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SHP girls qualify for CCS golf tournament

 

Sacred Heart Prep earned an at-large berth into the Central Coast Section girls' golf tournament during the West Bay Athletic League Championships/CCS Qualifier on Wednesday at Poplar Creek Golf Course in San Mateo.

The Gators posted their lowest team score of the season (415) to earn a return trip to CCS, set for next Tuesday at Rancho CaƱada East Golf Course in Carmel Valley.

Castilleja also shot a CCS qualifying score (435), but it wasn't needed since the Gators already had earned a spot in the section field by virtue of their undefeated record in round-robin league play.

Wake Forest-bound Rachael Henry led all scorers and paced SHP with a steady three-birdie, five-bogey round of 73 on the par-71 layout. The Gators also got solid rounds from seniors Kennedy Shields (77) and Shelby Soltau (81). Jayshree Sarathy of Gunn finished second with a 75.

Freshman Chloe Sales, the WBAL Player of the Year, turned in the low score (80) for Castilleja. Junior Taylor Wilkerson and sophomore Caroline Debs from Castilleja also qualified as individuals for the CCS tournament.

In all, 13 players qualified for the CCS individual tournament that runs concurrently with the team tournament on Tuesday.

Girls' volleyball

The Menlo School girls' volleyball team topped visiting Mercy-San Francisco in a West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division) match Wednesday. The Knights (6-2, 20-6) reached the 20-victory mark after the 23-25, 25-18, 25-17, 25-18 victory.

For Menlo, junior Maddy Frappier tallied 17 kills, sophomore Maddie Huber had 14 kills and seven digs. Freshman Elisa Merten had 40 assists and 17 digs. Junior Emma Thygesen registered eight kills and sophomore Melissa Cairo logged 15 digs. Senior Natalie Roy pitched in with 10 digs and four aces.

Boys' water polo

Getting two goals each from four different players, Sacred Heart Prep earned a three-way tie for first place in the West Catholic Athletic League with a 9-4 victory over Serra to end the regular season on Wednesday.

The Gators finished 5-1 in league (14-10 overall) and tied with St. Francis and Bellarmine. SHP beat the Lancers but lost to the Bells while St. Francis upset Bellarmine last week. Will Runkel had 15 saves in goal for SHP, giving him 90 in the past five matches.

Harrison Enright, Mackey McGibben, Kyle Koenig and Max McKelvy all scored twice for the Gators.

SHP was part of a coin flip on Thursday morning to decide the top three seeds for next week's WCAL Tournament, which will wrap up at SHP on Nov. 5 with the title match at 7 p.m. Gators' coach Brian Kreutzkamp, in his seventh year as head coach, said he'd never seen a three-way coin flip to decide the seedings.

In the PAL Bay Division, Menlo-Atherton (3-1, 11-10) got five goals from Zach Deal in a lopsided 21-1 victory over visiting Sequoia on Wednesday.

Girls' water polo

Sacred Heart Prep wrapped up an undefeated season in the WCAL with a 16-1 blasting of Notre Dame-Belmont on Wednesday at Serra High. Senior Clare Rudolph scored for goals to pace the Gators (6-0, 17-3), which will get a bye into next week's WCAL Tournament and most likely will play for the title in their own pool on Nov. 5 at 5:30 p.m.

Sacred Heart, along with M-A, will host the NorCal Championships on Friday and Saturday. The No. 4-seeded Gators will host No. 13 Acalanes on Friday at 1:05 p.m. The championship match is Saturday at 5 p.m., also at SHP.

In the PAL Bay Division, Menlo-Atherton clinched no worse than a tie for the regular-season league title with a 16-0 blasting of visiting Sequoia on Wednesday. The Bears (4-0, 10-8) need only to beat host Aragon on Tuesday to wrap up the title.

Against Sequoia, the Bears grabbed a 7-0 halftime lead and coasted. Seniors Charlotte McMillan and Danielle Flanagan each scored three goals while goalie Sierra Sheeper had eight saves and senior Carol Fornaciari came up with three steals while Gran added four assists.

Menlo-Atherton next will play in the NorCal Championships on Friday, taking a No. 10 seed against No. 7 Clovis on Friday (1:05 p.m.) in the Bears' pool.

2011 NORCAL WATER POLO CHAMPIONSHIPS

FRIDAY

At Sacred Heart Prep

Game 1 -- St. Francis (Sacramento) vs. Castilleja, 10:55 a.m.

Game 3 -- Los Altos vs. Monte Vista (Danville), noon

Game 5 -- Sacred Heart Prep vs. Acalanes, 1:05 p.m.

Game 7 -- Campolindo vs. Clovis West, 2:10 p.m.

Game 9 -- Loser 1 vs. loser 3, 3:15 p.m.

Game 11 -- Winner 1 vs. winner 3, 4:20 p.m.

Game 13 -- Loser 5 vs. loser 7, 5:25 p.m.

Game 15 -- Winner 5 vs. winner 7, 6:30 p.m.

At Menlo-Atherton High

Game 2 -- Las Lomas vs. Rio Americano, noon

Game 4 -- Clovis vs. Menlo-Atherton, 1:05 p.m.

Game 6 -- Davis vs. St. Ignatius, 2:10 p.m.

Game 8 -- St. Francis (Mt. View) vs. St. Mary's, 3:15 p.m.

Game 10 -- Loser 2 vs. loser 4, 4:20 p.m.

Game 12 -- Winner 2 vs. winner 4, 5:25 p.m.

Game 14 -- Loser 6 vs. loser 8, 6:30 p.m.

Game 16 -- Winner 6 vs. winner 8, 7:35 p.m.

SATURDAY

At Sacred Heart Prep

Game 17 -- Loser 11 vs. loser 15, 8:50 a.m.

Game 19 -- Loser 12 vs. loser 16, 10 a.m.

Game 21 -- Winner 11 vs. winner 15 (semifinal), 11:10 a.m.

Game 23 -- Winner 12 vs. winner 16 (semifinal), 12:20 p.m.

Game 25 -- Loser 17 vs. loser 19 (7th place), 1:30 p.m.

Game 27 -- Winner 17 vs. winner 19 (5th place), 2:40 p.m.

Game 29 -- Loser 21 vs. loser 23 (consolation final), 3:50 p.m.

Game 31 -- Winner 212 vs. winner 23 (championship), 5 p.m.

At Menlo-Atherton High

Game 18 -- Loser 9 vs. loser 13, 8:50 a.m.

Game 20 -- Loser 10 vs. loser 14, 10 a.m.

Game 22 -- Winner 9 vs. winner 13, 11:10 a.m.

Game 24 -- Winner 10 vs. winner 14, 12:20 p.m.

Game 26 -- Loser 18 vs. loser 20 (15th place), 1:30 p.m.

Game 28 -- Winner 18 vs. winner 20 (13th place), 2:40 p.m.

Game 30 -- Loser 22 vs. loser 24 (11th place), 3:50 p.m.

Game 32 -- Winner 22 vs. winner 24 (9th place), 5 p.m.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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