Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - February 26, 2010

Sports Shorts

OF LOCAL NOTE . . . Palo Alto High grad and Harvard University senior Jeremy Lin has been selected to play in the prestigious Portsmouth Invitational in Portsmouth, Va., following the basketball season. The tournament, now in its 58th year, takes place April 7-10 and features the nation's top 64 collegiate seniors who will play 12 games in four days. It is the only postseason event prior to the Chicago Draft Camp and usually sees in excess of 200 NBA scouts and representatives. Lin, a two-time All-Ivy selection, is currently second in fan voting for the Bob Cousy Award, which goes to the nation's top point guard. Lin is also a finalist for the coveted John R. Wooden Award that goes to the nation's player of the year. Lin has led the Ivy League in steals in each of the past two seasons and is doing so again this year. Last year, he was the only player in the nation to rank in his league's top 10 in every statistical category. During the weekend, Lin scored 35 points in two Ivy League games as Harvard fell to Cornell, 79-70, before beating Columbia, 77-57. In the win over Columbia, Lin scored 11 points to help the Crimson improve to 7-3 in league (18-6 overall). In the home loss to first-place Cornell, Lin led the Crimson with 24 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the floor. Lin also made 10 of 11 free throws . . . Gunn High grad Ricky Navarro is keeping busy these days pitching for the Western Canada Miners in the Arizona Winter League. Navarro's most recent out was last Friday, when he took a no-hitter into the fifth during a 19-1 victory over Team Canada. Navarro (3-1) finished the game with a four-hitter and allowed only one run in a masterful performance. The win was Western Canada's fifth of the year in the Canadian Division of the AWL. Navarro has 30 strikeouts in 24 innings while starting five games. He has an ERA of 4.50. Navarro will throw one more game before the end of the week, and is in contention to be chosen for a team that will travel to Mexico and Florida in the next few weeks. . . . Menlo School football coach Mark Newton and Mid-Peninsula High boys' basketball coach Curtis Haggins are among 20 coaches honored as winners of the Positive Coaching Alliance's Double-Goal Coach Award, presented by Liberty Mutual. The PCA exists to help develop great youth coaches who teach life lessons through sports. Newton and Haggins both will receive $250 while being honored for their coaching contributions. They were among a group of 50 finalists for the award, a group that included Castilleja assistant basketball coach Dan Odishoo. Newton and Haggins will join the other Northern California winners at the 2010 National Youth Sports Awards on April 17 at Stanford's Maples Pavilion. The awards dinner will be co-chaired by NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young.

SENIOR GAMES . . . It's time to get back into shape because the fourth annual Bay Area Senior Games will be returning to venues in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties and make a four-day run April 10-14. Most of the events will be based at Stanford University. Athletes age 50 and older are eligible to compete. The Games will feature 14 competitions in swimming, track & field, cycling, racquetball, fencing, golf, soccer, three-on-three basketball, softball, race walking, table tennis, tennis, water polo and lawn bowling. Water polo, soccer, fencing and lawn bowling were demonstration sports at the 2009 National Senior Games and have been added to the program. In addition, a Bay Area Senior Games Golf Tournament will be played at Stanford Golf Course on Tuesday, April 13 and a softball tournament at Twin Creeks in Sunnyvale on April 13 and 14. More than 1,300 California senior athletes, the most ever, participated in the 2009 Summer National Senior Games last summer. A complete list with contact information for all the California Senior Games may be found at www.californiaseniorgames.org. Online registration for the 2010 Bay Area Senior Games is ongoing, up until April 5, at www.bayareaseniorgames.org. Entry blanks are available by calling 323-9400 or downloading them at www.bayareaseniorgames.org.

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