Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - June 21, 2006

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TRACK CHAMP . . . East Palo Alto's Caprice Powell put herself in position to earn a berth in the Hershey National Track and Field Championships in August by winning the 100 and 200 meters last weekend at the a regional qualifying meet at San Jose City College. Powell, who just graduated from the eighth grade at Costano School, competed in the girls' 13-14 age division Saturday. She won the 100 in 12.79 and took the 200 in 26.30. She competed against athletes from California, Nevada, Hawaii and Arizona. Powell is hoping to qualify for nationals for a third time. Two years ago, she finished fourth in the 200. Last year she took second in the 100. Powell has to wait until the remaining regionals are finished to see if her winning times hold up. Only the top eight times from the eight regionals advance to the national finals in Hershey, Pa. Powell competes for the Al Julian Track Club in East Palo Alto, which is sponsored by the EPA Kiwanis Club and the EPA School District. Powell advanced to San Jose last week by winning her events at the annual Al Julian Invitational held recently.

ALL-LEAGUE LACROSSE . . . Eleven of the 12 players who made the 2006 All-Peninsula Athletic League girls' lacrosse team are from the local area. The first team includes: Shannon Chung (Menlo), Liz Daly (Sacred Heart Prep), Sarah King (Sacred Heart Prep), Kelly Schryver (Castilleja), Molly Lapolla (Menlo), Kayla Ushman (Menlo-Atherton), Laurren Dunec (Castilleja), Melissa Irvine (Sacred Heart Prep),Julie Tisdale (Gunn), Erica Swanson (Menlo) and Melissa Wegenstein (Menlo). The second team includes: Gabi Bressack (Menlo), Megan Power (Menlo-Atherton), Samantha Bassin (Menlo-Atherton), Megan Teixeira (Menlo), Marion Cohn (Castilleja), Lauren Boyle (Sacred Heart Prep), Alaina Flaherty (Menlo-Atherton), Tenley Breen (Menlo-Atherton) and Michelle Benevento (Sacred Heart Prep).

OF LOCAL NOTE . . . Sacred Heart Prep water polo and basketball standout Hannah Stephens has left the school and transferred to Mitty. Stephens currently is playing with Mitty's AAU summer basketball team and playing for her former water polo coach, Ed Samuels, on the NorCal age-group club that competed in the Junior Olympics qualifying tournament last weekend. Samuels will coach the Los Altos High boys' water polo team this fall . . . A free lacrosse clinic will be offered to players hoping to form the first Palo Alto High girls' lacrosse team next spring. Current Paly students and incoming freshman can take part in the clinic, set for July 12 from 5-6:30 p.m. at Holbrook Palmer Park, 150 Watkins Avenue in Atherton. To register for the clinic, email AthertonLacrosse@Gmail.com.

COACHING CORNER . . . Woodside Priory School is looking for a girls junior varsity volleyball coach and a boys junior varsity basketball coach. Contact Mark Stogner at mstogner@woodsidepriory.com.

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