Castilleja still perfect behind von Kaeppler's double-double


It was only a few week ago that Natasha von Kaeppler was scoring goals for the Castilleja water polo team, helping the Gators reach the Central Coast Section Division II championship match.

The senior has moved indoors, but continues to provide a scoring load as the leading scorer for the Gators' basketball team.

On Tuesday, von Kaeppler scored 20 points and pulled down 17 rebounds as Castilleja opened its home season with a solid 46-43 nonleague victory over University (San Francisco). The double-double by von Kaeppler was the 44th of her standout career, a school record.

Abby Thornburg, meanwhile, had her first career double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds (both career highs) as the Gators improved to 4-0.

Castilleja maintained control of the game for the first 23 minutes and held a 31-20 lead with just under a minute remaining in the third period. University then outscored Castilleja, 17-6, over a five-minute period before von Kaeppler scored 10 points in the final period -- including six straight free throws -- to hold off the visitors. She also had five steals and four assists while sophomore teammate Olivia Nicholls scored a career-high 11 points for Castilleja.

Elsewhere on Tuesday:

Freshman Zoe Zwerling scored a team-high 14 points and had four steals to spark Gunn to a 47-31 nonleague victory over visiting Pioneer. Six-foot-1 junior Cat Perez added 10 points and pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds for the Titans (4-0) while sophomore Claire Klausner added 10 points with three rebounds.

In Atherton, Menlo School tuned up for its own tournament this weekend by rolling over visiting Los Altos, 69-23, in nonleague action. The Knights (3-1) grabbed a 48-12 halftime lead and cruised. Sophomore Lauren Lete had 15 points to lead Menlo, tallying 12 with five assists in the first two quarters. Fresman Maddie Huber scored six points with 10 rebounds and four assists while Price, another freshman, scored a career-high 10 points.

Boys' basketball

Pinewood continued its impressive sweep through the Division V ranks by holding off perennial North Coast Section power Head Royce, 54-52, in Los Altos Hills. Junior Solomone Wolfgramm led the Panthers (6-0) with 19 points and 11 rebounds, after earning MVP honors on Saturday following a 4-0 finish and tourney title at the Redwood Classic.

Pinewood led by only two after one quarter and six at halftime, but opened it up in the third quarter and took an 11-point lead into the final period. The Panthers, however, got into foul trouble and had to withstand an 18-9 run by Head Royce (2-1) that nearly overhauled Pinewood.

In Atherton, Mac Osborne tallied 15 points and pulled down five rebounds to spark Menlo to a 61-56 nonleague victory over visiting Gunn. Kent Lacob added 14 points for the Knights(1-1) while Jonny Halprin contributed 13 points and six rebounds. Jack Hannan paced Gunn (2-2) with 16 points.

Richard Harris added 11 points and six rebounds for Menlo while Anthony Cannon and Matt Redfield combined for 25 points for Gunn.

In Menlo Park, senior Lydell Cardwell scored 28 points and grabbed nine rebounds to pace Mid-Peninsula to a 57-54 victory over Jewish Community in a nonleague game. Nick Seyer added 10 points and 13 rebounds for the Dragons (3-1). Cardwell made four 3-pointers to help Mid-Pen take a 12-point lead into the final period.

Girls' soccer

Getting five different players in the scoring column, Castilleja tuned up for its second week in the Palo Alto Winter Classic with a 6-1 nonleague triumph over Pinewood at the Mayfield Soccer Complex on Tuesday.

Pinewood actually grabbed a 1-0 lead just 10 minutes into the match before Castilleja (3-1) responded when junior Caitlin Colvin stole a clearance from the keeper and scored. Just a minute later, junior Emily Mosbacher stole the ball at midfield and wound up scoring with a shot just under the crossbar. In the 38th minute, Colvin took a corner and Mosbacher got her head on it but the shot was blocked. Mosbacher got the rebound and scored for a 3-1 lead.

Castilleja continued its scoring rampage in the second half when Mosbacher passed to freshman Gabby Kaplan, who dribbled through traffic and found the net. Sophomore Roshan Malekmadani later scored off an assist from junior Martha Harding and Rachel Brownell scored five minutes later after taking the ball down the left sideline and finishing.

After being shut out in its first two matches, Sacred Heart Prep reversed that trend by scoring its first goal of the season during a 3-0 nonleague triumph over host Valley Christian. Abby Dahlkemper broke the Gators' scoring drought with a second=half goal, followed by a pair of goals from Lauren Espeseth, the first coming on assist from Geena Graumann.

Boys' soccer

Tony Copriviza scored three goals to pace Pinewood to a 5-2 nonleague victory over visiting Crystal Springs on Tuesday.

-- Palo Alto Online Sports

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