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Honor roll: The week’s best performances by San Mateo County prep stars

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Honor roll: The week’s best performances by San Mateo County prep stars
March 14, 2017, 05:00 AM Daily Journal Staff Report

Madi Earnshaw, Notre Dame-Belmont softball. The Tigers’ junior right-hander has yet to throw a varsity no-hitter, but it may just be a matter of time as Earnshaw has already showcased her knack for dominance through the season’s first six games. While NDB posted just a 1-2 record last week, it wasn’t for lack of pitching brilliance. The Tigers started the week dropping a 1-0 decision to St. Francis, with Earnshaw yielding just one walk-off run in the bottom of the seventh. She bounced back in a win over Burlingame, retiring the first 11 batters en route to whirling a three-hit shutout. She then took a no-decision in NDB’s 6-5, extra-inning loss to Santa Teresa, pitching 6 1/3 innings while allowing two runs (zero earned) on just one hit.

Robert Miranda, track and field. Splitting time between the winter club season and the outset of Menlo School’s track and field season, Miranda did the state of California proud over the weekend at the New Balance Indoor Nationals at The New Balance Armory in New York City. Wrapping up his season with the iGreyhounds club team out of Atherton, Miranda — the only competitor out of California in the 28-runner field — took seventh place in the boys’ two-mile run, recording a time of 9 minutes, 25.89 seconds.

Kevin Jacobs and Dom Monozon, San Mateo baseball. Through three Bearcats wins last week, Jacobs batted a tidy 3 for 9 with a knock in each game, including a home run. Monozon had the better overall performance, going 6 for 10 to up his season batting average to .440. Each played the hero though in a pair of one-run victories. In last Tuesday’s 3-2 win over St. Ignatius, Monozon broke a tie in the top of the seventh with an RBI double, which proved to be the game-winner. Then in Saturday’s 3-2 victory over Hillsdale, Jacobs capped a three-run comeback rally in the bottom of the fifth with a two-run single.

Riley Rhodes, Half Moon Bay girls’ swimming. Rhodes posted a CCS-qualifying time in the 100 back during the Cougars’ league-opening win over Westmoor. But the highlight was swimming as part of the 400 free relay team that set a new school record with a time of 3 minutes, 58.80 seconds.

Jonathan Dicks, Menlo-Atherton boys’ golf. The Bears scored a close victory 208-212 over San Mateo last Thursday at Poplar Creek Golf Course with Dicks leading the way. He earned medalist honors shooting a 38, topping San Mateo’s team-best 40 by Jacob Katanski by 2 strokes.

Amanda Kondo, Carlmont softball. Only a freshman, Kondo had a monster week as the Scots ran their season-opening win streak to seven in row with three wins last week. Kondo went a combined 5 for 6 with eight RBIs and a home run as Carlmont beat Burlingame, Mountain View and Los Altos by a combined score of 35-0.

Daniel Li, Aragon tennis. After dropping his first two Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division matches as the Dons’ No. 1 singles player, Li has reeled off four straight wins in helping lead Aragon into second place in the standings.

Krissy Smoot, Notre Dame-Belmont track and field. The sophomore set the bar in the season’s early going with the PAL’s best shot put throw of the season. Taking first place at a five-team meet at Serra High School, Smoot’s personal record of 36 feet, 10 inches not only topped all throws in the PAL this season, it currently ranks second in the Central Coast Section. It actually stood as the best in CCS for three days until Mountain View senior Sinai Fatafehi wheeled for a 40-4 throw Saturday at the Bellarmine Kiwanis Invitational Track Meet.

Jack Wangsness and Kasi Pohahau, Sequoia baseball. Two wins, both by way of walk-off home runs, made for quite the festive week for the Cherokees. Last Wednesday, Sequoia scored a 7-3 extra-inning win over San Lorenzo Valley, with Wangsness tagging a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the eighth. The following day, Wangsness and junior Travis Mathieu combined on a shutout, punctuated by a walk-off solo blast by Pohahau in the bottom of the seventh in a 1-0 win over Half Moon Bay.

Greer Hoyem and Ofa Sili, Menlo-Atherton girls’ basketball. In their final career win together as one of the great post tandems San Mateo County has seen in recent years, Hoyem and Sili ruled the paint in the CIF Northern California Division I opener. The Bears rolled to a 71-26 win over McClymonds-Oakland last Wednesday with Hoyem scoring a game-high 27 points and Sili, a senior, adding 17.

Kai Winterling, Menlo-Atherton boys’ basketball. The senior guard found the magic touch to lead the Bears back from the abyss to win the CIF Northern California Division I opener 53-51 over Oakland Tech. After trailing most of the game, M-A outscored Oakland Tech 20-13 in the fourth quarter, fueled by three 3-pointers by Winterling, who totaled four in the game en route to scoring a team-high 16 points.