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Gunn boys unbeaten in SCVAL soccer heading into second half

Late rally costs Menlo-Atherton baseball

Kevin Landverde scores the first goal of Gunn's 2-0 win over Los Gatos. Photo courtesy of Sunny Jefferson.

Seeing Gunn at the top of the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division boys’ soccer standings should be no surprise.

Sure, the Titans competed in the El Camino Division last year, but they also won the Central Coast Section Division I title, becoming the first ‘B’ league champion to win a CCS D-I championship.

While it’s a new team this season, Gunn still has the same drive that led to last year’s achievement. The Titans showed that Saturday morning, beating visiting Los Gatos, 2-0, in a physical contest, to assume control of the division race.

Gunn (5-0-1) has the edge on both Los Gatos (4-2) and Los Altos (3-1-2) heading into the stretch run. The Titans are scheduled to travel for a game against rival Palo Alto on Tuesday night.

Against Los Gatos, sophomore Kevin Landverde scored in the first half following a run from midfield. He got ahead of the Wildcats’ defender to take on the goalie with a low hard strike.

Gunn senior Joey Cianfichi converts this penalty kick in the second half of the Titans' 2-0 win over Los Gatos. Photo courtesy of Sunny Jefferson.

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In the second half, Joey Cianfichi converted a penalty kick after Landverde was taken down in the box by the LG goalie, who earned a yellow card in the play, during a drive to the goal.

The Gunn girls, who lost to undefeated Los Gatos, 4-0, hosts Paly Tuesday evening.

Girls' volleyball

Amelia Vugrincic and Thea Enache each recorded 11 kills as Palo Alto beat host Gunn in a Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division girls’ volleyball match Friday night.

The Vikings opened the “fall 2020” season 502 days after their last match (in the CIF Division-I NorCal semifinals), winning 25-19, 25-11, 21-25, 25-12.

the Palo Alto girls volleyball team returned to the court with a victory Friday night – venturing a couple miles south to defeat Gunn 25-19, 25-11, 21-25, 25-12. The Vikings are now 1-0 in their SCVAL-De Anza Division-only schedule, while the Titans fall to 0-3.

Olivia Harrison added 10 kills, with a hitting percentage of 714. She added four blocks and an ace. Hailey Callan recorded 30 assists and three aces, hitting .375 with six kills.

Jess Watanabe had 10 digs and senior Katie Cheng, whose most recent prep volleyball match was more than 29 months ago, as a sophomore on the JV team, added nine digs.

Senior Sophia Krugler also played a huge role, recording seven kills, four digs and two aces. Seven different players made their varsity debuts for the Vikings in the rivalry matchup.

Much of the girls volleyball season was wiped away due to state restrictions, and Paly’s first two matches were cancelled due to the time required for all schools to set up appropriate testing procedures for their student-athletes once the state did approve indoor sports.

“A few significant decisions over the last couple months have given badminton and girls volleyball athletes the short end of the stick, but we can’t change any of that,” Paly coach Chris Crader said. I’m just grateful that our players, and especially our seniors, are getting the opportunity to represent their school in the sport they love, even if it’s only for a very short time.”

Palo Alto hosts Monta Vista on Monday in the Peery Center at 7:15 p.m. The Viking freshman team will also open their season Monday, hosting Milpitas at 4:30. Spectators are not allowed.

Palo Alto’s JV team (1-0) also won, fighting back to claim a dramatic 19-25, 25-15, 16-14 decision.

Baseball

Senior Tommy Eisenstat doubled twice and drove in two runs but visiting Sacred Heart Cathedral scored four runs in the top of the seventh inning to beat Menlo-Atherton in a nonleague game Saturday, April 3, 2021

The Bears (0-2) carried a lead or were tied into the final inning for the second straight game. M-A’s Max Coupe walked to open the bottom of the seventh and scored on Eisenstat’s second double.

M-A’s Reno DiBono doubled in a pair of runs in the third. Sean Quinton did not allow an earned run in three innings. He allowed one hit and struck out four.

Menlo-Atherton visits Menlo School in a nonleague game Monday afternoon.

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Gunn boys unbeaten in SCVAL soccer heading into second half

Late rally costs Menlo-Atherton baseball

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Updated: Sun, Apr 4, 2021, 3:47 pm

Seeing Gunn at the top of the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division boys’ soccer standings should be no surprise.

Sure, the Titans competed in the El Camino Division last year, but they also won the Central Coast Section Division I title, becoming the first ‘B’ league champion to win a CCS D-I championship.

While it’s a new team this season, Gunn still has the same drive that led to last year’s achievement. The Titans showed that Saturday morning, beating visiting Los Gatos, 2-0, in a physical contest, to assume control of the division race.

Gunn (5-0-1) has the edge on both Los Gatos (4-2) and Los Altos (3-1-2) heading into the stretch run. The Titans are scheduled to travel for a game against rival Palo Alto on Tuesday night.

Against Los Gatos, sophomore Kevin Landverde scored in the first half following a run from midfield. He got ahead of the Wildcats’ defender to take on the goalie with a low hard strike.

In the second half, Joey Cianfichi converted a penalty kick after Landverde was taken down in the box by the LG goalie, who earned a yellow card in the play, during a drive to the goal.

The Gunn girls, who lost to undefeated Los Gatos, 4-0, hosts Paly Tuesday evening.

Girls' volleyball

Amelia Vugrincic and Thea Enache each recorded 11 kills as Palo Alto beat host Gunn in a Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division girls’ volleyball match Friday night.

The Vikings opened the “fall 2020” season 502 days after their last match (in the CIF Division-I NorCal semifinals), winning 25-19, 25-11, 21-25, 25-12.

the Palo Alto girls volleyball team returned to the court with a victory Friday night – venturing a couple miles south to defeat Gunn 25-19, 25-11, 21-25, 25-12. The Vikings are now 1-0 in their SCVAL-De Anza Division-only schedule, while the Titans fall to 0-3.

Olivia Harrison added 10 kills, with a hitting percentage of 714. She added four blocks and an ace. Hailey Callan recorded 30 assists and three aces, hitting .375 with six kills.

Jess Watanabe had 10 digs and senior Katie Cheng, whose most recent prep volleyball match was more than 29 months ago, as a sophomore on the JV team, added nine digs.

Senior Sophia Krugler also played a huge role, recording seven kills, four digs and two aces. Seven different players made their varsity debuts for the Vikings in the rivalry matchup.

Much of the girls volleyball season was wiped away due to state restrictions, and Paly’s first two matches were cancelled due to the time required for all schools to set up appropriate testing procedures for their student-athletes once the state did approve indoor sports.

“A few significant decisions over the last couple months have given badminton and girls volleyball athletes the short end of the stick, but we can’t change any of that,” Paly coach Chris Crader said. I’m just grateful that our players, and especially our seniors, are getting the opportunity to represent their school in the sport they love, even if it’s only for a very short time.”

Palo Alto hosts Monta Vista on Monday in the Peery Center at 7:15 p.m. The Viking freshman team will also open their season Monday, hosting Milpitas at 4:30. Spectators are not allowed.

Palo Alto’s JV team (1-0) also won, fighting back to claim a dramatic 19-25, 25-15, 16-14 decision.

Baseball

Senior Tommy Eisenstat doubled twice and drove in two runs but visiting Sacred Heart Cathedral scored four runs in the top of the seventh inning to beat Menlo-Atherton in a nonleague game Saturday, April 3, 2021

The Bears (0-2) carried a lead or were tied into the final inning for the second straight game. M-A’s Max Coupe walked to open the bottom of the seventh and scored on Eisenstat’s second double.

M-A’s Reno DiBono doubled in a pair of runs in the third. Sean Quinton did not allow an earned run in three innings. He allowed one hit and struck out four.

Menlo-Atherton visits Menlo School in a nonleague game Monday afternoon.

Rick Eymer

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