Sarathy's 32 leads Gunn girls to another golf victory

Senior Jayshree Sarathy made the most of her final girls' golf match at Palo Alto Muni by shooting a 2-under-par 32 to pace Gunn to a 193-221 victory over Los Gatos in Santa Clara Valley Athletic League action Wednesday.

The Titans improved to 12-1 in league (13-2 overall) and tied for first place with Palo Alto with one match remaining on Thursday.

Sarathy had four birdies, including three in a row on holes No. 6-8. She also made birdie on the par-5 opening hole. This was her seventh round shooting par or better this season in 14 rounds played.

Gunn junior Anna Zhou shot an even-par 34. She had a nice bounce back from a double-bogey six on the second hole, with a birdie on No. 6 and an eagle on the par-4 eighth hole (the old No. 10), where she drove the green. Gunn also got a 41 from Margaret Redfield, a 42 from Lianna McFarlane-Connelly and a 44 from Tiffany Yang 44.

In PAL Bay Division action, freshman Naomi Lee shot a 1-over 37 to pace Menlo-Atherton to a pair of victories at Poplar Creek GC in San Mateo. The Bears shot 241 to defeat both Capuchino (316) and Mills (255). M-A ranks third in the division behind Aragon and San Mateo.

In the West Bay Athletic League, Sacred Heart Prep wrapped up second place with a 232-264 victory over host Mercy-Burlingame at Poplar Creek GC in San Mateo. The Gators (8-1-1, 8-2-1) were led by Jessica Koenig's 2-over 38 and a solid 41 by Maddy Ellison.

In other WBAL action, Menlo closed its regular season with back-to-back victories to even its league record to 5-5. The Knights wrapped things up with a 245-249 victory over Notre Dame-San Jose on Wednesday after Erin Broderick saved par on the last hole at Palo Alto Hills Country Club. Menlo's Lauren Yang was medalist with a 44. Jessie Rong shot a 46 and Nicole Henderson 48.

Cross country

Menlo-Atherton continued its fine girls' season by running away with team and individual titles at the PAL's third league-wide meet of the season on Wednesday at Crystal Springs in Belmont.

Sophomore Madeleine Baier captured individual honors as she raced over the 2.95-mile course in a personal best of 18:48 on the exceedingly warm afternoon. It was Baier's third victory of the PAL season. M-A sophomore Katie Beebe was second in 19:27, also a PR, as the Bears totaled 24 points to hold off runner-up Half Moon Bay (33 points).

"The potential is there to do something big," said M-A coach Eric Wilmurt. "The the question is, will we be able to put it all together for the postseason?"

M-A senior Annika Roise was sixth in 20:25, sophomore teammate Cat DuPuy was seventh in 20:34 and senior Taylor Fortnam finished eighth in 20:37. Half Moon Bay ran 3-4-5-10-11 while M-A went 1-2-6-7-8 to win its third league race of the season.

In the boys' varsity race, Menlo-Atherton finished third with 104 points while trailing Carlmont (28) and Half Moon Bay (50). Zach Plante led the Bears with a fifth-place finish of 16:14, a personal best. Teammate Kevin Conrad was 20th in 17:35.

Boys water polo

Menlo School continued its winning ways with a convincing 15-6 victory over host Burlingame in PAL Bay Division action. The Knights (7-0, 15-2) got four goals from Chris Xi and jumped out to a 7-0 lead. Seven different players scored for Menlo and seven had steals, with Andreas Katsis getting a game-high five. He also scored two goals.

Menlo faces a real test on Friday in its own pool as the Knights host De La Salle at 6:15 p.m. While Menlo holds a 10-4 all-time advantage over DLS, the Spartans are responsible for one of Menlo's two losses this season.

Also in the PAL Bay Division, Menlo-Atherton got four goals each from Evan McClelland and Matt Baszucki in a 15-6 win at Carlmont. Jack Beasley added two goals for the Bears (5-2, 8-5) while Peter Berquist had seven saves in goal.

In the West Catholic Athletic League, Nelson Perla-Ward tossed in five goals and Sacred Heart Prep remained in first place with a 16-7 dunking of visiting Serra. Michael Swart and Harrison Enright each scored three times as the Gators improved to 4-0 in league (15-2 overall).

Senior goalie Philippe Marco came up with 18 saves for SHP, which honored its seniors during the Gators' final regular-season league home match.

— Palo Alto Online Sports


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