Castilleja takes a shot at WBAL Skyline basketball title

Castilleja has a chance to claim the West Bay Athletic League (Skyline Division) girls' basketball title this week, but it may have to wait until the final game of the regular season to do so.

The Gators (8-0, 14-8) open the week with a 59-36 win over host ICA in San Francisco on Monday night before hosting Harker on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Two victories will clinch no worse than a tie for the division title.

King's Academy, however, opens the week 7-1 and can improve to 8-1 with a win at ICA on Tuesday. That sets up Thursday's showdown between Castilleja and King's in Sunnyvale at 6 p.m. the Gators need to win in order to win the title outright.

Both teams, meanwhile, have clinched berths for the WBAL playoffs as well as the home court for first-round play-in games.

Castilleja won its seventh straight game against ICA as junior center Yasmeen Afifi recorded her second triple-double of the season. Ellie Chen scored 12 first-half points as the Gators took a 34-13 lead into the locker room at the half and won going away.

Afifi scored 14 points, pulled down 16 rebounds and blocked 10 shots. Chen and Paige Vermeer each had a pair of 3's and Chen led all scorers with 16 points, while Vermeer had 14 points, five assists and four steals. Maddie Tarr added six points and nine boards while sophomores Abby Lowell and Lindsay Rosston combined for 10 more rebounds toward the Gators' season-high total of 55.

In the WBAL Foothill Division, meanwhile, first-place Pinewood (8-0, 21-1) can win the outright title on Tuesday by beating host Mercy-San Francisco. The Panthers and second-place Eastside Prep already have clinched playoff berths.

Boys soccer

Menlo-Atherton most likely needs no worse than a split in its final four PAL Bay Division matches to earn a top-three finish and an automatic berth into the CCS playoffs.

The Bears open this week in second place at 6-2-2 (20 points), trailing Half Moon Bay (8-4 (24 points) and leading third-place Woodside (5-3-3 (18). M-A has matches Wednesday (Aragon) and Thursday (Thursday), both on the road.

Girls' soccer

Two-time defending champ Menlo School (10-0-1, 14-3-2) can win its third straight title with a victory over host Priory on Tuesday. The Knights have 31 points while second-place Sacred Heart Prep (8-1-1) has 25. Menlo would have to lose to Priory and SHP win twice in order to have a co-championship.

In the SCVAL El Camino Division, Gunn had to settle for a 2-2 deadlock with host Wilcox on Monday night. The teams were tied at 1 at halftime after Gunn senior Caroline Anderson scored off an assist from Ming-Ming Liu to tie things up.

In the second half, Anderson and Liu hooked up again, with Anderson getting her second goal as the Titans moved to 7-2-2 in league (10-3-3 overall) while stretching its unbeaten streak to six matches.


Gunn will attempt to win the SCVAL De Anza Division dual-match title this week when it visits Wilcox on Wednesday. Action gets under way at 5:30 p.m.

The Titans and Chargers are 4-1 in dual matches, tying with Monta Vista for the top spot. One of Gunn's victories is against the Matadors.

Thus, a Gunn win over Wilcox will give the title to the Titans while a loss will give the crown to Monta Vista.

The Matadors also will host the SCVAL Monta Vista will host the SCVAL Championships on Friday and Saturday. Wrestling starts at 2 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday. Gunn is the defending team champion.

Gunn returns no individual league champs and only two wrestlers -- Cadence Lee (third a 106) and Ian Cramer (third at 120) -- who qualified for the Central Coast Section Championships.

— Palo Alto Online Sports


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