Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - May 21, 2010

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<OF LOCAL NOTE . . . The Menlo-Atherton boys' tennis team was well-represented at the USTA Northern California Junior Recognition Awards ceremony that took place last weekend at the Fremont Tennis Center. M-A senior Alec Haley won the USTA NorCal Grand Prix Award and the San Mateo County Leaderboard Award for Boys 18 singles. M-A sophomore twins Jesse and Christian Perkins won the NorCal USTA Grand Prix Award and Leaderboard Award for Boys 16 doubles. Freshman teammate Richie Sarwal won the Leaderboard Award for Boys 14 doubles. The Grand Prix Circuit Winner Award is a series of tournaments from June through August, 2009, and the Leaderboard award is for the top ranking at the end of the year . . . Future Stanford women's tennis teammates Kristie Ahn of Upper Saddle River, N.J., and Nicole Gibbs of Manhattan Beach, partnered last weekend to win the doubles title at the USTA Pro Circuit $50,000 event in Raleigh, N.C. . . . Kelsey Pedersen, a 2009 Gunn High graduate, is a freshman on the Cal women's crew team that won the Pac-10 Championship on Sunday at Lake Natoma near Sacramento. Pederson rowed in the Novice 8+ boat that finished third in its race. Cal led after the first split over Washington, but the Huskies eventually took the lead and never looked back in the race . . . Palo Alto High grad Phoebe Champion, a senior at Princeton, was named the Most Valuable Player of the Collegiate Water Polo Association All-Southern Division team this season. Princeton junior and Paly grad Tanya Wilcox made the second team, as did Bucknell sophomore Hallie Kennan, also from Palo Alto . .. Menlo School's Michaela Michael and Ali Kim will play at the US Lacrosse Women's Division National Tournament (Schoolgirls Division) later this month in Maryland. Michael and Kim also will join with Menlo teammate Brooke Bullington on the 20-member NorCal team at the US Lacrosse Under-15 National Tournament in July in Florida. Michael also will travel to tryouts at the University of Maryland on Aug. 2-3 for a spot on the National U-19 Team that will compete in Germany in 2011. Menlo senior Maggie Brown will play in July in Florida at the first-ever US Lacrosse Girls' High School Showcase, as one of the top 80 high school players in the country . . . Palo Alto residents Rachel Ersted and Carolyn Rennels qualified to compete in the USRowing National Junior Championships in Cincinnati next month. The two high school seniors rowed in NorCal Crew's Lightweight 4+ boat that placed third in the finals at the USRowing Southwest US Junior Championships held in Rancho Cordova recently. Ersted (Palo Alto High) and Rennels (Castilleja) are returning to national championships for the second time. In 2008, they placed fifth in the Lightweight 8+ grand final at Nationals.Both girls will compete at the collegiate level next season. Ersted will row for Cal and Rennels will row for Stanford.

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