Water polo tournament titles up for grabs this weekend

Gunn's Zoe Banks looks at her options. Photo by Malcolm Slaney.

Menlo School and Menlo-Atherton will meet for the Peninsula Athletic League boys' water polo tournament title at M-A on Saturday at 4:45 p.m.

It's been an annual event for some time now. One or the other school has won the PAL title every year since 1995.

The Bears (17-9) lined up behind senior goalie Noah Smith to turn away Woodside, 12-4, and Sam Untrecht scored nine goals to lead Menlo School (17-6) past Hillsdale, 23-7, in semifinal games played Thursday at Menlo.

Cameron Vaughan scored twice for the Wildcats (9-14), who meet Hillsdale for third place at 2:15 p.m. Saturday at M-A.

Menlo built a 13-2 halftime advantage in a game that was never in doubt. Goalies Josh Poulos and Zayd Mahmoud each played a half, combing for nine saves. Poulos also had a team-high four assists despite playing just one half.

Jayden Kunwar scored three goals as 10 different players scored. Noah Housenbold, Connor MacMitchell and Jack King each scored twice while Niko Bhatia, Nick Hernandez, Miller Geschke, Chris Ponterio and Ben Siminoff also scored.

Maxwell Patterson added a team best five steals.

In the SCVAL De Anza tournament at Lynbrook, Gunn (17-11) beat Los Gatos, 11-5, and Palo Alto beat Monta Vista, 18-8.

Sacred Heart Prep advanced to the championship game of the WCAL tournament with a 16-5 victory over visiting St. Francis on Thursday.

The Gators (20-4) host Bellarmine at 7:30 p.m. Saturday for the tournament title.

Walker Seymour and Larsen Weigle each scored three goals to lead SHP while Kyle Ballack added a pair.

Girls water polo

Madison Lewis scored six goals and Georgia Lewis had seven saves as Castilleja beat Aragon, 18-3, in Thursday's semifinals of the PAL tournament at Woodside.

Parker Callender and three others each scored twice and Gillian Bressie recorded 10 saves as Menlo School topped Burlingame, 12-6, in the other semifinal.

Castilleja (19-6) will be seeking its fourth consecutive PAL title when it meets Menlo (15-12) for the championship on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at Menlo-Atherton. The Knights reached their first tournament title contest in over seven years.

Claire Pisani and Minhee Chung each added four goals for the Gators while Molly Glickman, Lexi Triantis, Jashee Yang and Scarlett Ackley also scored.

Sophie Golub, Meg Reinstra and Sarah Donato also scored twice for Menlo. Annie Bisconti, Sadie Stinson, Meri Klingelhofer and Sydney Bianchi also scored.

Senior goalie Zoe Banks was on top of her game in helping host Gunn beat Saratoga, 8-1, in the first round of the SCVAL De Anza Division playoffs.

The Titans (14-8) were scheduled to meet Mountain View in Friday's semifinal at 4:20 p.m. Saturday's championship game is slated for 7 p.m., also at Gunn.

Palo Alto lost to Los Altos, 12-5, and will meet Saratoga on Friday might and Homestead on Saturday in a round-robin format to determine fifth place.

Sophie Frick scored three goals for Paly and Sabrina Hall added two.

Sacred Heart Prep (15-6) gets a rematch with WCAL regular-season champion St. Francis when the teams meet Saturday at Sacred Heart Prep in the 6 p.m. tournamrnt championship game.

The Gators beat Valley Christian and the Lancers topped St. Ignatius on Thursday to advance.

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