Palo Alto girls ace their league season opener in golf


Palo Alto senior Michelle Xie registered a hole in one to lead the Vikings to a 205-214 victory over host Los Gatos in SCVAL girls' golf action Thursday at the par-34 Los Lagos Golf Course in San Jose.

It was the league opener for the defending champs and Xie highlighted the day by acing the 197-yard, par-3 eighth hole. She also birdied the par-3 third hole on the way to earning medalist honors with a 2-over 36.

The ace was the second of Xie's career. Her first came last season while winning individual honors at the NorCal Championships, where she led Paly to a second-place finish and a berth in the state championships for the first time in school history.

Paly freshman Stephanie Yu shot 38, Emily Hwang carded a 40, which included a birdie at the third, Elise Kiya finished with a 45 and Celia Willner shot 46.

In San Mateo, Menlo-Atherton defeated Aragon, 212-228, in PAL dual-match action at Poplar Creek Golf Course. Naomi Lee of M-A was the medalist with an even-par 35.

The Gunn vs. Saratoga matches were not reported.

Cross country

The Menlo-Atherton boys overcame a 1-2-3 finish by Carlmont runners to win the team title at the first Peninsula Athletic League meet of the season over the 2.4-mile layout at Westmoor High in Daly City on Thursday.

Carlmont, which generally runs away with the team titles, finished only fourth with 117 points while the Bears produced 57 to hold off second-place Half Moon Bay by five points.

Adam Scandlyn led M-A with a fourth-place finish of 12:54 while Nicolas Plume raced home ninth in 13:21. Teammate Kevin Conrad was 12th in 13:34, Steven McColloch was 15th in 13:42 and Rohan DePuy wrapped up the scoring with a 13:48 clocking for 17th.

In the girls' meet, the Bears also won the team title with 48 points as they won a tiebreaker over Half Moon Bay for the second straight season. Madeleine Baier led M-A with a 15:23 clocking while finishing third.

Katie Beebe was fifth in 15:40 for M-A with Cat DePuy taking eighth in 16:01, Sophia Goland finishing 15th in 16:45 and Abby Lindquist taking 17th in 16:47 to wrap up the scoring.

Menlo-Atherton also won the boys' and girls' frosh-soph team titles for a highly successful season opener.

Girls tennis

n a tug-of-war match that stretched out more than three hours, Menlo School dropped a 4-3 nonleague decision to visiting St. Francis on Thursday.

The Knights (2-3 overall) were playing their first of two nonleague matches against top Central Coast Section teams. The Lancers were CCS quarterfinalists last year. Menlo will host , and the the Knights play host to defending CCS and NorCal champion Monta Vista on Tuesday.

"This could have gone either way, it was really close," Menlo coach Bill Shine said. "It's not bad losing to a good team at this point in the season. That might make them come back even hungrier."

Elizabeth Yao, a senior, won in straight sets at No. 1 singles as did sophomore Georgia Anderson at No. 4 for Menlo. Juniors Melissa Tran and Schuyler Tilney-Volk picked up a win at No. 2 doubles.

In Hillsdale, a likely preview of the PAL individual final was on display as Mariko Iinuma of Hillsdale of Hillsdale outlasted Laney Van Linge of Menlo-Atherton, 6-4, 2-6, 10-8, in an extremely high-caliber and well-played match between the two No. 1 players of each school.

Despite losing at No. 1, the Bears dominated elsewhere and cruised to a 6-1 victory on Thursday in a PAL Bay Division opener. The Bears dominated in doubles, losing only one game.

The Priory vs. Notre Dame-Belmont match was not reported.

Girls volleyball

Mehra den Braven registered 19 kills to pace host Pinewood to a 25-16, 25-7, 25-11 nonleague victory over St. Thomas More in action Thursday. The Panthers improved to 2-0 this season.

The Priory vs. Lick-Wilmerding and Menlo-Atherton vs. Los Gatos matches were not reported.

Boys water polo

Despite getting three goals each from Ari Wayne, Christion Znidarsic and Calder Hilde-Jones, Gunn fell to 0-3 on the season following a 14-12 nonleague loss to visiting Soquel on Thursday. Justin Cooper added two goals for the Titans and goalie Anthony Zunino had nine saves.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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