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Four local golf squads head into CCS regional tournaments

The Sacred Heart Prep boys will be shooting for a third straight appearance in the Central Coast Section golf finals while Palo Alto will be taking aim at a second consecutive appearance when regional play gets under way this week.

Both squads will have to battle each other plus a field that included Mitty, St. Francis and Palma when at the CCS Regional II tourney on Wednesday at Rancho Canada (West) in Carmel Valley.

On Tuesday at the same course, Gunn and Menlo-Atherton will compete in Regional I action along with York School, Bellarmine and R.L. Stevenson. Only the top four teams from each regional will advance to the section finals on May 13, also at Rancho Canada (West).

Gunn will have Jack Jaffe, Anson Cheng, Zack Tevanian, Adam Fleischman, Shai Mohan and Karan Thapar competing. Menlo-Atherton's lineup includes Grant Johnson, Thomas Suesser, Paul Iwashita, AJ Connell, Ben Flanagan and Niklas Sahavi.

The Bears are making their first regional appearance since 2012 while Gunn was seventh last season.

M-A got into the tournament after Burlingame was disqualified at the Peninsula Athletic League Qualifier last week at Poplar Creek for having an ineligible player.

On Wednesday, Sacred Heart Prep will tee it up with Bradley Knox, Derk Ackerman, Bradley Keller, Taylor Oliver, Ryan Galvin and Shane Snow. Palo Alto's lineup features John Knowles, Sam Niethammer, Henry Hughes, Alex Hwang, Matt Lewis and Patrick Fuery.

Competing as individuals will be Menlo School freshman Rohin Chandra and Pinewood's Trevor Hernstadt. Neither Menlo nor Pinewood, which competed with full teams last year, qualified as at-large squads this season.

Baseball

Palo Alto, which finished third with a 9-5 mark during the SCVAL De Anza Division regular season, will open the postseason playoffs at No. 2 seed Wilcox on Tuesday at 4 p.m.

The series shifts to Palo Alto (13-12 overall) on Thursday (4 p.m.), with an if-necessary game set for Wilcox (19-6 overall) on Friday.

The Paly-Wilcox winner will take on the Los Gatos-Saratoga winner for the division playoff title next week.

Paly is led by senior Jack Cleasby, who led the league in slugging percentage (.846), ranked No. 2 in batting average (.436), was No. 1 with five home runs, No. 1 with 28 RBI and had 34 hits.

Gunn (0-14, 2-24) also will be playing this week, visiting Homestead (7-7, 13-11-1) on Tuesday at 4 p.m. The series shifts to Gunn on Thursday. Should the Titans win either game, a deciding contest will be at Homestead on Friday.

The loser of the series will play the loser of the Mountain View-Los Altos playoff next week. That series loser will be relegated to the SCVAL El Camino Division next season.

Basketball

The CIF State Championships will be held at Haas Pavilion on the Cal campus in 2015, before it returns to Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento in 2016.

Diving

Palo Alto's Reed Merritt and Mimi Lin will be on hand to defend their titles when the SCVAL De Anza Division Championships get under way Tuesday at Gunn High.

The boys begin at 11:30 a.m., followed by the girls at 2:30 p.m.

Points accumulated by the divers will be added to the swimming portion of the meet, which will be held Friday at Gunn at 2 p.m. Swim trials for boys will be Wednesday with the girls set for Thursday.

Track and field

Gunn and Palo Alto will be among the field for the SCVAL De Anza Division Championships this Thursday at Gunn. Field events begin at 3:30 p.m., followed by running at 3:45 p.m.

The Peninsula Athletic League trials begin Friday at Terra Nova in Pacifica. The finals are scheduled for May 17 at the same site.

The West Bay Athletic League trials will be held Saturday at King's Academy (girls) and Gunn (boys, 10 a.m.), with the finals set for May 17 at King's Academy.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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