Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - February 11, 2011

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COACH LEAVES . . . The Sacred Heart Prep girls' basketball team is finishing the West Bay Athletic League season without head coach Lamont Quattlebaum, who left the team following the Jan. 29 game against Woodside for undisclosed reasons. Assistant coach Keith Halcovich was elevated to head coach on an interim basis. Halcovich has been in charge for three games, during which the Gators have gone 0-3. Heading into Friday's regular-season finale at home against Menlo School, SHP is 1-8 in the Foothill Division and 10-9 overall. Sacred Heart Prep went 0-10 in league last season and 10-18 overall, reaching the semifinals of the Central Coast Section Division IV playoffs. Quattlebaum was in his second stint as head coach of the Gators, returning for the 2009-10 season after coaching the men's basketball team at Canada College from 2004-08. His first stint at SHP started in 1997-98. He coached the Gators to the CIF Division IV state title in 1999. In 2001-02, Quattlebaum made local history by coaching the Sacred Heart Prep boys' and girls' basketball teams at the same time. He performed that duty again in 2002-03 and coached the boys in '04 before leaving for Canada College.

DIVING HONORS . . . Stanford divers Meg Hostage and Brent Eichenseer have swept the Pac-10 Conference's monthly diving awards, as each was named the conference's top male and female diver for the month of January. For Hostage, this is her fourth career award, giving the Stanford program under Dr. Rick Schavone eight awards all-time, tying them with USC for the most within the conference. This past month, the Stanford senior won six of eight dual events and also took home top finishes in the one and three-meter events at the Bruin Invite. Hostage closed out the month by winning her final six dual events, posting a one and three-meter sweep of UCLA and USC, as well as wins at Arizona State. One of the highlights was a sweep of the one and three-meter victories over USC's Victoria Ishimatsu, where Hostage scored a season-best in the three-meter (334.65) and also beat Ishimatsu in the one-meter by .975 points. Eichenseer, meanwhile, won his first award, posting six wins in nine tries in January. The senior swept Arizona with wins in the one and three meter at Arizona and at Arizona State and also won the three-meter at the Bruin Invite. Eichenseer was also a champion at the Bruin Invite platform. These awards continue a nice start to the 2011 calendar year for the Stanford diving program. Alumnae Cassidy Krug won the three-meter and the synchronized three-meter at the U.S. Winter Diving Championships last weekend. Incoming recruit Kristian Ipsen won the men's synchronized three-meter and was second in the three-meter at the championships, as well.

COACHING CORNER . . . A girls' lacrosse coach is needed at Menlo-Atherton High. Those interested should contact M-A athletic director Mary Podesta at mpodesta@seq.org . . . Sacred Heart Prep has immediate openings for girls lacrosse assistant coaches for the upcoming spring season. All interested candidates please contact AD Frank Rodriguez at (650) 473-4031 or frodriguez@shschools.org .

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