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Castilleja wraps up another WBAL dual-match golf title


Castilleja bounced back from its first golf loss of the season last week and wrapped up its second straight West Bay Athletic League dual-match title with a 204-219 victory over Harker at Palo Alto Hills Golf & Country Club on Wednesday.

The latest crown, which earned the Gators an automatic berth into the Central Coast Section Tournament on Nov. 3, is the third under head coach Donn Levine and assistant Jim Ono.

Once again the Gators (8-1) rode the talents of their freshmen as Niav Layton (39), Alyssa Sales (39) and Divya Tadimeti (41) led the way. The team's two seniors, Paris Wilkerson and Colby Choi, wrapped up the victory by shooting 42 and 43, respectively on the hilly par-36 layout.

Harker's Katherine Zhu earned medalist honors with a 1-under 35.

Castilleja will wrap up its league dual-match season on Thursday against Sacred Heart Prep before heading into the WBAL Tournament next Wednesday at Poplar Creek Golf Course in San Mateo starting at 1 p.m.

SHP (6-3) put itself in position for a possible second-place tie with Menlo by defeating host Notre Dame-San Jose, 194-231, at the par-34 Los Lagos GC in San Jose. Isabelle Chun led the Gators with a fine 35 with Maddy Ellison (37), Lauren von Thaden (30), Cami Steppe (41) and Sinead Haley (42) rounding out the scoring.

Elsewhere, Menlo School wrapped up a 7-3 season in the WBAL with a 196-259 dual-match victory over Mercy-Burlngame on Wednesday at Poplar Creek.

The tone of the match was set early when Jessie Rong of Menlo eagled the par-5 first hole. She carded one more birdie on her way to medalist honors with a 36.

Sophomore teammate Sophie Siminoff carded a solid 38 and Nicole Henderson finished strong to card a 40. Other contributing scores for Menlo were Lauren Yang (44) and Claire Wilson (48).

Cross country

Robert Screven of Priory finished third in the boys' division while Sacred Heart Prep grabbed second in the team standings to highlight local efforts in Aragon's Center Meet No. 2 on Wednesday at Crystal Springs in Belmont.

Screven clocked 16:22 on the 2.95-mile layout while helping the Panthers finish fourth as a team.

The SHP boys scored 47 points and finished just three behind team champ St. Ignatius. Junior Brett Anstrom led the Gators with a 16:41 clocking for sixth. Senior Sasha Novitsky was eighth (16:53) and freshman Max Cluss took ninth (16:53) as SHP placed all five of its runners among the top 26.

In the girls' varsity race, Priory senior Hana Marsheck was fourth in 19:10, Eastside Prep freshman Zion Gabriel was ninth in 19:39 and SHP junior Natalie Novitsky finished 14th in 20:19. Castilleja finished seventh as a team with Priory eighth.

Boys water polo

Sacred Heart Prep tuned up for this weekend's North-South Water Polo Challenge by holding on to a share of first place in the West Catholic Athletic League with a 16-4 romp over visiting Valley Christian.

Junior Jackson Enright tallied four goals to pace the Gators (5-0, 12-3) with Andrew Churukian, Finn Banks, Michael Sonsini and CJ Box all tallying twice.

In the PAL Bay Division, Menlo School took over sole possession of first place following a 20-4 romp over visiting Mills. Ben Wagner led the Knights (5-0, 10-8) with four goals with seniors James Thygesen and Chris Xi adding three. Menlo scored 11 goals in the first period.

Menlo-Atherton, meanwhile, knocked previously unbeaten Woodside out of a share of the top spot with a 17-4 dunking in the Wildcats' pool. Mostyn Fero scored seven goals for the Bears (4-1, 12-5), who share second place with Woodside. Nik Caryotakis added three goals for M-A with Alex Hakanson tallying twice.

Girls water polo

Castilleja clinched no worse than a tie for its second straight PAL Bay Division title following a 16-4 romp over host Hillsdale on Wednesday.

The Gators improved to 6-0 in league (10-4 overall) with one match remaining against host Woodside next Wednesday. Burlingame remained in second place at 5-1 after a win on Wednesday. Woodside and M-A are tied for third at 4-2.

Jenna Kotcher tallied four goals and Serena Rivera-Korver added three to pace Castilleja, which won its first-ever Bay Division crown last season. Celia Aldrete, Isabelle Arnheim, Madison Lewis and Maddie Macdonald all finished with two goals while goalie Georgia Lewis came up with 12 saves.

Menlo-Atherton improved to 4-2 (6-9 overall) with a 4-3 win over host Woodside. Olivia Jackson, Maddie Maxwell, Annabelle Paris and Kyra Sheeper scored for the Bears while goalie Lauren McGinnis has 12 saves.

In the West Catholic Athletic League, Sacred Heart Prep held on to first place with a 13-8 victory over host Valley Christian in San Jose. Junior Maddy Johnston tallied five goals for the Gators (5-0, 15-4) with senior Malaika Koshy, juniors Maddie Pendolino and Layla Waters plus sophomore Nadia Paquin all scoring twice.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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