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Prep water polo: Menlo girls 2nd at tourney; SHP boys win twice


Sacred Heart Prep turned the cancelled North-South Challenge into a mini boys water polo tournament, brought it indoors to the Olympic Club in San Francisco and got a few games in against good competition.

The Gators beat Harvard-Westlake 9-4 and Miramonte 13-9 on Saturday in nonleague action.

Menlo School also played at the Olympic Club, losing to Drake 14-4.

Jayden Kunwar scored twice to lead the Knights (12-5), who host Woodside at 6 p.m. Monday in a Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division contest. Miller Geschke and Connor Enright also scored. Josh Poulos had five saves.

It's a four-game week for Menlo, which also plays at Bellarmine on Tuesday, travels to Burlingame on Wednesday and hosts Coronado on Thursday.

"We always want to play the best teams in the country" Menlo coach Jack Bowen said. "Drake is just that. This is why we played them in our first game of our season and why we accepted on Friday night when invited to play this game in San Francisco."

Larsen Weigle scored three goals to lead SH Prep past the Wolverines. Andrew Churukian and Walker Seymour each added a pair of goals.

Harvard-Westlake was within 6-4 early in the fourth period before the Gators (14-3) scored the game's final three goals.

Sacred Heart Prep scored the first four goals against Miramonte and never trailed in the game, though the Matadors kept things interesting, closing to within 10-9 in the first minute of the fourth quarter.

Alex Tsotadze scored five goals and recorded a pair of assists for the Gators, who visit Mitty in a West Catholic Athletic League game Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.

Churukian, Weigle and Seymour each added two goals and Michael Sonsini scored a goal and had three assists.

Girls water polo

Menlo placed second place at the Amador Valley Cross-Sectional Tournament on Saturday.

‚ÄčThe Knights finished 2-1 in the round-robin, falling only to eventual champion Amador Valley by an 8-7 decision. Menlo defeated Livermore 6-5 and College Park 7-5.

Sophomore Sophie Golub recorded five goals and nine steals for the tournament. Senior Gillian Bressie recorded 19 saves, two steals and an assist.

The defensive play of Meg Reinstra proved critical for the Knights (9-11), who host Woodside at 4 p.m. Monday.

Annie Bisconti totaled five goals, had three assists and three steals‚Äč in the win over College Park.

Parker Callender, Sydney Bianchi and Sarah Donato each had three goals for the day.

Mia Rosenblatt posted three steals in the close loss to Amador Valley

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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Posted by PaloPolo
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 15, 2017 at 1:25 pm

The school of the Sacred Heart canceled a tournament they were hosting and then invited themselves to a 3 game event that same weekend? The schools they were purportedly "hosting" get all those games? And didn't this Sacred Heart also lose a game in this new tournament of theirs? Why only reporting of wins. Strange things afoot there

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Posted by Sports Guy
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 15, 2017 at 3:54 pm

Sports Guy is a registered user.

SHP lost to the nation's No. 1 team, Mater Dei (11-10) on Friday. There was an earlier story posted on that. SHP wasn't trying to hide anything, nor was the Weekly. Also, this was not a tournament. The North-South was cancelled due to health risks. Since 8 teams from Southern California came up for the tourney and probably had room reservations, they likely decided to stay. Thus, SHP (and Menlo) was able to schedule nonleague matches against some of the teams. That way the weekend wasn't wasted for any of the teams. And, if you're wondering why SHP seems to get more stories written than some of the other teams, it's probably because the Gators are the best in the CCS. If Paly or Gunn were No. 1, they'd get the same treatment, as any other local team would.

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Posted by Yawn
a resident of Community Center
on Oct 15, 2017 at 5:39 pm

As a casual high school sports fan it seems to me water polo has become the least competivte of sports because of private school recruiting. Only a handful to CCS teams can compete.

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Posted by scotty
a resident of Green Acres
on Oct 15, 2017 at 8:09 pm

PA Online has a fever.....and the only prescription is more SHP water polo coverage!!

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Posted by SportsPerson
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 16, 2017 at 1:37 pm

Given the numerous likes of PaloPolos post, seems that they struck a real chord here.

What it means to "host" something. When the event you're hosting goes awry, you can do one of 2 things: a. you look out for yourself, or b. you can look out for those you were hosting.

That's it.

The way of the Sacred Heart has now been shown.

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Posted by Changes
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 16, 2017 at 5:56 pm

Thankfully changes coming this year to CCS playoffs in water polo as an "open" division has been created like most other sports. Thus private schools that play under one set of enrollment rules can battle it out and public schools that are restricted by geographiy can play each other. Not perfect but a good step to address obvious lack of fairness in competition.

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