Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - April 20, 2012

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STANFORD RUGBY . . . The Stanford women's rugby team will be one of eight premier college squads that will be competing in the 2012 Emirates Airline USA Rugby Women's Division I and Division II playoffs on Saturday and Sunday on the Stanford campus. Stanford is one of four premium playoff locations around the country and will see eight teams from the Pacific Mountain Rugby Conference take the field in the highly competitive single-elimination competition. A loss this late in the season can abruptly end a team's hope at winning an elusive national title, so the quality of rugby and level of intensity should be high as these teams approach the end the season. On the Division I side of the competition, Stanford will face Chico State in a matchup between northern California rivals on Saturday at Steuber Rugby Stadium at 2 p.m.. In their previous match this season, Stanford came away with a strong 57-22 win in Chico that propelled the Cardinal to the No. 1 seed. UCLA will face California in another D-I match that pits bitter rivals against each other. In 2011, Cal did not reach the playoffs and UCLA was eliminated in the Round of 16 by national semifinalists BYU. The national quarterfinal will be Sunday at 3 p.m.

ACADEMIC HONORS . . . Stanford recruit Brittany Howard from Mountain View High was named a first-team academic All-American by prepvolleyball.com. Howard, who plays outside hitter, compiled a 4.14 grade point average. Sacred Heart Prep senior Sarah Daschbach, who is headed to Princeton, was named third-team All-American with her 4.06 GPA. Sacred Heart Prep's Jesse Ebner, who will play at Yale, made the fourth team with a 4.20 GPA . . . Palo Alto High grad Philip MacQuitty was one of five men from the UCLA track and field team to earn MPSF All-Academic honors for the indoor season, during which he ran a 4:06 mile in Seattle. He got his outdoor season off to a good start by running a 3:49.2 for the 1500 meters recently in a dual meet at Oregon. Earning academic honors for the UCLA women was Castilleja grad Tori Anthony.

OF LOCAL NOTE . . . Palo Alto's Aidan Hsu recently won a gold medal at the 2012 California State Games Hockey Speed Skating Competition in San Diego. The nine-year-old won the 10-and-under competition and nearly captured the 12-and-under division . . . Helena McDowell, a seventh-grader at Jordan Middle School, earned a bronze medal with her teammates on the San Jose Junior Sharks 12-U team at the USA Hockey Girls Tier II National Tournament . . . Palo Alto High senior Peter Rockhold has committed to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. Rockhold was a standout water polo player for the Vikings and currently is a member of the swim team.

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