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Menlo boys place third at Scott Roche water polo tournament

La Jolla claimed the team trophy of the Scott Roche Invitational on Saturday. Menlo School had won the previous four years. Photo taken Sept. 11, 2021 by Rick Eymer.

The Menlo School boys water polo team finished third in its own Scott Roche Memorial Invitational on Saturday in Atherton, missing a chance to five-peat in the event.

The Knights lost 9-8 to eventual champion La Jolla in the semifinals on Saturday. They came back to beat Clovis West 17-8 as Greg Hilderbrand scored six goals and recorded four assists. Goalies Cormac Mulloy and Finn Byrne combined for 14 saves.

Jack Murad and Tommy Kiesling each added three goals while Michael Fang scored twice and had three assists.

Jackson Kay scored twice against both La Jolla and Clovis West.

La Jolla beat Valley Christian 17-9 to win the title.

Menlo made it hard for Clovis West to score. Photo taken Sept. 11, 2021` by Rick Eymer.

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Menlo-Atherton lost its first game to Clovis West 8-7 and then rattled off three victories to claim the consolation championship in its home pool.

"It was close throughout," M-A coach Tim Kates said of the Clovis West contest. "I felt we had good control early and the team defense was playing well. They definitely caught us by surprise. Our goal is to learn and that was a good learning experience."

Owen Taylor scored four times in M-A's 16-4 rebound win over Rio Americano. Miles Scherer added three and Julien Montoya two goals.

Montoya followed with five goals as the Bears topped Davis 12-7 on Saturday. Scherer added three goals.

Ofir Podoly scores for Menlo-Atherton. Photo taken Sept. 10, 2021by Rick Eymer.

M-A downed Vista 11-10 in overtime to claim the consolation title.

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The Bears open PAL Bay Division play at Carlmont with a 5 p.m. game Tuesday.

"There are some talented senior players on this team that have the ability to bounce back," Kates said. "Guys like captain Jackson (Garff) are ready to get better."

Goalie Jake Taylor and Montoya share captain duties for the Bears, who won the Central Coast Section Division I title in 2019 (and the JV team went undefeated in league play).

Los Altos dropped an 11-6 decision to Grossmont in the 15th place after losing a 10-9 overtime match to Rio Americano.

The Eagles resume SCVAL De Anza Division play with a home game against Palo Alto on Tuesday.

Nonleague

Gunn lost to visiting St. Francis 16-12 on Friday.

The Titans (1-1) were led by Rowan Brougham with four goals. Jordan Affeld added three goals.

Gunn returns to action at home Tuesday against Harker at 4:40 pm. The Lancers (1-1) play at Serra on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

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Menlo boys place third at Scott Roche water polo tournament

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Uploaded: Sun, Sep 12, 2021, 9:43 pm

The Menlo School boys water polo team finished third in its own Scott Roche Memorial Invitational on Saturday in Atherton, missing a chance to five-peat in the event.

The Knights lost 9-8 to eventual champion La Jolla in the semifinals on Saturday. They came back to beat Clovis West 17-8 as Greg Hilderbrand scored six goals and recorded four assists. Goalies Cormac Mulloy and Finn Byrne combined for 14 saves.

Jack Murad and Tommy Kiesling each added three goals while Michael Fang scored twice and had three assists.

Jackson Kay scored twice against both La Jolla and Clovis West.

La Jolla beat Valley Christian 17-9 to win the title.

Menlo-Atherton lost its first game to Clovis West 8-7 and then rattled off three victories to claim the consolation championship in its home pool.

"It was close throughout," M-A coach Tim Kates said of the Clovis West contest. "I felt we had good control early and the team defense was playing well. They definitely caught us by surprise. Our goal is to learn and that was a good learning experience."

Owen Taylor scored four times in M-A's 16-4 rebound win over Rio Americano. Miles Scherer added three and Julien Montoya two goals.

Montoya followed with five goals as the Bears topped Davis 12-7 on Saturday. Scherer added three goals.

M-A downed Vista 11-10 in overtime to claim the consolation title.

The Bears open PAL Bay Division play at Carlmont with a 5 p.m. game Tuesday.

"There are some talented senior players on this team that have the ability to bounce back," Kates said. "Guys like captain Jackson (Garff) are ready to get better."

Goalie Jake Taylor and Montoya share captain duties for the Bears, who won the Central Coast Section Division I title in 2019 (and the JV team went undefeated in league play).

Los Altos dropped an 11-6 decision to Grossmont in the 15th place after losing a 10-9 overtime match to Rio Americano.

The Eagles resume SCVAL De Anza Division play with a home game against Palo Alto on Tuesday.

Nonleague

Gunn lost to visiting St. Francis 16-12 on Friday.

The Titans (1-1) were led by Rowan Brougham with four goals. Jordan Affeld added three goals.

Gunn returns to action at home Tuesday against Harker at 4:40 pm. The Lancers (1-1) play at Serra on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

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