Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - August 22, 2014

Sports Shorts

LOCAL SCENE . . . Sophomore Danielle McCarthy scored a goal and recorded a pair of assists as the Menlo College women's soccer team kicked off the season with a 3-1 victory over visiting Warner Pacific on Wednesday. Junior Jocelyn Aguilar and freshman Maddie Napier also scored for the Lady Oaks, who look to build on last year's 11-5-1 record. McCarthy, who led the team with eight goals last year, has already matched her assist total from last year . . . Stanford grad Christen Press scored in the 77th minute to help the United States women's senior national soccer team wallop visiting Switzerland, 4-1, on Wednesday in Cary, North Carolina. Press scored her fifth goal of the season and the 13th of her 25-game national team career. She controlled a ball just outside the penalty box and lofted a shot over the Swiss goalkeeper's head. The ball glanced off the bottom of the crossbar and deflected into the net . . . Stanford junior Bret Bonanni scored five times and the United States men's senior national water polo team were within striking distance of 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Serbia in the fourth quarter before falling to the Serbians, 11-9, Thursday on the final day of pool play at the FINA World Cup in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The United States will meet Australia in Friday's quarterfinals . . . Recent Gunn grads Jack Jaffe and Anna Zhou, both of whom represent The First Tee of Silicon Valley, were invited to play in the 2014 Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach in September.

GETTING IN SYNCH . . . Palo Alto resident Chesnie Cheung won a pair of gold medals at the UANA Pan American Synchronized Swimming Championships over the weekend in Riverside. The seventh-grader at Jordan Middle School, who competes for the Santa Clara Aquamaids, recorded victories in duet, with Kaitlyn Hoang, and team events in the 12-Under age group. Cheung, along with Palo Alto's Nicole Goot, also helped the United States 12-Under national team win the team title. Palo Alto High's Elle Billman and Gunn's Nicola Schmidt, representing the Santa Clara Aquamaids, earned a gold medal in the junior team event. The pair also earned a silver medal as part of the combination routine. the Aquamaids announced a development program that begins in September in Menlo Park on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. For more information, please contact coachjanetsca@gmail.com.

POWER AND SPEED . . . Palo Alto grad Joc Pederson hit his 30th home run of the season for Triple-A Albuquerque on Monday night to close in on becoming the first player in the Pacific Coast League to record a 30-30 season since 1934 and just the fourth overall. He has 28 stolen bases on the year for the Isotopes, who finish their season on Sept. 1. The three-time minor-league all-star hit in six straight games and nine of 10 entering play Tuesday night. Pederson hit 22 homers and stole 31 bases for Double-A Charlotte last year.

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