Gunn tops SCVAL water polo standings after first round


The Gunn boys' water polo team completed the first round of SCVAL De Anza Division play unbeaten after knocking off visiting Los Altos, 16-9, Tuesday.

For the Titans (7-0, 8-4), there's still unfinished business.

Zoe Banks
“We're confident but we're still hungry,” Gunn coach Matt Johnson said. “We come into every game with a couple of goals in mind and one is to get better every time out. We're definitely not satisfied with where we're at.”

Aaron Babian scored six goals for Gunn, which took control of the game with a big first quarter. The Eagles were never allowed to get any closer than three goals the rest of the way.

Quinn Hamilton added five goals for the Titans and Jack Mallery had a pair of goals.

“This is a good, hard-working group,” Johnson said. “We've beaten some good teams and we'll keep working. It's all about league right now and getting better.”

Palo Alto (6-1, 8-7) kept pace with a 7-4 victory over host Homestead. Jared Stanley scored four goals to lead the Vikings, who host Monta Vista at 6:45 p.m. Thursday.

Girls water polo

Mikaela Wayne scored three times, Zoe Banks made 14 saves and Gunn remained undefeated in SCVAL play with a 9-0 victory over visiting Los Altos on Tuesday night.

Kara Jacobsen added two goals for the Titans (6-0, 10-1), who travel to Mountain View for a 3:30 p.m. contest Thursday to open the second half of the De Anza Division schedule.

Girls tennis

Menlo School and Sacred Heart Prep each took home a 7-0 victory on Tuesday to set up a showdown on the Gators campus for superiority of the West Bay Athletic League Foothill Division.

The Knights (3-0, 4-4) topped visiting Crystal Springs Uplands and Sacred Heart Prep (3-0, 5-2) beat host Pinewood.

Menlo brings a 221-match league winning streak into Thursday's 3:30 p.m. match, while Gators' No. 1 singles player Sara Choy is 66-0 against high school competition.

Through three league matches, Menlo has an aggregate score of 20-1 and Sacred Heart Prep is 19-2.

In the win over the Panthers, SHP's No. 2 doubles team of Sarah McGrath and Lindsey Marcus out-dueled Pinewood's Lauren Corfield and Nicole Tang, 6-2, 6-4.

The top singles match may have been Nooryan Jafri's 6-3, 6-3 win over Elena He.

Menlo got big wins from singles players Taylor Gould, Georgia Anderson and Elika Esghi, while Charlotte Lee fought for a 6-4, 7-5 victory over Isabella Liu.

Castilleja dropped a 4-3 decision to visiting Harker at Rinconada Park in a WBAL Foothill Division contest.

The doubles team of Soline Boussard and Lexi Bundy got a win at the No. 2 spot, while No. 1 singles player Wallis Hess also earned a victory.

The Gators (1-2, 9-5) host Crystal Springs Uplands at 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

Palo Alto (5-0, 10-1) beat Santa Clara in a SCVAL El Camino Division match.

Girls golf

Menlo remained undefeated on the season with a 200-257 win over Notre Dame-Belmont at Poplar Creek Golf Course in San Mateo on Tuesday.

Freshman Vikki Xu was a first-time medalist, shooting a solid 38, which included five consecutive pars to finish. Co-captains Lauren Yang and Sophie Siminoff both shot 39 for the West Bay Athletic League-leading Knights (6-0, 7-0).

“We were very proud of the balanced scoring and everyone pulled hard for each other,” Menlo coach Jim Miller said. “We continue to stress course management, tee shots, the short game and the psychology of the sport.”

After a rough start to the round, Siminoff played the last four holes in 1-under, culminating her round “with a very strategic and well-played ninth hole that ended with a birdie 4,” Miller said.

Yang birdied another par 3 on the 5th hole which helped her break 40 again. Knights freshman Sulwen Ma knocked it on in two on the par 5 first hole which led to a two-putt birdie and a solid score of 40.

Gianna Inguagiato rounded out scoring with a 44, while Kendall Weingart ended with a 54.

Cross country

Senior Kent Slaney raced 11:22 to win the SCVAL Meet at Central Park in Santa Clara on Tuesday and Palo Alto won the team title. Gunn's Jonas Enders finished second.

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