The 2014 girls' golf season is more than halfway finished, but three league races are far from over with dual-match titles still up for grabs.
In the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League, Palo Alto remains a game behind pace-setting Gunn following a 223-231 victory over host Saratoga on Monday.
Despite looking rusty and tired after a week off, the Vikings (6-1, 7-1) pulled it together at Saratoga Country Club and remained in position to challenge Gunn.
Paly senior Michelle Xie earned medalist honors with a 4-over 38, notching a birdie on the first hole when her drive landed just six inches from the hole. Emily Hwang carded a 40. Celia Willner shot 47 for Paly, which included a seven on the par-3 ninth hole when her tee shot sailed out of bounds. Elise Kiya and Joyce Choi wrapped things up with matching 49s. For Choi, it was only her second match of the season.
Paly will have a shot at tying Gunn for the top spot when the rivals meet next week. The teams shared first place last season.
In the West Bay Athletic League, Menlo School held onto a share of first place with a 208-209 dual-match victory over host Harker at Los Lagos Golf Course in San Jose.
The match came down to the final foursome where Menlo's Claire Wilson (44) and Erin Broderick (47) made up a seven-stroke deficit to carry the Knights (4-1, 5-1) to victory. Jessie Rong of Menlo shared medalist honors with Katherine Zhu of Harker as both shot even-par 34. Sophie Siminoff carded a 2-over 36 for the Knights and Lauren Yang a 47.
In Mountain View, Castilleja remained tied for first place in the WBAL with a 213-263 dual-match victory over Notre Dame-San Jose on Monday at Shoreline Golf Links. Senior Chloe Sales paced the Gators (3-1) with a 4-over 40 to earn medalist honors. Danielle Mitchell shot 41, Nicole Mitchell a 43, Risa Yang 44, and Anika Tse 45.
In San Mateo, Sacred Heart Prep remained in second place in the WBAL following a 219-245 dual-match victory over host Mercy-Burlingame at the par-35 Poplar Creek Golf Course. The Gators (3-1-1, 5-2-1) were led by Maddy Ellison and Cami Steppe, as each shot 6-over 41 to share medalist honors. Isabelle Chun shot 44, Jessica Koenig a 46 and Lauren von Thaden a 47 for the Gators.
In the PAL Bay Division, Naomi Lee fired an even-par 35 as Menlo-Atherton defeated host San Mateo, 213-223, at Poplar Creek and remained tied for first place.
Following Lee, who shared medalist honors, was M-A's Abigail Pederson (39), Ashley Utz (44), Angie Yang (44) and Christiana Park (51). The Bears (6-2) need to beat Mills on Wednesday and Burlingame next week to finish tied for first with Aragon.
Girls water polo
Menlo School kepts its hopes alive for a possible title in the PAL Ocean Division following a 22-5 dunking of Terra Nova in a rescheduled match Monday at Capuchino High in San Bruno.
The Knights (3-1, 6-7) were led by senior Audrey Flower and sophomore Chloe Ebrahimian, both of whom tallied five goals. Junior Esmee Morris added four goals and junior Michelle Meyer had two while freshman goalie Gillian Bressie came up with nine saves.