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SHP and Menlo all set for a big golf rematch

First-place Gators and second-place Knights

The Sacred Heart Prep boys' golf team accomplished quite a bit with a 201-231 victory over Crystal Springs on Monday in a West Bay Athletic League dual match at the par-36 Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club. The Gators (9-0, 11-0) clinched no worse than a tie for the league crown while wrapping up a berth in the Central Coast Section regional tournament in two weeks.

Sophomores Kevin Knox and Andrew Vetter led the Gators with 2-over 38s while Anthony Tran added a 40 for SHP, which will take on second-place Menlo (8-1) on Wednesday at Palo Alto Hills Country Club to decide the league title. The Knights' only loss is to SHP this season and they can earn a share of the WBAL title with a victory, weather permitting.

Menlo, meanwhile, set the stage for a shot at tying for the WBAL title following a 193-202 victory over visiting Harker on Monday at the par-35 Menlo Country Club. The Knights lost their previous meeting with the Gators by just one stroke. Junior Patrick Grimes led Menlo with a 1-over 36 on Monday while freshman Andrew Buchanan and junior Bobby Pender both shot 3-over 38s.

Baseball

Sacred Heart Prep's seven-game win streak came to a crashing halt on Monday as the Gators dropped a 16-9 nonleague decision to visiting Mills.

Sacred Heart Prep (10-9-1) certainly had enough runs to win as Cal Baloff had four RBI while Charlie Moran (triple) and Zack Buono (double) provided extra-base hits. Ian Lynch had four stolen bases and SHP even grabbed a 4-0 lead after one inning. Mills, however, put up nine runs in the second and five more in the third to make it a rout.

Sacred Heart Prep will put its 4-0 record in West Bay Athletic League play on the line Wednesday (weather permitting) against visiting Harker at 4 p.m.

Girls' lacrosse

Castilleja traded goals with host Burlingame in the first five minutes of play before the Panthers pulled away for a 20-5 victory in WBAL (Foothill Division) action on Monday. The Gators, who fell to 1-4 in league (4-5 overall), got two goals from Stephanie Merenbach. Burlingame improved to 5-1 in league (10-2 overall) to remain just a game back of first-place Menlo.

Softball

Palo Alto's title hopes in the SCVAL De Anza Division took a big hit on Monday as the Vikings gave up a two-run triple in the sixth and dropped a 3-1 decision to visiting Mountain View. Palo Alto fell to 2-3 in league (13-5 overall) while Mountain View remained atop the standings at 6-1 (11-8).

Palo Alto senior pitcher Kelly Jenks allowed just four hits while striking out 13, but it was Felicia Baldwin's two-run triple that did her in. The Spartans had taken a 1-0 lead in the first, but Paly tied it in the second when Jenks singled, stole second and took third on an overthrow. Jenks came all the way around to score when the overthrown ball to center got by the centerfielder for another error.

In the PAL Ocean Division, Menlo-Atherton won a slugfest with visiting Alma Heights, 12-11, on Monday in nonleague action. The Bears (5-14) banged out 10 hits in the game, which saw both teams combine for 13 errors. Monica Vasquez produced the game-winning RBI in the bottom of the seventh.

Tami Vujovich drove in four runs and pitched the final 1 2/3 innings to get the victory. Mariella Matute had three hits for the Bears while teammate Katie Vallarino added two hits and two RBI. Hannah Rosenfeld also had two RBI for M-A.

Boys' tennis

Menlo-Atherton finished off its finest regular season in program history with a 7-0 nonleague victory over host St. Francis at Cuesta Park on Monday. The Bears finished 18-0, their first unbeaten regular season ever.

Senior Alec Haley led the way once again at the top of the singles ladder with a 6-2, 6-1 victory. Fellow senior Alden Mitchell battled for a 6-3, 3-5, 10-4 triumph while sophomore Nick Oliver (6-4, 6-1) and freshman Richie Sarwal (6-4, 6-2) finished off the singles sweep at No. 3 and 4, respectively. The Bears now await the CCS seeding meeting this weekend, with the section playoffs set to begin next week.

In the SCVAL De Anza Division, Gunn finished the regular season with its eighth-straight victory, a 4-3 triumph over visiting Palo Alto on Monday. The match, which started last week but was delayed by rain, resumed with only two matches remaining to be finished. Gunn's Clifton Wolak, who was leading in his match with Chase Cooper, finished off his Paly rival, 7-6, 6-1, to clinch the triumph.

Gunn finished the regular season 8-4 in league (14-6 overall), tying Palo Alto (8-4, 13-6) for second place. Both teams will be represented in the SCVAL De Anza Division Individual Tournament scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday on the Paly courts.

-- Palo Alto Online Sports

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