Priory football gets career-high game, stretches state streak


Priory stretched its state-leading winning streak and got a career-high effort from Bailey Marsheck to highlight a 40-32 victory over host Crystal Springs in an Mountain Trail Athletic League eight-man football game on Saturday.

Marsheck, a senior playing football for the first time, had 17 carries for a career-high 258 yards and scored four touchdowns as Priory won its 19th straight game -- longest such streak in the state -- while handing the Gryphons their first loss of the year.

The Panthers improved to 3-0 and dropped the Gryphons to 2-1 as Marsheck led the way with back-to-back touchdown runs of 65 and 60 yards in the second quarter and capped both with conversions as Priory grabbed a 28-12 halftime lead.

Freshman Keyshawn Ashford added 16 carries for 90 yards and a 10-yard scoring run and Scott Harris had a 40-yard TD reception from Max Reines.

On Saturday night, Sacred Heart Prep played its first-ever night game before a huge crowd and showed it earned the spotlight with a 42-0 nonleague victory over Woodside.

Portable lights were brought in for the game, which highlighted a weekend of activities for the Sacred Heart Schools. From Friday through Sunday, the campus hosted girls tennis, boys and girls water polo, football and a fundraising community run.

For the second straight game, the Gators' football team came up with a big rushing attack as they churned out 234 yards. Junior quarterback Mason Randall added 124 passing yards on 6-of-7 attempts and touchdowns of 29 yards to Riley Tinsley and 67 yards to Andrew Daschbach.

Tinsley finished with 103 rushing yards, including a one-yard run to cap the scoring. Lapitu Mahoni added 70 yards and a five-yard TD run while Matt Odell contributed 47 rushing yards as the Gators improved to 5-0 heading into a bye week.

Andrew Robinson paced the defensive effort with nine tackles while Milan Baldini had seven tackles, including a sack for a minus five yards. JR Hardy had a sack for a nine-yard loss and Max Weiss had one for a negative two yards.

Cross country

The Gunn varsity traveled to Hawaii and made the trip a successful one as junior Gillian Meeks won individual honors and the boys captured a team title at the Punahou Invitational in Honolulu.

Meeks ran 18:03.61 on the 3.0-mile course and set a course record by more than a minute. Gunn's Emily Aiken was third in 19:17.78 and Illi Gardner was ninth in 19:59.49 while running in temperatures in the 90s with 85 percent humidity.

Michelle Zhang was 27th in 21:56.14 and Kia Green 29th in 21:58.65, but the Titans still were beaten by a strong Punahou team, 43 to 53.

In the boys' race, Gunn didn't have anyone in the top 10 but had four in the top 20 and finished tied with Kamehameha School. The title was decided by each team's sixth runner, which gave the victory to Gunn.

"Both teams were very excited," said Gunn coach PattiSue Plumer, "though the boys might have been a little more so since this is the first time they have finished higher than the girls."

Gunn was led by Josh Radin in 12th (17:44.18, Mack Radin in 13th (17:44.43) and Ryan Araghi in 14th in 17:46.52. Jonas Enders was 20th (17:58.74) and Reid Kovacs 26th (18:18.33), but it was Sammy Passell in 30th (18:23.9) who gave Gunn the tiebreaker after both teams finished with 68 points.

A lot closer to home, Menlo School senior Lizzie Lacy continued her successful season by winning the varsity girls' race at the Artichoke Invitational at Half Moon Bay.

The Menlo boys and girls came in sixth for Division III-V schools out of 17 and 15, respectively.

For the girls, Lacy led the way with an impressive win in 13:49. It was the fourth- fastest time on the course in history. She was the fastest girl for all divisions.

Menlo's Brooke Hammarskjold took 30th in 16:39, followed by Simran Arora in 17:04 and Grace Hammarskjold in 17:37.

On the boys' side, Robert Miranda led the way in eighth place with a time of 12:27, the fastest time for a freshman for the day. The next-closest finisher came in at 13:09.

Dennis Mandudzo finished in 29th place with a time of 13:14, then it was Raphael Serrano in 13:51 and Kylee Santos in 13:51. Ben Zdasiuk stepped up by finishing in 14:43.

"These boys have been consistently improving race by race," Menlo coach Jorge Chen said. "and getting closer and closer to their goal of going to CCS as a team."

Girls volleyball

Palo Alto came up with its best effort of the season while going 5-0 and capturing the first annual Carlmont Invitational title on Saturday in Belmont.

The tournament featured six teams in a round-robin format, where everyone played everyone, and featured a lot of very evenly contested matches.

Palo Alto (16-5) defeated Carlmont (25-20, 25-16), swept Vista del Lago (25-20, 25-21), rallied to down Harbor (33-35, 25-17, 15-10), swept Encinal (25-17, 25-20) and captured the title with a 20-25, 25-20, 15-13 victory over San Benito.

Paly seniors Anna Dukovic and Jade Schoenberger led the way with Dukovic getting 34 kills and seven blocks and Schoenberger adding 31 kills and three blocks.

Boys water polo

Sacred Heart Prep faced Campolindo for the second time in a week and the results were the same as the Gators handed the visitors a 14-8 nonleague loss on Saturday.

A week earlier, SHP had beaten Campo, 15-14, in the finals of the St. Francis/Acalanes Invitational.

Seniors Michael Swart and Nelson Perla-Ward combined for nine goals, with Swart leading the way with five as the Gators improved to 8-0. Jackson Enright and Grant Harvey each added two goals while goalie JC Marco had eight saves.

Girls water polo

Sacred Heart Prep dropped a 14-2 nonleague decision to visiting San Ramon Valley on Saturday morning, falling to 10-4 overall.

"We have multiple injuries, a torn labrum and two separate concussions," said SHP coach Jon Burke. "So (we) have been missing three starters since Sept. 27. Trying to get healthy by the end of the month going into playoffs."

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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