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Menlo School boys take home tennis title from Fresno

 

The Menlo School boys brought home the team title from the California Classic tennis tournament after going 4-0 in the main draw Friday and Saturday at Copper River Country Club in Fresno.

In the championship round, the Knights (6-0) topped a tough Saratoga team, 6-1, getting a tone-setting win at No. 2 doubles. In the semifinals, Menlo topped Monta Vista (7-0) for the second time this season.

The tourney title was Menlo's first in Fresno since 2013.

With doubles starting the day against Saratoga, Clarence Lam and Alex Neumann rallied after falling behind before winning the tiebreaker then the super-breaker 2-6, 7-6 (8-6), 10-5.

"We could have been down 2-1 at that point, so their win made a big difference," Menlo coach Bill Shine said. "The matches were close -- it was closer than the (final) score indicated, and they were able to win those close ones."

Top seed Victor Pham headed Menlo's powerful singles lineup with Gunther Matta, Lane Leschly and Nathan Safran picking up wins in a rematch of last season's Central Coast Section title match won by Menlo.

"It was a very fun weekend, and having Victor Pham there, our captain, we got a lot of leadership from him," Shine said. "We sometimes take our singles for granted. Saratoga had some strong singles, so we have to give them credit."

In the semifinals, Menlo topped Monta Vista 7-0 after posting shutouts Friday against St. Francis (7-0) and Santa Barbara (7-0) to advance to the semifinals.

Baseball

After four straight wins, Palo Alto's perfect season came to an end following a 5-4 nonleague loss to host Carlmont on Saturday. The Vikings (4-1) held a 4-3 lead before the Scots (4-2) rallied with single runs in the seventh and eighth innings.

Owen Plambeck had two hits, including a double for the Vikings. Paly out-hit Carlmont, 10-7.

Girls lacrosse

Palo Alto remained unbeaten after two matches following a 9-4 nonleague win over host Menlo-Atherton on Saturday. The Vikings grabbed a 3-0 lead before the Bears' Amanda Wiseman and Izzy Regonini scored. Maya Benetar pushed Paly's lead to 6-3 at halftime after scoring two of her three goals.

The second half opened with another goal by Wiseman, but that was all the scoring for M-A (2-1) as Paly goalie Meredith Kinnaman registered 13 saves. Paige Bara and Benetar each finished with three goals and Allie Peery added two.

Swimming

The Palo Alto girls finished second to Los Gatos and the Paly boys took third behind St. Francis and Monta Vista at the annual Palo Alto Spring Invitational on Saturday.

The Los Gatos girls swam away with a title with 166.5 points with Paly tallying 146.5. The boys' meet saw the Lancers total 196.5 points, the Matadors 189 and the Vikings 98.

Paly sophomore Grace Zhao won the 50 free in 23.89 and led off the winning 200 and 400 free relays that clocked 1:39.54 and 3:37.52, respectively. The 400 free squad featured Zhao, a sophomore, plus freshmen Zoe Lusk, Peyton Wang and Claire Lin.

In the boys' meet, Benjamin Ho of St. Francis was the individual standout as he won the 200 IM (1:51.90), the 100 fly (49.82) and 100 back (51.52). The Paly boys were third in the 200 free relay (1:31.52) and fourth in the 400 free relay (3:22.64).

In Atherton, no scores were kept at the low-key Small School Invitational but a number of solid local efforts were registered.

Caroline Akers of Priory won the girls' 50 free (25.27) and 100 free (55.44) and Scott Little of Menlo School took the boys' 50 free (22.26) and 100 free 48.99.

John Reinstra of Menlo won the boys' 200 fre in 1:47.08 and Kathryn Bower of SHP took the girls' 200 in 1:57.71.

Jocelyn Chan of Menlo won the 100 fly (1:01.44), Kayla Holman of SHP won the girls; 100 back (1:01.48), Natalie Tuck of Castilleja took the girls' 100 breast (1:07.67) and Jackson Enright of SHP won the boys' 100 breast (1:12.91).

The Sacred Heart Prep girls also took two of the three relays, winning the 200 free in 1:42.88 and 400 free in 3:49.09.

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