Menlo, M-A boys set up water polo showdown


While each team still has a nonleague game to play, the showdown for the title in the PAL Bay Division boys' water polo race is all set between rivals Menlo School and Menlo-Atherton.

The first-place Knights (4-0, 12-2) and second-place Bears (4-0, 9-3) both won on Wednesday, setting up next Wednesday's match at Menlo (4 p.m.) as the title-decider. A win by the Knights all but gives them the league crown while a victory by the Bears means a co-championship.

Menlo won the first meeting of the round-robin schedule, 10-8, last month.

The Knights tuned up with a 19-6 dunking of visiting Sequoia on Wednesday. Andreas Katsis and Nick Bisconti each scored five goals while Chris Xi added three and Weston Avery two. Menlo grabbed a 12-2 halftime lead.

Just a few miles away, Evan McClelland tossed in five goals and John Knox added four as host Menlo-Atherton rolled to a 17-6 victory over Burlingame. The Bears also got two goals from Jake Bassin while six teammates tallied one goal apiece. Goalie Peter Berquist had nine saves.

Girls golf

Menlo School's Jessie Rong earned medalist honors with a 4-over 38 as the Knights posted a 220-278 victory over Mercy-Burlingame in West Bay Athletic League action at Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course on Wednesday.

Lauren Yang shot 40, Nicole Henderson and Christina Schwab each had 47s and Erin Broderick shot 48. The Knights improve to 2-3 overall and in the WBAL.

Girls tennis

Palo Alto kept its perfect season intact with a 6-1 triumph over visiting Los Gatos in SCVAL De Anza Division action. The Vikings are 5-0 in league (12-0 overall) heading into a match Thursday at defending Central Coast Section champ Monta Vista.

Senior Aashli Budhiraja once again led the Vikings with a 6-1, 6-0 win at No. 1 singles. Felicia Wang (6-2, 6-1) and Avanika Narayan (6-2, 6-1) followed suit at No. 2 and 3 singles. Paly swept the doubles, even though the No. 1 tandem of Caroline Nore and Sam Dewees had to battle for a 7-6 (10-8), 6-7 (7-9), 10-6 victory.

Last year after 12 matches, Paly was 8-4.

Girls water polo

Castilleja got seven goals from Anna Yu in a 12-5 victory over visiting Sequoia in PAL Bay Division action Wednesday. Stephanie Flamen added three goals and goalie Maddie Tarr had seven saves for the Gators (4-1, 8-5), who will visit first-place Menlo-Atherton next Wednesday (4 p.m.) in a showdown for first place.

The Bears (5-0, 8-3) tuned up with a 12-4 win over visiting Burlingame on Wednesday. Jessica Heilman tallied five goals and Sofia Caryotakis added four for M-A, which will host St. Ignatius on Friday (4:30 p.m.) in a nonleague match.

— Palo Alto Online Sports


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