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Woodside, Castilleja clinch PAL water polo titles

Gunn and Los Gatos enter final week tied for SCVAL lead

Woodside High made a bit of Peninsula Athletic League boys water polo history on Thursday, beating host Menlo-Atherton 6-5 to clinch the Bay Division title and becoming the first school other than Menlo or Menlo-Atherton to win the Bay title in at least 27 years.

The Wildcats (15-4, 8-0) scored twice in the fourth period to overcome a deficit as junior Kai Seed held firm in the goal, recording 12 saves.

The Bears (10-7, 6-2) are the only other team with an overall winning record in the Bay Division with two matches remaining. Woodside, which has won seven in a row, owns a two-game lead over M-A, and beat the Bears by one goal in each of their two league meetings.

Senior Duncan Vaughan scored three goals to lead the Wildcats, who have outscored their league opponents by a 104-51 margin and have scored an average of 12.3 goals a game overall.

Woodside took an early two-goal lead but M-A fought back behind seniors Zachary de Haaf, Willem Holzricher and Alex Rarick to gain the lead after three quarters.

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Senior Dominic Constanz led a strong defensive effort in front of Seed and contributed two steals. Junior Joe Untrecht, whose older brother Sam is a freshman at Cal, and sophomore Andrew Mills each added a pair of goals. Sophomore Ryan Mills also had a steal.

Sophomore Jake Anderson scored twice and added an assist. Junior Aidan Seed also scored.

On the girls side, Castilleja clinched its fifth consecutive PAL Bay Division title after beating visiting Aragon 10-3 on Thursday.

Senior Minhee Chung scored three goals to lead the Gators (14-5, 11-0), who are two games ahead of the pack with one remaining to play, against Notre Dame Belmont at Serra High in San Mateo on Wednesday at 6 p.m.

Castilleja had never won a league title until starting its streak in 2015. The Gators are still looking for their first ever Central Coast Section title, though they have reached the championship game on several occasions.

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Castilleja, a Division V school, will likely be seeded into the Open Division for a third straight year, a placement that does the Gators no favors. Although it means they're considered one of the top eight teams in the section, should they fail to win their first round contest, the season would be over. In other sports with an Open Division, a spot in the NorCal tournament is guaranteed.

Senior Sarah Pedley returned to the lineup and made eight saves and kept the Dons (10-10, 4-7) scoreless through the first half. By then, Castilleja was ahead 7-0. Lauren Bynn-Rider scored twice and Gabby Lewis recorded three assists for the Gators.

In the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division, Gunn remained in a virtual first-place tie with Los Gatos, beating host Homestead 17-11 as senior Cooper McKenna scored eight goals.

The Titans (13-2, 9-1) have a pair of games to play, traveling to Los Altos on Tuesday and hosting Mountain View on Thursday.

Los Gatos (15-3, 10-1) has one game remaining, at Palo Alto (6-12, 6-5) on Tuesday. The SCVAL tournament is slated to begin Tuesday, Oct. 29, where it is likely that Gunn and the Wildcats will meet the overall league champion.

McKenna, a candidate for CCS Player of the Year, added a pair of assists, two steals, a blocked shot and four earned exclusions. Kate Mallery added five goals, four assists, two steals, two blocks and three earned exclusions. Sophia Tong recorded seven saves in the goal.

Isobel Taylor and Siham Arsalane each had a goal and two assists, and Maya Schell and Pooja Bucklin each added a goal and had a steal.

Palo Alto beat Saratoga 10-4 in another SCVAL game on Thursday.

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Woodside, Castilleja clinch PAL water polo titles

Gunn and Los Gatos enter final week tied for SCVAL lead

Uploaded: Fri, Oct 18, 2019, 6:20 pm

Woodside High made a bit of Peninsula Athletic League boys water polo history on Thursday, beating host Menlo-Atherton 6-5 to clinch the Bay Division title and becoming the first school other than Menlo or Menlo-Atherton to win the Bay title in at least 27 years.

The Wildcats (15-4, 8-0) scored twice in the fourth period to overcome a deficit as junior Kai Seed held firm in the goal, recording 12 saves.

The Bears (10-7, 6-2) are the only other team with an overall winning record in the Bay Division with two matches remaining. Woodside, which has won seven in a row, owns a two-game lead over M-A, and beat the Bears by one goal in each of their two league meetings.

Senior Duncan Vaughan scored three goals to lead the Wildcats, who have outscored their league opponents by a 104-51 margin and have scored an average of 12.3 goals a game overall.

Woodside took an early two-goal lead but M-A fought back behind seniors Zachary de Haaf, Willem Holzricher and Alex Rarick to gain the lead after three quarters.

Senior Dominic Constanz led a strong defensive effort in front of Seed and contributed two steals. Junior Joe Untrecht, whose older brother Sam is a freshman at Cal, and sophomore Andrew Mills each added a pair of goals. Sophomore Ryan Mills also had a steal.

Sophomore Jake Anderson scored twice and added an assist. Junior Aidan Seed also scored.

On the girls side, Castilleja clinched its fifth consecutive PAL Bay Division title after beating visiting Aragon 10-3 on Thursday.

Senior Minhee Chung scored three goals to lead the Gators (14-5, 11-0), who are two games ahead of the pack with one remaining to play, against Notre Dame Belmont at Serra High in San Mateo on Wednesday at 6 p.m.

Castilleja had never won a league title until starting its streak in 2015. The Gators are still looking for their first ever Central Coast Section title, though they have reached the championship game on several occasions.

Castilleja, a Division V school, will likely be seeded into the Open Division for a third straight year, a placement that does the Gators no favors. Although it means they're considered one of the top eight teams in the section, should they fail to win their first round contest, the season would be over. In other sports with an Open Division, a spot in the NorCal tournament is guaranteed.

Senior Sarah Pedley returned to the lineup and made eight saves and kept the Dons (10-10, 4-7) scoreless through the first half. By then, Castilleja was ahead 7-0. Lauren Bynn-Rider scored twice and Gabby Lewis recorded three assists for the Gators.

In the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division, Gunn remained in a virtual first-place tie with Los Gatos, beating host Homestead 17-11 as senior Cooper McKenna scored eight goals.

The Titans (13-2, 9-1) have a pair of games to play, traveling to Los Altos on Tuesday and hosting Mountain View on Thursday.

Los Gatos (15-3, 10-1) has one game remaining, at Palo Alto (6-12, 6-5) on Tuesday. The SCVAL tournament is slated to begin Tuesday, Oct. 29, where it is likely that Gunn and the Wildcats will meet the overall league champion.

McKenna, a candidate for CCS Player of the Year, added a pair of assists, two steals, a blocked shot and four earned exclusions. Kate Mallery added five goals, four assists, two steals, two blocks and three earned exclusions. Sophia Tong recorded seven saves in the goal.

Isobel Taylor and Siham Arsalane each had a goal and two assists, and Maya Schell and Pooja Bucklin each added a goal and had a steal.

Palo Alto beat Saratoga 10-4 in another SCVAL game on Thursday.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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