PEDERSON AN ALL-STAR . . .
Palo Alto High grad Joc Pederson will be a member of the East Division for the Arizona Fall League's Rising Stars Game on Saturday. Pederson is among 52 players (26 on each roster) who have been selected and the only player from the Los Angeles Dodgers' organization picked. Pederson played the regular season for Rancho Cucamonga in Single A and batted .313 in 110 games with 136 hits, 18 homers, 70 RBI and 26 stolen bases. The 20-year-old Pederson is one of the youngest prospects playing in the Arizona Fall League, and will play for the Chattanooga Lookouts of the Double-A Southern League in April. Pederson was ranked as the Dodgers' No. 4 prospect by MLB.com entering the 2012 season and lived up to that by being named the organization's Minor League position player of the year.
HOOP RECOGNITION . . . Stanford forward and 2012 All-American Chiney Ogwumike earned yet another honor ahead of the upcoming 2012-13 season, being named to the six-woman Associated Press Preseason All-America Team.
Ogwumike, a junior from Cypress, Texas, joins Elena Della Donne (Delaware), Skylar Diggins (Notre Dame), Brittney Griner (Baylor), Odyssey Sims (Baylor) and Alyssa Thomas (Maryland) on the team. Sims and Thomas each earned 19 votes out of 40 to tie for the fifth spot on the team. Ogwumike earned 23 while Della Donne, Diggins and Griner were all unanimous selections. It is the fourth straight year, and fifth time in the past six years, in which Stanford has been represented on the AP's Preseason All-America Team. Chiney Ogwumike follows older sister Nnemkadi Ogwumike (2010-11, 2011-12), Jayne Appel (2009-10) and Candice Wiggins (2007-08) as preseason All-Americans during that span.