Menlo College in Atherton, CA is a four-year higher learning institution offering mainly business degrees to undergraduate students. Currently, there are less than 600 enrollees to Menlo and almost half of these populations are student – athletes in which they participate in various collegiate sports such as basketball, baseball, wrestling, cross country, American football, soccer and golf for the men and basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, wrestling and volleyball for women. The athletic department of Menlo College, known as the Menlo Oaks or Oaks competes to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics or NAIA under the California Pacific Conference (Cal Pac).
The Oaks are a force to be reckoned in the Cal Pac and the current Menlo Oaks news update is that the women’s basketball team won the Cal Pac Championship and this is no surprising as they defend their conference title last year. The men’s basketball team was the 2010 – 2011 champion of the conference basketball tournament. The other collegiate teams of the Oaks are not falling behind – it is either they get the runner up finish during the Fall and Winter sports. As of now, the spring sports will kicked off in which the Oaks will compete for golf (men’s) and softball. Last 11th of March 2013, Menlo College junior student Justine Roscoe started their softball campaign on a winning note after striking out two of the opponent batters as the Oaks win. In line with this, she was picked as the Cal Pac Softball Pitcher of the Week for that duration. She pitched for seven innings and permitted only three hits together with three runs and all of these were unearned. In addition, her performance made walking for one batter and two stuck out. She went personally 1 – 0 on this week in which the Oaks got 2 – 0 during this stretch of the week. The Oaks had swept their doubleheader games against Concordia University of Nebraska last Saturday in their home field. Their next opponent will be the Simpson University in their home field this coming Saturday in kicking off the Cal Pac softball tournament.
In other sports, the Menlo women’s volleyball team went undefeated on the recently concluded volleyball tournament. In the Cal Pac conference, the Oaks went undefeated (9 wins against no loss) and 17 – 7 overall to capture the conference title. The Oaks captured the conference title in five of the last seven years since 2006. Other notable and recent conference championships by the Oaks are the men’s soccer team in which they were the 2011 conference champion. The women’s soccer team last crowned conference champion in 2007.
All of the students – athletes of the Menlo College are not only the best in their sports field, but also great in their academics as Menlo College once again is regarded by the Princeton Review as the “Best in the West” in its Best Colleges for 2013 published last August 2012. This was the fourth consecutive time that Menlo College achieved such citation