Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - January 6, 2012

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PREP NOTES . . . Sacred Heart Prep senior Kyle Koenig has committed to play water polo for the U.S. Naval Academy next fall. Koenig was an All-Central Coast Section Division II selection this past fall and was an honorable mention choice in 2010. He also was a first-team selection for the West Catholic Athletic League as a junior and senior. Koenig was the team captain for the Gators while helping his team win the WCAL and CCS Division II title. It was the Gators' fourth section championship in the past five years. "I am both honored and excited to represent the Naval Academy and my country next fall," Koenig said. "I know that Coach Schofield will help me become the best athlete I can be and that the Naval Academy will provide me with one of the best academic environments in the country. It has always been my dream to play water polo in college in represent my country at the same time." . . . The Palo Alto girls' volleyball team, which has won back-to-back Division I state championships, will be honored once again when the team receives the Army National Guard national ranking trophy as part of the second annual MaxPreps Tour of Champions for Girls Volleyball. The award presentation will be Wednesday at 7 p.m., between the Palo Alto-Gunn girls' and boys' basketball games in the Vikings' gym. Palo Alto was ranked No. 1 in the nation in the Freeman computerized rankings on MaxPreps. Palo Alto is one of just six high schools nationwide being honored on the second annual girls' volleyball MaxPreps Tour of Champions. MaxPreps ranks more than 17,000 varsity high school girls' volleyball teams.

COACHING CORNER . . . The Palo Alto Babe Ruth baseball program has openings for head coaches and team managers for the spring 2012 season. Tryouts will be in late January 2012. Those interested should contact the league at pabr.baseball@gmail.com. For more details, go to www.pababeruth.org.

CARDINAL RECRUIT . . . Before the Stanford football team took the field for Monday's showdown with Oklahoma State in the Fiesta Bowl, the Cardinal took another step toward solidifying its future by getting a verbal commit from one of the nation's top offensive guards. Brandon Fanaika, a 6-foot-3, 295-pounder from Pleasant Grove High in Utah, was the top uncommitted recruit in his state before putting Stanford down as his top choice. Fanaika was ranked No. 19 nationally at his position according to theBootleg.com. He is the second offensive guard to commit as Stanford looks to replacing veteran David DeCastro, who'll be leaving The Farm a year early for the NFL. Stanford has 16 recruits who have committed, six on offense. The highest-rated recruit is center Graham Shuler of Brentwood Academy in Brentwood, Tenn. The 6-5, 272-pounder ranks No. 4 nationally at his position and is a four-star recruit. The next-highest is outside linebacker Noor Davis from Leesburg High in Florida. The 6-4, 233-pounder is rated No. 9 at his position.

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