Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - September 10, 2010

Sports Shorts

GRID HONOR . . . Menlo College senior running back Payton Bell was named NAIA Independent Offensive Player of the Week on Tuesday. Bell had a breakout performance in the Oaks' season-opening 42-25 victory over highly-regarded Occidental. He finished with 202 total yards and scored three touchdowns. Bell rushed for 189 yards on 34 carries, the second highest single-game rushing total in Menlo history. The Oaks trailed, 17-14, entering the fourth quarter before Bell scored the go-ahead touchdown run with 14:19 remaining. He also recorded the game's final points with 1:27 to play. Bell came within 10 yards of Oaks' all-time leading rusher, Duane Miller, who accumulated 198 yards against Whittier on Oct. 4, 2003. Menlo hosts Chapman at noon Saturday in its home opener.

SOCCER NOTES . . . Stanford grad and reigning national college Player of the Year Kelley O'Hara was one of six rookies called up for a training camp with the United States women's soccer team by coach Pia Sundhage on Wednesday. The camp begins Sept. 30 and will include two matches against China that will serve as preparation for the CONCACAF tournament for the 2011 Women's World Cup. Among the veterans expected to compete are Stanford grads Nicole Barnhart and Rachel Buehler, both teammates of O'Hara's on the FC Gold Pride of the WPS.

OF LOCAL NOTE . . . Recent Princeton women's water polo graduate Phoebe Champion (2010), a three-time All-American and two-time Southern Most Valuable Player, has signed with Plebiscito Padova in the Italian A1 league for the upcoming season. Champion, who graduated from Palo Alto High, was a member of the U.S. Junior National Team and went on to a stellar Princeton career that saw her score 181 career goals and add 93 assists, ranking her fifth all-time at Princeton in goals and second in assists. She a four-time All-Southern honoree and named to the All-Eastern Team in three seasons . . . Coming off their finest finish in program history, the Palo Alto Oaks' players, alumni and friends will gather Sept. 19 for the 7th annual Tony Makjavich Memorial Golf Tournament. The event, which honors the man who coached the team for more than 40 years, will be held at Summitpointe Golf Course in Milpitas. Check in is at 12:30 p.m., with a shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. The $150 entry fee includes green fee, cart, range balls, prizes and a BBQ dinner. A downloadable entry form is at www.paoaks.com.

JOB CORNER . . . Sacred Heart Prep is looking for a girls' JV basketball coach for the coming season. All interested candidates please contact Athletic Director Frank Rodriguez at 473-4031 or frodriguez@shschools.org.

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