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Sacred Heart Prep, Menlo boys win high-scoring water polo games

Zayd Mahmoud helps save Menlo's victory over St. Ignatius

Sacred Heart Prep's Jake Tsotadze on defense. Photo by Rick Eymer.

Teddy Pasquesi and Harrison Rohlen each scored a pair of goals and the Sacred Heart Prep boys water polo beat host Serra, 17-3, in a West Catholic Athletic League match Wednesday evening.

Luke Weigle and Gavin West each added two goals for the Gators (6-0), who travel to San Jose for a match against Valley Christian on Thursday afternoon.

John Kirinchich, Jack Vort and West each contributed two assists as SHP scored the first six goals of the contest.

With the Central Coast Section water polo playoffs cancelled this season, Sacred Heart Prep won’t have a chance to add to its nine straight CCS championships, the last three in the Open Division.

SHP and Bellarmine shared the title in 2018 when North Bay fires caused poor air quality in Santa Clara County.

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Sacred Heart Prep has won 12 of the past 13 CCS titles, all under coach Brian Kreutzkamp. The Gators have won 13 overall titles, first winning in 2003 with legendary coach Dante Dettamanti.

Zayd Mahmoud recorded 23 saves in Menlo's win over St. Ignatius. Photo courtesy of Pam McKenney/Menlo Athletics.

Elsewhere in the WCAL, Zayd Mahmoud recorded 23 saves and added a team-high four assists as Menlo topped visiting St. Ignatius, 17-10, on Wednesday.

"That was national caliber goalkeeping," Menlo coach Jack Bowen said. "I'd put at least 5 or 6 of those saves in the 'amazing' category too."

Mahmoud said simply, “That game felt really good.”

The Knights (6-2) received goals from seven different players, led by Greg Hilkderbrand and Conner MacMitchell, each with four. Tommy Kiesling added three and Colin Skinner had a pair.

Menlo, who won the CCS title in 2010 with a victory over SHP, hosts Serra next Wednesday afternoon in a WCAL match.

Menlo's Alina Hernandez, from left, Itzel Salgado and goalie Nyla Sharma defend against a St. Ignatius shot. Photo courtesy of Pam McKenney/Menlo Athletics.

In WCAL girls water polo action, Menlo beat visiting St. Ignatius, 19-14, in a shootout.

Kenya Cassidy scored twice in the first quarter to help the Knights open a slim lead.

Rusha Bhat scored twice during a four-goal run that gave Menlo a 16-10 edge after three quarters.

Bhat finished with six goals, Erica Fenyo added five, followed by Malia Chavinson with three, and Cassidy and Alina Hernandez, each with a pair.

Hope Isaacson, one of three seniors honored Wednesday, and Nyla Sharma, a sophomore, manned the goal for the Knights.

The Knights (2-2) host Mitty at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

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Sacred Heart Prep, Menlo boys win high-scoring water polo games

Zayd Mahmoud helps save Menlo's victory over St. Ignatius

Uploaded: Thu, Apr 1, 2021, 1:14 am

Teddy Pasquesi and Harrison Rohlen each scored a pair of goals and the Sacred Heart Prep boys water polo beat host Serra, 17-3, in a West Catholic Athletic League match Wednesday evening.

Luke Weigle and Gavin West each added two goals for the Gators (6-0), who travel to San Jose for a match against Valley Christian on Thursday afternoon.

John Kirinchich, Jack Vort and West each contributed two assists as SHP scored the first six goals of the contest.

With the Central Coast Section water polo playoffs cancelled this season, Sacred Heart Prep won’t have a chance to add to its nine straight CCS championships, the last three in the Open Division.

SHP and Bellarmine shared the title in 2018 when North Bay fires caused poor air quality in Santa Clara County.

Sacred Heart Prep has won 12 of the past 13 CCS titles, all under coach Brian Kreutzkamp. The Gators have won 13 overall titles, first winning in 2003 with legendary coach Dante Dettamanti.

Elsewhere in the WCAL, Zayd Mahmoud recorded 23 saves and added a team-high four assists as Menlo topped visiting St. Ignatius, 17-10, on Wednesday.

"That was national caliber goalkeeping," Menlo coach Jack Bowen said. "I'd put at least 5 or 6 of those saves in the 'amazing' category too."

Mahmoud said simply, “That game felt really good.”

The Knights (6-2) received goals from seven different players, led by Greg Hilkderbrand and Conner MacMitchell, each with four. Tommy Kiesling added three and Colin Skinner had a pair.

Menlo, who won the CCS title in 2010 with a victory over SHP, hosts Serra next Wednesday afternoon in a WCAL match.

In WCAL girls water polo action, Menlo beat visiting St. Ignatius, 19-14, in a shootout.

Kenya Cassidy scored twice in the first quarter to help the Knights open a slim lead.

Rusha Bhat scored twice during a four-goal run that gave Menlo a 16-10 edge after three quarters.

Bhat finished with six goals, Erica Fenyo added five, followed by Malia Chavinson with three, and Cassidy and Alina Hernandez, each with a pair.

Hope Isaacson, one of three seniors honored Wednesday, and Nyla Sharma, a sophomore, manned the goal for the Knights.

The Knights (2-2) host Mitty at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

Rick Eymer

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