Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - February 5, 2010

Sports Shorts

GRID HONORS . . . Menlo School seniors Clay Robbins and Danny Diekroeger played huge roles in the Knights' highly successful football season in 2009. Among their many accomplishments, they helped Menlo reach its first-ever championship game in the Central Coast Section playoffs. This week, ESPN's CalHiSports.com honored both players with positions on its All-State teams after the duo set regional records and led the Knights to 9-4 season. Robbins earned a first-team spot in the Small Schools Division after posting 1,706 receiving yards (second in the state), and Diekroeger earned a second-team spot in the same division after accumulating a school-record 4,185 passing yards (also second in the state). Robbins and Diekroeger became the eighth and ninth players in Menlo School history to be honored on ESPN's CalHiSports.com All-State football teams. Previous Menlo honorees included Jerry Rice Jr. (2008), Nick Lycette (2008), Ricky Hawkins (2006), Wayde Walker (1991), Brandon Stephens (1990), Jimmy Noriega (1990) and John Paye (1980-82).

POLO HONORS . . . The girls' 18-under team from the NorCal Water Polo Club just returned from Vancouver, B.C., site of the 2010 Winter Olympics, with a gold medal. The squad, however, wasn't participating in the newest entry of the wintery games. Instead, the NorCal girls were on hand in frigid British Columbia for the annual BC Open tournament. And, as has been the case recently, the squad performed very well while winning the gold medal in its division for the second straight year. Also on hand was the Stanford Water Polo Club's 18-under and 16-under teams. The 16U team finished third while the 18U squad did not medal. The NorCal 18U team went 5-0 over the three-day tournament. On Thursday, NorCal opened with a win over local Fraser Valley club, 15-5, then bagged a 9-0 victory over Calgary I. Friday morning saw NorCal beat Washington,9-3. In the semifinals on Saturday night — in the tournament's most-exciting match — NorCal beat Calgary II by 11-9 in a thrilling overtime match that ended just before midnight. Audrey Pratt and KK Sandlin scored in overtime to seal the win. Then on Sunday, NorCal beat a tough Marin team in the finale, 11-4, to secure the championship. Rebecca Dorst (Menlo-Atherton) and Kelsey Nolan (Leland) were named to the all-tournament team. Dorst led all scorers with 15 goals for the tournament, followed by Audrey Pratt with 13. The NorCal team is made up of girls from Menlo Atherton, St. Francis, Castilleja, Leland, Los Altos, Sacred Heart Prep, Soquel and Burlingame high schools. The team was coached by Chris Dorst.

HELP WANTED . . . Priory is looking for a track and field coach plus an assistant lacrosse coach for the spring season. Those interested should contact Athletic Director Mark Stogner at mstogner@prioryca.org . . . Menlo-Atherton is looking for a new head football coach as well as coaches for track and field, swimming and a head frosh-soph baseball coach. Anyone interested can contact Mary Podesta at mpodesta@seq.org or 650-322-5311 ext 5708 . . . 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 assistant coaches in its girls' lacrosse program.Interested applicants please contact AD Frank Rodriguez at frodriguez@shschools.org or at (650) 473-4031. Mountain View is taking applications for the varsity football head coach position. Other open positions include varsity boys' water polo and head swim coach plus head varsity track coach and JV boys'volleyball coach. Those interested should contact Athletic Director Rob Friedrich at 940-4626

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