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Sports - February 24, 2017

A full slate of postseason events on tap this weekend

Open Division basketball, soccer highlights the schedule

by Glenn Reeves

The Central Coast Section playoffs bloom fully this weekend, with events taking place in all three winter sports and scattered aross the Greater Bay Area.

There are at least 14 boys and girls basketball games involving local teams scheduled, and there could be two more depending on Thursday's results.

Six local teams remain alive in CCS soccer action and all are in action Saturday, highlighted by Menlo-Atherton at Palo Alto at 1 p.m. in the girls' open division.

Both the Menlo School boys and girls soccer teams won Wednesday to advance.

The Sacred Heart Prep and M-A boys teams also recorded victories.

The SH Prep boys pulled off a shocker. The Gators, seeded No. 16 in the Central Coast Section Division II playoffs, went on the road and knocked off No. 1 seed Prospect 1-0.

SHP will play at No. 8 Hillsdale, a 1-0 winner over Sacred Heart Cathedral, in the Division II quarterfinals on Saturday at 3 p.m.

"Now it's a whole new season,'' SHP coach Armando del Rio said. "We've upset a No. 1 seed before, but that was as a No. 8 seed. This was definitely our biggest upset in CCS.''

The only goal of the match was scored 11 minutes in when Connor Johnston headed a ball into the net.

"Brock (Salzman) beat his man and put a great ball into the box,'' Johnston said. "I sprinted ahead of the defender to get my head on the ball.''

The Gators (11-7-1) turned matters over to their defense, which made the goal stand up.

Menlo School's Alistair Shaw delivered what proved to be the game-winning goal in a 3-1 decision over visiting No. 15 Overfelt of San Jose in another Division II match.

Shaw delivered a goal for the ages in the first overtime period. On the run, some 40 yards away from the Royals' goal, Shaw had the ball bounce up to his head, then to his left foot, before controlling it past the Royals' defense.

Shaw stopped, gained his composure, and drilled it past Royals' goalie Mauricio Espinoza in the 89th minute.

"I knew what I wanted to do," Shaw said. "I can't say it works every time."

Menlo's Aaron Morgan assisted Ben Lasky for an insurance goal in the 91st minute as the second-seeded Knights got past the scrappy Royals, 3-1.

Menlo School (14-1-4) hosts No. 10 Soledad (11-5-3) at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Freshman Charlie McKay stumbled a few times the first game he was asked to play goalie for the Menlo-Atherton varsity boys soccer team but it didn't take long for him to earn the trust of his older teammates.

McKay rewarded his teammates for that trust by coming up big during the penalty-kick portion of M-A's Central Coast Section Division I match with visiting Palo Alto on Wednesday.

The two teams played to a 1-1 draw after 100 minutes of fast-paced action, beautiful shot attempts and even better defensive maneuverings.

In the end, McKay blocked a shot that allowed the sixth-seeded Bears (9-7-4) to advance, 5-3 on penalty kicks, into the second round of the playoffs, which they will host.

Andrew Hill (10-9-2) upset No. 3 North Salinas and will visit Menlo-Atherton for a 5 p.m. game Saturday.

Following a scoreless first half, Palo Alto got on the board in the first minute of the second half when Yahli Malchin dribbled down the left side and made a perfect crossing pass that Michel-Ange Siaba headed into the right corner of the net.

M-A's Nic Jandeleit scored the tying goal.

Freshmen were responsible for three goals, three assists and a shutout in the Menlo girls' 5-0 victory over host Pacific Collegiate.

The Knights (12-4-3) will play No. 11 Sobrato (9-6-6) at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Freshman Cameron Boom posted a hat trick and an assist. Junior Julia Wang and senior Cleo King scored, and the Knights got assists from three others in the shutout.

CCS basketball

Kehillah Jewish rode the energy of senior guard Yuval Luria (10 rebounds) and the dynamic scoring duo of Guy Manor (15 points) and senior Sam Feldman (18 points) to a surprising 48-34 victory over host Mid-Peninsula in a Division V contest.

The Rams (9-10) played at Pinewood on Thursday night. The winner plays Eastside College Prep (17-7) at St. Francis-Watsonville on Saturday at a time to be determined.

Second-seeded Priory (19-5) also plays there against either Thomas More or Alma Heights Christian.

Gunn took control in the second half Tuesday and pulled away for a 66-54 victory over Westmont in the opening round of the Central Coast Section Division II boys basketball playoffs.

Jeffrey Lee-Heidenreich, Gunn's scoring leader all season, led the way with 19 points. Josh Radin scored 15. DeMario Shepard had 10 and Eli Russo came off the bench to score nine, seven in the fourth quarter.

The Titans (13-11) played Westmoor on Thursday with the winner meeting host Santa Clara (14-10) at a time to be determined.

In other games Saturday:

The eighth-seeded Menlo-Atherton boys (22-5) meet top-seeded Bellarmine (23-1) in the Open Division, Palo Alto (20-4) plays at Fremont against either Homestead or Independence in Division I at a time to be determined, and Menlo School plays either Harker or Carmel at Hartnell College at a time to be determined.

On the girls side, Pinewood (22-2) meets St. Ignatius (17-7) at 5:30 p.m. and Eastside College Prep (18-6) meets Sacred Heart Cathedral (16-7) at 7:30 p.m., both at Gunn High in Open Division play.

Menlo-Atherton (26-1) plays Valley Christian (13-11) at Christopher-Gilroy at 5:30 p.m., also in the Open Division.

In Division I, Palo Alto (19-3) plays either Wilcox or Lincoln at Piedmont Hills at a time to be determined.

In Division II, Gunn (14-11) meets either Leland or Aragon at Aragon at a time to de determined.

In Division IV, Menlo School (14-10) meets either Santa Cruz or Monte Vista Christian and Sacred Heart Prep plays either Scotts Valley or The King's Academy at Notre Dame-Belmont at times to be determined.

In Division V, Castilleja (11-13) plays either KIPP or Alma Heights and Priory (15-9) faces Pacific Collegiate or Crystal Springs, both at Alma Heights at times to bet determined.

Girls state wrestling

Menlo-Atherton senior Chelsea Wilson and fellow CCS champion Folashade Akinola, a sophomore, are among the six locals who will be competing at the state wrestling tournament that begins Friday at the Visalia Convention Center.

Wilson is the top seed at 106 and will meet Los Banos junior Haley Bailez in the opening round. A win puts her in the second round against Diamond Ranch junior Trina Nguyen.

M-A freshman Anna Smith, competing at 116, was scheduled top meet Del Oro senior Savannah Scott, with a spot in the second round against Milikan junior Kimberline Banegas at stake.

Gunn senior Ruby Robinson was slated to take on No. 2 seed Alyssa Aceval in the first round at 126.

At 131, M-A sophomore Lauren McDonnell was to take on Selma senior Alexis Morfin, with Del Oro's Candice Corralejo waiting in the second round.

Akinola, the second seed at 160, drew a first-round bye and will meet the winner of a match between Ripon Christian senior Victoria White and Bishop Amat freshman Janeice Alcooer.

Palo Alto senior Sara Aguilar, also a CCS champion, was scheduled to wrestle Pittsburg junior Gaby Salguero-Renteria to open the 170 division. The winner moves on to compete against Corona junior Crystal Carillo.

M-A sophomore Abby Ericson (189) was to meet Paramount sophomore Elizabeth Saleapoega in the first round, with Eureka freshman Aracely Rendon the opponent for the winner.

Saturday's consolation rounds begin at 9 a.m., with finals slated for 6 p.m.

CCS boys wrestling

The CCS tournament, being held at Independence High in San Jose, begins with the first session at 9 a.m. Friday, which includes the first two rounds of the championship bracket and the first two rounds of the consolation bracket.

Session Two begins at 9 a.m. Saturday and includes everything through the semifinals and third through sixth placement matches.

Session Three features the championship finals and starts at 7 p.m.

Nine Gunn wrestlers qualified: Thomas Chang-Davidson (160), Dash Lee (182), Andy Maltz (285), Tim Waymouth (145), Koh Suzuki (138), Aaron Schultz (152), Ido Enav (132), Alex Feghhi (195) and Steven Lassen (220).

Seven Palo Alto wrestlers qualified: Elliot Clark, Calvin Grewal, Alex Daw, Seth Goyal (seeded second at 132), Aidan Gans, Andrew Wang (seeded fifth at 120), and Callum Day Ham.

Five Menlo-Atherton wrestlers qualified: Salvador Diaz Nicholas Ozden (seeded fifth at 182), Joshua Meyers, Will Tarr and Anthony Waller.

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