Uploaded: Monday, July 16, 2012, 12:02 PM
Updated: Tuesday, July 17, 2012, 9:23 AM
Gunn grad helps U.S. win a world championship
|Gunn High graduate Russell Wynne and eight Stanford grads helped the USA capture the Open Division at the World Flying Disc Federation 2012 Ultimate Championships that wrapped up Saturday in Sakai, Japan.
Wynne (a UC Santa Cruz grad) and Cardinal grads Robbie Cahill, Tom James, Jordan Jeffrey, Jonathan Levy, Nick Schlag, Mark Sherwood, Bart Watson and Josh Wiseman play for the San Francisco-based Revolver team that represented the United States.
A total of 19 countries were represented in the Open Division, with Team USA capturing the crown with a 17-5 win over Great Britain. The Americans edged Canada, 17-16, in the semifinals and ousted Finland, 17-7, in the quarterfinals.
Revolver, founded in 2006, won the World Club Championships in 2010 and was the national champion in both 2010 and '11.
Wynne, who graduated from Gunn in 2006, was a standout soccer player for the Titans before turning to Ultimate Frisbee. He played in 10 games in the tournament, scoring eight goals and adding two assists. Wiseman led the team with 17 goals with James adding three.
In the Women's Masters division, Palo Alto resident Jennifer Donnelly coached the USA team to a 6-1 record and the gold medal. Fellow Stanford grads Dominique Fontenette and Ashley Simons played for the winning team, which brought home the top prize following a 15-13 victory over Canada.
Team USA reached the finals with a 15-11 victory over Japan.
Former Palo Alto standouts Joc Pederson and B.J. Boyd have been finding plenty of success in the minor leagues recently.
Pederson, playing for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes in the Los Angeles Dodgers' California League organization, was batting .395 in his past 10 games through Sunday. He had 15 hits in 38 at-bats with five RBI.
For the season, Pederson is hitting .297 with 78 hits in 263 at-bats with seven homers and 26 RBI.
Boyd, who just graduated from Paly, is hitting .344 in his past 10 games with 11 hits in 32 at-bats for the the Oakland A's affiliate in the Arizona League. He had six walks and seven stolen bases.
For the season, Boyd is hitting .333 with 17 hits in 51 at-bats with 13 stolen bases.
Menlo School grad Ben Scribner wound up being the second alternate after playing 42 holes on Monday at the 2012 U.S. Amateur Sectional Qualifying at Marin Country Club.
Scribner appeared out of the running after firing a 6-over 78 in the morning round, but rallied with a 3-under 69 in the afternoon -- including three birdies on his final nine holes -- to finish in a four-way tie for third at 147. Only the top three players qualified for the championships at Cherry Hills Country Club in Cherry Hills Village, Colo., on August 13-19.
Tyler Raber of El Macero won the coveted third berth on the third playoff hole with Scribner being relegated to the second alternate spot on the sixth playoff hole.
The next-best local finish was a 77-76-153 by Spencer Fletcher of Los Altos. Robby Salomon of Portola Valley shot 80-79-159 while brothers Bradley and Kevin Knox of Menlo Park each shot 160. Dustin McMillen of Palo Alto was five strokes back.
Palo Alto's Martin Trainer shot 75 in the morning round, but withdrew. Menlo School grad Bobby Pender of Los Altos Hills shot 93 in the morning and also pulled out.
In action last week:
Andrew Buchanan of Los Altos Hills finished 18th at the AJGA Junior at Ruby Hill in Pleasanton last week after shooting rounds of 70-75-75 for a 220 total, 16 strokes behind the winner.
At the ninth annual NCGA Amateur Stroke Play Championship at Poppy Hills in Pebble Beach, three Sacred Heart Prep graduates all finished in the back of the field.
Wes Payne had rounds of 75-73-76 for a 224 total that left him 8-over par and tied for 18th. Dalan Refioglu was tied for 35th after rounds of 76-72-81-229 and Kevin Knox was tied for 39th after his 73-77-80-230 total.
— Palo Alto Online Sports
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