SHP boys and Gunn girls both fall from first place


A grip on first place slipped out of the hands of the Sacred Heart Prep boys' and Gunn girls' water polo teams this week.

On Wednesday, Sacred Heart Prep's regular-season title hopes in the WCAL took a hit following a 12-11 overtime loss to visiting Bellarmine. The Bells (3-0, 11-2) now own sole possession of first place over SHP (3-1, 7-5) and St. Francis (2-1). Harrison Enright tallied three goals to pace the Gators.

"Tough loss, but it was a great game all the way around," said SHP coach Brian Kreutzkamp. "It was tied six or seven different times. We tied the game with 10 seconds left in regulation on an Enright power play goal. In OT, I felt we ran out of gas. They are bigger and faster than we are and we held on as long as we could, but I'm proud of the way we played."

Sacred Heart Prep will head south for the weekend to compete in the S & R Tournament at Irvine High.

The Gunn girls, meanwhile, dropped out of a first-place tie in the SCVAL De Anza Division following a tough 6-5 overtime loss to host Los Altos on Tuesday night. The Titans fell to 5-1 in league (7-6 overall) while the Eagles improved to 6-0 (10-4).

The Titans gave up a game-tying goal with 34 seconds to play as the match ended 4-4 in regulation. Gunn then gave up two quick goals in the first of two three-minute overtime periods. The Titans converted a five-meter penalty shot with 36 seconds left in the second extra period to make it 6-5.

"When we looked up, however, the desk had made an egregious mistake and the clock showed only 18 seconds left," said Gunn coach Mark Hernandez. "This meant that Los Altos did not have to shoot, and that they would not have to turn over the ball.

"As a result, Los Altos held the ball for the remaining 18 seconds, and won the game. Had the desk stopped the clock when they should have, we would have had at least four seconds to call a play and run one last play. Very frustrating."

Elizabeth Anderson led the Titans with three goals. Gunn will get another shot at Los Altos when the teams meet again on Oct. 27 at Gunn on Senior Day.

In another SCVAL De Anza Division girls' match Tuesday, Skylar Dorosin scored six goals to pace host Palo Alto to a 14-5 victory over Homestead. Shannon Scheel added three goals and Martine LeClerc provided two as the Vikings improved to 2-3 in league (8-7 overall).

In the West Catholic Athletic League, Sacred Heart Prep senior Pippa Temple scored six goals for the third straight match while helping the Gators dunk host Presentation, 10-6. Mackenzie O'Holleran and Erin Sheridan each added two goals for SHP (3-0, 11-2), which grabbed a 5-0 halftime lead. Presentation scored four times in the final period against the Gators' reserves.

In the PAL Bay Division, Castilleja got two goals each from Stephanie Flamen, Grace Arnold and Anna Yu in an 8-5 league-opening victory on Wednesday. The Gators (1-0, 3-4), with assistant coach Kelsey Holshouser taking over for head coach Brenda Villa (training with the U.S. National Team for the upcoming Pan Am Games), broke away froma 3-3 deadlock with goals by Sara Holston and Flamen in the third quarter to drop the Knights (0-1, 1-9).

Boys' water polo

In the PAL Bay Division, Menlo School opened its league season with a 27-4 swamping of host Carlmont as Brad Haaland poured in eight goals and fellow senior Nick Hale added six. Nick Goldman contributed four goals in the lopsided victory as the Knights improved to 9-2.

In another PAL opener, Harrison Holland-McCowan and Morgan Olson-Fabbro each scored four goals to pace Menlo-Atherton to a 19-7 dunking of host Burlingame. The Bears (1-0, 8-6) also got three goals from Zach Deal while jumping off to a 7-1 first-quarter lead.

On Tuesday, Palo Alto swamped visiting Homestead, 22-1, after grabbing an 11-0 halftime lead in the SCVAL De Anza Division match. The Vikings (5-1, 9-2) had 11 players score, with Brian Berry, Nelson Perla-Ward and Sam Kelly all tallying three times as Paly converted 22 of 34 shots.

Gunn, meanwhile, had a chance to force a two-way tie for first place but dropped a 12-7 decision to division leader Los Altos (6-0, 11-3). Tyler Wilson tallied four goals for Gunn (3-3 league) while Gavin Kerr added a pair.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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Posted by B Larsen
a resident of Los Altos
on Oct 5, 2011 at 4:07 pm

It is sad that this reporter/paper took the position they did when reporting this competition. It is my opinion that it shows poor sportsmanship and sends the wrong message to parents of high school athletes - to NOT volunteer for your school's programs. The desk is run by parents who volunteer their time. The type of comments listed in the article "The Titans converted a five-meter penalty shot with 36 seconds left in the second extra period" and "the desk had made an egregious mistake and the clock showed only 18 seconds left" were inflammatory and were the opinion of an excited coach - and nothing else - and therefore did not need to be reported.
This issue was resolved by the referees at the game.
I look forward to the rematch on October 27th.

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Posted by Jim
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Oct 5, 2011 at 4:27 pm

The folks who run the clocks at water polo matches, volunteers or not, should know what they are doing. When a 5-meter penalty shot is called, the clock should stop. Coaches probably don't look at the game clock at that time because the clock should be stopped. The folks at the desk evidently let it run and Gunn lost valuable time. The fact that it happened at Los Altos and that the home team ended up winning by a single goal does not look good. The refs should have re-set the clock and Gunn should have its final shot to tie. The Gunn coach had every right to complain, as does any other coach in any sport where seconds can make the difference in an outcome.

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Posted by C Monticello
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 5, 2011 at 5:03 pm

The supposed fact that there were 36 seconds left in the second overtime period at the time of the penalty shot is false. If it were true, the referees - who are paid to be unbiased - would have seen the mistake and fixed it. The penalty shot was called at 18 seconds, and that is how much remained after.
Even had the remaining time been 36 seconds, Gunn would have had at most 4 seconds with the ball on offense. And from the proof that they only scored 5 goals in an entire 34 minute game, not to enflame any further argument, statistically it's highly unlikely they could have scored in 4 seconds.
Regardless, the referees made the call and that is how the game ended, without any biased work done by parents at the desk.

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Posted by B Larsen
a resident of Los Altos
on Oct 5, 2011 at 7:34 pm

My comment stands. The folks at the desk are very capable - and have been running things for MANY YEARS. The coach had every right to contest the situation on deck, at that time. And believe me, he DID! The referees made the ultimate call. THE END.
The paper did not need to further inflame the situation by reporting it in the manner in which it was printed.

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Posted by wp fan
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 6, 2011 at 9:25 pm

No offense to LA coaches or athletes - but the LA desk typically runs the clock during dead time (against both teams) and/or starts the clock after a foul but before anyone puts the ball in play.

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