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Palo Alto girls take water polo title in Aptos tourney

 

The Palo Alto girls swept three opponents and grabbed the championship of the Aptos Tournament on Saturday to finish off a solid week in water polo.

The Vikings topped Half Moon Bay, 10-6, in the final match Saturday following a 12-5 victory over Aragon in the semifinals. Paly opened play with a 14-4 win over Lincoln.

Earlier in the week, Palo Alto (6-3) opened its SCVAL De Anza Division season with a 9-3 win over Lynbrook and a tough 6-4 loss at Los Gatos.

Seniors Gigi Rojahn and Katie Francis each tallied nine goals in the tournament. Rojahn finished the 4-1 week with 16 goals, nine assists and 14 steals while Francis had 11 goals, five assists and 12 steals.

Paly sophomores Sabrina Hall, Sophie Frick, and Hollie Chiao scored six, four, and three goals, respectively, in the tourney with junior Madeline McCluskey adding three. Junior Joanna Falla and sophomore Claire Billman shared goalie duties with a combined 27 saves on the weekend.

Boys water polo

The 18th Annual Scott Roche Tournament crowed a new champion for the first time in six years Sir Francis Drake held off St. Mary's (Stockton), 12-11, Saturday at Menlo School.

Neither team playing in the championship game had ever made it that far. To advance to the finals, St. Mary's beat last year's champion, Menlo School (9-8) and Drake topped the champion from the two year's prior to last year, San Ramon Valley, 6-4.

San Ramon Valley wound up third following a 13-6 triumph over St. Francis.

Menlo School took the fifth-place game, 16-13, over Vista of San Diego. Nico Bhatia led the Knights (5-1) with four goals with Jayden Kunwar and Miller Geschke adding three each. Senior Chris Xi and freshman Sam Untrecht tossed in two apiece with goalie Will Crouch stopping nine shots.

Xi led Menlo in the tourney with 13 goals. Of the next five leading scorers, four were underclassmen -- with the second leading scorer of the weekend being Untrecht with eight goals. Untrecht also led the team with eight steals and he and Xi led the team as well with six ejections earned. Crouch finished with 42 saves and six assists. He had 16 saves in an 11-8 third-round win over La Jolla while James Thygesen, Geschke and Untrecht all tallied three times.

In other third-round games Saturday, Vista edged Menlo-Atherton by 10-9 and Palo Alto dropped a 13-12 decision to St. Ignatius.

M-A wound up finishing seventh following a 13-9 win over La Jolla while Paly took 12th after a 12-5 loss to Leland.

The Bears went 2-2 in the tourney with Christian Huhn tallying 15 goals.

Girls volleyball

Menlo-Atherton captured the fifth annual Chris Chandler Invitational title with a 23-25, 25-23, 15-4 victory over runner-up Menlo School on Saturday. Both teams swept their pool-play matches to reach the finals. The Bears topped Palo Alto in three games to advance.

Maddie Stewart had 22 kills with a .393 hitting for the tourney to pace Menlo. Kristin Sellers added 43 assists and 19 digs.

In Santa Cruz, Sacred Heart Prep went 2-2 and placed fifth overall at the Harbor Invitational Tournament. The Gators (10-4) went 2-1 in pool play before telling to Vista de Lago in the Gold Bracket, 25-18, 18-25, 15-11.

SHP was led by Lilika Teu (87 assists, 10 kills and 7 blocks), Cate Desler (32 kills, 8 aces and 24 digs, Natalie Zimits (23 kills and 11 blocks), Sammy Phillips (18 kills), Alexa Bartlett (15 kills), Jorden Schreeder (30 digs) and Caroline Caruso (33 digs).

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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