Unbeaten Castilleja takes control of the WBAL golf race


The Castilleja golf team grabbed control of the West Bay Athletic League race with a 201-226 dual-match victory over the Sacred Heart Prep girls on Wednesday at Stanford Golf Course.

The Gators (4-0) hold a one-match lead over Harker and lead both Menlo School and SHP by two. Freshman Divya Tadimeti led Castilleja with an even-par 35 on the front nine while earning medalist honors. Niav Layton, another polished freshman, carded a 38 while Paris Wilkerson shot 40, as did Sinead Haley of SHP (2-2, 2-3).

Castilleja will attempt to widen its lead when it takes on Harker on Monday at Los Lagos Golf Course in San Jose.

After losing two heartbreaking matches to Sacred Heart and Castilleja, Menlo School rebounded to defeat Notre Dame-San Jose, 208-235, in a WBAL dual match at Shoreline Golf Links.

Menlo sophomore Sophie Siminoff birdied the last hole for medalist honors while shooting 1-over-par 37. Menlo's Jessie Rong got off to a 5-over start on the first four holes, but came back to birdie three of the final five holes for a 38 to match the 38 by Nicole Henderson, who had seven pars.

Other contributing scores from Menlo were Lauren Yang's 46 and Elizabeth Power's 49. Menlo (2-2) next plays Mercy-Burlingame on Monday at Menlo CC.

Cross country

The Menlo School boys earned an individual title and the Castilleja girls took a team crown to highlight the first WBAL meet of the season at San Bruno Mountain.

Menlo sophomore Robert Miranda won the boys race in 14:57.2 on the 2.8-mile course. Senior teammate Raphael Serrano took sixth place in a personal record of 15:28.5 while helping the Knights to a third-place finish (82) behind Crystal Springs (40) and Sacred Heart Prep (49).

Sasha Novitsky of SHP was second to Miranda in 15:21.1 with Robert Screven of Priory fifth in 15:27.2, Brett Anstrom of SHP ninth in 15:54.7 and Graham MacFarquhar of SHP 10th in 15:57.7.

In the varsity girls race, Castilleja took the team crown with 85 points with Cosi Layton pacing the Gators with a ninth-place finish of 19:39.0.

Hana Marsheck of Priory was second in 17:47, Natalie Novitsky of SHP was third in 17:59.7 and Eliza Crowder of Menlo finished fourth in 18:05.2.

Girls water polo

Castilleja took a step closer to defending its regular-season water title in the PAL Bay Division race with a 12-6 triumph over visiting Aragon on Wednesday.

The Gators improved to 3-0 in league and opened a one-game lead over Menlo-Atherton, which fell to Burlingame, 9-2. Celia Aldrete paced the Gators (7-4 overall) with four goals with Claire Pisani adding three. Jenna Kotcher tossed in two goals while Georgia Lewis came up with 10 saves.

In the West Catholic Athletic League, Sacred Heart Prep (2-0, 9-3) rolled to a 16-2 victory over host Notre Dame-Belmont at Serra High. Junior Layla Waters led the victory with six goals with Addi Duvall and Malaika Koshy adding four apiece. Nellie Adams came up with 11 saves in goal.

Boys water polo

Sacred Heart Prep remained unbeaten in the WCAL following a 16-8 dunking of visiting Serra on Wednesday night. Alex Tsotadze led the Gators (2-0, 6-2) with five goals while Jackson Enright added four. Finn Banks had four assists and three steals for SHP, which pulled away from a 2-2 deadlock in the first period by scoring four unanswered goals.

Serra got to within 6-4 in the second period before Enright sandwiched goals around one by Tsotadze for a 9-4 advantage. The Gators took 33 shots, but scored on just three of 10 power-play opportunities.

In the PAL Bay Division, Menlo-Atherton tuned up for next Wednesday's showdown at rival Menlo School by swamping visiting Burlingame, 24-4. Henry Choi-Freeman led the Bears (2-0, 9-4) with five goals with Mostyn Fero and Nik Caryotakis adding four each. Alex Berquist finished with three goals for M-A. Cameron Raff and Jackson Goudey combined for 12 saves for the Bears.

In nonleague action, Menlo School (6-6) suffered a 17-9 setback to host San Ramon Valley. Chris Xi tallied three goals for the Knights with James Thygesen adding two.

— Palo Alto Online Sports


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