Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - November 19, 2010

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PREP ALUMS . . . UC Irvine senior goalkeeper Matt Johnson from Gunn High has been named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Mikasa Player of the Week in men's water polo. Johnson recorded 17 saves in a 7-6 home win over UC Santa Barbara last Saturday, marking a season-high total for him and second-best in his career. The 17 saves are also the second-highest total in the MPSF this season. He had six saves in the first quarter when the Gauchos were held scoreless and had two stops in the fourth quarter when UCI rallied from a 5-4 deficit for the victory. Johnson has 161 saves in 22 starts this season, ranking fourth in the MPSF with an average of 7.32 stops per game . . .

Honors also were in the offing for Menlo School grad Mike Merlone, who was named the Collegiate Water Polo Association Defensive Player of the Week last week for three wins the previous weekend at the Southern Championships. This was Merlone's third such award this season . . . A number of Gunn graduates are keeping busy with their respective teams this season: Claire O'Connell (2010) was MIT's sixth runner at the New England D-III Regionals, placing 44th in 23:41.7 for 6K, and helping the team qualify for the NCAA finals this weekend. The MIT women are currently ranked No. 13 in the country. Alex Johann (2010) ran in the West D-III Regionals for Pomona-Pitzer, running 27:51.72 for 8K. Allegra Mayer (2009) ran in the Midwest D-I Regionals for Northwestern, clocking 22:21.08 for 6K. Irene Graham (2006) is scheduled to run in the West D-II Regionals for Humboldt State this weekend. Daniel Damian (2010) is scheduled to run in the California Community College State Championships for De Anza this weekend . . . With Castilleja grad Taylor Docter and Gunn grad Teresa Skelly making contributions Harvard pulled out a 3-2 victory over Princeton in an Ivy League match last weekend in Cambridge, Mass. Princeton rallied from an 0-2 hole and was within three points of a season sweep against Harvard, but the Crimson held off its guests for the victory. Skelly finished with eight kills and six blocks while Docter served five aces. Gunn grad Michaela Venuti had 50 assists for Princeton while Paly grad Hillary Ford combined with teammate CC Lobben for 35 digs.

COACHES NEEDED . . . An adult or a young adult is needed to co-coach a 7th-8th grade girls' NJB basketball team. Those interested need experience as a player or coach.Contact Lisa Mitzel for 2010-11 season: lisa-ca@comcast.net . Practices are twice a week starting in November with games once a week from January through March. This is a volunteer position. . . . 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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