SHP ends two-game losing streak by scoring 76 points


The defensive coaches on both sides of the field couldn't be happy with the final score in Saturday's nonleague football game between Sacred Heart Prep and host Carmel.

The offensive coordinators, however, had plenty smile about as SHP romped to a crazy 76-55 victory. The point total is the highest in SHP program history.

The Gators, who came into the contest on a rare two-game losing streak and hadn't lost back to back games since 2008, ended the skid by gaining 460 yards on the ground while both teams combined for more than 1,200 yards of offense.

SHP senior running back Lapitu Mahoni carried 22 times for a career-high 200 yards and scored on runs of 12, 6, 1 and 6 yards. Thomas Wine also carried 22 times and totaled a career-best 148 yards plus two TDs, providing the winning TD on a one-yard run in the third period.

SHP senior quarterback Mason Randall threw only eight passes (none in the second half), completing seven for 145 yards and two scores while Andrew Daschbach caught three for 63 yards plus a 15-yard TD. Placekicker Peter Larson made 10 of 11 PATs.

On the defensive side, David Peterson was in on 11 tackles and Zane Elsafy was in on 10 tackles for the Gators (2-2). Nick Becker and Andrew Woodruff each had an interception.

SHP had no turnovers and never punted. After Carmel tied the score at 42, the Gators ran off 20 unanswered points to put the game away.

Girls volleyball

Juniors Amy Wang and Emma Munch led Gunn to a 4-1 record at the annual Cupertino Classic at Cupertino High. The Titans (10-6) defeated Andrew Hill (25-16. 25-15); topped Oak Grove (25-19, 25-17), and won its pool with a 25-19, 27-25 win over Independence.

Gunn then dropped a 25-20, 13-25, 15-13 decision to Hillsdale before bouncing back with a 27-29, 25-19, 16-14 triumph over Wilcox.

Wang had 137 assists from her setter's position while Munch provided 88 digs. Anna Tevanian had a match-high 13 kills in the win over Wilcox.

Girls water polo

Sacred Heart Prep reversed last year's 1-3 finish at the California Capital Challenge and grabbed third place in the elite 16-team tournament with a 3-1 mark.

The Gators opened with a 12-7 win over Del Oro, added a 12-9 victory over Campolindo in the second round, dropped a 13-1 decision to No. 1 seed San Ramon Valley in the semifinals before edging No. 2 seed Miramonte in the third-place match at Woodcreek High in the Sacramento area.

Junior Maddy Johnston paced the Gators (8-3) with 15 goals, which including being held scoreless by talented SRV and junior Sarah Klass. She's the younger sister of Stanford freshman Kat Klass.

Malaika Koshy, the only senior for SHP this season, provided 13 goals while junior Layla Waters added four. Junior goalie Jane Rakow, in her first season on varsity, received a good test on the weekend and came up with some solid efforts along with the Gators' defense.

At the 21st annual Amanda MacDonald Invitational at Menlo School and Menlo-Atherton High, Castilleja (6-4) wound up seventh in the 16-team field after splitting two matches on Saturday. The Gators fell to Mitty, 5-2, but rebounded with a 9-7 victory over Sir Francis Drake.

Celia Aldrete tallied five goals in the win over Drake with Jenna Kotcher, Madison Lewis, Maddie Macdonald and Serena Rivera-Korver adding one each.

In games at Menlo-Atherton on Saturday, the Bears (4-6) defeated Carlmont, 3-2, and topped Presentation, 7-5, for 13th. Menlo School (7-8) lost to Presentation, 7-3, and then Carlmont, 5-3, to finish 16th.

Boys water polo

Sacred Heart Prep wasn't able to defend its title, but still came home with just one loss and fifth place from the St. Francis Acalanes Varsity Invitational that wrapped up Saturday at Acalanes High in the East Bay.

The Gators (5-2) topped St. Francis, 14-5, and outscored Las Lomas, 14-5, on the final day.

Junior Jackson Enright had three goals in each victory to pace the Gators with senior Finn Banks adding five. SHP had nine players score against the Lancers and eight in the final match.

Menlo School (6-5) dropped a pair of matches on Saturday and finished eighth. The Knights were outscored by Las Lomas, 14-12, and dropped an 11-10 decision to St. Francis in the final match. Chris Xi and James Thygesen each had five goals total in the final two matches while goalie Will Crouch came up with 16 saves.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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