Weekend recap: Menlo School breaks track record, girls flag football update, Oakland throws parade

Track and field

Menlo School relay sets a new mark

The Menlo School boys 4×1,600 relay team broke a 44-year Central Coast Section record, placing second at Mt. SAC Relays with a time of 17 minutes, 19.22 seconds.

Torrey Pines finished first in 17:10.10.

Menlo senior Justin Pretre, sophomore Landon Pretre, senior Aiden Deffner and sophomore Will Hauser broke the CCS record event that Leigh held since 1979. The Longhorns’ time was 17:24.84.

Landon Petre ran his leg in 4:17.0, Deffner in 4:27.8, Hauser in 4:21.0 and Justin Petre in 4:13.4. 

“It is a really good sign as we approach the postseason,” Justin Pretre said in a statement provided by the school. “We’re going to keep pushing for the next few weeks and then it’s all about competing and maintaining until the end of the year.”

Girls flag football

North Coast Section sets guidelines for new sport

The NCS Board of Managers voted Friday to set Aug. 7 and Nov. 4 as the start and end dates for the inaugural girls flag football season. 

“Very excited to see this get started,” commissioner Pat Cruickshank told the Bay Area News Group in a text message Monday morning. 

Cruikshank said around 40 schools seemed ready to participate when polled during a section Sports Advisory Committee meeting in March, but added, “That could change as we get closer and more show interest.”

The board also voted to establish 28 as the maximum number of games that can be played during the season.

Flag football became a CIF-sanctioned sport in February.


Mitty vs. St. Francis: Top teams meet Wednesday

St. Francis and Archbishop Mitty, the Central Coast Section’s top teams, play each other for the first time on Wednesday in a West Catholic Athletic League game. 

The 4 p.m. game at Mitty is a rematch of last season’s epic Open Division section championship, which St. Francis won 6-5 in walk-off fashion on its way to capturing the NorCal title. 

St. Francis (16-1) has been dominant against Bay Area teams, with the Lancers shutting out nine of its 12 opponents from the region. 

Their batters are hitting .374 as a team, and the pitching duo of Shannon Keighran and Kate Munnerlyn have combined to strike out 155 in 98 innings. St. Francis has won the Michelle Carew and Livermore Stampede tournaments this season. 

Archbishop Mitty (11-2) has outscored opponents 83-20 and recently saw Kyleigh Mace and Ava Markert pitch back-to-back perfect games at the Livermore Stampede. 

The Monarchs were upset by Amador Valley midway through the tournament, but have since rebounded and won three consecutive games. Their only other loss was a 2-0 defeat to Willow Glen.


Oakland honors state champions with a parade

OAKLAND - Oakland Tech girls celebrate Division I basketball championship during parade through downtown Oakland on Apr. 16, 2023 (photo contributed by David. L. Brown)OAKLAND – Oakland Tech girls celebrate Division I basketball championship during parade through downtown Oakland on Apr. 16, 2023 (photo contributed by David. L. Brown) 

The city of Oakland threw a parade Sunday to honor Oakland Tech and Oakland High for winning the girls Division I and boys Division III state basketball championships respectively. 

“You are special on the courts, and you are special off the courts,” city mayor Sheng Thao said in a video posted by the Oakland Athletic League. 

The parade started at Fairyland on the northwest side of Lake Merritt, and the teams rode in a double-decker bus clockwise around the lake before making their way to the Frank Ogawa plaza in downtown Oakland. 


A familiar name to coach Santa Clara football

PALO ALTO - JUNE 24: A portrait of Palo Alto High School head football coach Nelson Gifford after running socially-distant conditioning drills with some of his players at Greene Middle School in Palo Alto, Calif., on Wednesday, June 24, 2020. (Randy Vazquez / Bay Area News Group)Nelson Gifford, shown here in a file photo, is Santa Clara’s new football coach. (Randy Vazquez / Bay Area News Group) 

Nelson Gifford will be Santa Clara’s football coach after spending a year as the school’s athletic director. 

Gifford, 42, served as athletic director and coached football at Palo Alto from 2018-21. The Palo Alto alum compiled a 24-16 before being let go as AD and resigning as head coach in early 2022. 

Gifford coached at Fremont-Sunnyvale from 2016-17, where he went 12-8. He succeeds Andrew Calderon, who led Santa Clara to a 5-14-1 record in two seasons. The Bruins have not had a winning season since going 6-5 in 2018. 


St. Francis 9, Menlo-Atherton 8

The Lancers won a wild game in extra innings on Saturday afternoon. Darren Sabedra has the full story.

Amador Valley 3, Freedom 1

The Dons (13-2) took a break from East Bay Athletic League play and won a tight contest vs. Freedom (6-7) thanks to a lights-out performance by pitcher Brady Lederer. The senior allowed only one earned run and struck out three. Tyler Kubo, Jason Alonso and Oliver de la Torre had RBIs for Amador Valley. 

Archbishop Mitty 6, St. Ignatius 1

Mitty needed just three hits to defeat St. Ignatius (11-7). The Monarchs (15-4) drew six walks and reached base twice via error. Senior David Estrada scored two runs and also had a RBI, and Tanner Kern went 1 for 3 with an RBI. Mitty’s Luka Pintar pitched a complete game and allowed just four hits.


More softball

Alhambra 8, Windsor 0

Sophomore Willa Adler pitched a complete game shutout, striking out six and walking one in an easy victory. Junior Keira Sullivan went 4 for 4 with an RBI, and Makenzie Stenson 2 for 3 with an RBI too for Alhambra (4-7-1)

St. Mary’s-Berkeley 19, St. Patrick-St. Vincent 8

St. Mary’s-Berkeley (4-8) broke its five-game losing streak with a high-scoring win over Tri-County Athletic League opponent SPSV (8-7). Senior Margo Weaver hit two triples and drove in four runs, and junior Faith Goodlow went 4 for 4 with two RBIs. 

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