SH Prep girls earn WBAL golf victory; league tourney on tap


All five of Sacred Heart Prep's golfers finished within five strokes of each other Monday and the Gators completed the regular-season with a 224-263 victory over Notre Dame-Belmont at Menlo County Club in a West Bay Athletic League girls' golf match.

The WBAL holds its league finals Wednesday at Popular Creek Golf Club in San Mateo beginning at noon. Menlo, Castilleja, and Harker are looking to repeat as CCS tournament participants while the Gators look to unseat one of the top three teams.

The WBAL tournament will also determine individual placing for golfers not on a team advancing.

Lauren von Thaden, Sinead Haley, and Emi Hartman each shot a round of 44 under overcast skies. Maia Granoski came in a stroke behind at 45, followed by Cami Steppe at 47 and Caroline Park at 49.

Tigers' Sara Eckles earned medalist honors with a round of 42.

WBAL final girls golf standings: Menlo 11-1 (12-1); Castilleja 10-2 (10-2); Harker 9-3; Sacred Heart Prep 6-6 (7-7); Mercy-Burlingame 4-8; Notre Dame-Belmont 2-10; Notre Dame-San Jose 0-12.

Girls volleyball

The King's Academy beat visiting Eastside College Prep in a WBAL Skyline Division match on Monday.

TKA (9-1) plays Mercy-Burlingame (11-0) at Serra High on Tuesday at 5:45 p.m., with first-place on the line. The Knights finish the regular season at Castilleja in a 5:45 p.m. match Thursday.

Eastside College Prep ends the season 1-11 in league play, 6-15 overall.

In other Skyline Division games Tuesday, Pinewood (3-7, 5-14) is at Castilleja (6-4, 10-8) and Crystal Springs (5-5) visits Priory (2-9), also at 5:45 p.m.

Notre Dame-Belmont (8-0, 22-5) has already clinched a tie for the WBAL Foothill Division title and looks to win it outright against visiting Harker on Tuesday.

Sacred Heart Prep (6-2, 20-9), fresh off a fourth-place finish at Spikefest II, looks to maintain its hold on second place when Mercy-San Francisco (1-7) visits Tuesday at 5:45 p.m. and Menlo (4-3, 18-7) looks to keep the pressure on when Notre Dame-San Jose (1-6) comes to town at the same time.

Water polo

The SCVAL and PAL boys and girls tournaments begin this week. The Gunn and Palo Alto boys teams finished 1-2 in the De Anza Division.

In the PAL, boys regular-season champion Menlo plays either Aragon or Mills on Tuesday at Hillsdale at 2:45 p.m. Second-place Menlo-Atherton takes on Hillsdale at 6:30 p.m.

On the girls side, Castilleja meets either Half Moon Bay or Mercy-Burlingame on Tuesday at Menlo at 2:45 p.m. The host Knights take on Aragon at 4 p.m., followed by M-A and Burlingame at 5:15 p.m. and Woodside and Carlmont at 6:30 p.m.

— Rick Eymer/Palo Alto Online Sports

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