Jim Gorman wasn't sure and neither were his Gunn High tennis players. Thus, there was no celebrating after the Titans had clinched their 5-2 win over Homestead on Tuesday at the Cubberley Community Center courts.
Gunn improved to 10-1 (11-5) with only one division match remaining, but Gorman still wasn't positive his team had wrapped up a championship.
"I don't know," Gorman said. "I used to keep all the stats. I don't know what everybody else is. I guess it's possible we might not win it."
Mountain View apparently resides in second place at 8-2, with both losses to Gunn. The Spartans are off this week. Milpitas has at least three losses and Wilcox has at least four.
While the Titans hold the tiebreaker over Mountain View should the teams tie, Gunn still has to beat Santa Clara in the final match of the regular season to win the division title outright.
Thus, Tuesday's win over Homestead gave Gunn no worse than a tie for the El Camino Division title.
Gunn took care of things quickly by sweeping the singles in straight sets behind victories by Ameya Rao, Jake Chua-Gonzani, Daniel Jacobson and Mario Khosla. For good measure, the Titans' No. 1 doubles team of Avner Kreps and Alex Matthys posted a fast 6-1, 6-0 triumph to get things rolling.
Gunn will be in Davis on Friday for a rare tri-meet with its host and Monte Vista (Danville). Then the Titans will turn their attention to making their league title official with a match at Santa Clara next Wednesday.
Gunn's title should be one of three for local teams this season.
Menlo School (8-0, 15-1) all but wrapped up a 17th consecutive title under coach Bill Shine with a 7-0 romp over visiting King's Academy on Tuesday. The Knights have never lost a league match during Shine's tenure, which began in 1997. That streak now stretches to 190 straight over three different leagues -- Private Schools Athletic League, PAL Bay Division and West Bay Athletic League.
Menlo was near perfect against King's Academy while losing only three games.
Menlo-Atherton is closing in on yet another PAL Bay Division crown after defeating visiting Burlingame on Tuesday, 5-2. The Bears (10-1, 14-2) began the week with a 5-2 win over Mills and still have two more matches this week -- at Hillsdale and against visiting San Mateo.
Menlo-Atherton, however, saw its streak of four straight undefeated league seasons end last week in a 5-2 loss at Carlmont. That snapped a streak of 65 straight league victories for the Bears, who lost two starters (academically ineligible) just before the match with the Scots.
Sacred Heart Prep sophomore Cole March not only had a big game, but a huge inning, as he slammed two home runs and drove in five to pace the Gators to an 11-0 romp over host Pinewood in WBAL action.
March led off the top of the second with a solo homer and came back in the same inning to rip a grand slam as SHP (9-7) scored eight times in its WBAL opener. March finished with three hits, as did teammate Mike Covell. Brad Gritsch contributed two RBI while Tyler VauDell and Alec Bradford limited the Panthers (0-1, 5-4) to five hits.
Sacred Heart Prep bounced back from its first WBAL loss of the season to defeat host Crystal Springs, 194-236, at Burlingame Country Club. The Gators (5-1, 7-1) got a 1-over-par 37 from Bradley Knox while Taylor Oliver and Bradley Keller each shot 38. Derek Ackerman's 39 and Willy Lamb's 42 rounded out SHP's scoring.
Palo Alto (8-3 overall, 4-3 league) gained some small measure of redemption for an earlier season loss to Burlingame by posting a 13-8 win over the host Panthers on Tuesday night in Santa Clara Valley Athletic League action.
The Vikings (4-3, 8-3) got a season-best five goals from Jordan Gans while Jonny Glazier added four goals and four assists. Paly jumped out to a quick 6-1 lead in the first quarter, and then never looked back.
Burlingame tightened the game at the half, 7-4, but Paly regained the offensive and stretched the lead to 13-4 with only five minutes left in the game. Tully McAlister added two goals, and Logan Mendenhall and Weston Priesing tallied one for the Vikings. Junior Zach Rizk got the game ball for very strong transition and ground ball play at midfield for Paly.
First-place Menlo-Atherton will face second-place Sacred Heart Prep on Wednesday in a showdown for the top spot on the Gators' field at 4 p.m.
Brooke Bullington scored seven goals and added two assists to pace Menlo School to a 17-4 victory over visiting Burlingame in WBAL action on Tuesday. The Knights (3-0, 4-6) remained tied for first place with Sacred Heart Prep.
Ali Kim added five goals and one assist for Menlo while freshman Parvathi Narayan contributed three goals. Kim won six draw controls, four contested ground balls and had two takeaways. The Knights out-shot the Panthers, 37-4, and won 19 of 21 draw controls.
Also in Atherton, Caroline Cummings scored six goals to pace Sacred Heart Prep to a 17-2 romp over visiting Menlo-Atherton. The Gators remained tied for first place at 3-0 (9-0) while the Bears fell to 0-3 (2-8-1).
Brigid White added four goals for SHP with Libby Muir contributing three and Ally Mayle two. Melissa Holland and Allison Harman each scored once while Meredith Geaghan-Breiner scoring both goals for the Bears.
In San Francisco, Castilleja (2-2, 4-2) got five goals from sophomore Lou Biffar in a 17-2 WBAL victory over host Sacred Heart Cathedral at Crocker-Amazon Park.
Senior captains Katherine Hobbs and Charlotte Jones each added three goals while freshman Ellie Chen finished with two. Senior captain Julia Vais, juniors Ellie Zales and Julia Brug, as well as freshman Laurel Nelson each scored one goal.