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Sacred Heart Prep is looking for a new head baseball coach

Veteran baseball coach Gregg Franceschi of Sacred Heart Prep resigned last week. He had stepped away from his full-time, on-campus position during the baseball season and is looking to work/coach closer to his home/family in San Francisco.

Thus, Sacred Heart Prep is seeking a varsity head baseball coach. The position will manage the day-to-day operations of the varsity team, as well as oversee the development of the players (and coaches) on the frosh-soph squad.

Candidates should send communication of interest and coaching resume to SHP Athletic Director Frank Rodriguez frodriguez@shschools.org or call him at (650) 473-4031 for more information.

In other local baseball news:

Daniel Burke and Charlie Giesler, both incoming eighth-graders at Hillview Middle School, have been selected to represent the Northwest region (Northern California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming) at the USSSA All American baseball games in August.

Only 15 players in the 12-under division were selected from the six-state region. The games will be played at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla.

Burke and Giesler are currently playing on the Menlo-Atherton Little League Majors 12-year-old all-star team in the District 52 Tournament. M-A opens play Saturday against Palo Alto American on Kiwanis Field at Red Morton Park in Redwood City.

In Palo Alto Babe Ruth action, Menlo Chevron wrapped up third place and the No. 3 seed for the city tournament with a 5-1 win over Old Pro on Tuesday. Menlo Chevron improved to 8-5 with one game remaining.

Old Pro (7-7) fell into a tie for fourth with Alhouse and DFJ, the latter of which lost a 7-6 contest to second-place Ada's Cafe (10-4) on Tuesday.

Based on a tiebreaker of head-to-head games, DFJ was 3-1 among the three tied teams and received the No. 4 seed for the league championship tournament that begins Thursday at Baylands Athletic Center.

DFJ will open against No. 1 The Oaks at 5:30 p.m., followed by No. 2 Ada's Cafe and No. 3 Menlo Chevron at 8 p.m. The winners will play Friday at 8 p.m., and the losers will meet at 5:30 p.m.

Following a consolation-bracket game Saturday at 1 p.m., the championship game will be played Monday at 5:30 p.m.

The District 6 all-star tournaments, meanwhile, get under way next week.

The Palo Alto 13-year olds will open July 2 against Bel-Mateo at McKelvey Park in Mountain View at 6:30 p.m.

The Palo Alto 14s will open the the same day against Mountain View at the Belmont Sports Complex at 7 p.m.

The Palo Alto 15s will host the district tourney, opening against Belmont Red on Thursday, July 3 at 5:30 p.m.

Girls golf

Naomi Lee of Menlo Park had a short stay in the Championship Flight of the California Junior Girls' State Championships at Monterey Peninsula Country Club on Tuesday.

Despite holding a 2-up lead after six holes, Lee suffered a 4 and 3 loss to Samantha Gong of San Francisco in the first round.

Lee held a solid lead until Gong won four straight holes to take her own 2-up lead. After the players halved the 11th, Lee won the 12th hole and was only 1 down. Gong, however, then won three straight holes to close out the match.

In the lower Helen Lengfeld Flight, Palo Alto's Stephanie Yu won her first-round match, 7 and 5, over Vanessa Richani of Granite Bay. Emily Hwang of Palo Alto, however, was eliminated in a 4 and 3 loss to Halie Laken of Laguna Niguel.

At the AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions in Nashville, Tenn., Anna Zhou of Gunn High shot an opening-round 81 and was tied for 51st at the Richland Country Club.

— Stanford Athletics

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