Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - April 16, 2010

Sports Shorts

SPRING GAME . . . Stanford will wrap up its spring football practice season with its annual Cardinal and White game on Saturday at historic Kezar Stadium in San Francisco. Gates open at 1 p.m. with the kickoff set for 2 p.m. Admission is free, though donations to benefit San Francisco Recreation and Parks Youth Scholarship Program will be accepted at various locations inside the stadium. Festivities begin at 1 p.m. with activity booths such as face painting and football toss, as well as a pregame autograph session with Stanford football alumni at 1:30 p.m. and a postgame autograph session with the current team. Concessions will be provided by Gordon Biersch Restaurant and Brewery and a limited edition 2010 Stanford spring game T-shirt will also be available for purchase.Music will be provided by Live105FM and the Washington High School band of San Francisco. Moving the game to Kezar Stadium, located on Stanyan Street in the southeast corner of Golden Gate Park, was necessitated because the playing surface at Stanford Stadium is being reseeded along with the program's desire to broaden its Bay Area fan base. Parking is available for $10 at the Waller Street lot, located on the northeast side of Kezar Stadium, on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 12:30 p.m. Public parking is also available at the Millberry Union Garage, located at 500 Parnassus Avenue near the UCSF Medical Center, two blocks away from Kezar Stadium. Limited street parking is also available. Fans are also encouraged to utilize public transportation, including San Francisco MUNI, BART, Caltrain and Golden Gate Ferry service. Kezar Stadium is conveniently accessible from the N-Judah train and the 6, 7, 71 and 43 MUNI bus lines. From the Peninsula, take Caltrain northbound to the final San Francisco stop at the King/4th Street and Townsend Street Station and then transfer to the N-Judah MUNI toward La Playa/Ocean Beach and exit at the Carl and Stanyan Street stop.

OF LOCAL NOTE . . . The battle for women's water polo supremacy in the Collegiate Water Polo Association Southern Division has a distinctive Palo Alto look to it. That was quite evident last weekend when first-place Bucknell and second-place Princeton met in an important showdown that included four Palo Alto High graduates and one from Castilleja. In the pool for Princeton was senior Phoebe Champion and junior Tanya Wilcox (also on the roster is freshman Laura Martinez from Castilleja) while Bucknell featured sophomore Hallie Keenan and freshman Tara Murao. Not too surprisingly, some Paly grads were celebrating after the showdown on Sunday in Princeton's DeNunzio Pool. It was Champion and Wilcox doing the celebrating, following a 4-3 victory. The Tigers improved to 3-1 in league (15-8 overall) while the Bisons fell to 4-1 (12-8). Bucknell won the first meeting between the teams, 15-10, two weeks ago. The loss snapped Bucknell's three-game winning streak while the victory gave Princeton three wins on the weekend and gave Wilcox the CWPA Southern Division Player of the Week honors. Wilcox anchored the Tigers' defense in the three victories as they allowed fewer than five goals per game in wins of Maryland, George Washington and then Bucknell. Wilcox also added two goals in the Maryland match. Champion, meanwhile, continues to lead Princeton in scoring this season with 42. The senior now has 166 career goals. She was the 2009 CPWA Southern Division Most Valuable Player. She tallied 47 goals last season while earning all-division and all-conference honors. Bucknell, meanwhile, is still in control of the No. 1 seed for the Southern Championshipss. Since the Bisons hold the goal-differential advantage (18 to 14) over the Tigers, they only need to defeat Maryland on the road in their regular-season finale on Sunday to claim the top seed. Keenan leads Bucknell in scoring with 46 goals while Murao has tallied 10. Two weeks ago, Keenan was the CPWA Southern Division Player of the Week while Murao was the conference's Rookie of the Week following a 3-0 week.

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