Castilleja brings home a trophy; Eastside Prep an easy winner


Senior Cate Adler and freshman Sammy Wong combined to hit nine 3-pointers and score 32 points in helping the Castilleja girls basketball team beat league rival King's Academy, 45-24, in the fifth-place game of the Firebird Classic on Thursday.

The Gators (2-1) host KIPP Collegiate on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

The Menlo-Atherton girls basketball team tipped off its season with a 69-53 loss to powerhouse St. Mary's-Stockton in the first round of the Cardinal Newman Classic at Marin Catholic on Thursday.

Greer Hoyem scored a game-high 21 points for the Bears, who rallied from a 14-point halftime deficit to close within 44-41 at one point.

Junior Stella Kailahi scored four of her eight points and Mele Kailahi added five more in the fourth quarter, but the Rams pulled away.

The Bears play Sacramento in the next round of the Cardinal Newman Classic, tipping off at 5:30 pm on December 2. The entire tournament is being broadcast live on

Defending Division V state champion Eastside Prep opened the Ladycat Classic at Marin Catholic with a 76-30 victory over Windsor as junior Kayla Tahaafe scored 14 points, one of five players to reach double figures.

Junior Alayah Bell, sophomore Zion Gabriel and freshman DeDe Franklin each netted 13 point while sophomore Mina Tameilau added 12.

Tahaafe also had 12 rebounds and eight assists for the Panthers, who are scheduled to meet Redwood-Larkspur at 5:30 p.m. Friday.

Gunn dropped a 66-58 decision to Moreau Catholic in the same tournament.

Menlo opened its season with a 61-24 victory over visiting Petaluma as the Knights opened a 37-8 lead at halftime.

Boys soccer

Sophomore Matthew Barber scored twice to help host Priory open the season on a good note, beating Alma Heights Christian, 4-0, in a nonleague match Thursday.

Junior team captain Sergio Calderon, a second team all-WBAL pick last year, and freshman Jack Dempsey also scored for the Panthers, who won one game all of last year.

Priory hosts The Nueva School at 3:30 p.m. on Monday.

Sacred Heart Prep dropped a 3-2 decision to host Pioneer in a nonleague game. Alexi Stavropolous and Juan Rascon scored for the Gators (1-1), who play at Aptos next Friday at 7 p.m.

Stefan Schlotter assisted on Stavropolous' goal and Kirian Mischke-Reeds had a foot in Rascon's score.

Girls soccer

Castilleja took early control of its nonleague match with visiting KIPP Collegiate of San Jose and never looked back, racing to a 4-1 victory.

Freshman Olivia Watson scored three times for the Gators (1-1), while freshman Allison Dickson added a goal and two assists. A third freshman, Georgia Nieh, also recorded an assist as did senior team captain Rachel Gropper.

Castilleja takes on James Lick at 10 a.m. Saturday as part of the Firebird Classic at Fremont.

“A very solid performance,” reported Castilleja coach Diego Velazquez. “The team was able to set the tempo early, control the ball and create many scoring opportunities.”

The Gators completed their scoring in the first 35 minutes of the contest. Goalkeeper Molly Glickman, senior Elizabeth Parker and sophomore Kate Sands helped assure the victory with quality defensive work.

“This young Castilleja team continues its developing mode,” Velazquez wrote, “with the main objective of improving their performance game after game.”

Chloe Japic and Tess Preising each scored a goal and Palo Alto beat Gunn, 2-1, in a nonleague match. The Vikings (2-0) host Menlo-Atherton at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

Liz Schemp scored for the Titans.

— Rick Eymer/Palo Alto Online Sports

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