Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - January 31, 2014

Sports Shorts

NEW COACHES . . . Palo Alto High grad Peter Hansen has returned to the Stanford football program as the team's new inside linebackers coach. Hansen takes over for David Kotulski, who followed Derek Mason to Vanderbilt as the team's defensive coordinator last week. Hansen spent the 2009 and 2010 seasons at Stanford as a defensive assistant on the Stanford Cardinal coaching staff, working closely with current San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio in film breakdown, scouting reports and practice preparation. He had previously served as a strength and conditioning intern for the Cardinal in 2008. Hansen went to the San Francisco 49ers on Feb. 4, 2011 and worked there as a defensive assistant, working most recently with the team's outside linebackers. Prior to his Stanford tenure, Hansen was an assistant coach at Palo Alto High for four seasons (2004-07) . . . Stanford also named Lance Anderson as its new defensive coordinator. Anderson takes over the role vacated by Mason. Anderson recently completed his seventh season on the Stanford staff and fourth campaign working with the outside linebackers, a position group that he will continue to coach. Anderson previously worked with the defensive tackles from 2007-09. One of the architects of Stanford's vaunted defense, Anderson has also received considerable praise for his work as the program's liaison to the Stanford admissions office. Anderson's players have played key roles in guiding the Cardinal to consecutive Rose Bowl appearances in 2013 and 2014, and consecutive Pac-12 titles with one of the nation's top defensive units. The Cardinal has ranked among the nation's top 15 in defensive efficiency for three consecutive years.

ON THE MAT . . . Menlo College freshman Cady Chessin came out of nowhere as she concluded a dramatic rise through the national rankings with a national runner-up finish at 123 pounds at the WCWA national championships last weekend in St. Louis, Mo. "Cady started the season unranked in the country and started her college career with three loses on her record," Menlo associate coach Joey Bareng said. "Since then she has gone on a winning streak and got herself ranked eighth mid-season and fourth just before nationals. Cady looked on fire this weekend and seemed to love the spotlight and wrestled better than she has all year." Menlo finished 13th overall, with 34 points. King University claimed its first ever WCWA national title, edging Oklahoma City University by two points. Chessin pinned her first two opponents in less than two minutes and won her semifinal match, 12-0. Top-ranked Sarah Hildebrandt ended Chessin's run with a pin in 2:22 of the national title match. Fellow freshman Rachael Chinn dropped her first match and eventually wrestled back to twice at 155 pounds before losing again, producing points for the Lady Oaks. Solove Naufahu (170) and Jeanette Naranjo (130) also scored for Menlo.

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