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(7-17 overall, seventh place Peninsula Athletic League- Bay Division)
Justin Nam ’19
After bidding farewell to seven
seniors, including three collegiate players, from their two- time defending CCS championship teams, the Knights fought through a rigorous league schedule. Menlo started
off the season .500 after moving up to the tough upper-tier Peninsula Athletic League-Bay Division. Ty Corley ’18, Landon Smith ’18, and all-league, first-team selection right- handed starter Justin Nam ’19 guided a youthful Menlo crew, including pitcher-outfielder Kevin Alarcon ’20.
(25-4 overall, NorCal semifinalist, CCS Open qualifier, West Bay Athletic League champion)
The Knights closed a historic season with an incredible 25-4 record, earned a program-first CCS Open bid, and advanced to the NorCal Div. I semifinals. Menlo won the Burlingame Tournament and went 14-0 to win back-to-back West Bay Athletic League Championships. Guard Joe Foley ’18, who averaged 15.9 points, 4.9 assists, and 3.6 steals per game, was named league MVP and
made the all-Metro team. Riley Woodson ’18, who averaged double figures in scoring and rebounding for a second year, and sharp- shooter Thomas Brown ’18 helped provide a strong core on a talented team.
To say that Menlo’s season was a success would be an understatement as School records fell and, from fall to spring, teams and athletes reached program firsts. On the heels of an incredible fall campaign, winter and spring teams and athletes made their own history, including a compelling run the to NorCal semifinals by the boys’ basketball team, the first trip to the state championships for boys’ golf, back-to-back league titles for girls’ lacrosse, a perfect season for boys’ tennis, and a state meet first for track & field.
The Knights’ success was measured in many other ways, such as when students mentored nervous, less-experienced players, rushed to hug an opponent who just edged them for a CCS spot, paid daily visits to a teammate who was seriously ill,
and spearheaded an annual yearlong drive to collect sporting goods for youth in under-resourced communities.
The Knights worked equally hard in the classroom. Menlo boys’ track & field and boys’ lacrosse each had the top collective grade-point average among CCS teams in their respective sport, joining football as a champion and seven other 2017-18 teams who finished in the top five.
How well a team does in league play determines its number
of all-league selections, and this winter and spring, 83 Menlo Knights athletes were picked by a panel of coaches. Of
those, nine Knights were selected as most valuable players: Siddharth Chari ’18 (tennis), Jonny Ebrahimian ’19 (offense-soccer), Joe Foley ’18 (basketball), Robert Miranda ’18 (track), David Quezada ’18 (defense-soccer), Max Ting ’18 (golf), Charlotte Tomkinson ’20 (track), Julia Wang ’18 (midfielder-soccer), and Page Wolfenden ’20 (attack-lacrosse).
  Joe Foley and Menlo soared to a 25-4 record, a bid in the CCS Open bracket, and a run to the NorCal semifinals

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