Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - May 20, 2011

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OF LOCAL NOTE . . . University of North Carolina tennis player Haley Hemm, a Sacred Heart Prep grad and Menlo Park native, was named the Carolina region's Arthur Ashe Leadership & Sportsmanship Award recipient, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced last week. Hemm, an inspirational leader on the team throughout her career, is an active contributor to the community, both locally and globally, as well as a standout in the classroom. The junior has been an active participant in the Coach for College program, an outreach effort which uses the skills student-athletes have in their sport to motivate youth in Vietnam to seek higher education, as well as Carolina Dreams, a student-athlete project to serve the N.C. Children's Hospital. Hemm also was nominated for the NCAA Elite 88 Awards, given to two student-athletes (one male, one female) with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA's 88 championships . . . The Stanford Rowing Center Women's 2x boat won the bronze medal and the Men's 4x won a silver medal at the USRowing Southwest Junior Championship Regatta, earning both boats an invitation to compete at the USRowing Youth Nationals on June 10-12 in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Danni Struck and Claire Duesdieker, both students at Sacred Heart Prep, had the race of the their lives to fend off last-minute surges to earn a bronze medal. The Men's 4x of Nicholas Talbott from Gunn, Jackson Herd, Clayton Mathieu and Scott Gharda of Menlo-Atherton narrowly missed the gold medal by .99 seconds while falling to defending champion Long Beach. Duedieker will be rowing at UCSD in the fall while Talbott does the same at Brown . . . Former Stanford All-American Sara Hall won the women's division at the USA 1 Mile Road Championship last week in Minneapolis, Minn. She clocked a course record of 4:30.8. Hall took command of the race in the final 400 yards, opening a lead of just over five seconds by the time she hit the tape. Hall earned $4,000 for winning as well as a $10,000 bonus for running under 4:32 . . . The Palo Alto American Legion Post 375 baseball program will hold two tryouts for the upcoming season, the first on May 28 and the second on May 30th, both from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Palo Alto High.

COACHING CORNER . . . Sacred Heart Prep is seeking frosh-soph and freshman football coaches as well as a girls' junior varsity volleyball 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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