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 DeĆJeane 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.
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.