HONOR FOR OAKS . . . Menlo College's Jimmy Bosco earned top billing as Player of the Year as the 2013 NAIA West Group end-of-the-year honors were announced last weekend. Bosco, a junior outfielder from Granite Bay, batted .426 — second-best in the conference behind the .434 average of Lewis-Clark State's Brady Steiger. Bosco's home runs (15), slugging percentage (.805), and runs batted in (56) were all tops in the Group. He tied for first with Steiger in runs. Bosco's impressive 2013 campaign also included a slew of top rankings on the national stage including first overall in: total bases (153), total bases per game (2.942), the aforementioned slugging percentage (.805) and fielding percentage (1.000). Bosco batted .533 (8-15) while leading the Oaks to a runner-up finish in the NAIA West Group Tournament last weekend in Portland, Ore. The Oaks lost to tourney host Concordia University, 4-3, in the finals. His eight tournament hits included a double and four RBI. Bosco also hit the tournament's only home run at cavernous Porter Park. Bosco will also receive a Gold Glove award for his defense in the Oak's outfield as he was not charged with a single error in 102 chances on the season. Also receiving top honors for Menlo was second-year head coach Stefan McGovern. He led Menlo to a 19-9 conference record and a 30-win regular season (33-19 overall) and was selected as the West Group's Coach of the Year by the other seven head coaches. McGovern has amassed 64 wins, claimed a Group Tournament championship and a second-place finish in his two seasons at Menlo. The 2013 All-NAIA West Group Team was also announced with five Oaks earning a spot — Daniel Comstock, Derek Martinez, James Jensen, Corey Metoyer and Bosco all secured a place on the list.
POLO NOTES . . . Sacred Heart Prep seniors Scott Jollymour, Zoltan Lazar and Alex Swart have committed to play water polo at four-year institutions next season. Jollymour and Lazar both will play for UC Davis, and Swart will attend George Washington University. All three were 2012 All-West Catholic Athletic League selections as well as members of the 2012 CCS Senior All-Star Team. They also were significant contributors to Sacred Heart Prep's WCAL and CCS Division II championships in 2011 and 2012 . . . Palo Alto boys' coach Brandon Johnson just finished his second season with University of Western Australia (UWA Torpedoes) of the Australian National (pro) League. They won the silver medal after making the playoffs for the first time since 2005. Johnson led the team in scoring with 50 goals. Brandon's twin, Matt, who shared coaching duties last season, is now heading the Gunn boys' program . . . The Palo Alto girls' program, meanwhile, is searching for a new head coach following the departure of Spencer Dornin. Those interested in the job should contact Paly Athletic Director Earl Hansen at firstname.lastname@example.org.