CARDINAL CORNER . . . Stanford's Coby Fleener has been named to the 2011 John Mackey Award preseason watch list, which was released Wednesday by the Nassau County Sports Commission. The award is given annually to the best tight end in college football. A fifth-year senior, Fleener has appeared in 38 games, including 11 starts, over the past three seasons. He is coming off his most productive season to date last year, when he caught 28 passes for 434 yards and seven touchdowns. He hauled in a career-high six receptions for 173 yards and three touchdowns in Stanford's Orange Bowl victory over Virginia Tech . . . Stanford's 2011 football season opener against San Jose State on Sept. 3 at Stanford Stadium will be televised by Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. Kickoff time has been set for 2 p.m. For ticket information regarding the 2011 season, contact the Stanford Athletics Ticket Office at 1-800-STANFORD or visit GoStanford.com . . . Stanford men's basketball head coach Johnny Dawkins has signed a two-year contract extension that will keep him on The Farm through the 2015-16 campaign.
ON THE COURT . . . Men and women at least 18 years of age who want the chance to earn free tickets to one of the premier professional women's tennis tournaments on the West Coast, can become a volunteer at the Bank of the West Classic, July 23-31 at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium at Stanford University. Volunteer positions are currently available in several areas including transportation, ushers, guest services, hospitality, and tournament administration. For more information please go to www.bankofthewestclassic.com and click on "Volunteers" to apply online. Volunteers will receive complimentary tickets to the tournament, a parking pass, and an official tournament shirt. They will be asked to work a minimum of four shifts during the event in order to qualify for these tournament benefits.
COACHING CORNER . . . Palo Alto Knights Youth Football is seeking experienced head and assistant football coaches for the 2011 season. Contact: Mike Piha 269-6100 or firstname.lastname@example.org. . . . Sacred Heart Prep is seeking an assistant cross-country coach. All interested candidates please contact AD Frank Rodriguez at email@example.com or 473.4031.