After finishing second during the regular season, the Sacred Heart Prep boys' golf team got to enjoy first place after winning the West Bay Athletic League Tournament on Tuesday at Half Moon Bay's Old Course.
The Gators, as expected, earned the league's second automatic berth into next week's Central Coast Section regional after Menlo School had earned the first berth by winning the regular-season round-robin title.
The Gator had a team score of 391 on the par-72 layout with Menlo second (406) followed by Harker (417) and Pinewood (419).
Harker senior Maverick McNealy, a Portola Valley resident who is headed to Stanford in the fall, won medalist honors with a 1-under 71. Pinewood junior Trevor Hernstadt shot 74 for third place and will join McNealy in CCS individual competition.
Two CCS regionals will be held next week at Rancho Canada (West Course) in Carmel Valley. Sacred Heart Prep will play on Tuesday and Menlo on Wednesday.
SHP was led by Derek Ackerman's 73, which earned him second place. Bradley Knox tied for fourth at 76, Willy Lamb shot 79 to tie for seventh, Ryan Galvin finished in 11th with an 81 and Taylor Oliver wrapped up the scoring with an 82, tying him for 12th.
Defending CCS individual champion Andrew Buchanan of Menlo shot a 3-under on the front nine, but withdrew after feeling some back pain with four holes to play.
Menlo sophomore Ethan Wong shot 79 to lead the Knights and tie for seventh on the windy day.
"I definitely left some strokes out there today, but it was a good round to finish under 80 on a tough course on a tough day," said Wong.
Menlo junior Riley Burgess and freshman Jeff Herr both shot 80 and tied for ninth.
"On some holes," said Burgess, "the approach shots just flew the green as the balky wind conditions created havoc with yardages."
Menlo freshman William Hsieh shot 82 and tied for 12th while captain Max Garnick finished with an 85 after carding a 38 on the back nine.
At the PAL Tournament, Menlo-Atherton senior Matt Tinyo took the lead on the first of three days with a 5-over 77 at Shoreline Golf Links in Mountain View on Tuesday. The second round will be played Wednesday at Green Hills Country Club in Millbrae. The tourney concludes Thursday.
Palo Alto and Gunn both took a step toward being eliminated in the SCVAL De Anza Division playoffs as each lost their respective opener on Tuesday.
The host and top-seeded Vikings (16-12) dropped a
4-3 decision to No. 4 Saratoga while the Titans (6-19) fell to Los Altos, 9-5.
Palo Alto got a triple from Austin Poore and doubles from Isaac Feldstein and Austin Kron among its eight hits, but had to battle from behind after giving up two runs in the top of the first. Three errors help lead to the Vikings' downfall.
The shaky defense ruined an otherwise solid pitching effort by Rohit Ramkumar, who tossed an eight-hitter with no walks.
Game 2 in the best-of-three series will be at Saratoga on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. Paly needs to win that game to host a winner-take-all game Friday, also at 3:30 p.m.
Gunn, meanwhile, is battling not to be sent down to the El Camino Division. The Titans, however, committed four errors and gave up seven runs over the third and fourth innings -- all of which were unearned.
Chris Rea had three of Gunn's six hits. He also scored twice. Gunn will visit Los Altos on Thursday and needs to win in order to force a third game Friday at Gunn.
In other series openers, Wilcox routed Homestead, 18-1, and Santa Clara edged Mountain View, 9-8.
Menlo School has hired Steven Cavella as its new girls' volleyball head coach and Matt Jones will lead girls' water polo, as well as boys' and girls' swimming for the 2013-14 school year.
Cavella takes over the volleyball program after serving as head coach at Crystal Springs for seven seasons. In 2012, he led the Gryphons to a 10-2 record and a share of the West Bay Athletic League (Skyline Division) championship.
During his tenure, Crystal Springs advanced to the CIF NorCal semifinals three times and his girls' teams took home three section championships.
He finished his second season as the Stanford women's club volleyball coach, and is an assistant coach for Red Rock Volleyball Club. A scholar-athlete award winner, Cavella played four years as an opposite-side hitter at UC Irvine, where he graduated with a B.A. in psychology and social behavior. He works as a clinical research coordinator in the cardiothoracic surgery division at Stanford University Medical Center.
Jones is the Age-Group and Developmental Coach for Stanford Water Polo Club and head coach of age-group teams at national club tournaments. He comes to Menlo after serving as assistant girls' water polo, varsity swimming and aquatics coordinator at Sacred Heart Schools.
Swimming for UC Davis, Jones was an individual league champion in the 100 and 200 backstroke and a four-year letter-winner for the Aggies' swim and water polo teams. After graduating with a B.A. in communications, Jones was an assistant coach for UCD's men's and water polo teams, then went on to run the girls' water polo program at Mercer Island High, where he was named the Washington state Water Polo Coach of the Year.
Menlo School closed out its regular season in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League with a 9-4 win over host Burlingame. The Knights (5-7, 7-10) were led by Wiley Osborne and Matt Bradley, each of whom tallied three goals.
The Knights also got a strong defensive effort from long-sticks Parker Schultz, Matt Linton, and Charlie Roth.
Menlo jumped out to a 4-2 lead after the first period and extended the lead to 7-3 at halftime. The Knights also received goals from Colin Johnson, Mason Brady and Jack Marren. Goalie Luc McNally had seven saves.
Menlo now must wait for Mountain View (4-6) to play two games this week against Los Gatos (0-10) and Menlo-Atherton (10-0) to see if the Knights will qualify for postseason play.
Menlo School and Sacred Heart Prep set the stage for their second showdown of the season with easy victories in WBAL Foothill Division action Tuesday.
The first-place Knights improved to 9-0 in league (11-6 overall) with a 16-1 romp over visiting Sacred Heart Cathedral. Menlo started all 11 seniors in its final regular-season home match and grabbed a 10-0 halftime lead. Senior Ali Kim led the way with three goals while senior goalies Hannah Rubin and Kaelen Dunn also scored during their time as field players.
Menlo has gone 59-0 in league matches since last losing to Menlo-Atherton during the 2007 season.
Just a short distance away, second-place Sacred Heart Prep (8-1, 16-1) rolled to a 13-3 victory over Burlingame as freshman Ally Mayle scored four goals with Caroline Cummings and Brigid White adding three each.
Sacred Heart Prep will host Menlo on Thursday (4 p.m.) with first place on the line. The WBAL playoffs begin next week.
In other WBAL action, Castilleja (5-4, 7-5) got six goals from Katherine Hobbs in a 17-6 win over host Menlo-Atherton (2-7, 4-12-1). Lou Biffar added three goals for the Gators while Emily Carlson and Meredith Geaghan-Breiner each scored twice for the Bears.
In Los Gatos, Palo Alto wrapped up the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League title with one match remaining with a 17-3 victory over the host Wildcats. The Vikings improved to 13-0 in league (16-2 overall) as seniors Nina Kelty and Charlotte Biffar each scored three goals.
Gigi Lucas-Conwell, Simone Buteau and and Allie Peery all scored twice for Paly, which closes the SCVAL regular season Thursday at home with a Senior Night match against Leland.
Track and field
The Palo Alto boys put themselves in good position to defend their SCVAL De Anza Division championship meet title on Thursday at Lynbrook High by getting their sprinters through during Tuesday's trials.
Paly went 1-2-3 in the 100 with Matt Tolbert, Justin Gates and Jayshawn Gates, with the Gates twins being joined by Nick Sullivan and Eli Givens in the 200. The latter two also qualified for the 400. The Vikings also will have their 400 and 1,600 relays and key field event personnel in Thursday's finals, which get under way with field events at 2:30 p.m. Running starts at 3 p.m.
Paly had 11 qualifiers out of Tuesday's events, with Nick Sullivan winning the 400 and 200 (a wind-aided PR of 22.22).
Palo Alto won the regular-season dual-meet title with a 6-0 mark while the Gunn girls did the same. The Titans got freshman standout Maya Miklos qualified in the 400, 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles (where she leads the CCS).
In the five events held Tuesday, the Gunn girls had eight qualifiers while Palo Alto had 11 move on to the finals.
Ian Bennett finished with 37 kills while Matt Hao added 45 assists and 21 digs to pace Sacred Heart Prep to a 25-21, 25-27, 16-25, 25-22, 15-13 victory over host Cupertino. Grant Chou added 26 digs and Lukas Hruska contributed nine kills and nine blocks for SHP (5-6, 8-11).