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Prep report: Soccer titles to be determined this week

 

The Menlo-Atherton boys' soccer team can still tie for first place in the Peninsula Athletic League's Bay Division but it will take a monumental effort.

The Bears (8-7-4, 7-2-3) are in second place, six points behind Burlingame (10-1-4, 9-0-3). Woodside (4-6-6, 2-5-5) is in sixth.

The Panthers visit Menlo-Atherton at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and so the Bears can directly take care of three points. The teams tied, 1-1, at Burlingame earlier in the season.

Burlingame hosts South San Francisco (7-10-2, 3-7-2) in Friday's regular-season finale. M-A travels to Woodside. The Bears have to beat the Wildcats and hope the Warriors can upset Burlingame. The Panther beat SSF, 4-2, earlier.

The Central Coast Section will conduct its soccer-seeding meeting on Saturday.

In the West Bay Athletic League, Harker (9-1-2) clinched the league title with a victory over Menlo School (6-2-2) last week.

The Knights are in third place but have a game in hand on second-place The King's Academy (7-3-1), which hosts Sacred Heart Prep (4-1-5) in its regular season finale on Friday at 4 p.m.

Sacred Heart Prep hosts Crystal Springs Uplands (2-6-2) and Menlo hosts Priory (0-11) on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.

Eastside Prep finished its season with a 3-7-2 mark.

Palo Alto (10-4-3, 5-3-2) can't win the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League's De Anza Division title but can finish the regular season on high note. The Vikings travel to Mountain View (8-10, 5-5) for a game Wednesday and closes the regular season with a home game against Fremont (2-12-3, 1-9-1) on Friday.

Gunn (11-5-1, 8-3) has a tenuous hold on first place in the SCVAL El Camino Division. The Titans have a two-point edge over co-second place Saratoga and Lynbrook but has played one more game.

Gunn plays its regular season finale with a home game against Wilcox at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Girls soccer

For Palo Alto (12-3-1, 8-1-1) it's rather simple: beat visiting Mountain View (17-1, 9-1) on Wednesday (game time 3:30 p.m.) and the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League's De Anza Division title is there for the taking.

Anything less than a win is a win for the Spartans, who hold a two-point lead over Paly with two matches to play.

The Vikings know they can beat the defending CCS Open Division champs because they did it last year and they did it again earlier this season. No other team can claim that particular accomplishment.

Fremont (13-2-4, 9-0-2) has already clinched the SCVAL El Camino title as second-place Gunn (9-6-3, 8-3) has only a game against host Wilcox on Friday remaining.

Menlo-Atherton (11-5-2, 8-3-2) can clinch the outright PAL Bay Division title with either a tie or win over second-place Carlmont (8-3-8, 5-2-6) on Tuesday in Belmont at 4:30 p.m.

In the West Bay Athletic League's Foothill Division, Menlo School (7-8-2, 6-2-1) trails first-place Notre Dame-Belmont (7-1-1) by three points with one game to play.

The Knights travel to Sacred Heart Prep (5-12-1, 4-4-1) on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. while the Tigers host Priory (6-3).

The Gators are already guaranteed to meet WBAL Skyline Division champion Mercy-Burlingame (11-0) at 3:30 p.m. Friday for the final automatic bid into the CCS tournament.

Castilleja (10-3, 8-3) can finish second in the Skyline Division with a victory over host Notre Dame-San Jose on Tuesday and Harker loss or tie.

Pinewood (0-8-3) goes to Mercy-San Francisco on Tuesday while Eastside Prep finished in fifth with a 2-8-2 mark.

Alumni report

After qualifying for the ACC Championships in the 400 ​at the Tiger Paw Invitational at Clemson ​on Friday, Menlo School grad Maddy Price added to her great weekend by breaking the school record in the 200​​.

She became the first Duke runner to finish in under 24 seconds, clocking a time of 23.73. Price has the third fastest time in the ACC this season.

General

The CCS released its list of winter scholastic teams and Castilleja topped the list in the only two categories available to the school.

Here's a list of local schools among the top-5 in each sport:

Boys basketball: 2, Menlo School 3.6495; 5, Palo Alto 3.5857

Girls basketball: 1, Castilleja 3.7903

Boys soccer: 1, SH Prep 3.7937; 5, Menlo 3.5367

Girls soccer: 1, Castilleja 3.8115; 2, Palo Alto 3.7686; 5, SH Prep 3.7358

Wrestling: 1, M-A 3.3926

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