Down at Valparaiso Avenue, the goals are coming by the bunches.
And the majority of those are coming off the feet (or heads) of Menlo School's Ryan Karle and Sacred Heart Prep's Andrew Segre.
Karle scored four times last week in two wins for the Knights. He started with a game-winning one against The King's Academy during a match where Menlo outshot TKA 21-5. John Strong also found the net in that game.
A couple days later, Karle notched a hat trick against Pinewood -- before the clock hit 24 minutes. Peter Rosston scored in that game and Timmy Costa spent the first half keeping goals out then moved to striker and scored twice.
A little further down the road, Segre scored a goal in a CCS-clinching victory for the Gators. He then turned around a couple days later and found the net five times in a Friday win.
And down at Serra High School, while he may not be scoring in bunches, Nick Schabel's goal against St. Ignatius has the Padres in the semifinals of the West Catholic Athletic League tournament. They'll take on Archbishop Mitty, the No. 1 seed, next.
Henry Fassinger of Half Moon Bay had a goal and an assist in the Cougars' 3-1 win over Aragon, which moved them into first place in the Peninsula Athletic League's Ocean Division with two games to play. Fassinger tied the game at 1 in the second half with a free kick from about 25 yards that bent around the defensive wall and just past the dive of the Aragon goalkeeper.
Minutes later, Fassinger helped set up what turned out to be the game winner. He took the corner kick that resulted in Jonathan Rico's goal-ahead goal.
Everyone on the Peninsula knows that when Burlingame's Connor Haupt gets hot, it's "watch out" rest of the PAL. And heading into the Peninsula Athletic League tournament and then the Central Coast Section playoffs, Haupt is heating up.
Haupt scored 20 points in a PAL South-clinching win over Mills High School. He then turned around and on Friday torched rival San Mateo for nine 3-pointers en route to a 31-point performance.
The Vikings' Joseph Warku scored 21 in that loss to Haupt and the Panthers.
Also continuing his remarkable offensive consistency is Menlo's Bobby Roth. In three games last week, Roth scored 18, 17 and 15 points. Other Knight highlights include Jack Heneghan's 17 against Woodside Priory and his 11 against TKA. Ryan Young also had a good game with 15 points.
For rival SHP, the name of the game is defense. The Gators posted two remarkable defensive efforts, holding Eastside College Prep to 19 points and Crystal Springs Uplands to just 22. SHP didn't need much offense with that defensive effort, but they got enough O from Corbin Koch, who scored 13 and 17 respectively in those wins.
Other Honor Roll worthy performances include: Michael Smith of El Camino basketball. The senior forward poured in 23 points in the Colts' 60-53 win over Half Moon Bay, which clinched the PAL North Division title. Smith is averaging just over 24 points per game and has scored 20 or more points in 11 of his last 12 games. ... Despite two losses, Carlmont's Michael Costello averaged 13.5 points per game last week. ... Mitchell Hickman scored 23 points in a 53-45 win over Menlo-Atherton for Woodside. ... Aragon's Alex Manu and Nick Frankel combined for 37 points to spoil Hillsdale's Senior Night last Friday. ... Julian Bertero scored 11 in a win for Sequoia over the Scots.
Menlo's Sierra Stritter continues her magic season. She scored twice in leading the Knights back against The King's Academy. She also had the lone Menlo goal in the team's tie with Sacred Heart Prep. However, the Knights and Stritter might not be scoring as fluently without Chandler Wickers, who's been on a bit of an assist tear late in the season.
Maya Norman, Hannah Rubin and Lindsay Karle scored goals last week for the Knights as well.
Other goal scorers on the Peninsula include SHP's Meagan Terpening and Alex Bourdillon, plus Notre Dame-Belmont's Michaela Brady and Jessica Parque. Carlmont's Amelia Jacobs scored a game-winning goal against San Mateo High School and Burlingame's Alexis Prieto found the net in winning fashion as well.
The PAL is gearing up for Tuesday's matchup between Burlingame and Woodside for the PAL-South title.
Last week, we got another look at the Wildcats' Madison Michelis, who continues her bid to be the PAL's MVP with a 36-point barrage against Menlo-Atherton.
Burlingame has noteworthy players of its own led by MVP candidate Dana Michaels, who scored 18 in a win against San Mateo.
Other big weeks were had by the likes of Alana Simon and her 18 points against the Panthers, Drew Edelman of Menlo who scored 20 and brought down 18 in a loss to Pinewood and the Holland sisters (Meghan and Melissa) of SHP, who combined for 32 against Mercy-San Francisco and 25 in a win over Castilleja.
Patrick Palomata of Terra Nova wrestling had arguably the biggest win of his career when he pinned Half Moon Bay's Spencer Boling in the first round of the Tigers' win over the Cougars, which clinched the PAL dual-meet championship. Boling was ranked 10th at 122 pounds.