Sports

Local girls will be busy with national hoop tournaments

A number of local girls will be busy playing basketball this summer at various national tournaments after qualifying for those trips at the recent AAU Pacific District Championships earlier this month in Reno, Nev.

The Paye's Place 2017 girls won their division after compiling a 5-0 record against teams from Utah, Palo Alto, Redding and Modesto. The team, which includes players from Menlo School and Menlo-Atherton, is comprised of DeÃJeane Stine, Sam Erisman, Ilana Baer, Mimi Shen, Megan Sparrow, Ofa Sili, Sala Langi, and Ani Uikilifi. The coaches are John Paye and Paulo Langi.

The Paye's Place fifth-grade team, named Undisputed, also went undefeated at the district championships and qualified for AAU Nationals this June 20-25 in Greensboro, N.C. Team members, some of which are from Palo Alto and Menlo Park, include Rachel Benedick, Caitlyn Dulsky, Tejal Gupta, Natalya Hotovec, Alexis Jackson, Jacqueline Kurland, Maeia Makoni, Danielle McNair, Georgia Paye, Jillian Stewart and Porsche Trinidad. Coaches are Phillip Trinidad and John Paye.

Advancing the 2014 AAU Girls Basketball National Tournament in Orlando, Fla., is the California Crush, a third-grade team based in Menlo Park/Atherton. The Crush recently won their division, as well, in Reno. That earned the team a trip to the national tournament set for July 2-5. Team members include Ava Martin, Erica Fenyo, Ava Merlino, Jayci Brumm, Delaney Ball, Natalie Westermann, Jamie Adams, Sydney Burnett, Ellie Hardegree, Grace, Hoang, Annie Hopkins, Jensen, Helena Warner, and Kaia Corona-Gelormini. The coaches are Josh Brumm and Adam Hopkins.

Baseball

Palo Alto Babe Ruth Baseball will celebrate the start of its 60th year with its annual Opening Day ceremony on Saturday at Baylands Athletic Center at 2 p.m.

The day will begin with one game at noon (Ada's Cafe vs. Old Pro 15U) and continue with games at 4 p.m. (Goetz Brothers vs. Menlo Chevron) and 7 p.m. (The Oaks vs. DFJ).

The 13U Tournament also wraps up this weekend with the championship set for Friday at Baylands at 5:30 p.m. ABD Insurance already has earned a spot in the finals. Wells Fargo and Thoits Brothers will play Thursday (6:30 p.m.) with the winner advancing to the finals. Should ABD Insurance lose on Friday, a winner-take-all game will be played Saturday at 9:30 a.m.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

Comments

There are no comments yet. Please share yours below.

Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: * Not sure?

Choose a category: *

Since this is the first comment on this story a new topic will also be started in Town Square! Please choose a category that best describes this story.

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields

Early Decision Blues
By John Raftrey and Lori McCormick | 0 comments | 2,124 views

One night only: ‘Occupy the Farm’ screening in Palo Alto
By Elena Kadvany | 1 comment | 2,028 views

First Interview
By Sally Torbey | 10 comments | 1,344 views

Death with Dignity
By Chandrama Anderson | 2 comments | 1,258 views

Guest Post #2 from HSSV: Labradoodle Back on His Feet
By Cathy Kirkman | 0 comments | 343 views