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SHP girls' open WBAL lacrosse with solid win

 

With senior Kendall Cody scoring four goals and freshman Caroline Cummings adding three, the Sacred Heart Prep girls' lacrosse team held off visiting Menlo-Atherton, 11-8, in a West Bay Athletic League match on Friday as the Gators improved to 6-2 overall.

SHP goalie Emily Westefield had 11 saves and Julia Keller added two goals and two assists. Emily Carson paced the Bears (4-3) with three goals in the league opener for both teams.

In another WBAL opener, Castilleja defeated host Burlingame, 16-14, on Friday as freshman goalie Rebecca Merenbach helped spark the Gators with 14 saves while her sister, senior Stephanie Merenbach added six goals and one assist.

Castilleja sophomore Katherine Hobbs (five goals, one assist), junior Martha Harding (four goals, seven draw controls), and senior Charlotte Geaghan-Breiner also had solid games.

In the SCVAL, Gunn dropped a 13-5 decision to host Pioneer despite two goals from Katie-rose Skelly. Lauren King, Madison Sabbag and Emily Redfield also scored for Gunn.

Girls swimming

With freshman Ally Howe setting a school record of 1:52.39 in the 200 free and adding a fast 56.63 to win the 100 fly, Sacred Heart Prep swept visiting King's Academy and Notre Dame-San Jose in a double dual on Friday in West Bay Athletic League action.

SHP's Erin Sheridan added victories in the 50 free (25.55) and 100 free (54.40) and swam a leg on one of three winning relay teams while Howe completed on two.

In the SCVAL De Anza Division, Rachael Acker set a school record of 57.35 while winning the 100 fly and added a 1:53.69 victory in the 200 free to pace Gunn to a 135-45 victory over visiting Homestead on Friday. Gunn's Julia Ama swept the 50 free (24.44) and 100 free (52.40) with solid times.

Boys swimming

Junior Tom Kremer posted fast winning times of 22.18 in the 50 free and 52.26 in the 100 back to help the Sacred Heart Prep boys' swim team hold off visiting King's Academy, 97-71, in a West Bay Athletic League dual meet on Friday in Atherton. Kyle Koenig added a solid 50.58 victory in the 100 free for the Gators.

Ben Hendricks swept the 200 free (1:50.31) and 100 free (51.22) with quality times and swam legs on the winning 200 free and 400 free relays to spark the Gunn boys' swim team to a 115-65 victory over visiting Homestead in SCVAL De Anza Division action on Friday. Freshman Tommy Tai added victories in the 200 IM (2:06.35) and 100 breast (1:04.64) as he Titans (1-1) won all 12 events.

Baseball

The Palo Alto baseball team capped its second straight shutout victory over Homestead as senior Drake Swezey tossed a complete-game one-hitter to pace the Vikings to a 4-0 victory on Friday in SCVAL De Anza Division action.

The Vikings (6-0, 9-3) maintained their lead in the division behind Swezey's fine effort, which included five strikeouts. Will Glazier had two hits and drove in three runs for the Vikings, who limited Homestead to just three total hits in two games this week.

In nonleague action, Matt Martella had four hits and Ian Lynch drove in three runs to pace the Sacred Heart Prep baseball team to a 6-1 victory over visiting Mills in a makeup game on Friday.

Boys lacrosse

Andrew Eifert and Brian White each scored a pair of goals to pace the Sacred Heart Prep boys' lacrosse team to a 6-5 victory over host Woodside on Friday night in a SCVAL El Camino Division match.

The Gators maintained their hold on first place a 5-0 (8-3 overall) as goalie Mark Oppenheimer made 16 saves. Frankie Hattler and Noah Kawaski each scored a solo goal for SHP, which held just a 3-2 halftime lead.

In the SCVAL De Anza Division, Palo Alto's regular-season title hopes took a big hit following a 6-5 double-overtime loss to host Menlo-Atherton on Friday. The Vikings (4-2) also dropped a match to Mountain View in league play.

Track and field

Gunn senior Erin Robinson was the only local winner as she clocked a solid 10:04.20 time while racing to victory in the girls' 3,000 meters at the Stanford Invitational on Friday at Cobb Track & Angell Field.

Robinson's converted time of 10:44.48 for the 3,200 is a personal best and ranks her No. 3 in the state in both the 3,000 and 3,200 this season.

-- Palo Alto Online Sports

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