Sports - April 27, 2011

Sports briefs

M-A boys tennis goes 42-0

Submitted by team parent Angela Sherry.

The Menlo-Atherton High boys' tennis team finished its league season by defeating Aragon High, 7-0, at M-A's courts on April 14, clinching the Bears' third consecutive Peninsula Athletic League championship. The team's league record over the last three years stands at 42-0.

With the loss of five senior starters, coaches Tom Sorenson and Carlos Aguilar had looked at this season as a rebuilding year. However, as thin as the troops are this year, stellar play has given the Bears a record-setting season no one expected.

The players include seniors Cam Kelley and Daniel Windham; juniors Matt Giordano, Zeke Brown, and Jesse and Christian Perkins; sophomore Richey Sarwal; and freshmen Scott Morris and Nick Fratt,

With their league title, the Bears have earned an automatic bid to the Central Coast Section playoffs.

Woodland's girls hoops teams take tourney honors

Submitted by Anita Grossman, development director, Woodland School, Portola Valley.

Woodland School's Varsity B and Fifth Grade Basketball Teams took top honors in the 2011 Athletic League Girls Varsity Basketball Championship tournament games, held March 10 at Sacred Heart Schools in Atherton and Pinewood School in Los Altos Hills.

Woodland's Varsity B team was matched against the undefeated St. Matthews Episcopal Day School, a team boasting a record of 17 wins and 0 losses over the last two years. Woodland took an early lead and led throughout most of the game, but with less than a minute to go in the fourth quarter, the St. Matthews team tied the score at 27-27. In the last 10 seconds, Woodland's Morgan Corona scored a one-point free throw, winning the game 28-27.

Woodland's Fifth Grade Girls Basketball Team faced Harker School in its third and final game of the tournament. Through a combination of relentless defense and a never-give-up attitude on offense, Woodland jumped out to a double-digit lead and never looked back, securing third place in the tournament.

Woodland, a preschool through eighth-grade private day school in Portola Valley, participates in the West Bay Athletic League and Small School Intermediate League. Jason Schneider is acting athletic coach.


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