The Palo Alto boys grabbed sole possession of first place in the SCVAL De Anza Division golf race with a 179-187 victory over Gunn on Tuesday at the par-34 Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course layout.
Both teams came into the first of two showdowns with perfect records. Paly left with a 7-0 mark while Gunn dropped to 7-1.
"The whole team did what it needed to do," said Paly coach Doyle Knight. "Both our 1-4 players were pretty even, so the guys knew they had to either beat their guy or stay close, which they all did."
With Paly holding a five-stroke lead, the match came down to the final pairing where the Vikings' Henry Gordon shot 36 and Henry Hughes shot a 35 to secure the victory as Gunn's No. 5 Anson Cheng shot 39 and No. 6 Karan Thapar shot 38.
Matt Lewis and Eric Maser had been playing No. 5 and 6 for Paly, but Knight also needed to spread the experience around his lineup.
"It's nice to have a deep team to be able to do that," Knight said.
Paly's No. 1 John Knowles shared medalist honors with a 1-over 35 and held off Gunn's Jack Jaffe (37). Sam Niethammer of Paly also won, 36-44, over Shai Mohan. Gunn gained back two strokes as Zach Tevanian shot 35 to Patrick Fuery's 37. The Titans' Herbert Wong picked up three strokes with a 38-41 advantage over Alex Hwang.
In West Bay Athletic League action, Menlo School defeated host Crystal Springs, 189-200, at the par 36 Poplar Creek Golf Course in San Mateo. The Knights improved to 4-0 as they overcame a career-low effort 5-under-par 31 by David Madding of Crystal Springs.
Menlo was led by co-captains Riley Burgess (35) and Ethan Wong (37). Burgess had two birdies in addition to getting an eagle on the par-4 seventh hole when he hit a 3-iron off the tee on the 259-yard hole. The ball landed on the front of the green and rolled to within 10 feet, from where Burgess made the putt.
Wong also recorded two birdies and had an eagle putt lip out on the seventh hole.
Menlo freshman Rohin Chandra continued his strong season with a 38, getting a birdie on the lucky seventh hole. Junior Ted Breyer shot 41 and senior Jordan Stone finished with a 43.
Sacred Heart Prep remained unbeaten in the SCVAL De Anza Division with a 9-7 victory over host Los Gatos on Tuesday. The Gators (3-0, 5-2) held a slim 6-5 halftime lead.
Sean Mayle led the way with four goals with Frankie Hattler adding two goals plus two assists. Will Kremer finished with two goals and one assist and Noah Kawasaki contributed one goal. Goalie Jack Wise had 10 saves for SHP, which next hosts Marin Catholic on Friday at 5:30 p.m.
Erin Goode hit a walk-off RBI singles with out out in the bottom of the seventh to score Lili Huerta from third, delivering a 9-8 victory over visiting El Camino in PAL Ocean Division action.
Huertra had reached first on an error and advanced to third on a single by Emily Katz and an outfield error. Goode then lined her single to center to end the game as the Bears improved to 2-0 in league (7-3 overall). Katz allowed just one earned run, striking out six and walking none while improving to 7-1.
Sarah Tiemann of M-A had a two-run, two-out double -- one of her three hits -- in the fourth inning to to give the Bears a 5-4 lead.
In the SCVAL El Camino Division, Gunn remained undefeated in league play with a 4-3 victory over visiting Mountain View. The Titans moved to 3-0 (7-2 overall) while the Spartans dropped to 1-1 (3-2).
Iris Chin had seven strikeouts and allowed seven hits, getting the win when the Titans scored four times in the third. Megan Ostrom and Kanchan Potter both scored on a single by Natalie Oda to get the inning started.
Gunn will visit rival Palo Alto on Thursday at 4 p.m., weather permitting.
Track and field
The Gunn girls remained unbeaten in the SCVAL De Anza Division but the Gunn boys missed one key athlete due to illness and suffered its first loss during dual-meet action at Lynbrook.
In the girls' meet, Gunn posted a 101-21 victory that saw two events with less than a full field.
Gunn senior Sarah Robinson won the 1,600 in a stadium record of 5:06.71 and doubled back to take the 800 in a meet record of 2:16.39. Fellow senior Adriana Noronha won the shot put (35-11 1/4) and discus (113-1).
Gunn sophomores Robin Peter and Maya Miklos also took a pair of events. Peter won the 100 hurdles in 15.85 and 100 meters in 12.97. Miklos won the 400 in a meet-record 59.82 and doubled back with a 49.24 triumph in the 300 hurdles.
In the boys' meet, Gunn was without its top discus thrower and dropped a 65-62 decision to Lynbrook, which won the discus event, 5-4. The Titans were paced by senior Sean Lydster, who took the 100 (11.51) and 200 (22.76) and was Gunn's only winner in the running events.
At the first WBAL A meet of the season, the host Sacred Heart Prep boys won their division with 250 points while Notre Dame-San Jose took the girls' title with 150. Castilleja was fourth (58) and Sacred Heart Prep fifth (46) to lead the local efforts.
SHP senior Ricky Grau was a double-winner, taking the 110 high hurdles (15.77) and 300 intermediate hurdles (42.66). SHP junior Ben Burr-Kirven swept the 100 (11,65) and 200 (23.30).