Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - November 5, 2010

Sports Shorts

HONOR COACH . . . Dave Winn has accomplished a lot during his five years as head coach of the Palo Alto girls' volleyball team. His squad reached the Central Coast Section semifinals his first three seasons before reaching the finals last year after compiling a 33-match winning streak and finishing with a 36-5 record, the most victories in school history. Now, Winn has his team primed for even greater accomplishments as the Vikings opened the week with a 32-1 record and a No. 67 national ranking after winning their sixth straight tournament title over two seasons. Not too surprisingly, Winn last week was among five recipients of the 2010 CCS Fall Sports Honor Coaches Awards. The honor is presented to those coaches who their colleagues have made outstanding contributions to that sport at their school, within their league, in the community and to the CCS. At the time of nomination, they must be actively coaching and have been coaching in their respective sport for a minimum of five years at the varsity level. Beginning this week, Winn was 50-8 in SCVAL De Anza Division action and 155-33 overall. He previously coached at Los Altos and Pinewood, and continues to coach with the City Beach Volleyball Club. He also serves as the SCVAL volleyball rep to CCS. Winn has been involved with the USYVL and youth volleyball camps. He has won five AVCA Academic Team awards and has been named Coach of the Year by various local publications.

PREP ALUMS . . . With Palo Alto High grad Tim Wenzlau providing the winning goal, 18th-ranked Princeton won the 2010 Ivy League Championships with a 7-6 overtime win over Brown on Sunday in men's water polo. Wenzlau's winning goal came on a counterattack with 52 seconds left in the second overtime. Menlo School grad Matt Hale led the Tigers with three goals while Wenzlau had two. Menlo grad Mike Merlone had 15 saves in goal. Princeton (14-7) will be back in action this weekend at the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Southern Championships . . . Palo Alto High grad Maeve Stewart and her Tufts University teammates will take a No. 1 seed into this week's NESCAC playoffs after defeating Bowdoin, 1-0, last Friday. The Jumbos finished the regular season at 8-2-3 (6-1-2 in league). Stewart had three shots against Bowdoin, one on goal, but came up scoreless. Tufts will open postseason play on Sunday by hosting No. 8 Bates.

JOB CORNER . . . Sacred Heart Prep has the following coaching opportunities: girls' assistant frosh-soph soccer coach and boys' head and assistant frosh-soph lacrosse coaches. All interested candidates please contact Athletic Director Frank Rodriguez at 473-4031 or frodriguez@shschools.org. "

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