Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - June 4, 2010

Sports Shorts

O F LOCAL NOTE . . . Palo Alto High grad Chrissy Hu continued her highly successful college tennis career by teaming with partner Kendra Higgins to win a second straight doubles title at the NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Championships on Sunday at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va. Hu (a junior) and Higgins (a sophomore), playing for the University of Chicago, rallied from a one-set deficit to win, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4. Hu and Higgins became the seventh tandem in Division III history to record back-to-back national titles. They finished the season with a record of 31-6, giving them a two-year mark of 48-12. . . Menlo School grad Chuck Huggins made his Double-A debut Saturday for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, an affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, with a solid pitching effort. The left-hander, who suffered the loss in a 3-1 setback against Trenton, took a two-hitter into the sixth inning. He left the game with the score tied, 1-1, and two runners on. He threw 5 1/3 innings, allowing three runs, two earned, on four hits. Huggins was promoted from Single-A Dunedin of the Florida State League after going 5-0 with a 2.09 ERA in his first nine starts. In 54 career minor league games, he's 13-6 with a 2.57 ERA. Another former Menlo player, Ryan Cavan, is hitting .269 with the Augusta Greenjackets, a Single-A team in the San Francisco Giants' organization. He's 10-for-29 (.345) over his past seven games, with five RBI. Andy Suiter, who graduated in 2005 after playing with Huggins on Menlo's 2004 CCS Division III championship team, is currently 3-2 with a 3.79 ERA for the Great Lakes Dodgers, a Single-A team . . . Menlo Park's Erica McLain won the women's triple jump at 44 feet 1 1/2 inches at the USA Track & Field's Pacific Association Championships at College of San Mateo last weekend. McLain is a Stanford graduate and a 2008 Olympian. She also has the top mark by an American this season at 46-1 1/2.

<CARDINAL CORNER . . . Senior Alissa Haber became Stanford's second four-time softball All-American when she was named a first team Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-American on Wednesday. She joins two-time Olympian Jessica Mendoza as the only two players in Stanford history to accomplish that feat. Haber is the fifth player in school history to be selected to the first team, with Mendoza and Dana Sorensen as the only three Cardinal players to earn first team accolades two or more times in their careers. Haber was a third team honoree in 2007 and 2008.

COACH OPENINGS . . . Sacred Heart Prep and Menlo-Atherton are looking for some coaches for the upcoming school year. Sacred Heart needs a frosh-soph assistant volleyball coach; freshman head volleyball coach, freshman assistant volleyball coach, girls' JV head tennis coach and boys' JV head tennis coach. Interested applicants please contact AD Frank Rodriguez at (650) 473-4031 or via email at frodriguez@shschools.org. Menlo-Atherton is looking for a girls' varsity golf coach and a boys' frosh-soph soccer coach. Those interested in the positions should contact Mary Podesta at mpodesta@seq.org.

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