The Knights got what they needed with a 14-run third inning while opening their title defense with a 20-0 rout of visiting Crystal Springs.
Senior captain Adam Greenstein led the Knights (1-0, 11-6) with a solo homer in the third to start the wild inning. Other key hits in the frame included a two-run double by Graham Stratford and a three-run triple by Brock Cozad.
Chris Atkeson picked up his fourth win of the season as Wyatt Driscoll and Jack Redman each contributed scoreless innings of relief as the Gryphons were held to just two hits.
Cozad finished with four RBI and Stratford three for Menlo, which visits King's Academy on Friday.
On Tuesday, Sacred Heart Prep sophomore Cole March not only had a big game, but a huge inning, as he slammed two home runs and drove in five to pace the Gators to an 11-0 romp over host Pinewood in WBAL action.
March led off the top of the second with a solo homer and came back in the same inning to rip a grand slam as SHP (9-7) scored eight times in its WBAL opener. March finished with three hits, as did teammate Mike Covell. Brad Gritsch contributed two RBI while Tyler VauDell and Alec Bradford limited the Panthers (0-1, 5-4) to five hits.
In PAL Bay Division play, Terra Nova scored eight runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to defeat Menlo-Atherton, 9-1, Wednesday in Pacifica in the opener of the teams' two-game series. The loss dropped M-A to 11-7 overall and 1-4 in league play, while Terra Nova improved to 11-2 and 4-1.
M-A starting pitcher Erik Amundson limited Terra Nova to just one hit and no runs over the first four innings. After yielding an unearned run in the fifth inning and striking out the first Terra Nova batter in the sixth, Amundson appeared to tire as his pitch count mounted. Amundson failed to retire any of the next six Tiger batters as Terra Nova grabbed a 6-1 lead.
Amundson struck out eight Terra Nova batters over 5 1/3 innings, surrendering five hits and five walks while throwing 115 pitches.
With senior Andrew Buchanan firing a 4-under 31, Menlo School remained unbeaten in the WBAL with a 191-221 victory over visiting King's Academy at Palo Alto Hills Golf & Country Club on Wednesday.
Buchanan recorded six birdies on the front nine and missed a putt on the ninth hole that would have given him a 29. Instead, he four-putted for a double bogey.
Menlo's Ethan Wong shot even-par 35 with only one bogey on a three-putt, wiping that out with a birdie on the par-5 seventh. Co-captain Max Garnick also birdied the seventh and finished at 38. Carter Burgess made his debut at PA Hills with a 41 while Drew Kim shot 46 to wrap up the scoring as the Knights improved to 6-0 in league (6-2 overall).
Sacred Heart Prep bounced back from its first WBAL loss of the season — to Menlo on Monday — to defeat host Crystal Springs, 194-236, at Burlingame Country Club on Tuesday. The Gators (5-1, 7-1) got a 1-over-par 37 from Bradley Knox while Taylor Oliver and Bradley Keller each shot 38. Derek Ackerman's 39 and Willy Lamb's 42 rounded out SHP's scoring.
In the SCVAL De Anza Division, Grant Raffel of Palo Alto shared medalist honors with a 1-over 36 at Sunnyvale Muni to pace Palo Alto to a 192-200 victory over Homestead on Wednesday. The first-place Vikings remained perfect at 10-0.
Menlo-Atherton and Sacred Heart Prep both brought three-game losing streaks into their showdown for first place in the SCVAL on Wednesday. Obviously, something had to give. The Bears overcame a one-goal halftime deficit and posted a 12-10 victory to remain on top of the league at 7-0 (10-5) while the Gators dropped to 5-2 (7-7).
While Menlo-Atherton still has five league matches remaining, the Gators alreddy have lost twice to the Bears and no longer control their destiny, which now belongs to M-A as the Bears hold a two-game lead. Nick Schlein scored four goals to lead M-A while Jordan Zuk scored back-to-back goals to give the Bears a 10-8 lead in the third period. Michael Hansen's goal in the fourth quarter proved to be the winner for M-A.
Sean Mayle, Noah Kawasaki and Andrew Daschbach all scored three goals to pace the Gators, who are now riding a four-match losing streak.
In Burlingame, Palo Alto (8-3 overall, 4-3 league) gained some small measure of redemption for an earlier season loss to Burlingame by posting a 13-8 win over the host Panthers on Tuesday night in SCVAL action.
The Vikings (4-3, 8-3) got a season-best five goals from Jordan Gans while Jonny Glazier added four goals and four assists. Paly jumped out to a quick 6-1 lead in the first quarter, and then never looked back.
Brooke Bullington scored seven goals and added two assists to pace Menlo School to a 17-4 victory over visiting Burlingame in WBAL action on Tuesday. The Knights (3-0, 4-6) remained tied for first place with Sacred Heart Prep.
Ali Kim added five goals and one assist for Menlo while freshman Parvathi Narayan contributed three goals. Kim won six draw controls, four contested ground balls and had two takeaways. The Knights out-shot the Panthers, 37-4, and won 19 of 21 draw controls.
Menlo, which played in a tournament last week in Orlando, Fla. (one loss and one match suspended by lightning), is currently ranked No. 1 for strength of schedule among 359 programs in California, Utah, Nevada, Colorado, Oregon, Washington and Arizona.
Out of 928 schools nationwide, Menlo is ranked No. 34 in strength of schedule according to laxpower.com.
Also in Atherton, Caroline Cummings scored six goals to pace Sacred Heart Prep to a 17-2 romp over visiting Menlo-Atherton. The Gators remained tied for first place at 3-0 (9-0) while the Bears fell to 0-3 (2-8-1).
Brigid White added four goals for SHP with Libby Muir contributing three and Ally Mayle two. Melissa Holland and Allison Harman each scored once while Meredith Geaghan-Breiner scoring both goals for the Bears.
Sacred Heart Prep and Menlo likely will match unbeaten records when they meet Tuesday at Menlo at 4 p.m.
In San Francisco, Castilleja (2-2, 4-2) got five goals from sophomore Lou Biffar in a 17-2 WBAL victory over host Sacred Heart Cathedral at Crocker-Amazon Park.
Senior captains Katherine Hobbs and Charlotte Jones each added three goals while freshman Ellie Chen finished with two. Senior captain Julia Vais, juniors Ellie Zales and Julia Brug, as well as freshman Laurel Nelson each scored one goal.
Elsewhere, Palo Alto's perfect season came to an end in a 19-10 nonleague loss to visiting St. Ignatius on Wednesday. The Vikings fell to 10-1 as the SI defense swarmed Paly's top offensive players, Charlotte Biffar and Nina Kelty, and held them to a combined three goals.
The Vikings were close at halftime, but the Wildcats scored three unanswered goals to open the second half before Paly battled back. Allie Peery and Julia Farino also scored two goals while Gigi Lucas-Conwell, Annemarie Drez, Claire Chevallier and Kelty added solo tallies.
Boys' track and field
In the first head-to-head meeting between rivals Menlo School and Sacred Heart Prep, the Gators came out on top in the third WBAL meet by tallying 218 points at Bellarmine Prep in San Jose on Wednesday. Menlo finished second with 155 points.
SHP was led by Ricky Grau's 15.86 win in the 110 high hurdles, Andrew Segre's 45.20 win in the 300 intermediate hurdles, Nico Robinson's 22.39 win in the 200 that tied him for second in the Central Coast Section, Jhed Yuzon's win in the shot put at 44-11 1/4, and Cameron Van's 6-2 victory in the high jump.
Menlo won the 400 relay in 44.37 and 1,600 relay in 3:41.18, Matt Myers took the 400 in 52.66, Keaton Shiveley won the 800 in 2:13.77, and Paul Touma won the long jump (20-1 1/2) and triple jump
Girls' track and field
Menlo junior Maddy Price ran the fastest girls' 200 meters in the Central Coast Section this season to help the Knights take second in the third WBAL meet of the season on Wednesday at Bellarmine.
In the first meet where Menlo and Sacred Heart Prep competed against each other, Price raced to a 25.10 victory in the 200 and clocked a season best of 12.26 to finish second in the 100 as the Knights scored 125 points and finished second to Notre Dame-San Jose's 212.50. Sacred Heart Prep was third with 100 points.
The Menlo girls won the opening 400 relay in 51.77 and the closing 1,600 relay in 4:12.78, SHP's Gillian Belton won the 800 in 2:28.04, and Menlo's Morgan Dressel won the shot put at 35-0 1/2 to pace the local efforts.