Menlo, Castilleja clinch share of PAL water polo titles

Castilleja's Madison Lewis (7) and Sarah Booher keep the defensive pressure on. Photo by David Lewis.

Niko Bhatia and Jayden Kunwar each recorded five goals and the Menlo School boys' water polo team clinched at least a tie for the Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division title, beating Woodside, 18-2, Monday.

The Knights (13-5, 5-0) play at Burlingame (8-3, 4-1) in Wednesday's league finale at 4 p.m. Menlo-Atherton (13-6, 4-1) hosts Half Moon Bay at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Menlo, which travels to Bellarmine for a nonleague contest Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., scored early and often against the Wildcats (7-10, 2-3), who received goals from Giorgio Fatica and Nicholas Hovsmith.

Woodside hosts Hillsdale at 4 p.m. Wednesday. The Wildcats are also entered in the Ronald J. Freeman Memorial tournament that begins Friday with a 6 p.m. game against Wilcox at Monta Vista in Cupertino.

The Knights led 8-1 after the first quarter, 12-1 at halftime and 14-1 after three quarters. Sam Untrecht scored four times and Noah Housenbold scored twice. Menlo goalie Josh Poulos recorded nine saves.

In a nonleague game, St. Ignatius beat host Palo Alto, 14-5.

Girls water polo

Castilleja clinched at least a tie for its fourth straight PAL title, beating Burlingame, 11-10, Monday in a PAL Bay Division contest.

The Gators (14-4, 6-0) clinched the top seed in the PAL tournament, which gets underway next Monday. The Panthers (8-7, 5-1) can clinch the second seed with a win against visiting Menlo on Wednesday at 5 p.m.

Sarah Pedley recorded seven saves in the net for Castilleja and Minhee Chung added four goals. Sarah Booher and Claire Pisani each added a pair of goals.

Aragon scored six goals in the third period to erase a halftime deficit and beat host Menlo-Atherton, 8-6, Monday.

Menlo topped Woodside, 8-2, as Parker Callender and Meg Reinstra each scored twice and Gillian Bressie recorded seven saves. Annie Bisconti added a goal and three steaks.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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