Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - February 1, 2013

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ALL-STATE . . . Stanford-bound Austin Hooper of De La Salle was named to the first-team defense on the Cal-Hi Sports All-State team released Tuesday. The 6-foot-5, 245-pound senior, who can play both in the defensive line or tight end, had 17 Division I offers — including Oregon and Cal — before committing to The Farm two weeks ago. His speed on defense coming from the outside for a player his size is what made him so effective. The third-team offense included two Stanford recruits, wide receiver Francis Owusu (6-3, 190) of Oaks Christian and offensive lineman Thomas Oser (6-5, 285) of Harvard-Westlake. On the Small Schools all-state team, Sacred Heart Prep senior defensive back Daniel Thaure (5-10, 185) was named to the first team while teammate Mike Covell, a 6-0, 185-pound linebacker, was named to the second team on defense.

On the all-state teams for underclassmen, Palo Alto quarterback Keller Chryst was named to the second team for juniors while Menlo School quarterback Jack Heneghan received the same honor on the third team.

"LINSANITY" . . . One day after seeing himself on the big screen during the final viewing of the documentary "Linsanity" at the Sundance Film Festival, Palo Alto High grad Jeremy Lin was back on the NBA floor helping his Houston Rockets win. Lin, who was in Park City, Utah, on Sunday to watch the film along with 600 movie fans, didn't have far to travel on Monday as the Rockets visited the Utah Jazz. With Lin scoring 12 points on 5-for-5 shooting with seven assists, three steals and two rebounds, the Rockets continued to bounce back from an earlier slump with a 125-80 victory on Monday night.

A day earlier, Lin attended the film documenting his meteoric rise in the NBA last season. The movie received great reviews, in addition to a standing ovation before Lin joined his producer and director on stage for a Q&A following the screening. A Los Angeles Times report called "Linsanity: the Movie" easily "one of the most crowd-pleasing documentaries to play the festival this year." As Josh L. Dickey of Variety noted, the film is a "buzzer-beater away from closing a distribution deal." Considering "Linsanity" sold out at Sundance and brought in viewers from all over the country, it was reported that plenty of distributors should be lining up to bring the film to the world. Evan Jackson Leong's heart-warming "Linsanity" was said to be one of exactly two feel-good documentaries at Sundance this year. Despite the fact the film was sold out over all screenings at Sundance, people still turned up from miles away to wait in line while hoping to grab a spare seat. Movie reviewer Robert Levin wrote: "The Jeremy Lin story is remarkable and faith-restoring."

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