Palo Alto produced three Santa Clara Valley Athletic League champions and Gunn had two champs at the SCVAL tournament Saturday at Lynbrook High.
Four other Vikings and one Titan also reached the championship match as Paly placed second to Los Gatos for the team title, 277 1/2-209, and Gunn was fifth with 113 points.
Timothy Waymouth. Photo by Butch Garcia.
Dash Lee. Photo by Butch Garcia.
Paly's Adar Schwarzbach beat Gunn's Koh Suzuki, 9-2, to win at 132 pounds. Gunn's Timothy Waymouth returned the favor at 152 pounds, pinning PA's Halo Lynch in 2:47. Waymouth recorded four pins en route to his championship.
Vikings senior Andrew Wang defeated Los Gatos' Markie Murabito, 17-5, to earn the 126 title and freshman Cade Creighton beat Milpitas' Lou Noble 16-6 to win the 145 title.
Gunn's Dash Lee successfully defended his 182-pound title, pinning Los Gatos' Andrew Leung in 35 seconds.
Palo Alto's Max Felter, Peter Graham, Dara Heydarpour and Charlie Williams also reached the championship round. Felter lost, 5-4, to Fremont's Joseph Kashitani at 106 while Graham (113) and Heydarpour (138) were pinned in the third period and Williams at the end of the second period.
Gunn's Calvin Cai and Armin Abolhassani and Paly's Macguire Ferrell also qualified by finishing among the top four in their weight class. Cai pinned Benjamin Hernandez of Los Gatos at 4:00 to win his third-place match. Abolhassani (160) and Ferrell (182) placed fourth.
Gunn's Phillip Doan finished seventh at 138 pounds and could be awarded an at-large bid. He fell just short of automatically qualifying when he suffered a 5-4 loss in the consolation quarterfinals.
Menlo-Atherton fell, 1-0, to league leading Burlingame on Friday. The Bears dominated play for much of the game, only to give up a late game winning goal.
M-A (9-6-3, 7-3-2) was particularly dominant in a wet first half, controlling play with crisp passing and strong runs through the Panthers' defense. The Bears had several good scoring opportunities, narrowly missing the target on numerous occasions. The defense was stout, conceding a corner but keeping the Panthers' attack at bay. The half ended with the Bears leading in shots 7-3.
Burlingame broke the deadlock in the 55th minute, converting a header off of a free-kick. After the goal, the Bears pressed forward, generating several good scoring chances but could not find the equalizer. The final shot tally favored M-A, 21-7. With the loss, M-A drops four points behind Burlingame with two games to play.
The Bears close out the regular season at home with games against Woodside on Monday and a senior day clash with Sequoia on Wednesday. There will be a pregame ceremony honoring the seniors.
Palo Alto High is seeking a badminton coach, with the season set to begin in less than a month.
Interested parties are encouraged to contact Paly Athletic Director Therren Wilburn at email@example.com.