Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - February 25, 2011

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CARDINAL CORNER . . . The second-ranked Stanford women's gymnastics team completes its home schedule with a dual meet against No. 33 Arizona State on Sunday at 2 p.m. at Maples Pavilion. The meet also acts as Stanford's Senior Day, during which the Cardinal will honor seniors Shelley Alexander, Danielle Ikoma, and Allyse Ishino. Stanford (14-0) has an opportunity to complete the dual-meet season undefeated for the first time in its history with a victory over the Sun Devils this week and also at a quad meet at Cal next week. Arizona State (4-8) has won its past two duals. Cardinal sophomore Ashley Morgan is the nation's top-ranked gymnast on floor exercise and the team is ranked among the nation's top four in every event. The seniors are tri-captains and have been important to the Stanford lineup for the past three seasons. Alexander was last year's NCAA Southeast Regional champion on both the vault and beam. Ikoma is one of the most versatile performers on the team and a regular in at least two events in each of the past three years and a Super Six veteran. Ishino has the top all-around average on the team this season. Ishino is expected to miss 3-5 weeks after spraining her ankle on the floor against Arizona. She could return, in a limited role, for the Pac-10 Championships on March 19 in Los Angeles, but more likely would return for the NCAA regional on April 2 . . . The Stanford men's basketball team will host its final home game of the regular season on Tuesday when Seattle comes to town for a nonconference contest at 7 p.m. There's no need for a Senior Day celebration though, as coach Johnny Dawkins has no seniors on the roster.

COACHING CORNER . . . Sacred Heart Prep is seeking a girls' varsity basketball head coach for next season. All interested applicants should contact SHP Athletic Director Frank Rodriguez via email at frodriguez@shschools.org or by phone at (650) 473-4031 . . . A girls' lacrosse coach is needed at Menlo-Atherton High. Those interested should contact M-A athletic director Mary Podesta at mpodesta@seq.org.

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