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Prep report: Menlo boys drop nonleague water polo match


Sam Utrecht scored three goals and Niko Bhatia added two but Menlo School fell to host Campolindo 12-7 in a nonleague boys' water polo match Saturday.

Josh Poulos added 12 saves for the Knights (11-3), who travel to St. Francis for another nonleague match at 6 p.m. Friday.

Except for the second quarter, Menlo played Campolindo even. The Cougars (10-1) outscored Menlo 6-1.

"We made some uncharacteristic mistakes in that second quarter," Menlo coach Jack Bowen said. "I'm really happy with our other three quarters of play but, clearly, this is a four-quarter game and we can't have a lapse like that; it's just not like us."

Campolindo, considered one of the top teams in the country, avenged a one-goal loss to Menlo last year.

"We're seeking the top teams in northern California this season," said Bowen, “All in an attempt to achieve our team’s goal, ‘Be Your Best.’”

“Even with the tough loss, this will drive us into the second half of the season,” Knights senior co-captain, Miller Geschke said. "It reminds us we can play with anyone and that we really are at the top level of water polo."

In addition to his scoring, Untrecht led the team in ejections earned with four. Sophomore Connor Enright and Bhatia each had two assists. Bhatia led the team in steals with four.

Girls' volleyball

Cate Desler recorded 28 kills and added five aces, Haley Martella had 53 assists and Sacred Heart Prep earned a big nonleague win, beating host Monte Vista Christian-Watsonville, 16-25, 23-25, 25-9, 25-15, 15-9, Saturday.

Elena Radeff added 14 kills and five blocks for the Gators (17-5), who lost to MV Christian in both the finals of the CCS Division IV tournament and in the semifinals of the CIF Northern California tournament last season.

Ally Polverari and Regan Smith each recorded 12 kills, with Polverari matching Desler with five aces as SHP, which has won five of its last seven, recovered from a two-set deficit.

Caroline Caruso had 17 digs for the Gators, who travel to Notre Dame-San Jose for a West Bay Athletic League contest at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.


Adrian LaVelle threw for 117 yards and three touchdowns on 4-of-5 passing to lead Priory past East Alto Palo Phoenix, 80-12, on Friday in a nonleague eight-man football contest.

Keyshawn Ashford scored twice on runs of 65 and 40 yards, totaling 105 yards on the only two times he touched the ball on offense. He also caught a pass for 31 yards.

Ashford also returned a punt 63 yards for a score for the Panthers (6-0, 1-0), who travel to Trinity Christian in Monterey for a Mission Trails 8-man League contest on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Erik Larson caught touchdown passes of five and four yards and Mikhail Saliba caught a 77-yard touchdown pass and rushed 27 yards for another score.

Freshman Jashae Williams ran back a kickoff 76 yards for a touchdown. Jaeden Barker and Owen Tidmarsh also scored on running plays.

In all, Priory averaged 28.8 yards every time it snapped the ball and that was a mere 12 plays.

Williams and fellow freshman Alex Yonehiro each recorded four tackles to lead Priory.

Pinewood beat visiting Anzar, 44-6, in a league contest as Alex Dagman rushed for 88 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Jaedan Bailey threw for 106 yards and three touchdowns, including tosses of 65- and 4-yards to Marcus Fox.

Sean Murphy caught a 14-yard pass for a score and ran a kickoff back 91 yards for another touchdown.

Seniors Jackson Haun, Bo Fick and Tyler Johnson each recorded a team-high 10 tackles and Austin Wong had a sack.

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