The majority of San Mateo county is in playoff mode. And that calls for clutch postseason performances.
This week’s Honor Roll gives initial kudos to the Sacred Heart Prep boy’s water polo team, who pulled off the rare feat of a shutout in its 18-0 win against Burlingame. Will Runkel led the team with nine saves in the game. Twelve different Gators scored goals in the win.
Over on the girls’ side of the SHP pool, Morgan McCracken picked up a hat trick in an 11-2 win over Santa Catalina.
Also reaching the CCS semifinals, but in Division I, is the M-A Bears by virtue of their 9-5 win over Los Gatos. The Bears attack was led by Jessica Heilman’s 4 goals. Goalie Sierra Sheeper recorded 12 saves in the win.
Junior Maddie Huber and sophomore Lida Van der Meer each finished with 13 kills as Menlo School topped Notre Dame-Belmont in a CCS DIV opening round match. Huber also contributed 24 digs. Middle hitter Morgan Dressel had a team-high four blocks.
The Menlo volleyball team stifled a late Notre Dame charge to pick up the 25-12, 25-19, 11-25, 25-23 win.
The Knights will take on Sacred Heart Prep in a volleyball version of the Valpo Bowl. The Gators beat Mercy-Burlingame in three sets.
Ellie Shannon had 11 kills and four blocks in that match. Payton Smith added nine kills and six blocks. Helen Gannon had 17 digs and Cammie Merten notched 17 dimes and four aces.
Over in Division I, Carlmont High School’s season is over, but not before a couple of solid performances against Homestead.
Junior Charlotte Jackman had nine kills, four digs and two blocks while senior Kallan Bedard had nine kills and 10 digs to lead Carlmont. Junior Ella McDonough added seven kills and three digs. Junior Bailee Roces had 15 digs. Senior Kayla Wright had 12 digs and junior Amelia Tupou notched 25 assists, five kills, five digs and two blocks.
This was Carlmont’s 11th CCS appearance in the last 12 seasons. The Scots graduated four all-league players from 2011’s 25-10 squad — losing 60 percent of their kills, digs, aces and blocks — and the resulting inexperience led to a 1-7 start this year. But the Scots regrouped to finish the regular season by winning 17 of 24 matches.
CCS CROSS COUNTRY
There was a slew of great individual performances at Toro Park in Salinas during the Central Coast Section championships. Among the most notable were: Carlmont’s Daniel Bereket’s third place finish in Division I. ... Taylor Fortnam finished seventh in the Division I girls’ race, tops for Peninsula Athletic League runners. ... Aragon’s Rory Beyer took third place in Division II boys, leading the Dons to a second place team finish. ... Westmoor’s Kylie Goo finished fourth in the girls’ DII race to top local runners. ... In Division III, MIlls’ Grant Murphy took fourth place with a 16:05. ... In the same division, Burlingame’s Catherine Lowdon took home a second place finish and qualified for the state meet. ... Half Moon Bay’s Logan Marshall saw the entire Division IV boys’ field finish behind him. His 16:05 was 10 seconds better than Timmy Matthews of Pacific Grove for first place — the only such finish for a local runner. ... Steven Glassmoyer of Sacred Heart Prep took third in the same race. ... Reigning West Bay Athletic League champion Zoe Enright of Menlo School and her 18:57 was good for third in the DIV race. ... In Division V, Crystal Springs Uplands’ Ryan Kaveh posted a fourth place time. ... Jenny Shearer, also a Gryphon, ran Toro Park in 19:43 for a second place finish in Division IV. ... Bereket at 15:41 and Goo at 18:03 were the county’s two best times.
RIVALRY WEEK HIGHLIGHTS
It’s no mystery that emotions were very high last week on the football field with a full slate of rivalry games. Some players translated that adrenaline into impressive performances.
Over at the "Skull Game,” Terra Nova’s K’ren Spain had a two-way game most quarterbacks of his caliber dream about. The Tiger QB completed 19 of 27 passes for 221 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran the ball 16 times for 169 yards in Terra Nova’s 42-7 win over Half Moon Bay. Running back Tanner Piccolotti had a solid game against the Cougars as well, running for 101 yards and two touchdowns. Jaylen Jones caught eight balls for 86 yards and a pair of TDs, too. Terra Nova is heading to the Open Division of the Central Coast Section playoffs.
Menlo-Atherton’s Blake Olsen and Zack Moore were saving graces for the Bears in their 21-10 win over Woodside. The wide receiver and quarterback hooked up from 19 and 24 yards in the third quarter to lead a M-A comeback. The Bears are headed to CCS as the No. 4 seed in Division I.
Speaking of the Bears and Division I, over at the "Battle for the Terremerre Trophy,” it appears no one wanted a piece of that hardware more than Sequoia’s Mike Taylor. Sequoia earned the No. 5 seed in Division I and will take on M-A in the first round of CCS. In his playoff tune-up, Taylor was instrumental in the Cherokees’ domination of rival Carlmont 35-0. Taylor completed 10 of 16 passes for 120 yards. He also ran the ball six times for 44 yards and three touchdowns. His teammate Dylan Anderson had a solid game as well. Anderson ran for 157 on 16 carries. He also caught a pair of Taylor passes for 20 yards.
Defense was the name of the game in Sacred Heart Prep’s 31-28 win over Menlo School in the "Valparaiso Bowl.” But it took a couple of solid ground performances to earn the victory. The Gators got 107 yards rushing from Ryan Gaertner and 106 from Andrew Segre. The Gators are the No. 2 seed in the CCS Division IV bracket.
Over at the "Little Big Game,” Burlingame High School continued its beastmode mentality in routing rival San Mateo High School to retain The Paw. The Panthers rushed for 351 yards, lead by Joe Mahe and his 168. Mahe scored two rushing touchdowns and caught another.
All eyes were on Capuchino’s Justin Ewing during the 2012 "Battle of the Strip.” The Mustangs won the game and picked up their first outright division title since 1958. Ewing rushed for 229 yards on 44 carries, leaving him 50 yards shy of the CCS record for most rushing yards in a single season. He’ll have an opening round playoff game against No. 1 Seaside in DIV to try and get the record. Ewing also scored four touchdowns.
Not all Honor Roll performances came in wins. Down at the same "Battle of the Strip,” Mills’ Antonio Jeffrey was an overall yardage machine. The junior ran for 101 yards, had 47 yards receiving and amassed 162 yards in kick returns — that’s 310 total yards.
And while the Valpo Bowl was won by SHP and a defense that forced some crucial turnovers, Menlo quarterback Jack Heneghan passed for 228 yards, completing 20 of 34 passes. He was also the Knights’ leading rusher with 60 yards.