Prep report: SHP win to keep status quo in WCAL boys water polo | News

Sacred Heart Prep, Menlo School and Saint Francis all won Wednesday to maintain their spots at the top of the West Catholic Athletic League boys water polo standings.

Will Swart scored four goals, added an assist, and recorded two steals to lead the Gators (8-1, 4-0) past visiting St. Ignatius 17-6.

Goalie Cormac Mulloy led a strong defensive effort with nine saves and four steals as Menlo School (7-4, 3-1) beat Valley Christian 13-10.

Nicholas Verstak scored three goals to lead Saint Francis (10-4, 3-1) to a 10-7 win over Mitty.

Jake Tsotadze and Luke Weigle each added three goals for Sacred Heart Prep, which hosts Campolindo in a non-league contest at 6 p.m. Friday. Nelson Harris and Andrew Spencer each scored twice and Jack Vort had three assists.

Menlo held Valley Christian to three first-half goals in building 7-3 halftime advantage.

Tommy Kiesling and Jack Murad each scored four times for the Knights, who travel to Orange County to play in the prestigious S&R Cup, facing Los Osos in the first round.

“We’re all learning how to play together as the season progresses,” Murad said. “Our training involves a lot of focus and a lot of fun, and we always find a way to bring it back to the focus so we can continue improving.”

Senior co-captain Greg Hilderbrand scored three goals and led the team in assists with four.

“We made some changes in our system following a tough loss,” Menlo coach Jack Bowen said. “It was really great to see the guys so focused in training this week and then bounce back like this against one of our primary league opponents. This is where we want to be as we head to Southern California for four tough tournament matches.”

Valley Christian reached the championship game of the recent Scott Roche Tournament, hosted by Menlo.

Zach Ramans and Andrew Blanco each added a pair of goals for the Lancers, who play at Palo Alto on Saturday at 1 p.m.

In the PAL Ocean Division, Jack Lahnam and Chris McDonald each scored twice but Sequoia fell to division leader Terra Nova 8-4.

Priory beat Capuchino 8-7 at home.

Girls volleyball

Saint Francis snapped a four-match losing streak and threw the WCAL race wide open, beating Mitty 17-25, 25-16, 25-16, 25-21 at home Wednesday.

Combined with St. Ignatius sweep of Valley Christian, there’s a three-way tie for first place among Mitty (16-4, 3-1), SI and the Warriors. St. Francis (9-8, 2-2) is a game off the pace.

Girls water polo

Morgan Newby scored four goals and assisted on two others to help Sacred Heart Prep beat St. Ignatius 17-4 on Wednesday in a WCAL match.

Ashley Penner and Ella Woodhead each added three goals and Charlotte Summe and Natalia Szczerba each added two goals for SHP (11-0, 4-0), which hosts Campolindo at 5 p.m. Friday.

In other WCAL matches, Menlo beat Valley Christian 15-7 and Saint Francis topped Mitty 13-5.

Menlo is entered in the Granite Bay Classic this weekend.

Girls golf

Catherine Chu earned medalist honors with a round of 1-over 38 but Gunn fell to Lynbrook 216-217 at Baylands Golf Links on Wednesday.

Alanna Lee shot a 41, Athina Chen fired a 44, Stephanie Yang came in with a 46 and Namya Kasturi shot 48 for the Titans, who are in third place at the midway point of the SCVAL De Anza Division schedule. Palo Alto is in first and Lynbrook is second.

Gunn and Palo Alto meet Thursday at Baylands.

In a West Bay Athletic League match at San Jose Muni, Sacred Heart Prep downed Notre Dame San Jose 227-275 as Mischa Chaikovsky earned medalist honors with a round of 42. She was followed by Neha Lalia (44), Hannah Lindquist (46), Claire Duchesne (47) and Natasha Bamdad (48).

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