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Paly baseball suffers first loss, Paly boys water polo and girls volleyball wins

Menlo's Murray a triple winner in WBAL track and field

Tommy Hall had two hits and drove in a run in Paly's loss to Valley Christian. Photo courtesy of Karen Ambrose Hickey.

Tommy Hall collected two hits, including a double, and drove in a run but Palo Alto suffered its first loss of the season, 3-1, to host Valley Christian in a nonleague baseball game Saturday.

Valley Christian led, 3-0, after three innings. Starter Ryan Harvey and Callum Olsen combined to shut down the Warriors the rest of the way but Paly could not recover from the deficit.

Hayden Jung-Goldberg singled with one out in the fourth, stole second and eventually scored on Hall’s two-out double.

Zander Darby doubled with one out in the fifth but never advanced any further. Aidan Berger singled to lead off the sixth but was stranded as the next three batters struck out.

Palo Alto (3-1) hosts Menlo-Atherton on Monday afternoon.

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Boys water polo

Eitan Green allowed one goal. He stopped this attempt. Photo courtesy of Jenna Hickey.

Martin Angelov scored seven goals in helping Palo Alto beat visiting Cupertino, 20-1, in a nonleague game Saturday.

Paly scored early and often and the game was never in doubt. Cupertino was held scoreless until there was 44 seconds remaining to play in the third period.

Damon Schultz added three goals for the Vikings (1-1), who are scheduled to open SCVAL De Anza Division play on Tuesday at Los Gatos, as part of a doubleheader with the girls team.

Jonathan Pei and Loic Ijzerman each scored twice for Palo Alto, which had 10 different players record a goal.

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Wrestling

Cade Creighton recorded a pin at 195 pounds. Photo courtesy of Keith Ferrell.

Cade Creighton recorded a pin and Adar Schwarzbach won by technical fall, but Palo Alto dropped a 58-14 decision to host Fremont in a Santa Clara Valley Athletic League opening dual match Saturday.

Max Felter won his match at 170 pounds in overtime. Photo courtesy of Keith Ferrell.

Creighton, who placed second in last year’s Central Coast Section championships, recorded a pin in 1:33 at 195 pounds.

Schwarzbach, who won a CCS title last year, was leading 19-4 when his match at 160 pounds ended at 5:53.

170-pounder Max Felter beat Fremont’s Branden Bulatao, who placed fourth in the CCS, 7-5, in sudden victory.

Palo Alto is scheduled to host Lynbrook on Saturday.

Track and field

Menlo School’s Kamran Murray was a triple winner in the West Bay Athletic League track and field meet held at The King’s Academy on Friday.

Murray ran impressive early times in winning the 1,600 (4:25.31), the 800 (2:01.55) and 3,200 (9:46.61).

Menlo’s Justin Pretre won the 400 in 55.33 and finished second to Murray in the 800 (2:02.77). Sacred Heart Prep’s Finn Roblin was (57.81) in the 400.

Pinewood’s Mateo Garcia won the high jump with a leap of 5-7 and Menlo’s William Floyd won the pole vault with a height of 11-6.

On the girls side, Sacred Heart Prep’s Luci Lambert was a double winner and participated in the winning 1,600 relay.

Lambert raced 58.83 to win the 400 and 2:16.68 to win the 800. The SHP relay team was timed in 4:19.85 and also included Lucy Paynter, Julia Soderbury and Keegan Shaw.

Shaw also won the triple jump (31-7) and was second on the long jump (15-8 1/2).

Castilleja’s Perry McElhinney won the 1,600 (5:23.13) and was third in the 800 (2:32.84).

Pinewood’s Nicole Maneatis won the 300 hurdles in 57.01 and teammate Maia Garcia went 5-5 to win the high jump.

In the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division on Thursday, the Palo Alto boys team downed visiting Los Gatos, 80-45, as Jeremy Huang was a triple winner.

Huang won the 110 high hurdles in 16.18, the 300 low hurdles in 43.26 and the long jump in 20-0.

Freshman Grant Morgenfeld picked up where he left off as SCVAL cross country champion, winning the 1,600 in 4:27.85 and the 3,200 in 9:40.26.

Patrick was also a double winner, taking the discus with a heave of 94-11 and winning the shot put with a 39-6.

Other Paly winners included Aleksei Seletskiy in the 800 (1:59.15), Aaron Kim in the high jump (6-4) and Risha Tella in the triple jump (40-8).

Paly’s Elizabeth Fetter was a double winner on the girls side, winning the 1,600 (5:01.21) and 3,200 (11:07.30) but the Vikings lost to Los Gatos, 75-52.

Heidi Mathews also won twice, throwing the discus 65-0 and the shot put 24-2.

Other Paly winners included Ariel Le in the 100 low hurdles (17.30) and Hillary Studdert in the 800 (2:14.76).

The Gunn boys lost to visiting Los Altos, 98-28, though a bright spot was Victor Auyeung winning the shot put in 39-6.

The Gunn girls also lost, 84-37, with highlights from Izy Hilbert winning the high jump and Sharona Schwab winning the 100 in 14.20 and the 200 in 29.10.

Girls volleyball

The Palo Alto girls volleyball team improved to 6-1 with a 25-14, 25-21, 21-25, 21-25, 15-9 victory at Los Gatos Saturday night. The Wildcats fell to 6-2 after the match of the SCVAL De Anza Division’s co-leaders, following Los Altos taking its second loss on Friday.

Senior Sophia Krugler led the way for the Vikings, hitting .318 with 18 kills, 15 digs, two aces and two blocks. Junior Amelia Vugrincic hit .256 with 15 kills, six digs, four aces and two blocks, and junior Thea Enache added eight kills and three blocks.

Senior Kylie Mies had 20 assists, 13 digs and three kills, sophomore Jess Watanabe added 12 digs and an ace, and senior Katie Cheng had eight digs and an ace. Sophomores Nika Chapin and Taylor Zeman had two kills and six blocks apiece; junior Hillary Cheung had 27 assists, four digs and three aces; and junior Hailey Callan added five kills and two blocks.

“Los Gatos really picked up their game as the match went along, and we hit a flat spot, but our girls really raised their level late in the fourth set and throughout the fifth,” Palo Alto Coach Chris Crader said. “I thought we played our best volleyball of the season to close out the match. It was a nice win. My one disappointment is that – due to club commitments and other things – both teams were shorthanded for both of our meetings this year. It would have been really cool for our full roster to have a chance to compete against their full roster. But I’m still extremely grateful we’ve gotten the chance to play at all, and we’re all trying to make the best of every opportunity.”

Girls lacrosse

File photo.

Gunn's Brindha Jaeger (23) and Kate Williams against the Bears. Photo courtesy of Sunny Jefferson.

Menlo-Atherton beat Gunn, 11-7, in a nonleague match Saturday.

Irene Kim led the Titans with eight draw controls and two goals. Kate Williams had two goals and one assist.

Shreeya Sethuraman contributed one goal and an assist, while Sophia Stern and Tess Flinchbaugh each scored once.

Goalie Brindha Jaeger recorded seven saves for Gunn, which trailed 10-3 at halftime.

Gunn returns home to host Paly on Wednesday.

Softball

Maddie Ta. 2019 file photo.

Maddie Ta, Tra Nguyen and Ruth Jaquette combined on a four-inning no-hitter in the second game of a doubleheader Saturday as Gunn swept visiting Menlo-Atherton, 15-0 and 15-0, in nonleague competition.

Ta earned the victory after pitching the first 2 1/3 innings. She struck out two and walked one. Nguyen struck out one of the two batters she faced and Jaquette finished the game, also recording a strikeout.

Kylie Liu drove in five runs on two hits, which included a double. Ingrid Lee drove in three runs and Alma Caselles added two RBIs on three hits.

Ta, who played right field in the opener, doubled and tripled, driving in four runs. Lauren Li, Brenna Birnbaum and Ashley Ng each had two hits.

Lauryn Selvaraj struck out eight, walked one and allowed two hits in earning the victory in the first game.

Gunn (2-0) is scheduled to play at Monta Vista on Wednesday. Menlo-Atherton (0-2) hosts Fremont on Tuesday.

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Paly baseball suffers first loss, Paly boys water polo and girls volleyball wins

Menlo's Murray a triple winner in WBAL track and field

Uploaded: Sun, Apr 18, 2021, 2:08 am
Updated: Mon, Apr 19, 2021, 8:58 pm

Tommy Hall collected two hits, including a double, and drove in a run but Palo Alto suffered its first loss of the season, 3-1, to host Valley Christian in a nonleague baseball game Saturday.

Valley Christian led, 3-0, after three innings. Starter Ryan Harvey and Callum Olsen combined to shut down the Warriors the rest of the way but Paly could not recover from the deficit.

Hayden Jung-Goldberg singled with one out in the fourth, stole second and eventually scored on Hall’s two-out double.

Zander Darby doubled with one out in the fifth but never advanced any further. Aidan Berger singled to lead off the sixth but was stranded as the next three batters struck out.

Palo Alto (3-1) hosts Menlo-Atherton on Monday afternoon.

Boys water polo

Martin Angelov scored seven goals in helping Palo Alto beat visiting Cupertino, 20-1, in a nonleague game Saturday.

Paly scored early and often and the game was never in doubt. Cupertino was held scoreless until there was 44 seconds remaining to play in the third period.

Damon Schultz added three goals for the Vikings (1-1), who are scheduled to open SCVAL De Anza Division play on Tuesday at Los Gatos, as part of a doubleheader with the girls team.

Jonathan Pei and Loic Ijzerman each scored twice for Palo Alto, which had 10 different players record a goal.

Wrestling

Cade Creighton recorded a pin and Adar Schwarzbach won by technical fall, but Palo Alto dropped a 58-14 decision to host Fremont in a Santa Clara Valley Athletic League opening dual match Saturday.

Creighton, who placed second in last year’s Central Coast Section championships, recorded a pin in 1:33 at 195 pounds.

Schwarzbach, who won a CCS title last year, was leading 19-4 when his match at 160 pounds ended at 5:53.

170-pounder Max Felter beat Fremont’s Branden Bulatao, who placed fourth in the CCS, 7-5, in sudden victory.

Palo Alto is scheduled to host Lynbrook on Saturday.

Track and field

Menlo School’s Kamran Murray was a triple winner in the West Bay Athletic League track and field meet held at The King’s Academy on Friday.

Murray ran impressive early times in winning the 1,600 (4:25.31), the 800 (2:01.55) and 3,200 (9:46.61).

Menlo’s Justin Pretre won the 400 in 55.33 and finished second to Murray in the 800 (2:02.77). Sacred Heart Prep’s Finn Roblin was (57.81) in the 400.

Pinewood’s Mateo Garcia won the high jump with a leap of 5-7 and Menlo’s William Floyd won the pole vault with a height of 11-6.

On the girls side, Sacred Heart Prep’s Luci Lambert was a double winner and participated in the winning 1,600 relay.

Lambert raced 58.83 to win the 400 and 2:16.68 to win the 800. The SHP relay team was timed in 4:19.85 and also included Lucy Paynter, Julia Soderbury and Keegan Shaw.

Shaw also won the triple jump (31-7) and was second on the long jump (15-8 1/2).

Castilleja’s Perry McElhinney won the 1,600 (5:23.13) and was third in the 800 (2:32.84).

Pinewood’s Nicole Maneatis won the 300 hurdles in 57.01 and teammate Maia Garcia went 5-5 to win the high jump.

In the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division on Thursday, the Palo Alto boys team downed visiting Los Gatos, 80-45, as Jeremy Huang was a triple winner.

Huang won the 110 high hurdles in 16.18, the 300 low hurdles in 43.26 and the long jump in 20-0.

Freshman Grant Morgenfeld picked up where he left off as SCVAL cross country champion, winning the 1,600 in 4:27.85 and the 3,200 in 9:40.26.

Patrick was also a double winner, taking the discus with a heave of 94-11 and winning the shot put with a 39-6.

Other Paly winners included Aleksei Seletskiy in the 800 (1:59.15), Aaron Kim in the high jump (6-4) and Risha Tella in the triple jump (40-8).

Paly’s Elizabeth Fetter was a double winner on the girls side, winning the 1,600 (5:01.21) and 3,200 (11:07.30) but the Vikings lost to Los Gatos, 75-52.

Heidi Mathews also won twice, throwing the discus 65-0 and the shot put 24-2.

Other Paly winners included Ariel Le in the 100 low hurdles (17.30) and Hillary Studdert in the 800 (2:14.76).

The Gunn boys lost to visiting Los Altos, 98-28, though a bright spot was Victor Auyeung winning the shot put in 39-6.

The Gunn girls also lost, 84-37, with highlights from Izy Hilbert winning the high jump and Sharona Schwab winning the 100 in 14.20 and the 200 in 29.10.

Girls volleyball

The Palo Alto girls volleyball team improved to 6-1 with a 25-14, 25-21, 21-25, 21-25, 15-9 victory at Los Gatos Saturday night. The Wildcats fell to 6-2 after the match of the SCVAL De Anza Division’s co-leaders, following Los Altos taking its second loss on Friday.

Senior Sophia Krugler led the way for the Vikings, hitting .318 with 18 kills, 15 digs, two aces and two blocks. Junior Amelia Vugrincic hit .256 with 15 kills, six digs, four aces and two blocks, and junior Thea Enache added eight kills and three blocks.

Senior Kylie Mies had 20 assists, 13 digs and three kills, sophomore Jess Watanabe added 12 digs and an ace, and senior Katie Cheng had eight digs and an ace. Sophomores Nika Chapin and Taylor Zeman had two kills and six blocks apiece; junior Hillary Cheung had 27 assists, four digs and three aces; and junior Hailey Callan added five kills and two blocks.

“Los Gatos really picked up their game as the match went along, and we hit a flat spot, but our girls really raised their level late in the fourth set and throughout the fifth,” Palo Alto Coach Chris Crader said. “I thought we played our best volleyball of the season to close out the match. It was a nice win. My one disappointment is that – due to club commitments and other things – both teams were shorthanded for both of our meetings this year. It would have been really cool for our full roster to have a chance to compete against their full roster. But I’m still extremely grateful we’ve gotten the chance to play at all, and we’re all trying to make the best of every opportunity.”

Girls lacrosse

Menlo-Atherton beat Gunn, 11-7, in a nonleague match Saturday.

Irene Kim led the Titans with eight draw controls and two goals. Kate Williams had two goals and one assist.

Shreeya Sethuraman contributed one goal and an assist, while Sophia Stern and Tess Flinchbaugh each scored once.

Goalie Brindha Jaeger recorded seven saves for Gunn, which trailed 10-3 at halftime.

Gunn returns home to host Paly on Wednesday.

Softball

Maddie Ta, Tra Nguyen and Ruth Jaquette combined on a four-inning no-hitter in the second game of a doubleheader Saturday as Gunn swept visiting Menlo-Atherton, 15-0 and 15-0, in nonleague competition.

Ta earned the victory after pitching the first 2 1/3 innings. She struck out two and walked one. Nguyen struck out one of the two batters she faced and Jaquette finished the game, also recording a strikeout.

Kylie Liu drove in five runs on two hits, which included a double. Ingrid Lee drove in three runs and Alma Caselles added two RBIs on three hits.

Ta, who played right field in the opener, doubled and tripled, driving in four runs. Lauren Li, Brenna Birnbaum and Ashley Ng each had two hits.

Lauryn Selvaraj struck out eight, walked one and allowed two hits in earning the victory in the first game.

Gunn (2-0) is scheduled to play at Monta Vista on Wednesday. Menlo-Atherton (0-2) hosts Fremont on Tuesday.

Rick Eymer

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