Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - July 1, 2011

Sports Shorts

IN THE POOL . . . The Stanford Water Polo Club boys' 18U team, which finished first two weekends ago in Pacific Zone qualifying for the 2011 Junior Olympics, followed that performance with a third-place finish at the eighth annual Cal Cup Championships this past weekend in Ontario. Stanford defeated the North San Diego Stars, 15-5, in the bronze medal match on Sunday at Norco High. Stanford opened with a 13-3 win over DACA before romping to a 16-8 victory over Orange County on Saturday. On Sunday, Stanford dropped a 15-14 decision to Santa Barbara, which went on to finish second to overall champ San Diego Shores. Stanford finished 3-1 during the tournament, which served as another solid tuneup for the Junior Olympics, which will be held in Orange County later this summer. The Stanford Red 18-under team, which is coached by Brian Kreutzkamp, included Thomas Agramonte, Alex Bagdasarian, Philip Bamberg, Dante Cavazos, Robert Dunlevie, Casey Fleming, Mark Garner, Patrick Goodenough, Alex Gow, Nick Hale, Colin Mulcahy, Max Schell, Daniel Schwartz, Peter Simon and Adam Warmouth. The Stanford Red 16-under team finished fourth at the Cal Cup after dropping a 6-3 decision to San Diego Shores in the bronze-medal match. In the semifinals, Stanford fell to eventual champion Lamorinda, 9-5, while finishing 4-1 in the two-day tourney. Stanford opened with a 12-7 victory over CHAWP and beat Foothill Water Polo Club, 9-8, in the second round. In Round 3, Stanford posted an 8-7 victory over SoCal on Saturday at Corona del Mar High. Coached by Terry O'Donnell, the Stanford Red 16-under team included Stephen Cho, Zachary Churukian, Brayden Curry, Maxwell Draga, Harrison Enright, David Freudenstein, Rishabh Hegde, Harrison Holland-McCown, Michael Holloway, Reid Lazzarini, Evan McClelland, Morgan Olson-Fabbro, Will Runkel and Alexander Swart. The Stanford 16s finished third at the Pacific Zone qualifying for JOs two weeks ago in the East Bay. While the Stanford Water Polo Club teams will be off practice Friday, many of the players will be attending a clinch at Sacred Heart Prep from 4-7 p.m. Recently graduated Stanford players: Drac Wigo, Janson Wigo, Sage Wright and Jeffery Schwimer will headline a fundraising clinic that afternoon. All the clinic instructors have been selected to participate with Team USA at this summer's World University Games, Aug. 11-23 in Shenzhen, China, and will be holding the clinic in efforts to fundraise for their upcoming trip. Between them, the four players are 13-time All-Americans. During the clinic they will work on advanced shooting techniques and other valuable skills that they have learned throughout their colligate and international playing careers. Along with the in-water instruction they will also talk about their experiences with college academics, college water polo, and how it was like to play professionally in Europe, with time for Q and A's.

ON THE COURT . . . Men and women at least 18 years of age who want the chance to earn free tickets to one of the premier professional women's tennis tournaments on the West Coast, can become a volunteer at the Bank of the West Classic, July 23-31 at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium at Stanford University. Volunteer positions are currently available in several areas including transportation, ushers, guest services, hospitality, and tournament administration. For more information please go to www.bankofthewestclassic.com and click on "Volunteers" to apply online. Volunteers will receive complimentary tickets to the tournament, a parking pass, and an official tournament shirt. They will be asked to work a minimum of four shifts during the event in order to qualify for these tournament benefits.

COACHING CORNER . . . Palo Alto Knights Youth Football is seeking experienced head and assistant football coaches for the 2011 season. Contact: Mike Piha 269-6100 or mike@in2change.com. . . . 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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