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Menlo School boys' golf team aces the day

Knights' Cootsona gets a hole in one during a forfeit victory

Menlo School junior MJ Cootsona registered the first hole in one of his career when he aced the 117-yard par-3 second hole with a wedge on Thursday at Palo Alto Hills Golf and Country Club. The perfect shot, however, didn't factor into a result as the Knights picked up a forfeit over King's Academy, which didn't have enough players for the West Bay Athletic League match.

Menlo went ahead and played, shooting an excellent team score of 183 as junior Patrick Grimes shot a season-best 3-under-par 32. Grimes had four birdies and one bogey in his nine-hole round on the hilly, rolling course. Cootsona used his ace for an even-par 35 while Andrew Buchanan shot 37, Bobby Pender a 38 and Will Petit a 41.

Baseball

Menlo opened its WBAL season with a convincing 13-2 win over host Pinewood on Thursday. The Knights (11-5) jumped out early by scoring 12 runs in the first three innings, keyed by three-run homers by junior Jake Bruml and sophomore Freddy Avis.

Phil Anderson also contributed three RBI on two singles. On the mound Bruml, picked up his second win of the year by throwing four innings before junior Kamyaar Butt came to shut down the Panthers over the final three innings.

Girls' lacrosse

Menlo has finished the first half of its West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division) season and, to no one's surprise, the Knights are sitting atop the standings. That position was secured with a 21-8 blasting of host Burlingame on Thursday as freshman Michaela Michael scored eight goals and senior Maggie Brown added five for the Knights (4-0, 11-3).

Meeting for the first time this season, Menlo took control quickly and early by scoring six unanswered goals in the opening seven minutes. The Knights played hard, focused lacrosse for 50 minutes and maintained their lead for the duration of the game. Menlo led 14-3 at halftime, and was in good form for the whole game. Scoring was spread out among seven Menlo players and nine of 21 were assisted goals (a possible game-and season-high record for the team).

Brown and Michaela accounted for 16 points as they combined for three assists and 13 goals. Senior Mila Sheeline added three goals as she converted all three of her shot attempts. Rebecca Belding and Charlotte Pratt accounted for Burlingame's scoring.

Menlo next competes in the annual Paly-hosted Western States Invitational at Treasure Island on Saturday. Menlo was the division champion in 2008, the last time the Knights participated in the event.

Boys' lacrosse

The Menlo-Atherton boys' lacrosse team got a little closer, but still fell to Burlingame for the second time this season after an 11-9 defeat on Thursday. Tommy Cummings and Drew Uphoff led the Bears with three goals apiece. Freshman goalie played his first full game and made some solid saves.

Softball

Castilleja bounced back from its first WBALeague loss of the season to hand visiting Pinewood an embarrassing 15-0 loss in just three innings on Thursday. The game was halted by the 10-run mercy rule. The Gators (4-1, 9-6-2) got a three-inning, eight-strikeout no-hitter from senior Sammy Albanese. Junior Mia Taper had a double and four RBI while sophomore Aryana Yee had two doubles and drove in three runs, with teammate Gina Freehling having two doubles, a triple and driving in a pair of runs.

Boys' tennis

Menlo-Atherton clinched no worse than a tie for its second straight PAL Bay Division title with a 7-0 romp over visiting San Mateo on Thursday. The Bears improved to 10-0 in league (14-0 overall) and can win the league crown outright next week.

In the WBAL, Menlo didn't bring its strongest lineup to Sacred Heart Prep on Thursday, but the Knights didn't need to as they cruised to a 7-0 victory. None of Menlo's top four singles players took the court, but their replacements – Andrew Ball, Andrew Carlisle, Daniel Morkovine and Kyle Sum -- fared quite well as all four won with only one match going to a third set. Menlo improved to 11-0 in league with one match remaining (18-0 overall), while the Gators fell to 7-3 (8-7).

Boys' swimming

With David Culpan and Tom Kremer turning in some of the fastest times in school history and Philip Bamberg winning two events, Sacred Heart Prep swamped visiting King's Academy (126-43) and Menlo (133-36) in WBAL dual-meet action on Thursday.

Culpan won the 100 back in 54.97, ranking him No. 4 in school history while Kremer took the 100 breast in 1:03.33 and now ranks No. 5 in the event while Culpan is No. 6 after finishing second. Bamberg took the 50 fre (22.97) and 100 free (50.25) in good times while Kremer won the 200 free in 1:42.96, one of the fastest times in the CCS this season. Bamberg and Culpan also swam legs on two winning relay teams.

In the PAL Bay Division, Menlo-Atherton swept the relays and added three other individual victories to remain unbeaten with a 122-64 swamping of host Aragon on Thursday. The Bears had no double winners, but powered to three important relay victories to help pile up the points. Kei Masuda (500 free) swam on two winning relays as did Nick Henze (100 fly) as the Bears improved to 3-0.

Girls' swimming

Senior Katie Howard, sophomore Erin Sheridan and freshman Erica Myers all won two individual events to help carry Sacred Heart Prep to a pair of dual-meet victories on Thursday, as well. The Gators defeated King's Academy, 139-54, and toppled rival Menlo, 139-19.

Howard took the 200 IM (2:21.42) and 100 fly (1:03.44), Sheridan took the 50 free (25.63) and 100 free (55.69) while Myers got a new CCS cut in the 500 free (5:27.20) in addition to winning the 100 back in 1:05.27. All three added legs on two winning relay teams each as the Gators captured every event.

In the PAL Bay Division, senior Sarah Winters and Vanessa Lane each won two individual events and swam on two winning relays as Menlo-Atherton maintained its perfect record atop the standings with a 116-52 dual-meet victory over host Aragon Thursday. Winters won the 50 free in 26.19 and the 500 free in 5:13.36, while Lane took the 200 free (2:06.53) and 100 free (59.92). Both swam on two winning relays, as well.

-- Palo Alto Online Sports

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