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A Menlo-SI showdown in tennis still could happen in CCS

 

The tennis match of the year was going to be played on April 22 when Menlo School was scheduled to face host St. Ignatius in a nonleague test.

That showdown never happened as rained washed out the match, which was not rescheduled.

The same teams, however, still could meet one or two more times after they received the top two seeds for the Central Coast Section Team Tournament on Monday.

Menlo (16-3), which has won seven straight section crowns and 14 overall, received the No. 1 seed while SI (21-0) got the No. 2 despite its perfect record.

"They are probably better on paper but, we have not lost to a CCS team in six-plus years so we should be the No. 1 seed," said Menlo coach Bill Shine, whose team has won 240 straight league dual matches. "If we end up playing them, it will be an epic match, 4-3 either way."

The top squads were placed in opposite brackets, which means a possible date in the finals for both on May 13th at Bay Club Courtside in Los Gatos.

Both teams received first-round byes and will open on Friday at home. Menlo will host the winner of Valley Christian (11-8) and Monterey(10-4) while SI will get either Aragon (13-6) or Carmel (15-2), both at 3 p.m.

Only one other local team received a seeding and first-round bye, No. 8 Gunn (11-7). The Titans will host either Harker (13-6) or Santa Cruz (10-1) on Friday at 3 p.m., and could face Menlo in the quarterfinals.

Surprisingly left out of the top eight seeds was Menlo-Atherton (17-4), which breezed through another 14-0 finish in the PAL Bay Division. The Bears, however, dropped a 6-1 nonleague test to Menlo on April 13, which likely hurt their chances at a top seed.

But, Menlo-Atherton shockingly didn't even get a home match in the first round. Instead, it has to travel to face Westmont (12-3) on Wednesday at 3 p.m. A victory gets the Bears a second-round match Friday at No. 6 Homestead (15-4).

Sacred Heart Prep (16-6) has a similar path. The Gators face Mitty (10-7) on Wednesday (3 p.m.) at Bay Club Santa Clara, with a win putting the Gators at No. 3 Saratoga (12-2) on Friday.

Woodside (10-7) travels to face Leland (13-3) in the first round.

The other top seeds include No. 4 Bellarmine (13-6-1), No. 5 St. Francis (17-4) -- both are in Menlo's bracket -- plus No. 7 Monta Vista (14-3).

Quarterfinals will be played next Monday at home sites with semifinals set for May 11 at either Courtside or the Los Gatos Swim and Racquet Club.

Menlo will be shooting for the all-time record for consecutive CCS titles. The Knights currently share the mark with Gunn (1972-78) with seven.

Boys golf

Menlo School came away the big winner from the West Bay Athletic League Championships on Monday at Half Moon Bay Golf Links.

Max Ting won individual honors by shooting a 2-under on the Old Course, leading the Knights to 382 strokes and the team title -- and the league's second berth into the CCS playoffs.

Harker, which already had clinched the WBAL's automatic section berth by winning the dual-match title, finished second in the team on Monday with 397 strokes while Sacred Heart Prep was third.

John Foley (Pinewood), William Yao (King's Academy) and Rashad Jaymes (Crystal Springs) all earned the league's automatic individual entries to CCS. Jaymes won the final individual spot over Sacred Heart Prep's Griffin Gelbach with a par on the third play-off hole.

The next highest finishers not on a qualifying team also could earn one of the six at-large individual entries to be determined at Thursday's seeding meeting. That group includes Gelbach and teammates Shane Snow (81), Holland Sutton (83), Anikait Bhardwaj (85), Erik Morris (85) and Pinewood's Tim Liu (84).

Sutton, a freshman, had the shot of the day as he aced the par-3 13th hole.

Ting won individual honors by two strokes over Harker's Colt McNealy and Pinewood's Foley.

The CCS regional tournaments are next Tuesday and Wednesday at Rancho Canada (West) in Carmel Valley. Menlo will play on Tuesday, May 10.

Menlo School will play in the CCS Regional on Tuesday May 10th, Harker will play on Wednesday May 11th.

Girls lacrosse

Menlo-Atherton stayed in the running for a playoff berth in the WBAL Foothill Division race following a 16-5 romp over host Burlingame on Monday.

The Bears (4-3, 8-8) kept the Panthers winless in league play by racing to a 10-0 lead with 19 gone in the first half. Grace Tully led M-A with four first-half goals. Emma Easton added three with Hannah Shaw, Izzy Regonini and Annie Payne all tallying twice.

Sally Carlson pulled won five self draws and scored once, while Izzy Carhart and Bea Geaghan-Breiner dominated midfield ground balls. Goalie Samantha Gamez had five saves.

In the SCVAL, Gunn held on to second place with a 17-1 romp over visiting Pioneer in a match rescheduled from March 28. The Titans (9-3, 11-7) were led by three goals and four assists from Andrea Garcia-Milla plus three goals each from Jenny Chen, Annie Vesey and Erica Wang. .

With two regular-season matches remaining this week, the Titans are two games behind first-place Palo Alto, which has clinched no worse than a tie for the title. The Vikings can win the crown outright by beating host Saratoga on Wednesday night.

Softball

Quinn Mitchell drove in four runs and pitched host Pinewood to an 18-3 nonleague triumph over visiting Alma Heights Christian on Monday. Bailey Heit had three hits and three RBI while slamming a home run.

— Keith Peters/Palo Alto Online Sports

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