 44-7 1/4; and 1978, Lynn Richardson, Jefferson, sixth place 42-5 1/4. Watts is the first PAL shot thrower to place in back-to-back seasons.
Kayleigh Puchinelli, Aragon softball. With the Aragon Dons marching toward history with the program’s first-ever CCS softball championship, Puchinelli produced one of the team’s biggest swings of 2019. With the Dons trailing by two runs in the sixth inning to San Mateo in the Division I semifinals, Puchinelli drilled a three-run home run, her second of the year, to give the Dons a 6-5 lead. Shannon Galliano followed with the first homer of her three-year varsity career, giving Aragon 32, ranking second in the CCS this season.
Serra boys’ 4x400 relay team. The quartet of Liam Kilbridge, Liam Pearl, Terence Loville and Nate Sanchez reached the finals at the CIF State Track and Field Championships, taking eighth place with a time of 3:23.44. Their time in Friday’s preliminaries of 3:18.55 stands as the best time in the CCS this season. It is the fifth time in the past six seasons Serra has finished with the CCS’ best time in the 4x400 relay.
Claire Yerby, Half Moon Bay girls’ track. Reaching the preliminaries at the CIF State Track and Field Championships, Yerby settled for 18th place with a time of 5:01.63, a new personal record for the Half Moon Bay junior.
Jada Walker, San Mateo softball. Mateo claimed a CCS Division I quarterfinal win over Branham 8-4, banging out 15 hits in the process. Izzy Borges and Bethany Shih totaled three hits apiece, but Walker’s 2-for-4 day was noteworthy in that she went deep for the first home run of her four-year varsity career.
Krissy Smoot, Notre Dame-Belmont girls’ track and field. After winning the CCS championship in the girls’ discus, Smoot advanced to the finals at the CIF State Track and Field Championships Saturday in Clovis, where she took eighth place with a throw of 143-6. It was the third-best distance by a CCS thrower this season and also set a new personal record for the senior in her final high school meet before shipping off to Cal next season.