Prep report: Paly, Menlo to meet for tournament title

Spencer Rojahn scored 17 points for Palo Alto. Photo by David Hickey.

The Menlo boys' basketball team moved into the championship game of the 41st annual Burlingame Lions Invitational with a convincing 69-44 victory over Aragon on Wednesday.

The Knights (3-0) will face Palo Alto for the tournament title at 8 p.m. Friday.

The Vikings topped league rival Los Altos, 57-37.

Menlo began pulling away midway through the first period. Sophomore Cole Kastner recorded steals on consecutive possessions and Sam Fortenbaugh sank the first of a trio of 3-pointers in the span of under two minutes. Fortenbaugh finished with 12 points, all on 3s.

Menlo senior Joe Foley scored 20 points, grabbed eight rebounds, recorded four assists and made four steals. Riley Woodson, also a senior, recorded 12 rebounds and eight points. Junior Nate Solomon contributed 12 points.

For Palo Alto, Spencer Rojahn scored 17 points to lead the way, including three 3-pointers. Jared Wulbrun added 14, also with a trio of 3-pointers. Max Dorward had 12.

In another tournament game, Sacred Heart Prep lost to Stuart Hall, 55-40, and will play host Burlingame on Friday at 3:30 p.m. Eric DeBrine scored 14 points for the Gators.

Boys soccer

Menlo started strong but eventually fell, 2-0, to host Aragon on Wednesday in a nonleague match.

The Knights (0-1-1) created a few chances in the first 15 minutes of the match. Menlo junior Jonny Ebrahimian played senior Billy Hamilton in on goal, and junior captain Ben Lasky played Ebrahimian in on goal a few minutes later but each time the Aragon goalie was up to task.

In the second half, Hamilton had a goal called back for offside. Aragon got a free kick in the 79th minute and connected into the top corner. A minute later, the Dons duplicated the goal.

Menlo hosts University-San Francisco at 3:30 p.m. Friday.

Girls basketball

Ila Lane scored 14 points and grabbed 16 rebounds but Priory fell to host South San Francisco, 49-41, in a nonleague game Wednesday.

Annabelle North added eight points, including a pair of 3-pointers, Dominque Robson also hit a 3-pointer as the Panthers (1-3) played their third game without senior guard Tatiana Reese, who is out with an ankle injury.

Elsewhere, Woodside dropped a 43-15 decision to host Los Altos, who was led by Mahika Gupta with 10 points.

Woodside (0-4) hosts Piedmont Hills at 6 p.m. Friday.

— Palo Alto Online Sports


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