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Menlo boys closer to division lacrosse title

Sacred Heart Prep wins seventh straight in baseball

The Menlo School boys' lacrosse team pretty much wrapped up the SCVAL De Anza Division title on Saturday night with a 7-3 victory over host Los Gatos. The triumph moved the Knights (11-4 overall) to 7-0 in the division with just three matches remaining.

Only Mountain View, with two losses, is mathematically alive in the division. Menlo visits the Spartans on May 4. However, the Knights can clinch no worse than a tie for the De Anza title by beating host Menlo-Atherton on Tuesday.

Menlo actually trailed Los Gatos after one period, but charged back with a pair of goals to grab a 2-1 halftime lead. The Knights then exploded for four goals in the third quarter to grab a five-goal lead.

Kyle Bullington led the way with three goals with David Lee scoring twice and winning nine of 14 faceoffs. The Knights' defense also was stellar while allowing just eight shots the entire match. Goalie Grant Evans had five saves for Menlo.

Elsewhere during the weekend, Menlo-Atherton (1-6, 4-6) finally got its first division victory with an 11-4 win over Saratoga on Friday as Tommy Cummings scored six goals and Zander Rohn added two. On Saturday, the Bears crushed Priory, 21-6., in an inter-divisional match. Cummings and Pierce Osgood each scored twice for the Bears while Rohn, Ben Burnett, Jai Vaswani, and John Athens all had two goals.

Baseball

Sacred Heart Prep rallied for three runs in the bottom of the seventh to win its seventh straight baseball game, 4-3 over visiting International in a nonleague teston Saturday.

Matt Martella had a two-run single to tie the game and Bryan Munks followed with the game-winning single as the Gators improved to 10-8-1 overall. Ian Lynch got the pitching win after an inning of relief of Pat McNamara, who threw six innings of seven-hit ball. Bryan Kohrs had two hits and drove in the Gators' first run in the sixth.

A day earlier, Sacred Heart Prep improved to 4-0 in the West Bay Athletic League with a 9-0 romp over host Crystal Springs. Cal Baloff, who had been injured since basketball season, made a successful return with three hits and four RBI for the Gators. Ryan Lockareff and Zack Buono each had a pair of hits in support of pitcher Kevin Wilkins (7-0), who tossed six innings of two-hit ball to get the win.

Track and field

Jason McGhee of Menlo-Atherton had the best local performance at the annual Top 8 Invitational on Friday at Los Gatos High as he finished second in the boys' 800 in a season best of 1:54.20. Fellow junior Arnaud Kpachavi of Priory was fifth in a season-best 1:55.55.

Palo Alto senior Philip MacQuitty, who went after the school record in the 3200, came up well short while finishing second in 9:16.06. The time he had hoped to run went to Wes Strum of Pioneer, who won the race in a meet record of 8:59.53. The old meet mark was 9:01.80 by Paly's Mike McCollum in 1981.

Elsewhere, Catherine Carpenter of Menlo-Atherton was fourth in the girls' 400 in 58.45; Palo Alto's Bennie Wlliams was third in boys' high jump at 6 feet; and the Paly girls' 400 relay team clocked a season best of 49.92 while taking sixth. Also, Stanford-bound Katie Nelms of Leland swept the girls' 100 hurdles (14.29) and 300 hurdles (43.90).

Gunn senior Sunny Margerum, who was going to race Nelms in both events, pulled out of her three events (long jump also) in order to rest an ankle injury that had been bothering her.

-- Palo Alto Online Sports

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