Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - July 20, 2012

Gunn wrestler pins down another title

Palo Alto badminton player wins junior national title; local Frisbee players bring home world championship gold

by Rick Eymer

Gunn High junior Cadence Lee may be out of school this summer, but it hardly has been a vacation as she continued to shine on the wrestling mat.

Lee's latest achievement was winning the 108-pound girls' Cadet title at the 2012 National Freestyle Championships on Saturday in Fargo, N.D.

Lee went 5-0, pinning three opponents in the first period in 49 seconds, 18 seconds and 1:55 to claim the title.

She opened with a decision, pinned two opponents, won her third match by decision (losing her first and only period in the five matches) and then won the crown.

Lee was going to compete in the Junior Division of the championships on Sunday, but an injury forced her default.

Lee next is scheduled to participate in a two-week training camp at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., followed by participation in the Cadet World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan from Aug. 18-25.

Badminton

Palo Alto's Stephanie Yu, a seventh-grader at Jordan Middle School, won the gold medal in girls' singles in the Under-13 division at the Junior National Badminton Championships that finished up this past weekend in the city of Orange in Southern California.

Yu went 4-0 to win the singles title, topped by a 21-14, 21-16 triumph in the finals.

In addition to winning her first Junior National title, Yu was third in doubles and fourth in mixed doubles. She finished second in doubles in 2011.

Yu is now ranked No. 1 in doubles, No. 2 in singles and No. 3 in mixed doubles in the U-13 division.

Next up for Yu will be the 2012 Pan American Junior Badminton Championships in Alberta, Canada, (July 22-29). A total of 16 countries will be participating. This is Yu's fourth time attending the Jr. Pan Ams. At this meet last year, held in Jamaica, Yu took home gold in doubles and mixed doubles plus silver in singles in the U-13 division.

Baseball

Former Palo Alto standouts Joc Pederson and B.J. Boyd have been finding plenty of success in the minor leagues recently.

Pederson, playing for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes in the Los Angeles Dodgers' California League organization, was batting .395 in his past 10 games through Sunday. He had 15 hits in 38 at-bats with five RBI.

For the season, Pederson is hitting .297 with 78 hits in 263 at-bats with seven homers and 26 RBI.

Boyd, who just graduated from Paly, is hitting .344 in his past 10 games with 11 hits in 32 at-bats for the the Oakland A's affiliate in the Arizona League. He had six walks and seven stolen bases.

For the season, Boyd is hitting .333 with 17 hits in 51 at-bats with 13 stolen bases.

Frisbee

Gunn High graduate Russell Wynne and eight Stanford grads helped the USA capture the Open Division at the World Flying Disc Federation 2012 Ultimate Championships that wrapped up Saturday in Sakai, Japan.

Wynne (a UC Santa Cruz grad) and Cardinal grads Robbie Cahill, Tom James, Jordan Jeffrey, Jonathan Levy, Nick Schlag, Mark Sherwood, Bart Watson and Josh Wiseman play for the San Francisco-based Revolver team that represented the United States.

A total of 19 countries were represented in the Open Division, with Team USA capturing the crown with a 17-5 win over Great Britain. The Americans edged Canada, 17-16, in the semifinals and ousted Finland, 17-7, in the quarterfinals.

Revolver, founded in 2006, won the World Club Championships in 2010 and was the national champion in both 2010 and '11.

Wynne, who graduated from Gunn in 2006, was a standout soccer player for the Titans before turning to Ultimate Frisbee. He played in 10 games in the tournament, scoring eight goals and adding two assists. Wiseman led the team with 17 goals with James adding three.

In the Women's Masters division, Palo Alto resident Jennifer Donnelly coached the USA team to a 6-1 record and the gold medal. Fellow Stanford grads Dominique Fontenette and Ashley Simons played for the winning team, which brought home the top prize following a 15-13 victory over Canada.

Team USA reached the finals with a 15-11 victory over Japan.

Golf

Menlo School grad Ben Scribner wound up being the second alternate after playing 42 holes on Monday at the 2012 U.S. Amateur Sectional Qualifying at Marin Country Club.

Scribner appeared out of the running after firing a 6-over 78 in the morning round, but rallied with a 3-under 69 in the afternoon -- including three birdies on his final nine holes -- to finish in a four-way tie for third at 147. Only the top three players qualified for the championships at Cherry Hills Country Club in Cherry Hills Village, Colo., on August 13-19.

Tyler Raber of El Macero won the coveted third berth on the third playoff hole with Scribner being relegated to the second alternate spot on the sixth playoff hole.

The next-best local finish was a 77-76-153 by Spencer Fletcher of Los Altos. Robby Salomon of Portola Valley shot 80-79-159 while brothers Bradley and Kevin Knox of Menlo Park each shot 160. Dustin McMillen of Palo Alto was five strokes back.

Palo Alto's Martin Trainer shot 75 in the morning round, but withdrew. Menlo School grad Bobby Pender of Los Altos Hills shot 93 in the morning and also pulled out.

Water polo

There's still some work to be done by the Stanford Water Polo Club as its teams prepare to host the upcoming SwimOutlet.com Junior Olympics in boys' water polo.

The 16U Red team finished fifth and the 18U Red squad took seventh at last weekend's U.S. Club Championships in Southern California, an event featuring the top teams that will be in town next week for the Junior Olympics.

Perhaps the big positive for the 18U and 16U squads was the fact each faced the top two teams at the U.S. Club Championships. Unfortunately for both, they fell to those squads.

The 18U Red went 3-2, opening with a pair of wins before falling to eventual runner-up Los Angeles Water Polo Club, 13-9, and then eventual champion SoCal, 12-11. A third straight loss, 9-6 to Lamorinda, put Stanford in the seventh-place game. There, the 18s edged Santa Barbara, 8-7.

The 16U Red team fared a little better. Stanford again opened with a pair of wins before losing to eventual runner-up LAWPC, 12-10. After a 5-2 victory over San Diego Shores, Stanford dropped an 11-6 decision to eventual champ Del Mar. A 10-5 victory over Lamorinda wrapped up fifth place and a 4-2 finish.

The Stanford 14U Red team went 3-3 and took 10th while the 12U Red squad finished 2-3-1 while taking 15th.

The Junior Olympics for boys will run July 28-31 at various local pools, including Palo Alto, Menlo-Atherton and Sacred Heart Prep and conclude with medal matches at Stanford's Avery Aquatic Center.

The Stanford 18U Red team is the defending divisional JO champion. Stanford will have nine teams entered from 10-under up to the 18s.

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