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SHP girls keep water polo hopes alive in NorCal tournament

 

The Sacred Heart Prep girls' water polo team kept its hopes alive for a possible third title at the NorCal Championships with a pair of victories on Friday.

The Gators (21-1) routed Rio Americano, 16-3, and dunked Castilleja, 6-4, to reach the semifinals on Saturday morning against Davis, the only team to beat SHP: this season. Davis also has only one loss, to unbeaten Monte Vista (Danville).

Monte Vista is the No. 1 seed in the tourney and one of the top teams in the state with Maggie Steffens, sister of Stanford grad and 2008 Olympian Jessica Steffens. Monte Vista got a scare in the second round on Friday before holding off host Menlo-Atherton, 6-5.

Davis routed St. Mary's 15-4 and then knocked St. Francis (Mountain View) out of the championship picture with a 12-4 win.

Should Sacred Heart Prep avenge its only loss of the season in the semifinals, the host Gators will play in the 5 p.m. championship match, most likely against Monte Vista.

SHP got four goals from Emily Parsons and three each from Erin Sheridan and Pippa Temple in the opening win over Rio Americano. TheG ators pulled away from a 5-2 halftime lead and scored six unanswered goals in the third period, two by Parsons.

Against Castilleja (15-7), the battle between the Gators was a defensive one after SHP grabbed a 5-3 halftime lead. Castilleja held Sacred Heart Prep scoreless in the third period while getting to within 5-4, but SHP blanked the Gators in the final period.

Catherine Donahoe had 10 saves in goal for SHP while Temple had three goals and Parsons two. Sydney Molano had two goals for Castilleja.

Castilleja (15-8) dropped a 7-2 decision to St. Francis (Mt. View) on Saturday morning and will play for seventh place.

2010 NORCAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Friday, Oct. 29

At Sacred Heart Prep

Game 1 -- Davis vs. St. Mary's, 10:55 a.m.

Game 3 -- St. Francis (Mt. View) 8, Miramonte 7

Game 5 -- Sacred Heart Prep 16, Rio Americano 3

Game 7 -- Castilleja 8, Campolindo 7

Game 9 -- Miramonte 9, St. Mary's 7

Game 11 -- Davis 12, St. Francis (MV) 4

Game 13 -- Campolindo 14, Rio Americano 5

Game 15 -- Sacred Heart Prep 6, Castilleja 4

At Menlo-Atherton High

Game 2 -- Monte Vista 9, Buchanan 4

Game 4 -- Menlo-Atherton 8, Las Lomas 7

Game 6 -- St. Francis (Sacto.) 6, Clovis 5

Game 8 -- Clovis West 11, St. Ignatius 8

Game 10 -- Las Lomas 8, Buchanan 3

Game 12 -- Monte Vista 6, Menlo-Atherton 5

Game 14 -- Clovis 9, St. Ignatius 6

Game 16 -- Clovis West 8, St. Francis (Sac.) 5

Saturday, Oct. 30

At Sacred Heart Prep

Game 17 -- St. Francis (MV) 7, Castilleja 2

Game 19 -- St. Francis (MV) 8, Menlo-Atherton 5

Game 21 -- Davis 8, Sacred Heart Prep 5 (semifinal)

Game 23 -- Monte Vista 10, Clovis West 1 (semifinal)

Game 25 -- Menlo-Atherton 6, Castilleja 5 (7th place)

Game 27 -- St. Francis (MV) 4, St. Francis (Sac.) 2 (5th place)

Game 29 -- Clovis West 7, Sacred Heart Prep 6 (3rd place)

Game 31 -- Davis 6, Monte Vista 5 (championship)

At Menlo-Atherton

Game 18 -- Rio Americano 3, St. Mary's 1

Game 20 -- St. Ignatius 9, Buchanan 4

Game 22 -- Campolindo 12, Miramonte 2

Game 24 -- Las Lomas 8, Clovis 7

Game 26 -- St. Marys 11, Buchanan 7 (15th place)

Game 28 -- Rio Americano 10, St. Ignatius 5 (13th place)

Game 30 -- Clovis 5, Miramonte 4 (11th place)

Game 32 -- Las Lomas 8, Campolindo 7 (9th place)

Past champions

2009 -- Menlo-Atherton

2008 -- Monte Vista

2007 -- Sacred Heart Prep

2006 -- Davis

2005 -- Sacred Heart Prep

2004 -- Monte Vista

2003 -- Davis

-- Keith Peters

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