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Prep report: Defending champ M-A wins PAL girls soccer opener


Diana Morales scored three goals and the Menlo-Atherton girls' soccer team opened Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division play with a 5-0 victory over visiting Terra Nova on Thursday.

Vanessa Wheeler and Monica Burgos also scored for the Bears (3-1, 1-0), who host Burlingame in a league match at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

M-A also has a Fremont Tournament match against St. Francis at 9:45 a.m. on Saturday.

Freshman Lexi Quinn recorded her first high school assist on Burgos' goal, also her first goal. Sierra Sakrison and Olivia Shane also recorded assists.

Senior Josephine Cotto also saw her first action of the season. Morales and Cotto are M-A's top returning scorers. They combined for 25 goals in helping the Bears win last year's PAL title.

Returning goalie Breanna Sandoval recorded three saves in the victory.

Elsewhere, Menlo School earned its first win of the season, beating host Los Altos, 2-0, in nonleague action.

Electa Narasin scored with an assist from Hunter MacDonald and Julia Wang converted a penalty kick for the Knights (1-3-1), who play St. Ignatius at 1:15 p.m. Saturday at the Fremont tournament.

Gunn recorded its third consecutive tie to open the season, playing to a scoreless draw with visiting Crystal Springs Uplands on Thursday. The Titans (0-0-3) meet Aragon at 3:20 p.m. Saturday at the Fremont tournament.

Boys basketball

Guy Manor scored 20 points and grabbed seven rebounds and Kehillah Jewish beat host Crystal Springs Uplands, 58-48, in a nonleague contest Thursday.

Ben Winer added 11 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked three shots for the Rams (4-1, 1-0), who host Basis Independent Silicon Valley at 5 p.m. Tuesday. David Lipman had eight points and 10 rebounds and Noah Engel added 16 points.

The Rams beat Design Tech, 48-44, Wednesday in their Private Schools Athletic League North Division opener.

Elsewhere, Menlo-Atherton (1-1) opened the Amador Valley Tournament with a 49-43 victory over Mission and Gunn (0-3) dropped a 52-48 decision to Branham in the opener of the Los Gatos Tournament.

Girls basketball

Sacred Heart Prep opened The King's Academy Tournament with a 75-29 victory over Fremont on Thursday.

Charlotte Levison scored 16 points, one of four Gators to reach double figures. Denise Stine netted 13 points, Grace Battles added 13 and Megan Norris had 10.

SH Prep (3-0) meets Aragon in the semifinals of the TKA tourney.

The Dons (2-0) beat Castilleja, 54-24, in their first-round game. Katie Fearon led Casti (2-4) with seven points.

Gunn lost to Monte Vista Christian in the first round of the Terra Nova Tournament and will meet Lick-Wilmerding at 4:45 p.m. Thursday.

Boys soccer

Palo Alto dropped its first match of the year, 3-2, to visiting Alvarez in a nonleague match Thursday.

The Vikings (3-1) will look to get back on track against Lincoln at 1:15 p.m. Saturday as part of the Homestead Tournament.

Menlo-Atherton lost, 2-1, to North Monterey County on Thursday as part of the Homestead Tournament. The Bears (0-4) take on Alvarez (3-0) in a tournament game at 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

Priory earned a 6-3 victory over visiting Summit Shasta in a nonleague match Thursday. The Panthers (1-2) host Pinewood (0-2) in a West Bay Athletic League opener at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Pinewood dropped a 6-1 decision to host Summit Prep on Wednesday.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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