Menlo and Castilleja sharpen golf games in WBAL action


Menlo School's girls' golf team remained undefeated in West Bay Athletic League play, narrowing escaping with a 227-232 victory over Sacred Heart Prep in a match played at Sharon Heights on Tuesday.

The Knights (7-0, 8-0) take on Harker (6-1 WBAL) on Wednesday at Palo Alto Hills GC with a chance to take charge of the league race.

Castilleja (6-2) remains in contention after beating Mercy of Burlingame, 225-280, at Palo Alto Hills GC.

"Sharon Heights is a difficult layout that requires some local knowledge off the tee and around the greens," Menlo coach Jim Miller said. "You do not get a lot of level lies so it is a very good test. I also feel (this) match will help us get ready for Wednesday's showdown with Harker."

Against the Gators, it came down to the final foursome when freshman Sulwen Ma hit par on four of her last five holes to post a solid 42 despite a difficult start to her round.

Co-Captain Sophie Siminoff was again the medalist. Despite just missing three birdie attempts, Siminoff shot a 40.

"As we all know, a few made putts can really change a round in a hurry," Miller said. "All of the girls are looking forward to getting to a venue that they know pretty well in PA Hills CC. "

Freshmen Vikki Xu was next in line with a solid 44 that included 4 pars. Senior Lauren Yang had a tough start but still played a few solid holes before ending up with a 50. Freshmen Gianna Inguagiato finished the scoring with a 51 that included a birdie two on hole No. 6.

Playing on recently aerated greens, Castilleja's Niav Layton rode a solid driver and iron game to fire a 36 and lead the scoring at challenging Palo Alto Hills GC.

Playing in only her second match of the season, sophomore Alyssa Sales is starting to round into form, shooting a 43, as Castilleja (6-2) surges in the final weeks of the season.

SCVAL cross country

Palo Alto High placed four runners in the top 10, led by senior Kent Slaney's individual victory, and the Vikings claimed the team title at the second league meet Tuesday.

The meet was held on the Crystal Springs Course in Belmont, where the CCS final meet will take place on Nov. 12.

CCS officials were forced to move the meet from Toro Park in Salinas as it is still being used by Cal Fire and the USFS to deal with the Soberanes Fire.

Slaney paced the field with a 15:23.3 over the 2.95-mile course. Henry Saul finished third in 15:51.6 while Gunn's Jonas Enders was fourth in 15:58.8.

Sam Craig placed sixth in 16:03.3 and Spencer Morganfeld ran eighth in 16:10.5. Senior Ben Beaury ran 16:52.2 and finished 21st.

Freshman Justin Chiao was Gunn's second runner, placing 18th in 16:50.8. Thomas Burton was 27th in 16:58.9.

Palo Alto scored 39, with Monta Vista placing second with 86 points. Gunn was fifth with 140 points.

The Gunn girls ran third with 107 points while Palo Alto scored 193 for seventh. Mountain View won the team title with 61 points.

Five freshmen placed among the top 11, including Palo Alto's Miranda Jimenez. Cupertino's Oriana Jalal won the race in 18:26.0, followed by Los Gatos' Annika Paylor. Jimenez was seventh in 19:35.1, just behind Lynbrook's Alisha Naidu. Mountain View's Shannon Gould was 11th.

Gunn junior Natalie Hill race 19:44.9, edging Paly's Julia Doubson by less than one second. Joyce Shea ran 13th and Proya Thomas was 20th for the Titians.

Girls tennis

Even without its No. 1 singles player, visiting Palo Alto topped Los Altos, 4-3, in a battle of SCVAL El Camino Division co-leaders Tuesday.

The Vikings (6-0, 11-2) took over sole possession of first place in the league as Claire Li and Anuva Banwasi turned in key singles victories and the doubles teams of Meredith Cummings and Brin Elliott and Emma Cockerell and Alice Zhang won their matches.

Gunn lost to Saratoga.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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