Follmar races to second at CCS
x-country finals
By Dick Sparrer
Alicia Follmar could have won just about the title in four of the five divisions at the Central Coast Section cross country finals last Saturday. Unfortunately, the Saratoga junior runs in the same division as Presentation senior sensations Melissa Grelli.

Grelli covered the 2.95­mile course at Crystal Springs in Belmont in 17:55 to win the CCS Division III championship. In the process, the talented senior star posted the best girls time of the day.

Follmar gave Grelli a run for her money, finishing 18 seconds back in 18:13. Her time was also better than any time recorded in girls competition at CCS.

While Grelli set the pace for the day with her 17:55, Marie Nguyen of Milpitas won Division I in 18:26, Tori Tyler of Gunn took Division II in 18:44, Stephanie Hamilton of San Lorenzo Valley was tops in Division IV in 18:59 and Tomi Amos of Castilleja was first in Division V in 18:53.

In boys competition, Jeremy Mineau of Menlo Atherton set the pace with his Division I­winning time of 15:03. Monta Vista junior Jason Yow was second in the division in 15:30.

Rounding out the list of boys winners were Kyle Shackleton of Carlmont (Division II, 15:35), Nathan Huerta of North Monterey (Division III, 15:39), Alex Dunn of San Lorenzo Valley (Division IV, 15:04) and Jack Welch of Redwood Christian (Division V, 15:30).

Grelli's winning effort sparked the Panthers to a second-place finish in Division III behind St. Ignatius. The Wildcats finished with 56 points to 82 for the Panthers. Burlingame was third at 91.

Senior Rachel Foust supported Follmar's effort, finishing 25th for the Falcons in 20:38.

In the boys Division III finals, junior Hari Subramaniam was 11th in 16:25 to lead Saratoga to an 11th-place team finish. Senior Steve Surrette was 50th in 17:56.

Freshman MayC Huang was fourth in 19:13 to lead the Lynbrook girls to a team fifth in the Division II race. Senior Aya Wakabayashi was ninth in 20:02 for the Vikings with sophomore Christina Liao 30th in 21:04, senior Sasoon Kim 32nd in 21:13 and senior Aga Goslicka 47th in 21:44.

Homestead freshman Rishi Agrawal was 35th in the boys Division II event in 17:20 with Westmont sophomore Michael Pickens 36th in 17:24, Lynbrook junior Luis Jensen 40th in 17:30 and Cupertino junior David Rabinowitz 42nd in 17:32.

In the Division IV girls finals, Beckie Palm of Prospect raced to a spot in the top 10. The junior was ninth in 19:44 with teammate Jenny Kocisko, a sophomore, 37th in 21:40.

Girls tennis

Saratoga opened the CCS girls tennis tournament with a 7-0 win over Wilcox before getting washed out of a Friday date against Pinewood because of a rainstorm. Saratoga and Pinewood were to meet on Monday in the CCS quarterfinals with the winner to advance to the semifinals on Tuesday. The CCS title match is set for Nov. 19, 2 p.m., at Courtside.

Serena Lin and Katie Wittwer won at No. 1 and 2 singles to start the Falcons on the road to the win over the Chargers. The Falcons improved to 18-5 for the year with the victory.

Following the team tournament, top singles and doubles players will advance to the CCS tourney beginning Nov. 24 at Courtside.

Jovana Pavisic of Prospect will be in the CCS singles field, opening up against Kristen Lee of Robert Louis Stevenson.

Field hockey

Saratoga lost 1-0 to Monta Vista to face elimination from the CCS field hockey playoffs. The Falcons finished the year with a 14-3-1 record.

Westmont drew defending CCS champion Los Gatos in the first round of the CCS field hockey playoffs and lost 8-1 to the Wildcats. Junior mid Courtney Schembri scored the lone goal for Westmont.

The Warriors finished the year with a 13-2-1 record. Seniors playing their last game for the Warriors were Ashley Hendricks, Nichol Repucci, Lesley Makishima and Brianne Johnson. Schembri tops a list of juniors that included Lisa Darola, Kristen Scheff, Ashley Garcia, Megan Higbeek, Chelsea Dunton, Johanna Publicover, Michelle McLellan, Krystal Wahl and Jessica Gardner. Sophomores were Lynley Takaki, Jennifer Scott, Katie Wahl and Erica King.

Girls volleyball

The Saratoga girls volleyball team's brilliant 2003 season came to an abrupt end on Saturday afternoon when the Falcons lost a five-game heartbreaker to Santa Cruz in the CCS Division III playoffs.

The Falcons, who entered the playoffs with a sensational 30-1 record, lost 25-23, 26-28, 9-25, 25-22, 16-4 to Santa Cruz. The Cardinals will go on to play Presentation in the CCS semifinals. Bryte Nielson pounded 22 kills in the match.

The Westmont girls volleyball team opened the CCS division II playoffs with a thrilling 25-20, 22-25, 22-25, 25-23, 25-9 victory over Lynbrook, but the Warriors lost 25-10, 25-14, 25-20 to powerhouse Mitty last Saturday to fall out of the field.

Senior middle blocker Kailani Swenson led the way with 11 kills for the Warriors in the win over the Vikings. Senior outside hitter Megan Merrill had eight kills, but Westmont lost to Mitty. The Monarchs, 28-3 for the year, go on to play Leland.

Westmont finished the season with a 24-14 record overall. Along with Swenson and Merrill, seniors playing their last match for the Warriors were Janie Mandrusov, Joohee Cho, Miranda Johnson, Sara Fitch and Estee Robinson. Rounding out the squad were juniors Anna Linduska, Lindsay Guillen, Kathryn Obermeyer and Katrina Parik, sophomores Ashley Britton, Sami Horn and Amy Harmer and freshmen Shelby Anderson and Kelley Fleck.

Lynbrook opened the CCS Division II volleyball playoffs with a tough 25-20, 22-25, 22-25, 25-23, 25-9 loss to Westmont. The Vikings were led by junior outside hitter Jessica Buffum, who finished the night with 16 kills.