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Eastside Prep girls clinch second in WBAL hoop race

 

The Eastside Prep girls wrapped up second place in the West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division) basketball race after grabbing the tiebreaker over host Menlo School with a 57-45 victory on Monday.

The Panthers moved to 9-2 in league (19-4 overall) and knocked the Knights (8-3, 16-7) to third place with one game remaining for each team.

Menlo will visit first-place Pinewood on Wednesday (8 p.m.) with Eastside Prep closing on Friday against visiting Mercy-San Francisco at 7:30 p.m.

Pinewood (20-2), which handed host International a 66-27 nonleague drubbing on Saturday behind Gabi Bade's 16 points, which wrap up the division title by beating Menlo.

There is no WBAL tournament this season, which was disbanded after the league's athletic directors could not agree unanimously on keeping the event.

On Monday, senior Destiny Graham led the Panthers with 19 points with freshman Kayla Tahaafe adding 14 and senior Chaccity Cunningham 12. Eastside Prep grabbed a 29-19 halftime lead and slowly pulled away. Olivia Pellarin tallied 12 points for Menlo.

In other key games this week, the Sacred Heart Prep boys can win the outright title in the WBAL by beating host Pinewood on Wednsday (6:30 p.m.). The Gators are 12-0 (20-2 overall) with two games left and a two-game lead over the Panthers (9-2, 15-6).

The Menlo-Atherton boys and girls will open their respective PAL tournaments on Wednesday. The top-seeded girls (19-5) will host the No. 4 seed from the North at 7 p.m., while the No. 4-seeded boys (14-10), who finished fourth in the PAL South, visit top-seeded Half Moon Bay (7:30 p.m.).

Also on Wednesday, the Palo Alto girls (11-0, 20-2) can wrap up the second perfect league season in program history by beating visiting Los Gatos on Senior Night (7 p.m.).

The Gunn boys (9-1, 16-3) can clinch no worse than a tie in the SCVAL El Camino Division by beating host Cupertino on Tuesday.

Girls soccer

Castilleja will take its WBAL Skyline Division regular-season title to San Jose on Thursday to face host Notre Dame-San Jose in a playoff match at Watson Park at 3 p.m. The winner will earn a berth in the Central Coast Section playoffs.

Wrestling

Gunn senior Ian Cramer kept his sensational season intact by winning his third individual title at the SCVAL Championships on Saturday at Milpitas High.

Cramer won the 138-pound title with a 3-0 effort that included a 9-7 decision over Mac McCann of Monta Vista in the title match. Cramer also had a tech fall over Terry Dean of Wilcox in the quarterfinals and a pin of Tyler Hunter-Washer of Lynbrook in just 29 seconds in the semifinals.

Cramer improved to 26-1 with 21 pins. He is ranked No. 1 in the CCS and No. 6 in the state.

Gunn took nine varsity athletes and finished fifth in the 15-team two-day tournament with 107 points. The Titans finished with eight medalists while Fremont took the team title with 260 points.

Gunn's Kirill Demyanenko went 3-1 and finished third at 285 pounds while David Abramovitch was fourth at 126 pounds and Tanner Kerrins was fourth at 132. Gunn had seven qualifiers and one alternate for the CCS Championships set for Feb. 27-28 at Independence High in San Jose.

Palo Alto, meanwhile, tied with Cupertino for sixth place after each tallied 93 points. The Vikings came away with two individual champions in Seth Goyal and James Giaccia..

Goyal defended his title by taking the 120-pound division with a 19-5 major decision. Giaccia also successfully defended as he followed with a title at 126 pounds, posting a 14-7 decision in the finals.

In the highly competitive 170-pound division, Palo Alto's Chioke Bryant-Anderson finished second following a tough 3-1 loss. He got to the finals by upsetting the No. 3-seeded CCS wrestler in the semifinals.

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