OF LOCAL NOTE . . . Menlo Park resident F. Gabriel Morgan, 14, captured the U.S. Junior Squash Championship this past weekend at Yale University. Morgan competed in the Boys' U15 division and was undefeated in five matches, held at Yale's Brady Squash Center, en route to his first national title. Morgan defeated Timmy Brownell of Belmont, Mass., 11-7, 11-4, 6-11, 11-5 to wrap up the championship. During the weekend, 320 of the top-ranked U.S. junior squash players across five age divisions -- U11 to U19 -- competed in this prestigious tournament, which officially concludes the 2011-12 U.S. junior squash season. A member of the U.S. National Junior Team, Morgan is the No. 1-ranked squash player in the U.S. in his age division and is regarded as one of the top junior squash players in the world. A member of the Olympic Club in San Francisco, Morgan is the first junior from California to be crowned a national champion in squash. Morgan also is a top junior tennis player and will join the Menlo School tennis team as a freshman in the fall . . . The annual Menlo-Atherton High Hoops of Hope Free-Throw Marathon will be held Saturday in the school's new gym, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The goal is to raise $10,000 for African children orphaned by HIV/AIDS. For every $40 that Hoops of Hope raises, an orphan can be fed for a year. Free throws will be shot non-stop during the event, with shooters raising money from sponsors . . . Macalester College has named former Stanford assistant Gregg Olson as its new head men's soccer coach. Olson replaces Ian Barker, who left the St. Paul, Minnesota, school to become Director of Coaching Education for the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Olson was at Stanford for four seasons.