COURTING A TITLE ...The Eastside boys basketball team scored the final nine points of its WBAL showdown with host The King's Academy to win 49-45 and take over first place in the competitive league. Isaiah Saams-Hoy scored 26 points to lead the Panthers (14-6, 11-1), who have a one-game lead and the tiebreaker over TKA with two games to play. Raymond Reece and Will Mustain, along with Saams-Hoy, scored during the winning rally.
GETTING THEIR KICKS . .. The Menlo School girls' soccer team has a chance to earn its first outright West Bay Athletic League title in five years when it hosts rival Sacred Heart Prep at 2:45 p.m. Friday. Senior Sophie Jones, a member of the United States U-17 FIFA Women's World Cup team in the fall, scored the game's only goal just before halftime and the Knights clinched at least a tie for the title with a 1-0 victory over Priory on Tuesday. Junior goalkeeper Talia Grossman turned in another outstanding effort in the net for Menlo (16-1-1, 7-0-1), which owns a two-game lead over defending WBAL champion Notre Dame Belmont with two to play.
STAYING ON COURSE . .. Competing just down the coast from her family home in Hermosa Beach, Stanford junior Andrea Lee wanted desperately to claim her seventh collegiate golf victory in front of family and friends on Tuesday at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge at Palos Verdes Golf Club. Playing in cold, wet and windy conditions, she emerged with a pressure-packed one-stroke triumph and led No. 5 Cardinal to a two-shot win against a stellar field in the first tournament of the spring season. Paced by Lee (nine) and junior Albane Valenzuela (eight), Stanford led the 16-team field in birdies with 40.