Castilleja's girls golf team took sole possession of first place, at least until Monday, after beating Notre Dame-San Jose, 201-290, in a West Bay Athletic League match Thursday at Sunnyvale Muni, site of the WBAL tournament on Oct. 25.
The Gators (7-1) are 1/2 game up on both Menlo (6-1) and Harker (6-1), which are idle until Monday, when Menlo and The King's Academy meet at Sunnyvale and Harker plays Notre Dame-Belmont at Poplar Creek.
Divya Tadimeti shot a round of 36 to lead four Gators who shot 39 or less. Kelly Yu followed with a 37, Niav Layton came in at 38 and Anika Tsde shot a 39. Sofia Khu completed the scoring with a 51.
Maddi Page and Anya Yakinenko each won their singles matches but Palo Alto fell to visiting Saratoga, 4-3, in a SCVAL contest Thursday.
Page beat Annissa Mu, 10-6, in the tiebreaker while Yankinenko won in straight sets for the Vikings (7-5, 2-3), who host Los Gatos at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.
All three doubles matches went to a tiebreaker. Claire Li and Rachel Owens went 10-3 at No. 1 doubles but Saratoga came up with an 11-9 decision at No. 2 and won 13-11 at No.3.
In the WBAL, Sacred Heart Prep rebounded from its loss to Menlo with a 6-1 victory over host Harker. The Gators (7-3, 3-1) host St. Francis in a nonleague match at 3:45 p.m. Monday.
Singles players Isa Robinson, Katherine Salisbury and Noorayn Jafri led the way. Jafri won her match at No. 4 singles, 4-6, 7-5, 10-8.
Sacred Heart Prep won all three doubles matches in straight sets. The No. 3 team of Sara Quinlan and Emma Tung won, 7-5, 6-3.
Crystal Springs Uplands beat Pinewood, 5-2, in other WBAL action.
Girls water polo
In the SCVAL, Gunn rebounded from its 8-4 loss at Los Gatos with an 11-0 whitewash of Saratoga on Thursday.
The Titans (8-5, 5-1) host St. Francis in a nonleague game Friday at 5:45 p.m.
Boys water polo
Palo Alto, playing without its top goalie Ben Rapperport, dropped a 2-7 decision to SCVAL leader Los Alto. The Vikings (5-7, 4-4) hosts Davis at 10 a.m. Friday.
Palo Alto remained undefeated in the SCVAL following its four-set victory over visiting Monta Vista on Thursday. The Vikings (13-3, 6-0) play at Homestead next Thursday at 6:15 p.m.
Cate Desler recorded 23 kills and Ally Polverari added 15 but Notre Dame-Belmont beat host Sacred Heart Prep, 25-21, 25-16, 22-25, 25-20, on Thursday to slip into third-place in the WBAL Foothill Divisison.
Haley Martella had 51 assists and Caroline Caruso added 22 digs for the Gators (16-5, 3-2), who trsvel to Notre Dame-San Jose for a 6:30 p.m. first serve Tuesday.
Suzzy Wang produced 32 digs, Lexi Stull and Becca Mak combined for another 28 and Castilleja beat visiting Priory, 21-25, 25-22, 25-18, 21-25, 15-8, in a WBAL Skyline Division game Thursday.
Stull added 12 kills and matched Mak with six aces. Grace Lee added eight kills and 10 digs and Anna Friedman added another six kills.
The Gators (8-13, 2-2) travel to Pinewood for a league match next Thursday at 5:45 p.m.
Pinewood dropped a match to co-WBAL Skyline Division leader Crystal Springs Uplands on Thursday.