Prep report: Gunn softball rallies for SCVAL victory

Palo Alto scored early and often, beating Wilcox 16-0 to open SCVAL play Wednesday. Photo by Jenna Hickey.

Emma Sloan and winning pitcher Madison Wiseman each had two hits and drove in two runs as the Gunn softball team rallied from a deficit to beat visiting Cupertino, 8-4, in a Santa Clara Valley Athletic League opener Wednesday.

Ashley Ng added three hits and drove in a run for the Titans (5-0, 1-0), who travel to play Fremont at 4 p.m. Friday. Michele Schwarzwalder and Kylie Liu each had a pair of hits and Ingrid Lee drove in a run.

Cupertino (4-2, 0-1) scored twice in each of the first two innings and took a 4-0 lead into the bottom of the fourth.

Gunn got two runs in the fourth and then scored five in the fifth to take the lead for good.

Schwarzwalder opened the fifth with one of her two triples and scored on a Ng single. Sloan and Maddie Ta each singled to load the bases ahead of a two-out single from Wiseman that plated two runs to give Gunn the lead. The Titans added two more on an error.

Palo Alto defeated host Lynbrook in another league opener. The Vikings (2-4, 1-0) host Marin Catholic in a nonleague game Saturday at 1 p.m.

Menlo-Atherton dropped a 10-1 PAL Ocean Division decision to Mills on Wednesday. The Bears (0-2, 0-1) host Jefferson at 4 p.m. Friday.

Miranda Calderon doubled in the only run of the game, scoring Aubrey Mackson, who had also doubled.

Girls track and field

Menlo School's Michelle Louie won two individual events (100 in 12.87 and 200 in 26.77) and ran the first leg of the 4x400 relay that recorded a time of 4:08.19 at the West Bay Athletic League 1B meet Wednesday at Sacred Heart Prep.

Charlotte Tomkinson, who raced in the 800 over the weekend at The Armory in New York, won the 400 in 58.38, followed by Kyra Pretre in 1:02.00. They also ran in the 4x400 relay along with Lauren Hamilton, who finished second to Louie in both the 100 and 200.

Menlo hurdler Alexandra Chan tried her hand at different events, placing fourth in the 400, third in the 200 and winning the 300 hurdles in 49.54.

Castilleja's Moorea Mitchell was a double winner in the shot put (35-8 1/2) and discus (113-0).

Sacred Heart Prep's 4x100 relay team of Audrey Chang, Caitlin Carcione. Keegan Shaw and Nikki Molumphy raced 52.41 to win the event.

Castilleja's Lauren Traum won the 800 in 2:24.55, Sacred Heart Prep's Luci Lambert raced 5:33.26 to win the 1,600.

Castilleja's Tevah Gevelber improved her 3,200 time to a season best 11:26.33 without much competition, winning by three minutes. It's a 16-second improvement at this stage of the season from last year.

She was second in the event in the wildly competitive Rustbuster. Gevelber has a personal best of 11:05.96 at last year's Central Coast Section finals.

Boys track and field

Dante Cacchione, Max Cluss, Axel de Vernou and Matthew Chun each won events for host Sacred Heart Prep to highlight an abbreviated slate.

The high jump was not contested and Pinewood's Ryder Heit dominated the small field in both the triple jump and 110 hurdles. He was second to teammate Sam Thanassi in the 300 hurdles.

Pinewood's Hudson DeGroff won the 3,200 in a personal best, as did Heit in all three of his events.

Menlo's Ayinde Olukotun won the 200 meters in 23.74. Cacchione was third in 24.69 and Cluss placed fourth in 24.91.

Cacchione, who was catching passes in the fall, raced 11.86 to win the 100. Teammate Roger Flores (12.11) was third. Cluss won the 200 in 52.81. Olukotun was second.

de Vernou led a 1-2-3-5 showing for the Gators with his winning 2:12 in the 800. Jake Wheeler (2:15.33), Chun (2:17.16) and Austin Jamias (2:21.39) followed.

Chun ran 5:05.07 to win the 1,600 and was pushed by teammate Adrian de Vernou, who finished .38 seconds behind.

Menlo's team of Jackson Aldrich, Luis Mendoza, Alejandro Ross and Olukotun was the 4x400 relay with a time of 3:44.27.

Girls lacrosse

Palo Alto scored early and often en route to a 16-0 victory over visiting Wilcox on Wednesday in a SCVAL opener.

The Vikings (2-3, 1-0) travel to Menlo School (2-0) for a nonleague game at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

Boys volleyball

Sacred Heart Prep dropped a heart breaker to host Fremont Wednesday, 26-24, 28-30, 25-20, 25-21, in a Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division opener.

The Gators (5-3, 0-1) are scheduled to play at The King's Academy next Wednesday at 6:45 p.m.

Boys lacrosse

Sacred Heart Prep beat host Menlo School 12-6 in a WCAL match Wednesday. The Gators (5-0, 1-0) travel to play Redwood in Larkspur at noon Saturday in a nonleague match. Menlo (1-3, 0-2) travels to play Acalanes at 11 a.m. Saturday.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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