Priory boys win shootout with Mid-Peninsula

Willhite scores 30 for Priory while Cardwell gets 22 for Mid-Pen

In a shootout between two of the more explosive players in the area, Priory's Brandon Willhite won out over Mid-Peninsula's Lydell Cardwell as the host Panthers defeated the Dragons, 65-55, in a nonleague boys' basketball game on Monday.

Willhite poured in 30 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the second straight game to overshadow the high-scoring Cardwell, who was limited to 22 points as Priory improved to 4-1 while handing Mid-Peninsula (4-1) its first loss.

Priory's 6-foot-8 Gabor Somogyi added 16 points and eight rebounds while Douglas Galdamez hit some timely three-pointers and played solid defense on Cardwell.

Nick Seyer added 10 points form Mid-Peninsula, which was coming off a big 45-43 victory over Head Royce on Friday. Seyer had 20 points and 13 rebounds in that victory while Cardwell added 12 points and 10 rebounds against the defending NorCal Division V champs.

In another nonleague boys' game Monday, Eastside Prep (4-2) fell to host Alma Heights in Pacifica, 27-24.

In girls' basketball action Monday, Eastside Prep remained unbeaten (7-0) with a big 45-43 nonleague victory over Sacred Heart Cathedral. Senior guard Ahjalee Harvey scored 19 points for the Panthers while Takara Burse added 10.

Eastside Prep, which in previous years had as few as six players on its roster, has 10 this season. Eight saw action Monday.

Elsewhere, Castilleja (5-3) had a six-game win streak against Notre Dame-San Jose snapped in a 56-49 nonleague loss in San Jose. Senior Natasha von Kaeppler scored 26 points, including a school record-tying 15 points in the fourth quarter, to nearly rally the Gators to victory after they had trailed by 46-32 with 6:30 left in the game.

Castilleja's 21 points in the fourth quarter are the most since the Gators' last loss to NDSJ in February of 2006. Castilleja's only three losses in school history when scoring 20-plus points in the fourth quarter have all come against NDSJ.

von Kaeppler also grabbed 12 rebounds to become the fastest player in school history to reach 100 rebounds in a season (in just eight games). The teams combined for 52 turnovers, with NDSJ scoring 22 points off Castilleja miscues.

Girls' soccer

Castilleja closed its 2010 competition and headed off for the holidays with a 3-0 nonleague victory over Notre Dame-San Jose at the Mayfield Soccer Complex on Monday. The Gators (5-3) won't play again until hosting King's Academy on Jan. 13 to open the West Bay Athletic League season.

Castilleja got on the board in the 25th minute when freshman Gabby Kaplan collected a clearance, dribbled through traffic an perfectly placed a crossing shot from six yards out on the the right side to the top left corner. Junior Martha Harding's hard shot hit the crossbar 16 minutes into the second half, but Kaplan collected the rebound and placed her shot low left. Nine minutes later, junior Caitlin Colvin placed a perfect cross to Harding, who flicked a header into the back of the net for a 3-0 final.

In Saratoga, sophomore Hannah Totte took a through ball from senior Gracie Cain and fired a low shot into the net in the 77th minute to lift Palo Alto to a 1-0 nonleague victory over host Saratoga on Monday. The Vikings improved to 3-3 heading into Thursday's road match against Gilroy to finish off 2010 before the holiday break.

The all-tournament team for the Palo Alto Winter Classic was announced with Tavi Crum and Kirsten Belinsky of champion Mountain View earning co-MVP honors. Sarah Robinson of Gunn made the all-tourney team as did Molly Simpson of Priory, Helen Butler of Palo Alto, Emily Mosbacher of Castilleja and Jaye Boissiere of Menlo School.

In Los Altos Hills, Pinewood moved up its match with Pacific Collegiate by one day but it didn't make any difference as the Panthers produced a 2-0 nonleague victory. Margo Cilker gave Pinewood (4-2) the winning goal in the first half off an assist from Adrienne Whitlock in the 38th minute. Danielle Man made sure the victory would stand up with an insurance goal off an assist from Cilker in the second half.

Coaching openings

Palo Alto and Menlo School are looking for girls' water polo coaches for next season. Cory Olcott has left the Vikings' program while Sean Nolan was asked to leave the Knights' program.

At Sacred Heart Prep, meanwhile, the Gators are looking for coaches for the following spring sports: track and field (distance coach, jumps coach, throws coach), a boys' JV tennis coach and a boys' JV assistant lacrosse coach. All interested applicants should contact SHP Athletic Director Frank Rodriguez at 473-4031 or at

-- Palo Alto Online Sports

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