Sunday, November 2, 2008

Athelete of the Week!!

Yep, that is our Sarah, this weeks' athelete of the week! Check out the article in this week's HMB Reveiw recognizing Sarah's contribution to the tennis team! Pretty cool. Congratulations Sarah! The photo above is from the same edition of the paper for the athlete of the week award. click on the photo for a larger view.


Half Moon Bay Review Oct. 29, 2008

HMB wins tennis title

By Mark Foyer

The sun was setting on the day and the tennis season.
Yet, there was still doubt about the outcome of Half Moon Bay High School’s final match with Terra Nova on Oct. 21.
It was 3-3 and the No. 4 singles match was still on the court. Half Moon Bay player Sarah Knight wasn’t aware of the significance of her match.
If she won, not only would it clinch the Peninsula Athletic League Ocean Division match for Half Moon Bay, it would also clinch a co-title.
Westmoor had done its part, beating El Camino that day.
Knight, a senior, came close to winning her match in straight sets. But Terra Nova’s Isabel Claytor rallied, forcing the third and decisive set.
With the lights coming on, Knight turned on her game, winning the third set, 6-2.
The win allowed Half Moon Bay to play in the PAL playoffs, where it lost to Burlingame, 7-0, Thursday.
But to get to Thursday’s match was a challenge, more so than Knight thought.
“If I knew the situation, I would have worked harder in the second set,” Knight said.
Simone Vandroff and Rebecka Joshua won their singles matches in straight sets. But Lauren Davison and the doubles team of Kristen Kalkin and Paige Farrell lost their matches.
Half Moon Bay’s No. 1 doubles team of Alyssa Brinkmeier and Sophia Whiting would win their No. 1 doubles match in three sets. Meanwhile, the team of Elaine Oldham and Hanna Ingraham lost in three sets.
All eyes turned toward Claytor and Knight, who rethought her strategy.
“I figured if I hit the ball harder and to the corners, I would prevent her from hitting lobs,” Knight said.
She then learned of the win’s significance.
“I never imagined us being co-champs,” Knight said.
It was just as exciting for the other players as well.
“It was a great season for us,” Whiting said. “It’s nice to end with the league title.”