Prep report: Palo Alto takes over first in SCVAL baseball

Jackson Hall and Nathan Willis each had a pair of hits and drove in a run, relief pitcher Jack Varner got out of a bases-loaded jam in the fifth and the Palo Alto baseball team remained unbeaten in SCVAL play, beating visiting Milpitas, 5-2, on Friday.

Angus Stayte and Josh Kasevich also drove in runs for the Vikings (8-2, 4-0), who play a nonleague game at Burlingame on Saturday at noon.

Varner took over from Paly starter Aron Ecoff (2-0) with one out and two runners on. He walked the bases loaded before recording a strikeout and a routine fly ball to right field.

Niko Lillios pitched a perfect seventh to record his fifth save in as many chances.

Ryan Chang and Jonathan Gottlieb each added two hits.

The Vikings return to league play on Wednesday with a home game against Saratoga at 4 p.m. Palo Alto goes to Saratoga for a 4 p.m. game Friday.

The Falcons (3-5-1, 2-2) handed Los Altos (8-2-1, 3-1) its first league loss of the season Friday, 6-2. Saratoga is one of four teams tied for third.


Gunn successfully opened its SCVAL El Camino Division schedule, beating visiting Lynbrook, 14-3, as Emily Kim pitched the complete game. She also reached base four times and scored four runs in addition to getting a hit and driving in a run.

Most of the offense came from sophomore Michele Schwarzwalder and senior Adele Colwill. They each drove in four runs and combined to go 7-of-8. They were a combined 2-for-19 entering the game.

Schwarzwalder homered and drilled a pair of triples among her four hits while Colwell singled three times.

Mary Sapigao drove in two runs and sophomore catcher Isabel Flores added a pair of hits.

The Titans (2-4, 1-0) host San Mateo in a nonleague game Monday at 4 p.m. before resuming league play at Cupertino on Wednesday.

Palo Alto plays a 4 p.m. nonleague game at Castilleja on Monday.

Boys swimming

Will Parmeter and Alex Liang each won two events to help Palo Alto down host Los Altos, 125-45, in a SCVAL meet Friday.

Parmeter won the 50 free (23.17) and 100 free (51.13) while Liang went 2:00.30 in the 200 IM and 54.12 in the 100 back.

Freshman Aaron Kuo went 1:49.43 in winning the 200 free and Thibault Collignon swam 5:07.66 to wein the 500 free.

Girls swimming

Grace Zhao won the 200 IM and the 100 breast and Palo Alto won its third straight SCVAL meet, beating host Los Altos, 117-53, Friday.

Zhao went 2:10.63 in the IM, beating Los Altos' Hana Brett by nearly three seconds. She went 1:06.16 in the breaststroke, nearly five seconds faster than Eagles' Anne Piercy.

Zoe Lusk won two events, Claire Lin and freshman Mary Wilkinson each won an individual event and the Vikings swept the two free relays and the medley relay.

Amy Wu finished third in the 200 IM with a CCS time of 2:14.98. She was second in the 100 fly in another CCS time of 1:00.15. The freshman also swam on the winning medley relay team.

Lusk led a 1-2-3 finish for Paly in the 100 free with a 53.35. Wang was next in 55.25 and freshman Chesnie Cheung went 55.94. All three were CCS times.

Wilkinson's 500 free time of 5:26.63 was also a CCS time. She also swam on the two winning free relays.

In addition to winning the 50 free in 24.37, Lin swam a 1:02.88 in the 100 back and joined freshman Ashley Guo (1:01.77) with a CCS time.

Girls lacrosse

Castilleja lost to University, 13-7, Friday in a nonleague game.

Taylor DeGroff had three goals, Anika Adzich added two goals, an assist and five draw controls for Castilleja.

Gabriella Nightingale and Jordan Jackson each added a goal and junior goal keeper Anika Tse made eight outstanding saves.

Castilleja (3-2) plays Gunn at Palo Alto High on Wednesday at 4 p.m.

The Titans (5-1) dropped a tightly-contested nonleague match, 9-7, to visiting St. Francis on Friday night.

The game was tied at 7 before the Lancers scored twice in the final minutes.

Sophomore Grace Williams scored twice and recorded an assist for the Titans, who remain undefeated in SCVAL play.

Juniors Becca Chapman and Jenilee Chen each added a pair of goals and junior Emily Axtell also got one into the net.

Senior midfielder Janis Iourovitski led the team in draw controls and turnovers.

The defense, led by junior Anna Tsai, sophomore Julia Stoneburner and senior Lucy Augustine, supplied multiple ground balls and turnovers.

Senior goalkeeper Mikaela Wayne recorded five saves.

Palo Alto (4-3, 4-1) drew within a half-game of Gunn in the SCVAL standings, beating host Pioneer, 16-3, Friday.

The Vikings travel to Menlo-Atherton for a noon game Saturday before returning to league play against visiting Willow Glen at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Boys volleyball

Jake Davison recorded 11 kills and Ryan Bair added 16 digs but Sacred Heart Prep dropped a 25-18, 22-25, 25-20, 25-15 decision to visiting The King's Academy in a SCVAL El Camino Division contest Friday.

The Gators (4-5, 0-2) meet Santa Cruz at the Wilcox Invitational at a time to be announced Saturday.

— Rick Eymer/Palo Alto Online Sports


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