Palo Alto's perfect golf season continued on Tuesday as the Vikings captured their second straight SCVAL Tournament title at Santa Teresa Golf Course in San Jose.
Following up on its 12-0 dual-meet season, Paly posted a score of 389 to earn an automatic berth into next Wednesday's Central Coast Section Regional II tourney at Rancho Canada (West) in Carmel Valley.
Palo Alto got 5-over rounds of 77 from John Knowles, Sam Niethammer and Henry Hughes, but it was a 79 by Patrick Fuery that helped clinch the victory as Paly trailed by two shots before Fuery finished.
"None of the guys were playing well," explained Paly coach Doyle Knight. "But, they buckled down and stayed focus and kept their scores from getting away from them."
Matt Lewis also shot 79 for the Vikings while Alex Hwang finished with an 85, which didn't count in the scoring.
Gunn shot a team score of 394 and finished second, also advancing to the CCS Regional II next week. Jack Jaffe and Zack Tevanian paced the Titans with 3-over rounds of 75. Shai Mohan shot 76 and Adam Fleischman an 82, with Anson Cheng rounding out the scoring with an 86.
Saratoga finished third with 397 strokes and also qualified for CCS. The Falcons' Christian Galvin earned medalist honors with a 70.
Meanwhile, Gunn's Tevanian was named to the all-league team while Paly was represented by Knowles and Lewis.
Menlo School and regular-season champ Sacred Heart Prep will play in the West Bay Athletic League Tournament on Wednesday at Eagle Ridge GC in Gilroy, where temperatures are expected to reach 93 degrees or higher.
The Gators already have clinched a berth into the CCS Regional II while the Knights need to gain an at-large berth into regional play.
Sacred Heart Prep moved to within a victory of clinching the SCVAL De Anza Division title by downing visiting Mountain View, 16-11, on Tuesday. The Gators (9-0, 11-4) can win the title outright by beating Menlo School on Thursday at the Knights' field at 4 p.m.
Senior Frankie Hattler led SHP past the Spartans with five goals and four assists. Will Kremer added four goals, Sean Mayle finished with three with Brian White and Frank Bell adding two each. Noah Kawasaki provided three assists with senior goalie Jack Wise stopping 11 shots.
Menlo (7-2, 12-3) remained mathematically alive with a 9-3 victory over third-place Palo Alto (6-4, 9-6). The Knights need to beat SHP to have any chance of possibly forcing a tie for the division title.
Bruno Geoly made 20 saves for Menlo and Colin Johnson scored a team-high four goals. Charlie Ferguson picked up 10 ground balls and won nine of 15 face-offs.
In another league match, host Menlo-Atherton (5-4, 8-9) romped to an 18-7 victory over Los Gatos. No other details were provided.
In the SCVAL El Camino Division, host Gunn dropped a 17-3 decision to Los Altos. Jared Bibo scored twice for the Titans with Hans von Clemm adding a solo tally.
Sacred Heart Prep set the stage for a showdown for first place in the West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division) race with a 17-6 victory over visiting Menlo-Atherton.
The Gators improved to 7-0 in league (13-5 overall) while the Bears fell to 3-4 (6-9-1). Sophomore Ally Mayle paced SHP with six goals and two assists with senior Caroline Cummings adding three goals plus two assists. Brigid White had two goals, Cameron Gordon finished with two goals plus one assist, Kiana Cacchione contributed two goals and two assists, Libby Muir had one goal plus one assist and Allison Harman had one goal.
Sacred Heart Prep will visit second-place Menlo on Friday at 4 p.m. The Knights (5-1, 12-4) need to beat visiting Burlingame on Wednesday to remain in the hunt for a possible co-title.
Gunn regained sole possession of first place in the SCVAL El Camino Division race on Tuesday with a 2-1 victory over host Fremont.
Gunn (7-1, 13-4) took an early lead at the top of the first when Natalie Oda scored on a triple by Titans' pitcher Iris Chin. Fremont responded in the second, putting up its own run. The game remained tied at 1 and seemed headed to extra innings until the top of the seventh when Emily Collins blasted a triple to right field to score Catherine Schwarzwalder for the winning run.
The Titans are a half game ahead of Mountain View, which had a bye on Tuesday. The teams will square off Thursday on the Spartans' field (4 p.m.) with first place on the line.
In San Jose, Palo Alto's Julia Saul tossed a six-hitter and struck out 11 to pace the Vikings to an 11-4 victory over Lynbrook. Saul won her 10th game while Paly improved to 12-9. She lowered her earned-run average to 1.49 in 122 innings and now has 137 strikeouts.
Saul also helped herself by getting two hits, one a double, and scoring two runs. Paly registered 16 hits with Tori DeStefano and Maddie Martinson each getting three. Emma Noroian had three RBI with Shannon Fee and Martinson driving in two.
In the PAL Ocean Division, host Menlo-Atherton dropped a 3-0 decision to Terra Nova. The Bears (3-4, 12-8) got six hits, including doubles by Tanya Lazaro and Yesenia Garcia, but still couldn't push across any runs. M-A starter Emily Katz struck out four and walked two, but fell victim to two unearned runs.
Pinewood sophomore Gabe Owens captured his second straight singles title at the WBAL Individual Tournament that finished up Tuesday at Menlo School.
Owens defeated Sacred Heart Prep senior Cameron Kirkpatrick in the finale, 6-1, 6-2. Both players earned berths in the upcoming CCS Individual Tournament.
Owens reached the title match with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over SHP's Justin Foster while Kirkpatrick advanced with a 6-3, 6-1 triumph over Menlo sophomore Alex Neumann. Foster defeated Neumann in the third-place match, 6-3, 6-0.
In the doubles final, Menlo's tandem of Gunther Matta and Nathan Safran fell to Alex Buckley and Jackson Lingane of Crystal Springs, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (11-9).