Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - March 28, 2014

Palo Alto boys win first golf showdown with rival Gunn

Menlo School golfers suffer their first loss and fall from three-way tie for first in the West Bay Athletic League race

by Keith Peters

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.

Gunn bounced back from that loss and defeated Homestead, 213-221, on Wednesday to improve to 8-1.

In West Bay Athletic League action, Menlo School fell out of a tie for first place following a 192-202 loss to visiting Harker at Palo Alto Hills Golf & Country Club on a rainy Wednesday.

The Knights (4-1) were led by co-captain Ethan Wong's 5-over 40. Sophomore William Hsieh shot 41 and Riley Burgess carded a 42. A day earlier, Menlo defeated host Crystal Springs, 189-200, at the par-36 Poplar Creek Golf Course in San Mateo as Burgess (35) and Wong (37) led the Knights.

Baseball

Jack Cleasby had two hits and two RBI to help host Palo Alto post a 7-3 victory over Los Altos in SCVAL De Anza Division action Wednesday. The Vikings (3-2, 5-6) scored six runs in the second and wound up stealing six bases to help Brian Kannappan pick up the pitching win. He tosses six strong innings, allowing four hits and no earned runs. Chris Smith finished up, allowing one run in the seventh while combining on a five-hitter.

In the PAL Bay Division, Sacred Heart Prep fell behind by 7-0 and couldn't make up the deficit while dropping a 7-4 decision to visiting Carlmont. The Gators (1-2, 6-5) scored four times in the fourth, sending 10 batters to the plate. A bases-loaded, two-run double by JR Hardy was the big hit of the inning for SHP.

Boys lacrosse

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.

Girls lacrosse

Amanda Wiseman scored seven goals, but it still wasn't enough as Menlo-Atherton dropped a 16-8 nonleague decision to host Redwood on Wednesday. The Bears (3-5-1) fell behind by 4-0 before Wiseman got her first goal. Junior Hannah Wilson led a defensive charge by M-A in the second half, but an 11-5 first-half lead by the Giants was too much to overcome.

Softball

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.

Boys tennis

Menlo School handed host Sacred Heart Prep its first loss of the WBAL season, 7-0, on Wednesday. The victory was the 200th straight league win for Menlo coach Bill Shine in his 18th season with the Knights, who are 210-0 in league play since 1995. That mark is an ongoing state record. Shine took over in 1997.

Victor Pham, David Ball, Lane Leschly and Vikram Chari combined to lose just four games in singles against the Gators (6-1, 8-4).

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 1A 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).

At the WBAL 1B meet Wednesday at Menlo School, the Menlo girls finished second and the boys fourth. King's Academy won both divisions.

The Menlo girls got a pair of victories from senior Maddy Price, who took the 100 in a CCS-leading time of 12.10 and came back to win the 300 hurdles in 44.93, the No. 3 time in the section this season.

Other Menlo girls winning included the Knights' 400 relay (51.20) and freshman Dea Dressel in the 100 hurdles (19.11).

In the boys' meet, senior Michael Reed of Menlo won the 100 in 11.89, Priory junior Ross Corey took the 800 in 1:57.38 and Menlo junior Paul Touma won the long jump at 19-3 1/4.

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