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Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - September 14, 2012

Sports Shorts

NEWEST LAKER . . . When the Los Angeles Lakers open training camp next month, Greg Somogyi will hold a special distinction on the team's roster. The 7-foot-3 Somogyi, the first Priory graduate to join an NBA team, will be the tallest player in camp. That's the good news. The flip side is that Somogyi joins a team that recently added All-Star center Dwight Howard, a mere 6-11. The Lakers signed Somogyi, a UC Santa Barbara grad, to a non-guaranteed contract last week. He'll arrive in training camp as a practice player. Somogyi, a native of Hungary, played all four years for the Gauchos and posted career averages of 3.5 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 12.2 minutes. Somogyi averaged a block for nearly every eight minutes played throughout his college career. In one of his most impressive games, Somogyi posted a career high, and UCSB record, with eight blocks against Fresno State in a narrow 64-60 victory during his sophomore campaign in 2009-10. Overall, Somogyi finished his UCSB career in second place on the all-time blocks school record with 181. Somogyi most recently played for the 2012 Lakers' Summer League team where he averaged 1.2 points, 1.6 rebounds in 7.2 minutes. He joins the Lakers' 19-man preseason roster that includes fellow centers like 7-footer Robert Sacre, 6-10 Jordan Hill, 6-11 forward-center Troy Murphy and the aforementioned Howard. The Lakers will open their preseason schedule against the Golden State Warriors on Oct. 7 in Fresno. At Priory, Somogyi led the Panthers to the CCS Division V finals in 2007 and 2008, losing both times. Priory advanced to the NorCal semifinals both seasons before losing, finishing 26-5 in '07 and 25-6 in '08.

PREP ALUMS . . . Senior outside hitter and Palo Alto High grad Allison Whitson turned an outstanding effort at the Fresno State Classic Tournament into the UC Davis women's volleyball team's first Big West Conference Player of the Week award of the year after leading her team in kills, attacks and hitting average through three games over the weekend in Fresno. It is the second career Player of the Week honor for Whitson, who currently ranks third on UC Davis' all-time career kills leaderboard with 1,295. With 55 kills over the weekend, she needs just 42 more to catch Kelly Gaudino (1,337 from 2000-03) for second. The 6-foot-1 Whitson was selected tournament MVP, averaging 4.58 kills and 3.42 digs per game to go with a .265 hitting percentage in three matches. She also recorded six total blocks to lead UC Davis to a 2-1 tournament record . . . Palo Alto High grad Davante Adams set a Fresno State single-game record for most receptions by a freshman by catching 12 passes (for 92 yards) in a 42-25 loss to Oregon on Saturday. A week earlier, Adams made his debut for the Bulldogs by catching seven passes for 118 yards and two touchdowns. He became the seventh freshman in school history to accumulate 100 or more receiving yards in a game, the first to do that as a freshman . . . With senior Taylor Docter from Castilleja helping lead the way, the Harvard women's volleyball team went 2-1 and finished second at the Harvard Invitational last weekend in Cambridge, Mass. Docter was named to the all-tournament team for Harvard (2-4). She posted 28 kills during the weekend, including a double-double against Manhattan on Friday night. Harvard edged Providence (1-12) by 25-20, 25-13, 25-16, before losing to Northern Kentucky (9-1) in the title match, 9-1), 25-21, 25-21, 25-23.

OF LOCAL NOTE . . . The annual Tony Makjavich Memorial Golf Tournament will be held Saturday, Sept. 22, at Monarch Bay Golf Course in San Leandro. The tournament honors the former Palo Alto Oaks' baseball manager, who guided the team for more than 50 years. The tourney format is a scramble with a shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. The entry fee of $150 includes green fee, cart, prizes, range balls and a tri-tip dinner. For those wishing to attend the banquet (with raffle) only, the cost is $35. For a copy of the entry form, send an e-mail to steve@paoaks.com or phone (650) 302-3279. The entry form also can be downloaded from the Palo Alto Oaks' web site at www.paoaks.com. Checks should be addressed to Palo Alto Oaks Baseball . . . Sacred Heart Prep is seeking a head coach to direct the Gators' girls' varsity lacrosse team and to oversee the program. Interested applicants should contact Athletic Director Frank Rodriguez at (650) 473.4031 or frodriguez@shschools.org.

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