Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - April 2, 2010

Sports Shorts

PREP ROUNDUP . . . It was a battle between the No. 1 and 2 teams in the Central Coast Section. It was a meeting of two coaches from the same club team. It was a confrontation between players who are teammates in the offseason. All that added up to something special when Menlo School hosted Palo Alto on Wednesday in a nonleague showdown to decide the unofficial champion in girls' lacrosse this season. With no CCS playoffs in lacrosse and both teams playing in separate leagues — Menlo in the WBAL and Paly in the SCVAL — this one-time meeting offered big-time bragging rights to the winner. Not too surprisingly, deciding the winner was not easy. It took two halves, two overtimes and then two sudden-death periods before Menlo senior Mila Sheeline scored to give the Knights a thrilling and exhausting 12-11 victory on Wednesday that stretched late into the day and finished in the cold rain. Maggie Brown scored four goals for the Knights (6-3) while Kimmie Flather tallied three for the Vikings (9-1) . . . The Palo Alto baseball team continued its perfect run through the SCVAL De Anza Division with a 10-1 spanking of host Cupertino on Wednesday. The Vikings (7-0, 11-3) held on to first place by producing 10 hits against the last-place Pioneers. Wade Hauser had three hits, including a solo home run in the first inning, and a double and scored twice to spark Palo Alto. Christoph Bono added two hits and two RBI with two runs scored. Winning pitcher T.J. Braff helped himself with a double and two RBI. Palo Alto will host Cupertino on Friday at 3:30 p.m. to finish the home-and-home series before playing rival Gunn in a nonleague game Saturday night at 7:30 at Baylands Athletic Center.

SWIM HONOR . . . Stanford senior Julia Smit, a two-time Olympic medalist, has won the 2010 Honda Sports Award in swimming & diving, designating her as the nation's top collegiate female athlete in that sport. The honor was based on the results of national balloting among 1,000 NCAA member schools as part of the Collegiate Women Sports Awards program, now in its 34th year. Smit also was nominated for the award in 2009. This marks the 10th time that a Stanford athlete has been honored with the award. The Honda Sports Award is given annually to the top women athletes in 12 NCAA-sanctioned sports, along with automatic nomination for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year.

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