Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - December 13, 2013

Double honor for Robinson

Gunn senior earns All-American recognition in cross country, soccer

by Keith Peters

It was quite an end to the cross-country season for Gunn senior Sarah Robinson, who earned All-American status after finishing 11th in the girls' race at the Nike Cross Nationals last weekend at the Portland Meadows Race Track in Oregon.

Robinson clocked 17:51.8 over the loop course that featured a number of obstacles in addition to freezing weather. She wound up as the No. 3 runner from California, trailing third-place Sarah Baxter of Simi Valley (16:57.8) and fourth-place Fiona O'Keefe of Davis (17:31.1).

On Monday, Robinson was named to a second All-American team — in soccer. She was one of 38 girls (and one of three repeaters) on the 2013 Youth All-America Team selected by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Robinson plays for the Mountain View/Los Altos (MVLA) Lightning soccer club.

"I will wager that there is no one else in the country who was named both All-American in soccer and cross country in the same week," said Gunn cross-country coach PattiSue Plumer. "I imagine that there are other two-and three-sport athletes out there, but to earn those distinctions at the same time is truly remarkable."

Robinson is taking a break from the high school soccer season, but will train and play for her club team. Also sitting out her senior year is Menlo School's Jaye Boissierre. She's a club teammate of Robinson, with the two headed for Stanford next fall to play soccer.

Menlo could have used Boissierre this week as the Knights dropped a 2-0 nonleague decision to visiting Palo Alto on Tuesday.

Palo Alto's first goal was scored by Aoi Sugihara on an assist from Sunny Lyu from 25 yards out in the 25th minute. Menlo nearly equalized minutes later when senior Amanda McFarland's 20-yard shot hit the crossbar and Menlo was unable to convert the rebound.

Palo Alto pushed its lead to 2-0 in the second half on a breakaway goal from Katie Foug off an assist from Megan Tall, who shielded a defender with her back before slipping a pass to Foug.

Elsewhere in nonleague action, host Menlo-Atherton posted an impressive 2-1 victory over St. Ignatius on a frigid Tuesday. The Bears (2-0-2) got on the board first when junior Amanda Wiseman found sophomore Miranda Simes on the left flank. Simes fed the ball to freshman Katie Guenin, whose initial shot deflected off the keeper, but she was able to finish her own shot in the 20th minute of the first half.

St. Ignatius struck right back when sophomore Veronica Alberts crossed the ball into senior Lindsay Bettinger, who finished with a one-touch shot in the net less than a minute after M-A had scored.

In the second half, M-A senior Cayla Stillman scored the winning goal when she scored off a beautiful cross from junior Carolyn Hunt-Gonzales. Junior goalkeeper Jacqueline Foody had a number of saves, including an impressive save of a 1v1 breakaway.

At Los Altos Hills, host Pinewood (1-2) got one goal and three assists from Nicole Colonna in a 4-1 nonleague victory over Crystal Springs.

In Atherton, Sacred Heart Prep remained unbeaten with a 6-0 romp over visiting South San Francisco in nonleague action Tuesday. The Gators (3-0) got the winning goal in the second minute from senior Alex Bourdillion on the first of three straight assists by freshman Olivia Athens. Tierna Davidson and Carey Bradley added goals as SHP grabbed a 3-0 lead in the opening 14 minutes. Kate Bechtel, Athens and Blair Hamilton finished off the scoring.

On Wednesday, host Gunn (1-0-1) played to a scoreless deadlock with San Mateo in nonleague play.

Girls basketball

Pinewood (4-0) and Palo Alto (4-0) will match unbeaten records on Friday when the teams meet in the semifinals of the Pinewood Classic at 3 p.m.

The game originally would have been played at 6 p.m., but Pinewood coach Doc Scheppler has tickets to watch Palo Alto grad Jeremy Lin and his Houston Rockets play an NBA game in Oakland against the Warriors that night.

The Panthers opened their title defense as four players scored in double figures during a solid 72-59 victory over Scotts Valley on Wednesday in Los Altos Hills. Monique McDevitt and Marissa Hing each had 17 points while sisters Leanna and Gabi Bade contributed 13 and 12, respectively. Leeana Bade pulled down 13 rebounds and Chloe Eackles had 11 while Gabi Bade dished out six assists.

Palo Alto, meanwhile, advanced as it made a season-high 16 three-pointers while shooting down Mills, 66-21, in the opening round. The Vikings got four treys each from freshman Lauren Koyama and sophomore Siggi Bengston while freshman Amelia Schmarzo added three. Paly made 12 treys in the first half while building a 45-12 lead. Bengston led all scorers with 17 points with Koyama adding 14 and Schmarzo 13.

Boys soccer

Palo Alto opened play in the Oak Grove Gold Cup with a 1-1 deadlock with visiting Milpitas on Tuesday.

Paly (2-1-1) had a number of chances at the beginning of the game, but could not the ball in the net. Milpitas had a couple of opportunities at the start of the second half. Paly settled down and had a very good second half, yet came away with only one goal when Dami Bolarinwa took a Wesley Woo pass and slammed it past the Milpitas keeper in the 30th minute.

Paly played in the Winter Soccer Classic in Pleasanton last week finishing fifth out of 10 teams.

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