Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - July 4, 2014

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NEW COACH . . . The Gunn High girls' basketball program has a new varsity head coach, Cass Taylor, who formerly coached the JV girls at St. Francis. Taylor, who brings a wealth of experience to the game, last played at St. Francis High under coach Bill Delaney in 1986. "I have been coaching for 20 years," Taylor said. "I have been coaching at St. Francis for seven years and before that I was over at Lincoln High in San Jose. I coached all through NJB for over eight years and I was president of the Palo Alto chapter for two years. I actually coached a lot of girls that went to Gunn, so I am very familiar with the program and the history." While Gunn Athletic Director Jill Naylor has filled the position vacated by Melanie Murphy, who left to take the girls' basketball job at Sacred Heart Prep, new Palo Alto AD Jason Fung needs to find a new girls volleyball coach and a new baseball coach. Dave Winn, who guided the Vikings to back-to-back CIF state titles in 2010 and '11, left to become the new head girls volleyball coach at Mountain View. Erick Raich, who guided the Paly baseball program to its first-ever Central Coast Section title in 2011, left to become the head coach at De Anza College.

NBA BOUND . . . Stanford grad Josh Huestis heard from the Oklahoma City Thunder and then he heard from Thunder star Kevin Durant. Huestis was drafted in the first round by the Thunder, and was joined by former teammate Dwight Powell, who went in the second round to the Charlotte Hornets in last week's NBA Draft.

It's the first time two Stanford players have been chosen in a draft since twins Brook Lopez (No. 10, New Jersey Nets) and Robin Lopez (No. 15, Phoenix Suns) were selected in 2008. Huestis, who was the 29th overall pick, is the first Cardinal player selected in the NBA Draft since Landry Fields was taken 39th overall in the second round by the New York Knicks four years ago. Powell, meanwhile, is in limbo for the time being. The Hornets are in discussions to trade the rights to Powell and will not be able to consummate any potential trade until after the moratorium period ends July 10. Stanford players have been picked 11 times since 2000, fourth-best behind UCLA (20), Arizona (17) and Washington (10) among Pac-12 schools. A three-time Pac-12 Defensive Team selection, Huestis established a school record with 190 career blocks, an accomplishment for a player who stands 6-7. Huestis appeared in 135 games, second-best in school history, while his 834 career rebounds are eighth on the all-time Cardinal list. Powell became the sixth player in school history to be chosen in the second round, joining Fields, Jarron Collins (2001, Utah Jazz), Tim Young (1999, Golden State Warriors), Kimberly Belton (1980, Phoenix Suns) and Arthur Harris (1968, Seattle Supersonics).

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