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Two local champions at M-A's girls wrestling Bear Bash

Woodside a big winner on Saturday in soccer and basketball

Gunn's Mikayla Silverman (right) won at 150. Photo by Butch Garcia.

Menlo-Atherton's Anna Smith and Gunn's Mikayla Silverman each won an individual title at Saturday's M-A Girls Wrestling Bear Bash.

Smith, a former Central Coast Section champion in the 116 division, defeated Santa Cruz's Maya Letona 5-3 in the championship round of the 131 division, completing a 5-0 run throughh the competition, including three by pins and two by major decision.

Silverman, fourth at 150 in last year's CCS tournament, pinned Lincoln San Jose's Vanessa Gutierrez in 1:06 to win the 150 division. She won all her matches by pin.

Menlo-Atherton placed second with 212 1/2 points, just ahead of Half Moon Bay, which accumulated 212 points. Newark Memorial won the tournament with 255. Gunn was ninth.

M-A's Kiely Tabaldo (106) and Mari Callahan (137) each reached the championship round, picking up points for the Bears.

Hannah Hendrickson (3rd, 170), Claire Lange-McPherson (3rd, 121) and Saniya Joshi (4th, 101) also recorded top finishes for M-A.

In addition to Silverman, Charlotte Tsien (3rd, 189), Jelena Hertzler (4th, 111) were also top placers for the Titans.

M-A's Lily Martin (5th, 143), Ashlye Gutierrez (5th, 189), Gwen Tomkins (6th, 121) and Alexa Bensoussan (7th, 126) also reached the podium, as did Gunn's Brigitte Peterson (7th, 170).

For Woodside, which was 28th as a team, Hali Newman placed fourth at 160 and Alison Richter was fifth at 170.

Girls basketball

Nicolette Yeh scored 10 of her game-high 28 points in the first quarter but Menlo-Atherton let a 16-point first-half lead slip away in losing its season opener to host Half Moon Bay 63-53 in a nonleague game Saturday.

Alyssa Faberowski added 10 points for the Bears, who open the Cardinal Newman Tournament on Thursday against El Cerrito (0-3).

Yeh hit six of M-A's nine 3-pointers. Faberowski had three and Sarah Davenport added one.

The Bears were up 49-38 near the end of the third quarter but Half Moon Bay caught fire, going on a 15-0 run that turned the tide.

Rachel Benedick added eight points for the Bears.

Woodside opened its season with a 71-23 victory over host Del Mar on Saturday. The Wildcats travel to College of San Mateo for a nonleague game against Mercy Burlingame at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Seniors Kayla Garcia, Clairese Muckel, Hailey Stewart, Noelia Arteaga, Sydney Fujimoto and Victoria Witzel lead the Wildcats.

Boys soccer

Junior Dylan Bernard scored the only goal of the game about two minutes in, giving Woodside a 1-0 victory over host Milpitas on a rainy, windy Saturday.

David Ruiz had the assist on Bernard's goal. Griffith Mills and Ethan Hamel combined to record 10 saves for the Wildcats (1-1), who travel to play Menlo School at 3:30 p.m. Monday.

According to Woodside coach Darrell Ringman, "David played a nice flank pass to Dylan, who, with usual poise, finished the opportunity with no doubt or question."

Boys basketball

Woodside beat host Concord 78-73 in its season opener on Saturday. The Wildcats host KIPP San Jose Collegiate (0-1) at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The Wildcats feature six seniors on the roster in De'Andre Brown, Jr., Gavin Carlson, Julian Goldberg, Dylan Barnwell, Luis Gonzalez and Burley Tariq.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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