Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - June 11, 2010

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OAKS OF NOTE . . . Menlo College sophomore baseball players Chris Mazza and C.J. Dailey were named to NCAA Division III All-West region teams. Mazza was named Third Team All-West Region as a shortstop while Dailey, a second baseman, made the West Region Gold Glove Team. The middle infield pair played a key role in helping the Oaks (22-15) to their second-highest win total in school history. Mazza and Dailey started all 37 games at their respective positions, combining on 22 double plays. Mazza led Menlo with a .347 batting average, 50 hits, 38 RBI, .646 slugging percentage and 11 doubles. He added eight home runs and scored 34 runs. Defensively, Mazza continued to show off his strong arm and range, and has started all 73 games of his college career at shortstop for the Oaks. Mazza made five appearances on the mound for the Oaks, leading the team with two saves, and made an apperanace as an emergency catcher once. Dailey's .983 fielding percentage was a result of three errors in 173 total chances. He helped turn 22 double plays and displayed outstanding range. Dailey hit .281 with 38 base hits and 26 RBI . . . 2008 Olympian Marcie VanDusen was named to replace the retiring Lee Allen as head coach of the women's wrestling team. She's only the second head coach in program history. VanDusen spent eight years as a member of the U.S. National Team, culminating with a spot on the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team and a ninth-place finish at the Beijing Games. During her stretch on the U.S. National Team, VanDusen was a 2004 World University champion and 2008 World Cup gold medalist, and also represented the U.S. as a member of the 2007 World Team. She is a two-time national champion . . . Daniel Rasay, a volunteer assistant for the Stanford men's volleyball team this spring, will coach the Menlo women's team this fall.

<TITLE GAMES . . . The Palo Alto Little League City Tournament (Majors) will host its championship game on Saturday at Middlefield Ballpark at 2 p.m. Bike Connection, which played Thursday in the semifinals and was the only undefeated team remaining, will either play for the title on Saturday or in the challenge game Sunday at 3:30 p.m. . . . The Palo Alto Babe Ruth 13U Prep League Tournament will wrap up on Saturday at Baylands Athletic Center when In2Change takes on Tesla at 4 p.m. Should unbeaten In2Change lose, the same teams will meet in a winner-take-all game at 7 p.m. The 13U league is made up solely of 13-year olds.

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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