Although his Lancers went into last week’s Central Coast Section championships as three-time defending champs, St. Francis High girls golf coach Phil Marrone said he was “not expecting a cakewalk.”
It was far from it. St. Francis shot 396, finishing second to Palo Alto by five strokes Oct. 31 at Laguna Seca Golf Ranch in Monterey.
Although the Lancers’ reign as the top team in CCS is over, their season isn’t. St. Francis still qualified for the Northern California championships, held Monday (after the Town Crier’s press deadline) at Sierra View Country Club in Roseville.
Sophomore Doodle Yuen and senior Maya Pugatch paced St. Francis at CCS, tying for 12th. They each shot a 5-over-par 76.
Menlo senior Sophie Siminoff, a Los Altos Hills resident, earned the fourth and final individual berth in NorCal. She shot a 74.
Los Altos’ Maddie Jun was the other local golfer to finish in the top 20. The junior shot a 77, tying for 18th. Sophomore teammate Caris Kim shot an 80 for 34th.
Mountain View’s Reeya Vasishta tied for 44th with an 84.
“She played pretty well,” Spartans coach Jim McGuirk said of the sophomore. “She struggled on the first hole and then made a nice recovery.”
Los Altos won its first playoff game in more than a decade – 2-1 over Leigh in last week’s second round of CCS – but the Eagles weren’t able to make it two in a row. Undefeated Gilroy beat visiting Los Altos 1-0 Saturday in the quarterfinals.
Lucy Gilbert-Fagen and Lisa Larsson scored in the Eagles’ home victory over Leigh.
Los Altos went 16-3 overall.
St. Francis shut out St. Ignatius 2-0 in Saturday’s quarterfinals. The Lancers (12-6-2) are slated to face defending CCS champ Los Gatos (16-0) 4:30 p.m. today in the semifinals at Saratoga.
Placing three runners in the top 10, the Los Altos boys claimed the SCVAL El Camino Division championship meet Oct. 31 at Crystal Springs in Belmont. Owen MacKenzie led the Eagles with a second-place time of 15 minutes, 30 seconds, Adam Sage came in third (15:53) and Rian Lawlor was seventh (16:20).
Los Altos, which topped runner-up Palo Alto by five points, is bound for the CCS meet scheduled Saturday at Toro Park in Salinas. Mountain View just missed CCS by placing fifth, but Daniel Frees qualified individually with a fourth-place time of 16:03.
The Mountain View and Los Altos girls both made CCS – the Spartans placed third and the Eagles fourth at the league meet. Naomi Donovan paced Los Altos with a second-place time of 18:39. Mountain View’s Serena Myjer took third (18:52.4) and Shannon Gould was ninth (20:12.4).
The St. Francis boys and girls teams are also headed to CCS after strong showings at the WCAL meet held Nov. 1 at Crystal Springs. The boys won their race and the girls placed second.
The St. Francis boys’ combined time of 76:20 is the third-fastest time on the Crystal Springs course. All seven runners finished in the top 10, from second to eighth place: Shyam Kumar (14:47.0), Colton Colonna (15:02.4), Daniel Skahill (15:28.8), Eric Eng (15:30.4), Juan Pablo Garcia (15:31.4), Aiden Maddison (15:49.9) and Mason Elefant (15:52.1).
On the girls side, two Lancers placed in the top 10: Madeleine Coli (fifth, 19:49.4) and Isabelle Cairns (seventh, 19:56.7).
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Los Altos’ 20-game winning streak came to a crashing end Saturday in the CCS Open Division playoffs. Second-seeded Bellar- mine routed the No. 7 Eagles 11-2 in their home pool.
Los Altos, which came one win away from making next week's Northern California playoffs, finished the season 24-3.
St. Francis, the fifth seed in the Open Division, edged No. 4 Valley Christian 11-9 in Saturday’s quarterfinals at Los Altos. The Lancers (17-8) are slated to host top seed Sacred Heart Prep (22-4) 7 p.m. today in the semifinals.
In the CCS Division I quarterfinals Saturday, No. 5 Mountain View (20-7) fell at home to No. 4 Willow Glen by a 13-6 score.
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Top-seeded Mountain View (16-8) crushed visiting No. 8 Fremont (14-3) 14-5 Saturday in the CCS Division I quarterfinals.
The Spartans were scheduled to play No. 5 Palo Alto (11-17) in Tuesday’s semifinals.
No. 2 Los Altos (12-10) cruised to a 12-4 home victory over No. 7 Christopher (13-7) Saturday in the quarterfinals. The Eagles were scheduled to meet No. 6 Mitty (9-17) Tuesday in the semifinals.
In the CCS Open Division quarterfinals, No. 4 St. Francis squeaked by No. 5 Castilleja 7-6 Saturday. The Lancers (17-8) were set to meet top seed Leland (24-3) in Tuesday’s semifinals.
Fifth-seeded Los Altos fell in four sets at No. 4 Salinas Saturday in the CCS Division I quarterfinals. The Eagles, who swept visiting No. 12 Evergreen Valley in second-round action Nov. 1, finished the season 18-17.
St. Francis, the third seed in the Open Division, edged visiting No. 6 Palo Alto in five sets Saturday in the quarterfinals. The Lancers (22-12) were slated to meet No. 2 St. Ignatius (30-7) Tuesday in the semifinals at Palo Alto.