Castilleja grabs control of WBAL golf race


Castilleja shared the 2010 West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division) girls' golf title with Sacred Heart Prep after the teams split their two regular-season matches. Castilleja has begun the 2011 the same way and yet another showdown could be in store.

The Gators, who won the first meeting with SHP last season, cruised to an 18-stroke victory over Sacred Heart on Wednesday, 220-238, at Palo Alto Hills Golf & Country Club. The teams will meet again on Oct. 10 with the league title most likely at stake.

Castilleja (2-0, 3-0) was paced by freshman Chloe Sales with a steady one birdie, one bogey round of even-par 35. The rest of the team played well to post the lowest team total of the year so far for Castilleja. Caroline Debs shot 43, Ellie Zales had a 46, Taylor Wilkerson finished with 47 and Danielle Mitchell wrapped up the scoring with a 49.

The current top six players on Castilleja's roster consist of two freshmen, three sophomores and a junior.

"So," said Castilleja coach Jim Miller, "we are really excited about the rest of this season and also about the future of our program."

Sacred Heart Prep (3-1) was led by senior Shelby Soltau with a 42 while fellow senior Rachael Henry struggled to a 47 along with Kennedy Shields. Emma Dake finished with a 48.

Also at Palo Alto Hills on Wednesday, Menlo School evened its season record with a 241-287 victory over Mercy- Burlingame in West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division) action. Caroline Broderick of Menlo shared medalist honors with Miranda Wiss of Mercy as both shot 44. Chandler Wickers of Menlo posted a 45 on the par-35 front nine. Other scores that contributed to the winning total were Christina Schwab and Andy Mendez Leal with 50 and Ellie Still with 52. Menlo next plays defending co-champ Castilleja at Palo Alto Hills on Monday.

Girls' tennis

Caroline Nordman bounced back from a first-set loss to pull out a 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 victory at No. 1 singles to help host Sacred Heart Prep (6-0) clinch a 4-3 nonleague victory over visiting Burlingame on Wednesday.

Girls' volleyball

Senior Jesse Ebner had 16 kills and four blocks as Sacred Heart Prep won its fourth straight match with a 25-18, 21-25, 25-15, 25-22 nonleague triumph over visiting Notre Dame-Belmont on Wednesday. Senior Sarah Daschbach added 14 kills, 15 digs and five aces for the Gators (10-3).

In Palo Alto, senior outside hitter Hannah Boland had nine kills to spark Castilleja to a 25-23, 25-17, 25-7 nonleague victory over visiting St. Thomas More. It was the second straight victory in as many days for the Gators (10-5), who'll compete in the D5 NorCal Showcase on Saturday at City College of San Francisco.

Boys' water polo

Goalie Will Runkel came up with a career-high 26 saves to help Sacred Heart Prep remain unbeaten in the West Catholic Athletic League with a 15-7 victory over host St. Ignatius on Wednesday. Michael Holloway led the Gators (2-0, 3-3) with six goals. SHP was coming off a tough 1-3 finish in the Santa Barbara Tournament that included losses to the No. 1 Division IV and III teams in the Southern Section.

Girls' water polo

Senior Erin Sheridan poured in five goals to pace host Sacred Heart Prep to a 12-4 victory over St. Ignatius in a West Catholic Athletic League girls' water polo match on Wednesday. Clare Rudolph and Pippa Temple added two goals apiece for the Gators (2-0, 4-2), who next will compete in the annual Amanda MacDonald Invitational at Menlo School on Friday and Saturday.

Also competing in the MacDonald tourney will be Palo Alto, which tuned up with a 12-2 nonleague victory over visiting Castilleja (2-3) on Wednesday night. Senior Skylar Dorosin led the Vikings (4-3) with five goals with Shannon Scheel and Emma Wolfe adding two goals apiece.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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