Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - April 6, 2012

Sports Shorts

OF LOCAL NOTE . . . US Rowing has invited Rachel Ersted, a 2010 graduate of Palo Alto High and current sophomore at the University of California, to attend the US U23 National Team Camp to be held this summer in Syracuse, N.Y., and Princeton, N.J. Ersted is one of three collegiate coxswains chosen to compete for a place on the United States Under-23 Team scheduled to race at the World Championships in Lithuania this July. As a freshman, she coxed Cal's Varsity 8+ boat to dual-meet victories over Washington and Stanford and a 2011 Pac-10 Championships; she and her team earned a bronze medal at the 2011 NCAA Championships . . . Menlo-Atherton High grad Marietta Tuionetoa, a freshman at BYU-Hawaii, will join the rest of her Seasiders' women's tennis team at the Pacific West Conference championships, hosted by Dominican College in San Rafael beginning April 19. Tuionetoa plays No. 5 singles and No. 2 doubles for top-ranked (in NCAA Division II) BYU-Hawaii (21-0) and owns a combined 35-1 record on the season . . . Palo Alto High grad Wade Hauser is batting .471 to lead Tufts University this season. Hauser has 51 at-bats for the Jumbos, who are off to a 12-3 start . . . Palo Alto High grad Lizzie Abbott helped Harvard win a pair of CWPCA Southern Division water polo matches last weekend as the Crimson clinched the No. 2 seed for the upcoming playoffs. Abbott, a senior, had one assist and two steals in a 10-4 win over Mercyhurst and added four goals, one assist and two steals in an 18-12 win over George Washington on Saturday. Abbott has 16 goals, nine assists and 19 steals for Harvard, which is 4-1 in its division and 12-9 overall this season under head coach Ted Minnis, the former Castilleja coach . . . Castilleja grad Sammy Albanese is 1-3 with a 2.67 earned run average for the Northwestern University women's softball team. Albanese, a four-time first-team All-American as a prep, has allowed 42 hits in 42 innings with 33 strikeouts and 36 walks. She came on in relief Wednesday in a 9-1 loss at Notre Dame.

COACHING CHANGE . . . Sacred Heart Prep girls' soccer coach Jake Moffat is stepping down after seven years as head coach. Beginning next academic year, Moffat will be the chairperson of the school's English department. Moffat coached the Gators to the program's first-ever Central Coast Section title 2009 and to three straight West Bay Athletic League crowns from 2009-11. After graduating 10 seniors off last year's team, SHP went 11-6-5 in 2012 and reached the semifinals of the CCS Division III playoffs before losing. Sacred Heart Prep will begin a search immediately to find a new girls' soccer head coach. Interested applicants should contact Frank Rodriguez at frodriguez@shschools.org or at 650.473.4031.

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