On a cool, breezy afternoon, Castilleja grabbed control of the West Bay Athletic League girls' golf race with a solid four-stroke victory over rival Sacred Heart Prep on Wednesday.
The defending champion Gators (4-0, 4-1) now have beaten their closest rivals in the WBAL -- SHP and Menlo School -- with one match remaining against each team in the round-robin schedule.
Castilleja's margin of victory might have been greater, but junior Chloe Sales started off her nine-hole round with an uncharacteristic triple-bogey seven on the first hole. Nonetheless, she finished with a 5-over 40 with par-saving putts on three holes.
The Gators also got a 44 from Paris Wilkerson, a 45 from Danielle Mitchell, a 46 from Nicole Mitchell and a 47 from Caroline Debs.
Castilleja is under the guidance of new coach Donn Levine.
SHP (2-1, 2-2) also battled the windy conditions, which caused scores to balloon. Sophomore Isabeele Chun led the way with a 41 despite a triple-bogey on the fifth hole. Junior Jessica Koenig carded a 44, freshman Lauren von Thaden had a 46, senior Kiana Cacchione shot 47 and sophomore Maddy Ellison a 48.
In San Jose, Gunn won its 17th straight league dual match with a 204-224 victory over host Los Gatos in SCVAL action at Santa Teresa Golf Course. Senior Jayshree Sarathy led the Titans (7-0, 8-0) with an even-par 36 while junior Anna Zhou shot 37. Tiffany Yang finished with a solid 39 while Sandra Herchen (46) and Margaret Redfield (46) rounded out the scoring.
Menlo School registered an important 6-1 nonleague victory over visiting St. Francis on Wednesday, as Knights' coach Bill Shine earned his 398th win in his 18th season with the program.
More importantly, the win came against last season's runner-up team in the CCS playoffs.
Menlo's only loss came at No. 4 singles. The only match to go three sets was at No. 2 singles where Christine Eliazo prevailed, 6-3, 5-7, 10-5.
Menlo (8-1) can give Shine his 399th career win on Friday with a win over visiting Hillsdale, while No. 400 likely will come Tuesday against visiting Crystal Springs.
Elsewhere, Castilleja dropped a 4-3 nonleague match to visiting Aragon at Rinconada Park.
Gunn won its second straight SCVAL De Anza Division match as senior Erica Johnston continued her strong efforts in a 25-11, 25-19, 30-28 victory over host Monta Vista. The match originally was scheduled for Thursday night.
Johnston had 13 kills with setter Nicole Brigham providing 37 assists as the Titans improved to 2-0 (4-4 overall). Meghan Mahoney contributed nine kills, Miranda Carothers hit .500 from her middle- blocker position and Tahra Knudsen added 17 digs. Gunn next plays Saturday in the Cupertino Classic tournament.
In nonleague action, Castilleja dropped a 25-16, 25-22, 25-17 to host Notre Dame-Belmont. Madeline Johnson led the Gators (8-7) with 10 kills with Jessica Norum adding six kills and 14 digs.