Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - August 5, 2011

Sports Shorts

ATHLETE HURT . . . The Sacred Heart Prep girls' cross-country team made some great strides last season with the help of Courtney Schrier. The Gators, however, will have to compete this season without Schrier, who was seriously injured in an accident last week in Atherton. According to SHP coach Marisa Beck, Schrier was out on a run by herself on Tuesday, July 26. She was almost home and crossing in a crosswalk on El Camino Real and Alejandra Avenue when she was hit by a car. Despite being in the crosswalk and being waved on by other drivers, another car came out of nowhere to hit Schrier. She was thrown into the air before hitting the ground and losing consciousness. "There were maybe witnesses who came to her side and stayed with her until the paramedics came," Beck said in a statement. "She was taken to Stanford Hospital and has been receiving great care there." Beck said that Schrier has a fractured pelvis, a possible punctured lung as well as other fractures (a broken tailbone), but the pelvis is the biggest concern. Schrier was second team all league in cross country and in track and field last year as a sophomore. She helped the Gators win the West Bay Athletic League cross-country title for the first time by finishing 13th. "This was a horrible accident," wrote SHP Athletic Director Frank Rodriguez, who noted that there is no stop light or flashing crosswalk to notify drivers of crossing pedestrians at El Camino and Alejandra. "Witness accounts said that the car that hit Courtney in the crosswalk didn't break and knocked her 10 feet into the air. "Any of us who have driven El Camino have seen near-misses in these crosswalks, where a couple of cars stop and wave the pedestrian through, but the cars in the fast (left) lane don't stop. It's is especially tragic as it happened as Courtney was only three blocks from her home in Menlo Park at the end of her run."

OF LOCAL NOTE . . . A remarkable season by the Palo Alto 93 Blue U-18 boys' soccer team came to an end last Friday night following a 1-1 deadlock with the KCFC Rangers of Kansas City (Mo.) at the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series in Phoenix, Ariz. Palo Alto came into the four-team, round-robin tourney with the nation's No. 1 ranking for its age division. It also held a victory over defending national champ Alpharetta (Ga.) from earlier in the season. That still wasn't enough for 93 Blue as it managed only three goals in three matches while finishing 0-1-2 while sharing the bronze medal with Kansas City. In the 18-U bracket, four matches ended 1-1 and two ended 2-1 in the most evenly matched age group at the tournament. Friday's game marked the final match for the Palo Alto 93 Blue after 10 seasons as most of the players will be heading off to college in just a few weeks . . . Delandro Leday has been named the new boys' basketball coach at Menlo School for the 2011-2012 season. Leday succeeds Kris Weems, who accepted a job with the NBA's Golden State Warriors last month. In his third season as head coach of the Menlo boys' frosh-soph team, Leday led his team to a 17-2 overall record in 2010-2011.

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 an assistant cross-country coach. All interested candidates please contact AD Frank Rodriguez at frodriguez@shschools.org or 473.4031.

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