Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - May 9, 2014

SHP boys reach CCS golf finals; Gators clinch league lacrosse titles

by Keith Peters

The entire Sacred Heart Prep boys golf team will play another day, but only two members of Palo Alto's squad will have that opportunity following the Central Coast Section Regional II tournament on Wednesday.

With senior Bradley Knox finishing with six birdies on his final 10 holes and taking second with a 2-under 69, Sacred Heart Prep shot 381 as a team and finished just a shot back of Palma and Serra. The Gators also were third last year, shooting 377.

"It was one of the cooler days in recent years, and breezy, but that's pretty standard for down there," said SHP coach Mark Dowdy. "Yeah, it was a good result. A few of the boys were disappointed with the way they played but, at this point, all you need to do is advance."

Palo Alto, which qualified fourth last year, struggled on a windy Wednesday and shot 393 at the par-71 Rancho Canada (West) course and wound up seventh.

The Vikings needed to finish among the top four teams to earn a berth into next Tuesday's CCS Championships, also at Rancho Canada (West).

Paly's John Knowles (73) and Matt Lewis (76) will be playing in the section finals as individuals.

Joining Knox next week will be teammates Derek Ackerman (71), Taylor Oliver (79), Bradley Keller (79), Ryan Galvin (83) and Shane Snow (91).

Not advancing were Palo Alto's Patrick Fuery (80), Henry Hughes (81), Sam Niethammer (83) and Alex Hwang (85) plus Pinewood's Trevor Hernstadt (83) and Menlo School's Rohin Chandra (94).

At the CCS Regional I on Tuesday, also at Rancho Canada (West), Gunn and Menlo-Atherton failed to advance to the finals, but one boy from each team did move on. Menlo-Atherton senior Grant Johnson shot a 5-over 76 and Gunn's Jack Jaffe carded a 6-over 77 as both qualified as individuals to the CCS Championships. Gunn's Zack Tevanian missed out on advancing by losing a tiebreaker.

Boys lacrosse

Sacred Heart Prep celebrated its Senior Day in a big way with a 22-4 victory over visiting Burlingame in SCVAL De Anza Division action Tuesday. The Gators, who won their first division crown last week with a 10-8 win over Menlo School, improved to 11-0 in league (13-4 overall).

Seniors Frankie Hattler, Brian White and Sean Mayle combined for 15 goals and seven assists to lead SHP. Hattler had six goals and two assists, White finished with five goals plus one assist and Mayle had four goals and four assists. Will Kremer and Paul Vetter added two goals each.

Girls lacrosse

Sacred Heart Prep wrapped up its second straight regular-season title in West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division) action with a 16-1 romp over visiting Castilleja on Wednesday.

The Gators (9-0, 16-5) were led by sophomore Ally Mayle's four goals while senior Caroline Cummings had three goals plus one assist and sophomore Libby Muir finished with three goals. Brigid White added two goals plus three assists while solo goals were scored by Jane Meehan, Kiana Cacchione, Juliana Clark, and Cameron Gordon.

SHP can wrap up its first perfect regular season with a win over visiting Mitty on Friday at 4 p.m.

In the SCVAL, Gunn remained tied for first place with Palo Alto following a 9-4 victory over host Los Gatos. The Wildcats received four yellow cards in the match with one going to their coach.

Gunn improved to 11-1 in league (14-2 overall) as senior Anna Cabot scored three goals, junior Caroline Chou added three goals plus an assist and junior Rachael Tsai contributed two goals. Freshman Janis Iourovitski added one goal for the Titans, who hold the No. 1 seed for next week's playoffs due to a tiebreaker with Paly.

The Vikings (11-1, 13-5) kept pace with Gunn following a 17-9 romp over host Mountain View. Seniors Ami Drez and Kristen Destefano each scored four goals to lead the Vikings. Paige Bara and Allie Peery finished with three goals each while Lauren Gargiulo added two and Liana Pickrell had one goal.

Boys tennis

Much has gone Menlo-Atherton's way during a solid season that saw the Bears win a sixth straight PAL Bay Division title while finishing 17-4 overall. On Monday night, good news for Menlo-Atherton continued at the CCS seeding meeting.

While it was a given that the Bears would receive a high seed for the team tournament that began Wednesday, which seed was crucial.

"We want to be opposite Menlo," said M-A co-coach Carlos Aguilar.

Aguilar and the Bears got their wish as M-A received the No. 3 seed while defending champion Menlo School (17-3) got the No. 1. That means the teams would not face each other until the title match on May 16 at Courtside Club in Los Gatos — should they advance that far.

Menlo, of course, is expected to advance that far. The Knights have won five straight section titles and 12 overall, the most in CCS tennis history. Should Menlo win a sixth straight crown, the Knights will tie themselves (1998-2003), Monta Vista (1997-2002) and Palo Alto (1991-96) for the second-most in section history. Gunn won seven straight from 1972-78, a record within Menlo's grasp.

Menlo, of course, has to win its sixth straight first. Possibly standing in the way is No. 2 seed Saratoga (17-0) and, perhaps, Menlo-Atherton. The Falcons and Bears could meet in the semifinals on May 14 while Menlo might face No. 4 Bellarmine or No. 5 Monta Vista.

Menlo has not faced Saratoga this season, but did hand Menlo-Atherton a 7-0 nonleague loss. The Bears, in turn, toppled Bellarmine by 5-2.

Menlo moved up in the state record books this season, winning its 20th straight league title to tie Bakersfield (1982-2001) for most in California history. The Knights also extended their on-going state record for most consecutive league dual-match wins to 216 in a row. Menlo's last league loss came in 1995.

Joining Menlo and Menlo-Atherton in Friday's second round will be No. 8 seed Palo Alto. Menlo will host St. Francis (13-10), M-A will host Homestead (17-0) and Paly will host Mitty (16-5), all at 3 p.m. Mitty knocked host Sacred Heart Prep (12-11) out of the playoffs on Wednesday, 6-1.

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