The Central Coast Section water polo tournaments once again will be filled with nearly every local team following the opening round of league playoffs on Thursday. Qualifying were the Gunn, Palo Alto, and Sacred Heart Prep boys and girls.
The Gunn and Palo Alto girls both posted victories at the SCVAL De Anza Division playoffs and will face each other in the semifinals on Friday (4:15 p.m.) in the Titans' pool. In the other semifinal, top-seeded Los Altos will face Los Gatos. The winners will meet in the championship match on Saturday, also at Gunn, at 6:20 p.m.
Gunn's sister tandem of junior Elizabeth Anderson and freshman Caroline Anderson proved to be too much for Saratoga as the Titans (20-4) rolled to a 20-5 victory. Elizabeth tallied six goals and Caroline five, as did junior Rachel Acker.
Palo Alto got four goals from juniors Skylar Dorosin and three from Rachel Harrus in a 14-8 triumph over Homestead. Anna Glaves and Haley Conner, both seniors, added two goals each for the Vikings.
At the West Catholic Athletic League semifinals at St. Francis High, regular-season champion Sacred Heart Prep dunked Presentation, 12-2, to advance to Saturday's championship match at SHP at 6 p.m. The Gators will play St. Francis, a 6-4 winner over St. Ignatius, for the title.
Erin Sheridan and Pippa Temple each tallied three goals for the Gators (22-3) while Emily Parsons and Sarah Westcott added two each. Senior goalie Catherine Donahoe had 15 saves.
Following the girls' title match on Saturday will be another Sacred Heart Prep-St. Francis showdown in the boys' finale at 7:30 p.m.
Regular-season champ St. Francis defeated Serra, 8-5, while SHP edged Bellarmine, 9-8, in semifinals on Thursday. Philip Bamberg tallied five goals while fellow senior Robert Dunlevie added three, with sophomore goalie Will Runkel coming up with 13 saves for the Gators.
In the SCVAL De Anza Division playoffs at Palo Alto High, Gunn and Palo Alto both advanced with solid wins on Thursday.
The third-seeded Vikings (12-13) earned a CCS berth with a 17-6 dunking of No. 6 Los Gatos as senior Ken Wattana and sophomore Quinn Rockwell each tossed in four goals. Senior Jack Smale scored three times to help the Vikings advance to Friday's semifinals against Monta Vista at 4:50 p.m.
Fourth-seeded Gunn will play No. 1 Los Altos in the other semifinal at 6:10 p.m., following a 12-10 quarterfinal win over No. 5 Homestead. Ben Hendricks tallied five goals to lead Gunn.
Friday's winners will advance to the championship match on Saturday at 6 p.m. The third-place match at Paly will take place at 4:40 p.m.