The Menlo-Atherton girls enjoyed one of the better seasons in recent years while compiling a 17-10 record under head coach Morgan Clyburn and reaching the quarterfinals of the Central Coast Section Division I playoffs -- losing to eventual champion North Salinas.
The Bears, however, are now looking for a new head coach after Clyburn stepped down after being accepted at the Kellogg School of Business in Chicago.
"We thank her for her two years of service and wish her well in her future endeavors," said M-A co-Athletic Director Steven Kryger. "We hope one day she ends up back in the Bay Area and is able to rejoin our staff."
Interested applicants for the open job should send a resume to Kryger at email@example.com.
Menlo School has the kind of team that could have breezed to the title at the California Tennis Classic last weekend in Fresno, just like the Knights did last year.
But, the task of repeating was made all the more difficult when Menlo's top four players remained home for SAT exams on Saturday morning.
As a result, the Knights went 1-2 after getting a first-round bye. The beat Monte Vista (Danville), 5-2, but lost to Jesuit (Sacramento) by the same score and dropped a 4-3 decision to Brophy of Arizona to finish fourth in the top division.
Gunther Matta led Menlo by winning all his matches.
"It was a great experience for the other guys who normally would not have played," said Shine, who is now 410-44 in his 18th year with the program. "They played super."
It's rare for Menlo (3-2) to have a loss this early in the season. The Knights went 27-1 last year, losing only in the championship match of the National All-American Invitational in Newport Beach.
That's where Menlo is headed again this weekend. The Knights will be back at full strength, too.
Not only did each Menlo School winter sports team record a successful season, the student-athletes on those teams were achieving distinction in the classroom, as well. Menlo boys soccer was awarded a Central Coast Section Scholastic Championship while the girls soccer and boys basketball teams placed second for amassing the highest collective GPA for their sport during that season of play.
The boys soccer team took first with a 3.7118 collective GPA. The girls soccer team amassed a 3.7807 and the boys basketball team hit 3.5970 -- both taking second in their sport.
The awards handed out since 1985, with a hiatus in 2011-2012, recognizes the top five varsity teams from each CCS sport.
Menlo was the only local school to have any teams among the top five in any of the sports.