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Paly boys, Gunn girls advance in CCS polo
|The Palo Alto boys and Gunn girls will play another day in their respective Central Central Coast Section tournaments, but the competition will be a whole lot tougher.
Palo Alto opened play in the CCS Division I playoffs with a 14-6 triumph over visiting Los Gatos on Wednesday night.
Seniors Bret Pinsker and Quinn Rockwell accounted for seven goals, with Pinsker leading the Vikings with four. Michael Kori and fellow senior Brian Berry contributed four goals apiece to take care of the Wildcats, who Paly defeated during the SCVAL De Anza Division season.
The victory sends Palo Alto into Saturday's quarterfinals, where the No. 8-seeded Vikings (19-8) will face No. 1 Bellarmine (15-11) at Sacred Heart Prep at 4 p.m. The Bells are the defending Division I champs and have won two of the past three crowns.
Palo Alto last won a CCS title in 1997.
Saturday's match will feature a reunion of both teams' coaching staffs as Paly's Brandon and Matt Johnson and Bellarmine's Colin Mello, Jamie Frank and Derrik Jarvis all played at UC Irvine.
In other Division I action Saturday, No. 3 Menlo-Atherton (12-12) will face No. 6 Leland (22-5) at Sacred Heart Prep at 1:15 p.m.
In boys' Division II quarterfinal action Saturday, No. 1 Sacred Heart Prep (22-4) will host No. 8 Burlingame (12-7) at 9:30 a.m., and No. 2 Menlo School (14-10) will face No. 7 St. Ignatius (16-12) at St. Francis at 2 p.m.
The Gunn girls, meanwhile, swamped visiting Carlmont, 21-3, in CCS Division I action in the Titans' pool. Fourth-seeded Gunn (20-7) blew the game open quickly with a 9-1 advantage in the opening period.
Junior Caroline Anderson scored eight goals and senior Lauren Lesyna added five. Senior Maggie Sockness tallied three times as Gunn rolled to a 15-1 halftime advantage over the Scots, who were making their first-ever CCS appearance.
Next up for Gunn will be Saturday's quarterfinals and a meeting with No. 4 Mitty (15-10) at Christopher High in Gilroy. The Titans already have suffered a loss to the Monarchs this season. Should Gunn win, a likely semifinal opponent will be No. 1 seed St. Francis.
In other Division I action Saturday, No. 3 Menlo-Atherton (14-10) will take on No. 6 Los Gatos (14-8) at Sacred Heart Prep at 2:30 p.m.
In CCS Division II quarterfinal action, five-time defending champion Sacred Heart Prep (18-8) will host No. 9 Santa Catalina (18-8) at 10:45 a.m. Fourth-seeded Castilleja (11-13) will take on No. 5 Soquel (24-3) at Christopher High at 11:30 a.m.
Victories by both local teams means a showdown of both Gators' teams in the semifinals.
Menlo School moved on but Palo Alto did not following the second round of the CCS Team Tournament on Wednesday.
The No. 4-seeded Knights got three wins at No. 3 singles from junior Christine Eliazo and a 2-0 mark at No. 3 doubles while defeating visiting Santa Catalina, 13-3, in the new three singles, three doubles round-robin format.
Menlo also got 2-0 records from Liz Yao at No. 1 singles and Giannina Ong at No. 2 and lost only one doubles match and two singles matches with reserves. The Knights (16-7) will host No. 5 Saratoga on Friday in the quarterfinals at 1:30 p.m.
The Falcons (13-6) advanced with an 11-7 triumph over visiting Palo Alto (16-10).
A Menlo victory on Friday likely means a date with top seed and undefeated Monta Vista on Monday.
Eighth-seeded Gunn (16-17) saw its season end with a 23-25, 25-23, 26-24, 28-26 loss to visiting Sequoia in a CCS Division I opener on Wednesday night.
The Titans also saw the end of coach Kevin Hwang's four-year career. Hwang is stepping away while awaiting the birth of he and his wife's second child.
Erica Johnston had 17 kills and Lena Latour added 13 for the Titans, who held a 24-20 advantage in Game 3 but couldn't close it out.
The No. 9-seeded Cherokees (28-6) now advance to Saturday's quarterfinals, where they will face host and No. 1 seed Palo Alto (27-6) at 7 p.m.
In another quarterfinal Saturday, No. 3 Menlo-Atherton (24-7) will host No. 6 San Benito (21-13), also at 7 p.m. Semifinals will be held Wednesday at Santa Clara High.
In Division IV, No. 2 Sacred Heart Prep (27-5) will host No. 7 Mercy-Burlingame (23-12) on Saturday while No. 3 Menlo School (22-10) hosts No. 6 Notre Dame-Belmont (17-14) in a quarterfinal, both at 7 p.m.
Should the Gators and Knights win, they'll face each other Wednesday in a semifinal at Menlo School.
In Division V, defending CCS champ Castilleja (16-15) will risk its No. 4 seed against No. 5 Anzar (23-5) on Saturday at 5 p.m., with No. 2 Priory (18-8) hosting No. 7 Alma Heights (18-4) at 7 p.m.
— Palo Alto Online Sports
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Posted by Theresa Carey, a member of the Gunn High School community, on Nov 8, 2012 at 3:05 pm
Actually, Gunn coach Kevin Hwang and his wife are going to have their second child early next year. Their first child turns 2 in December.