After a relatively light week, most high schools return to action this weekend and there are several interesting matchups. The local rivalry between Menlo School and Menlo-Atherton heats up Friday when the Bears travel to Menlo for a girls-boys basketball doubleheader beginning at 5:30 p.m.
The M-A boys team has split four games heading into Friday's game. The Bears went undefeated in PAL play last year and finished 28-5 overall. They lost three of their top four scorers from that squad.
Eric Norton is the top returner and that's a great place to start. He averaged 11.5 points a game last season while also contributing on the boards, in assists and in steals.
Raymond Fowler will likely need to carry the bulk of the rebounding duties, with Will Perrone.
Bradley Stillman, Kai Winterling and Guiann Lacbayan are also back from last year's championship team.
This will be Menlo School's official season-opener, though the Knights have scrimmaged teams like Serra and Palo Alto.
With the success of the Menlo football team, coach Keith Larsen has been without four of its better players.
They've all had a full week of practice. The most intriguing is 6-foot-5 JH Tevis, who had a breakout year in football. If he can duplicate that successful on the court, the Knights should improve on their 11-15 (8-6 in league) record of a year ago.
Menlo has three seniors in Hayden Pegley, Evan King and Jack Gold. Pegley and King, of course, helped the football team reach the CCS title contest, each with fabulous years.
Meanwhile, Palo Alto meets Amador Valley at 6 p.m. Friday at Bellarmine as part of the DJ Tournament.
The Vikings (3-0) won the Burlingame Lions tournament last week, beating Stuart Hall in the title game, 81-73, as junior Jared Wulbrun scored 24 points, one of three players to reach double figures.
Tournament MVP Max Dorward added 16 points and fellow junior Spencer Rojahn added 12 points, on four 3-pointers. Rojahn and junior Will Schlemmer were also named to the all-tournament team.
Wulbrun made six 3-pointers, went 6-of-7 from the foul line, had a pair of assists and recorded three steals. Rojahn and Dorward combined for another 12 rebounds.
Tevin Panchal hit five 3-pointers en route to a game-high 23 points in Sacred Heart Prep's 65-60 setback to Aragon in the consolation game of the Burlingame Lions Invitational on Friday night.
Eric DeBrine hit a pair of 3-pointers and added 19 points for the Gators (1-2), who travel to Mountain View for a nonleague game at 6 p.m. Friday. Junior Daniel Longaker added 11 points, including a trio of 3-pointers.
At the Robert Louis Stevenson tournament, Priory (3-2) went 3-0, beating Aspire Langston Hughes Academy, Kelseyville and host Robert Louis Stevenson.
Tatiana Reese had a monster tournament, recording a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds against RLS and adding 18 points and eight rebounds against Kelseyville.
Gabby Ruiz scored in double figures in both games as well.
Priory hosts St. Francis (6-0) at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
Sacred Heart Prep (4-1), defending Central Coast Section Division IV champions, hosts San Mateo on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. Castilleja (4-3) plays again at the Urban School at 6 p.m. on Thursday.
At the Elite Showcase at Laney College on Saturday, Eastside Prep dropped a heart-breaker to defending Division IV state champion Cardinal Newman, 48-46.
The Panthers (4-3) rallied from a halftime deficit to take a lead into the final quarter before the Cardinals (4-1) came back to win.
Zion Gabriel scored 21 points, including a trio of 3-pointers, on 9-of-15 shooting to lead Eastside, which travels to St. Mary's in Albany Monday for a 7 p.m. tipoff.
Pinewood dropped a 62-49 nonleague decision to host Bishop O'Dowd on Saturday. The Panthers (4-2) went on a 12-2 run during the third quarter to close within 44-36 at one point.
Pinewood plays Westmoor on Monday at 4:30 p.m. to open the Terra Nova tournament.