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Priory rolls to big football victory
|Pinewood scored first, but Priory made up for that in a hurry by rolling to a 46-24 triumph in a Mission Trails Athletic League eight-man football game on Thursday in Los Altos Hills.
Priory posted its first victory over Pinewood since the teams began playing three years ago.
The visiting Panthers fumbled the opening kickoff, which resulted in a 21-yard scoring pass from Kevin Tracy to Greg Naumann. After that, it was all Priory.
Priory came up big defensively as Will Latta intercepted three passes, returning one 32 yards for a touchdowns. He also had a fumble recovery, made five tackles and had a pair of pass deflections as the Panthers improved to 2-0 in league (4-1 overall).
Latta also did the job on offense, scoring from one-yard out on a quarterback sneak in addition to hauling in a 37-yard pass while playing receiver. Latta's twin brother, Tom, also helped out with a 17-yard interception return for another score.
James McDaniel paced the Priory offense with 114 yards rushing on 20 carries and touchdown runs of four, 20 and 11 yards. Matt Schwab helped spark the defensive effort with 12 tackles, three of them sacks.
Priory put the game away with 28 points in the second quarter as Pinewood fell to 1-1.
Menlo School runners captured the top overall finishes in the boys' and girls' division at the first West Bay Athletic League meet of the season when Matt Myers and Zoe Enright crossed the finish line Thursday on the San Bruno Mountain course.
The league opener saw Menlo put together powerful team performances, as well. The boys took second place among seven teams in an extremely tight race -- six points separated the top three teams. The Knights missed first place by just two points. The Menlo girls placed fourth among nine teams as Sacred Heart Prep ran off with the team title.
In the boys' race, Myers covered the 2.8-mile course in 15:13 to win by seven seconds. Andrew Schmitt took fifth place overall in 15:40. Sacred Heart Prep was led by Daniel Hill, who ran third in 15:32. Teammate Steven Glassmoyer was fourth in 15:36 while Priory's Johnny Truddle led the Panthers with a seventh-place finish of 16:00.
Enright, a freshman, won the girls' race in 17:41 with sophomore Lizzie Lacy finishing sixth in 18:13. First-place SHP was led by Gillian Belton's third-place finish of 17:56 while teammate Kathryn Leahy was fifth in 18:09.
Nicole Colonna led Pinewood, taking fourth in 17:57, while Fiona Maloney-McCrystle paced Castilleja with a seventh-place finish of 18:16.
Shelby Knowles produced 16 kills and six digs to help Palo Alto post a 25-16, 25-15, 25-21 victory over visiting Los Altos in a SCVAL De Anza Division match on Thursday. The Vikings (6-0, 17-3) remained atop the standings, holding a one-game lead over both Los Gatos (5-1) and Homestead (5-1), heading into Tuesday's showdown at Los Gatos.
Palo Alto, which won its 21st straight division match dating to 2010, had only 12 hitting errors in 108 attempts. Bella Graves hit .714 with five kills while Becca Raffel added 11 kills with three aces and 10 digs. Sophia Bono finished with 34 assists and Keri Gee added 23 digs.
In Sunnyvale, dropped a 25-9, 25-21, 25-21 decision to host Homestead in De Anza Division action. Lena Latour led the Titans (2-4, 9-9) with 10 kills.
In the WBAL Foothill Division, Priory defeated host Notre Dame-San Jose in an exciting 26-28, 25-22, 19-25, 25-23, 15-6 match on Thursday night. Priory (2-2, 15-5) overcame a 23-19 deficit in Game 4 behind the serving of Liz Oliphant.
The Panthers were led offensively by Marine Hall-Poirier with 23 kills and 15 digs while Briana Willhite had a great night with 11 kills and eight blocks. Michaela Koval had another solid performance with 17 digs.
In San Francisco, division co-leader Sacred Heart Prep got 12 kills and four blocks from Payton Smith plus 10 kills and four blocks from fellow senior Ellie Shannon in a 25-21, 25-14, 25-18 win over host Mercy-SF. Senior Sonia Abuel-Saud finished with 11 kills and 13 digs as the Gators improved to 4-0 (19-2 overall). Helen Gannon added 18 digs while Cammie Merten and Natalie Marshall combined for 40 assists.
In the PAL Bay Division, Menlo-Atherton took over sole possession of first place with a 25-21, 25-8, 25-17 victory over host Mills at Mid-Peninsula High. The Bears (6-0, 12-5) received some help from Burlingame, which handed former co-leader Carlmont a 3-1 defeat on Thursday.
Katelyn Doherty paced M-A with 30 assists, five kills and 13 digs while Ally Ostrow added 13 digs and seven kills. Pauli King returned to a hitting role for the first time this season following early season injuries and finished with 11 kills. Kaitlin Tavarez added 12 digs for the Bears.
— Palo Alto Online Sports
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