Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - March 4, 2011

Sports Shorts

CARDINAL CORNER . . . Junior outside hitter Brad Lawson of the Stanford men's volleyball team, is the Sports Imports/AVCA Men's Division I-II National Player of the Week. Lawson was a key player in leading the Cardinal to a pair of top-10 wins over No. 8 UCLA and then-No. 3 UC Santa Barbara. His totals for the week amounted to 43 kills, 14 digs and three aces while accumulating a .480 hitting percentage . . . Stanford captured its second straight Pac-10 Conference Women's Swimming and Diving Championships by 22 points over California last Saturday at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash. The title is the Cardinal's 18th overall. Trailing Cal entering the final day, Stanford won three individual events and picked up valuable points in the 1650-yard freestyle with four finishers in the top eight to hold off the Golden Bears. Stanford finished with 1567.5 points to Cal's 1545.5. "This Pac-10 championships has probably been one of the closest meets in history," said Stanford head coach Lea Maurer. "It's unbelievable. It was a total team effort by swimming and diving." Stanford freshman Maya DiRado won her first Pac-10 title, taking the 200-yard backstroke in 1:53.04 while Cardinal senior Kate Dwelley won her second event of the week, adding the 100-yard freestyle to her 200 free crown from Friday. Dwelley touched the wall in 48.14, followed by Cal junior Liv Jensen (48.34) from Palo Alto High. Stanford senior Meg Hostage captured her second career diving title and first since 2008 by winning the platform with 322.65 points . . . Anthony Brown matched his career-high with 21 points and had 11 rebounds as the Stanford men's basketball team beat visiting Seattle, 77-66, in a nonconference contest Tuesday night in Maples Pavilion. Jeremy Green added 22 points as the Cardinal (15-14) won its second straight and will complete the regular season with a Pac-10 game at California at 4 pm. on Saturday. Green made his first seven shots, including four from three-point range.

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.

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