1,000 student athletes contribute to best sports year ever for Menlo-Atherton High School

by Caraline Albro on June 2, 2016

The 2015-2016 school year, which ended today, was the most successful year in Menlo-Atherton High School sports history. Twenty-four league championships. Six PAL meet/tournament championships. Four individual CCS championships. The list goes on.

M-A Athletic Director Paul Snow attributes much of M-A’s success this year to the coaches. “A lot of our coaches have experience playing at the collegiate level, even at Stanford […] we’re really fortunate to find good, experienced coaches. They’re so devoted to preparing their teams to compete at the highest level possible.”

He singled out Fletcher and Lauren Anderson, the M-A girls’ volleyball coaches, for showing extraordinary leadership capabilities in bringing their team to the state championships during their first year as M-A coaches. [Top photo is volleyball team.]

Commissioner's cupAdditionally, student athletes such as Folashade Akinola and Chelsea Wilson, both of whom are female wrestlers, stood out as exemplary athletes this past year.

As for the coming 2016-2017 school year, Snow hopes to continue to instill positive values in athletes. “A lot of good things could come in the future, and we’re just really hoping that the coaches keep emphasizing the things that matter most — school, sportsmanship, learning, doing the best they can, trying to achieve at a high level — and then winning will come as a result,” he said.

Other notable achievements during 2015-16 included: one relay team CCS Championship, two team CCS Championships, one Nor Cal finalist, one Nor Cal Champion/State Runner-Up, several medals at state tournaments, over 1000 athletes competing on 54 teams, one female CCS Scholar-Athlete of the Year recipient, two Coaches honored (PCA Double Coach Award and CCS Honor Coach), and PAL Commissioner’s Cup Champions for the 8th year in a row.

Photo of Commissioner’s Cup by Caraline Albro; photo of Girl’s Volleyball team courtesy of M-A Bears



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