Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - January 8, 2010

Sports Shorts

ON THE FARM . . . Stanford athletic teams will be easing back into post-holiday action this weekend with a handful of events on campus. On Friday, the men's gymnastics team will host its annual Cadinal and White intrasquad meet in Burnham Pavilion at 7 p.m. On Saturday, the women's swim team will host Pacific at 11 a.m., followed by the men against the Tigers at 1 p.m. The women's squash team will host Penn at 12:30 p.m., the wrestling team will host the Stanford Duals in Burnham Pavilion, meeting Northern Colorado at 12:30 p.m. and then Oregon State at 2 p.m. Menlo College also will participate, facing Oregon State at 12:30 p.m. and Northern Colorado at 2 p.m. Topping the day will be the Stanford men's volleyball team, which +will take on an alumni squad in Maples Pavilion at 8 p.m.

ON THE SNOW . . . Even at 50 years young, Palo Alto resident Beth (Heiden) Reid can still teach her daughter a thing or two about skiing. Reid placed eighth overall at the US National Cross Country Ski Championships 10K freestyle race in Anchorage on Monday in Alaska. Her daughter, Gunn grad Joanne Reid is an up-and-coming cross country skier. She ran cross country and track with the Titans for four years. Beth Reid, whose older brother (and Midpeninsula resident) Eric Heiden became an Olympic speed-skating legend, was a world champion in 1979 in speed skating, and was a NCAA champion in XC skiing (1983) while competing for the University of Vermont. She's also won a world championship in cycling. "I am just shocked," Reid said of her first national cross-country ski championships in 27 years."

ON THE GO . . . Former Stanford special teams coordinator D.J. Durkin, who also coached the defensive ends at Stanford for the past three seasons, was named an assistant coach in charge of linebackers at Florida — just two years removed from a national football championship. The 31-year-old Durkin, a native of Youngstown, Ohio, joined the Cardinal after serving two seasons on the coaching staff at Bowling Green State University, his alma mater, where worked with the defensive ends in 2005 before taking over responsibilities with the linebackers and special teams the following year.

BASEBALL NOTE . . . Registration for Menlo-Atherton Little League, which offers six levels for boys and girls ages 5-16 (as of April 30), will continue online until January 19. Visit the league's web site at http://www.m-all.org to enroll. Play begins in late February and extends through the end of the school year. Applications received after January 19th are subject to a waiting list and a late fee of $25. Scholarships are available; contact http://registration@m-all.org. Menlo-Atherton Little League boundaries are west of HWY 101 and east of El Camino in Menlo Park (except unincorporated Fair Oaks) and all of Atherton. There are other Little Leagues available for those living outside these boundaries. For information on the other leagues: www.cadistrict52.org.

HELP WANTED . . . Menlo-Atherton is looking for a new head football coach as well as coaches for next spring's track and field season and for swimming. Those interested should contact Mary Podesta at 322-5311 ext 5708 or e-mail mpodesta@seq.org . . . Castilleja is looking for an assistant softball coach for this spring. Those interested should contact Athletic Director Jez McIntosh at jez_mcintosh@castilleja.org . . . Pinewood is looking for a head coach for boys' and girls'swimming. Contact Athletic Director Matt Stimson at 941-6044 or at mstimson@pinewood.edu . . . Sacred Heart Prep is seeking an assistant boys' golf coach for the upcoming spring season as well as assistant football coaches for 2010. Interested applicants please contact AD Frank Rodriguez at frodriguez@shschools.org or at (650) 473-4031.

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