The entire Sacred Heart Prep boys golf team will play another day, but only two members of Palo Alto's squad will have that opportunity following the Central Coast Section Regional II tournament on Wednesday.
With senior Bradley Knox finishing with six birdies on his final 10 holes and taking second with a 2-under 69, Sacred Heart Prep shot 381 as a team and finished just a shot back of Palma and Serra. The Gators also were third last year, shooting 377.
Senior Bradley Knox shot a 2-under 68 to lead Sacred Heart Prep into the Central Coast Section Golf Championships next week. Photo by Keith Peters/Palo Alto Online Sports.
Palo Alto, which qualified fourth last year, struggled on a windy Wednesday and shot 393 at the par-71 Rancho Canada (West) course and wound up seventh..
The Vikings needed to finish among the top four teams to earn a berth into next Tuesday's CCS Championships, also at Rancho Canada (West).
Paly's John Knowles (73) and Matt Lewis (76) will be playing in the section finals as individuals.
Joining Knox next week will be teammates Derek Ackerman (71), Taylor Oliver (79), Bradley Keller (79), Ryan Galvin (83) and Shane Snow (91).
Not advancing were Palo Alto's Patrick Fuery (80), Henry Hughes (81), Sam Niethammer (83) and Alex Hwang (85) plus Pinewood's Trevor Hernstadt (83) and Menlo School's Rohin Chandra (94).
Menlo-Atherton's offense produced just two hits en route to a 3-0 PAL Bay Division defeat to Terra Nova Wednesday afternoon at Bettencourt Field.
The loss moved M-A's overall record to 14-10-1 and league mark to 6-5, good for third place in the PAL Bay Division. Terra Nova improved to 14-10 and 7-4, one game behind first-place Carlmont (15-9-1, 8-3) with one to play.
M-A starting pitcher Matt McGarry (1-3) struggled early, allowing two first-inning runs on three walks and two hits. After Terra Nova's second-inning leadoff hitter reached on an error, however, McGarry retired the next 13 Tiger batters before allowing a one-out double in the sixth inning. For the game, McGarry allowed two earned runs and just three hits over the first six innings, striking out eight.
Senior Colin Martell relieved McGarry in the 7th inning, allowing one run on two hits.
Shortstop Jordan Long (1st-inning single) and center fielder Erik Amundson (6th-inning single) accounted for M-A's only hits. The Bears also received three walks and one hit-by-pitch, but were unable to dent the scoreboard.
M-A's biggest threat came in the 5th inning, when it loaded the bases with two outs and stranded all three base runners.
M-A wraps up regular season PAL Bay Division play when it visits Sacred Heart Prep on Friday, May 7, at 4:30 p.m.
The Gators (4-7, 12-12) are coming off a tough 2-1 loss in eight innings to host Burlingame on Wednesday.
Elsewhere, Menlo School (4-76, 13-12) dropped a 5-1 decision to host Carlmont, the Knights' sixth straight loss.
Menlo-Atherton won its third straight, a 17-3 romp over host Los Gatos, to move to 7-4 in the SCVAL De Anza Division (10-9 overall).
Sacred Heart Prep wrapped up its second straight regular-season title in West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division) action with a 16-1 romp over visiting Castilleja on Wednesday.
The Gators (9-0, 16-5) were led by sophomore Ally Mayle's four goals while senior Caroline Cummings had three goals plus one assist and sophomore Libby Muir finished with three goals. Brigid White added two goals plus three assists while solo goals were scored by Jane Meehan, Kiana Cacchione, Juliana Clark, and Cameron Gordon.
SHP can wrap up its first perfect regular season with a win over visiting Mitty on Friday at 4 p.m.
In the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League, Gunn remained tied for first place with Palo Alto following a 9-4 victory over host Los Gatos. The Wildcats received four yellow cards in the match with one going to their coach.
Gunn improved to 11-1 in league (14-2 overall) as senior Anna Cabot scored three goals, junior Caroline Chou added three goals plus an assist and junior Rachael Tsai contributed two goals. Freshman Janis Iourovitski added one goal for the Titans, who hold the No. 1 seed for next week's playoffs due to a tiebreaker with Paly.
The Vikings (11-1, 13-5) kept pace with Gunn following a 17-9 romp over host Mountain View. Seniors Ami Drez and Kristen Destefano each scored four goals to lead the Vikings. Paige Bara and Allie Peery finished with three goals each while Lauren Gargiulo added two and Liana Pickrell had one goal.
Sacred Heart Prep saw its season come to a close with a 6-1 loss to visiting Mitty in the opening round of the Central Coast Section Team Tournament on Wednesday. The Gators finished 12-11.
In Friday's second round, top-seeded Menlo School (17-3) will host St. Francis (13-10), No. 3-seeded Menlo-Atherton (17-4) will host Homestead (17-0) and No. 8-seeded Palo Alto will host Mitty (16-5), all at 3 p.m.
2014 CCS BOYS' TEAM TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
St. Ignatius 6, Los Gatos 1
Homestead 7, Pioneer 0
Cupertino 7, Valley Christian 0
Monterey 5, Evergreen Valley 2
Crystal Springs 5, Santa Cruz 2
Aragon 7, R.L. Stevenson 0
Mitty 6, Sacred Heart Prep 1
St. Francis 5, Leland 2
Friday, 3 p.m.
St. Ignatius (14-6) vs. No. 6 Serra (13-5)
Homestead (17-0) at No. 3 Menlo-Atherton (17-4)
Cupertino (13-8) at No. 7 Los Altos (11-7)
Monterey (18-1) at No. 2 Saratoga (17-0)
Crystal Springs (13-5) at No. 5 Monta Vista (11-6)
Aragon (14-6) vs. No. 4 Bellarmine (18-3) at Bay Club, Santa Clara
Mitty (16-5) at No. 8 Palo Alto (13-6)
St. Francis (13-10) at No. 1 Menlo School (17-3)
Monday, May 12 (3 p.m.)
Wednesday, May 14 (1:30 p.m.)
at Courtside Club or Los Gatos Swim & Racquet
Friday, May 16 (1:30 p.m.)
at Courtside Club