Sacred Heart Prep's perfect season in boys' soccer came to a surprising end when the host Gators suffered a 0-0 deadlock with King's Academy in a West Bay Athletic League match. First-place Sacred Heart fell to 5-0-1 in league (10-0-1 overall) following the upset tie.
The Gators came into the match having outscored the opposition, 47-6.
"King's came to play, meaning they worked very hard, and were aggressive/scrappy," said SHP coach Armando del Rio. "They defended in large numbers, and were ecstatic to tie us. We, on the other hand, were horrific. We were flat-footed, slow, and zombie like. I think we were careless with the ball in possession, and simply did not work hard. The passion was lacking, and we seemed tense. I think being unbeaten has potentially raised tension.
"We are hoping this is just a mid-season slump, and a tie is not the worst thing. I think it is a good lesson, as we need to play our soccer every game, work hard, and play with passion. Simply, it wasn't our day. The coaches are looking for a positive response in practice and in games. We also missed a penalty kick with 27 minutes left."
In another WBAL match, Priory posted a 2-0 victory over Eastside Prep.
In the SCVAL De Anza Division, Skyler Felt scored a tying goal off an assist from John Richardson to lift Palo Alto into a 1-1 deadlock with visiting Los Altos on Friday. The Vikings (2-0-2, 6-2-3) fell behind when Juan Morales dribbed past three Paly defenders and chipped in a goal in the 35th minute.
"This was a very evenly played game," said Paly coach Don Briggs. "Either team could have scored a goal with several chances in the last five minutes, including a Los Altos shot that was saved by Kris Hoglund, just deflecting off the post."
Hoglund had a nice game in the goal for Paly and was well- supported by the top play of junior center back Gerrit Van Zyll. Palo Alto will visit Los Gatos on Tuesday in a makeup game.
In the PAL Bay Division, Menlo-Atherton bounced back from its first league loss earlier in the week and defeated visiting Carlmont, 3-2, on Friday to move into second place.
The Bears (4-1-1, 6-2-2) battled to a 1-1 halftime deadlock after junior Edgardo Molina scored an unassisted goal. Menlo-Atherton broke it open after intermission with junior Grant Shaffer (assist Julio Torres Lopez) and Will Cabral (assist Kevin Martinez) providing the go-ahead and winning goals. Cabral's winner came with just two minutes left.
Getting perhaps its most-balanced effort of the season, Palo Alto romped to a 66-51 victory over visiting Gunn on Friday and took over sole possession of first place in the SCVAL De Anza Division.
The Vikings (4-1, 10-6) blew open a nine-point game at halftime with 21 points in the third quarter. Paly had five players in double figures, led by Davante Adams with 14 points, 12 coming on three-pointers. Bill Gray and EJ Floreal added 12 each.
Gray came off the bench for seven of his 12 points the second quarter to get the Vikings rolling.
"Very balanced scoring," said Paly coach Adam Sax. "Alec Wong was the catalyst for our offense with five assists and Floreal had 11 rebounds. Bill Gray and Charlie Jones brought a lot of energy on defense, which led to some easy baskets after a trap. Adams was great at slashing to the basket."
Jack Hannan led Gunn (4-2, 12-6) with 16 points. Paly did a good defensive job on Gunn's 6-6 senior Matt Redfield, holding him to nine points.
With a 29-22 lead, Paly kept increasing the lead until it reached 51-32 at the beginning of the fourth. Just when it looked like Gunn was ready to fold, the Titans rattled off seven points of their own and narrowed their deficit to 51-39. Over the next few minutes Gunn had several opportunities to bring the gap under double digits, but it was always out of its grasp as a missed shot would result in a breakaway scoring opportunity for Paly.
Scoring over 80 points for the second time this season, the Sacred Heart Prep boys' basketball raced to an 85-37 victory over visiting Priory on Friday in a West Bay Athletic League game.
The Gators (6-0, 14-2) maintained their hold on the league lead with a 29-12 outburst in the second quarter after leading by just seven after one period. Reed McConnell led the easy win with 18 points while fellow senior Colin Terndrup added 15 and Will McConnell 11 as 12 players scored for the Gators. Brandon Willhite led Priory (1-5, 8-6) with 17 points.
In Los Altos Hills, host Pinewood produced 40 points in the second half while limiting Harker to 29 percent shooting from the floor while rolling to an important 65-50 victory in WBAL action on Friday.
The Panthers improved their second-place status to 5-1 in league (13-3 overall) while knocking Harker (3-3, 11-5) down in the standings. Junior Solomone Wolfgramm led Pinewood with 23 points and 11 rebounds while Dante Fraioli hit four 3-pointers and finished with 15 points in the win.
In Hillsborough, Menlo School got 16 points from Mac Osborne plus 10 points and 13 rebounds from Richard Harris in a 50-42 WBAL victory over host Crystal Springs on Friday. Kent Lacob added 11 points for the Knights (3-3, 7-8) while Kyle Bowman pulled down seven rebounds. Menlo will host Priory on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.
In the PAL Bay Division, visiting Menlo-Atherton climbed back into the race with a 69-33 dumping of Aragon on Friday night. The Bears (2-2, 9-9) got 20 points from Ian Proulx, who made six 3-pointers, while Michael Culhane pulled down a season-best 16 rebounds to go with six points and four assists in a fine all-around game. Marquise Tolson added 10 points for the Bears, who pulled away from a 21-17 halftime lead with 48 points after intermission.
In the Private Schools Athletic League, Lydell Cardwell made 10 three-pointers and scored a season-high 42 points to pace Mid-Peninsula to an 88-55 romp over host San Francisco Christian on Friday. Anthony Briggs added 20 points for the first-place Dragons (6-0, 11-2) while Reggie Williams contributed 13.
Cardwell scored 26 points in the second quarter as Mid-Peninsula put up a remarkable 39 points. He had 32 at the half and sat out much of the second half. A player from SF Christian also made 10 three-pointers on the way to a 33-point game.
"I've never seen a game where two different kids on opposing teams each had 10 threes," said Mid-Peninsula coach Curtis Haggins.