Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - April 29, 2011

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TEAMMATES AGAIN . . . Former Stanford All-Americans Candice Wiggins and Jayne Appel will join fellow members of the 2009-12 USA Basketball women's National Team as well as two new invitees in attending the USA National Team's May 10-12 training camp in Las Vegas, Nev., USA Basketball announced Tuesday. All 12 players who were part of the USA squad that captured the 2010 FIBA World Championship gold medal, including Appel, will be at the camp. Training sessions will be held under the watch of 2009-12 USA National Team head coach Geno Auriemma. Appel, who got her first taste of full national team experience as a member of the FIBA World Championship team last fall, is set to begin her second pro season with the San Antonio Silver Stars this spring. Despite making a delayed debut due to foot and ankle injuries sustained in the final half of the 2009-10 collegiate season, Appel saw action in 28 games for the Silver Stars, averaging almost 11.0 minutes per game. She was also named to the WNBA All-Star Team that faced off against the USA National Team at the 2011 WNBA All-Star Game. Wiggins will return to training for the national team after missing all but eight games of her 2010 WNBA campaign with a ruptured left Achilles' tendon. The San Diego native had started seven of her eight games for the Minnesota Lynx before having her third pro season cut short. At the time of injury, Wiggins was averaging 13.8 points a game and shooting 45.7 percent (21-for-46) on 3-point attempts for the Lynx. She last saw international action for the U.S. in April 2008, just after finishing her collegiate career at Stanford. Wiggins helped the U.S. squad win the silver medal at the Good Luck Beijing Tournament prior to the 2008 Olympics.

LOCAL ROWER . . . Recent Palo Alto High graduate Rachel Ersted (2010) has been invited to the USRowing U23 National Team Freshman Camp, to be held in late June at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. Ersted, a freshman on Cal's women's rowing team, coxed the Bears' top varsity 8+ boat to a victory last weekend over No. 9-ranked Washington in Seattle to retain the Simpson Cup. Presently ranked No. 4 in Division I (Stanford is No. 3), Cal will row this weekend against Stanford in Redwood Shores before competing at the Pac-10 Championships on Lake Natoma outside of Sacramento on May 14.

COACHING CORNER . . . Castilleja is looking for qualified coaches to fill the following positions: Director of Sports Performance, freshman volleyball, JV volleyball and JV basketball. Information on all jobs can be found at http://www.castilleja.org/page.cfm?p=129 . . .

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 . . . Menlo-Atherton High School is looking for an assistant volleyball coach. Anyone interested should contact Mary Podesta at mpodesta@seq.org.

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