For the second straight week, sophomore Madeleine Baier and senior Taylor Fortnam led the Menlo-Atherton girls to a team victory in Peninsula Athletic League cross-country action.
After opening the league season last week at Westmoor High, the PAL's second meet shifted to Half Moon Bay on Wednesday. The result, however, was the same as Baier clocked 14:43 for the victory and Fortnam finished third in 14:57 on the 2.33-mile course.
The Bears' one-two punch was backed up by sophomore Katie Beebe's fourth-place finish of 14:57. Senior Annika Roise was seventh in 15:05 and sophomore Cat DuPuy rounded out the scoring with a 15:25 for ninth as Menlo-Atherton finished with 24 points, seven ahead of runner-up Half Moon Bay.
M-A also had sophomore Maddie Worden take 13th (15:49) and sophomore Elizabeth Muenzen finish 15th (16:03) as the young and talented Bears flexed their considerable muscle among the league's 11 other teams.
The M-A girls are ranked No. 5 in the Central Coast Section this week and No. 3 among Division I teams -- trailing Gunn (No. 2 overall) and Monta Vista (No. 4).
The M-A boys, meanwhile, rank No. 15 in the section. Unfortunately for the Bears, Carlmont is No. 2 and Half Moon Bay is No. 11. Both those teams finished ahead of M-A once again on Wednesday.
The Scots won with 24 points with Half Moon Bay second with 52 and M-A third with 88. Senior Zach Plante once again led the Bears, taking seventh in 12:23. Junior Adam Scandlyn was 10th in 12:45 while Arnaud Laprais was 21st, Nicolas Plume 23rd and Charlie Cain 27th.
Castilleja remained unbeaten in the West Bay Athletic League with a 224-240 victory over host Menlo School at Palo Alto Hills Golf & Country Club. Chloe Sales led the Gators (2-0, 2-1) with a 5-over 41 while the Knights (0-1) were led by Jessie Rong's 40.
Menlo's lengthy homestand continued on a successful note as the Knights disposed of visiting Gunn, 7-0. Menlo is playing eight straight home matches, with Menlo-Atherton No. 4 on Friday at 3:30 p.m.
Menlo made quick work of the Titans (0-3) as its four singles players -- Liz Yao, Christine Eliazo, Alice Yao and Helena Ong -- lost just a combined four games. The Yao sisters both posted 6-0, 6-0 victories.
The victory was No. 396 for Menlo coach Bill Shine in his 18th season with the Knights.
Also in Atherton, host Sacred Heart Prep opened its West Bay Athletic League season with a 7-0 victory over Pinewood. Tara Ritchey, Alison McLaughlin, McKenzie Lynch and Kate Ackley swept the singles for the Gators (1-0, 2-2).
Priory remained unbeaten as Michaela Koval produced 20 digs during a 25-21, 25-9, 25-14 victory over host Pinewood in nonleague action. Marine Hall-Poirier led all hitters with 19 kils while Anna Brett finished with five kills and five blocks. Pinewood (3-1) was led by Mehra den Braven's 10 kills.
In San Jose, Castilleja took on nationally ranked Valley Christian (9-0) and suffered a 24-26, 25-19, 25-13, 25-17 setback.
Boys water polo
Menlo School tuned up for its own Scott Roche Invitational this weekend by rolling to a 19-3 victory over host Aragon in PAL Bay Division action.
The Knights (2-0, 4-0) raced to a 7-1 first-quarter lead and made it 12-1 at the half. Chris Xi led the way with five goals while Andreas Katsis added four and Tegan Nibbi finished with three. Goalie John Wilson had 10 saves in the second half.
Menlo opens tourney play Friday by hosting Leland at noon.
In Redwood City, Menlo-Atherton remained a game back of Menlo following a 27-8 dunking of host Sequoia. The Bears (2-1, 3-1) got five goals from John Knox while Jorge Pont and Evan McClelland added four each. M-A will open the Roche tourney on Friday at Palo Alto High, taking on Vista (San Diego) at 2:50 p.m.
In Atherton, Sacred Heart Prep opened it season with an 18-1 romp over visiting Valley Christian to also kick off the West Catholic Athletic League campaign. Harrison Enright tallied five goals for the Gators while Michael Swart and Will Conner added four each. SHP will compete in the Santa Barbara Invitational this weekend at Dos Pueblos High.
Girls water polo
Menlo-Atherton maintained its lead in the PAL Bay Division with an 11-3 victory over host Sequoia on Wednesday. The Bears (3-0, 5-2) are the only unbeaten team left in the division. Jessica Heilman led M-A with five goals with Sofia Caryotakis added three.
In Palo Alto, host Castilleja posted a 13-4 PAL Bay Division win over Aragon as Alex Zafran scored five goals and goalie Maddie Tarr made 10 saves. Anna Yu and Stephanie Flamen added two goals each for the Gators (2-1, 3-4).
In San Jose, Sacred Heart Prep opened its WCAL season with an 18-4 dunking of host Valley Christian. Freshman Maddy Johnston led the Gators (1-0, 6-1) with four goals with junior Aubrey Gavello and freshman Layla Waters adding three goals each.