Sports ShortsSTANFORD ALUMNI . . . Former Stanford women's basketball standout Katy Steding joined former teammate Jennifer Azzi as an assistant coach at USF it was announced Wednesday. Azzi also hired Missouri grad —Blair Hardiek, who served as a coaching intern at Stanford in 2008, as an assistant. "I am excited about working with Katy and Blair to build a successful program at USF," Azzi said. "They are excellent teachers and coaches and share the USF commitment to educating the whole person. They both understand what it will take to inspire and teach the current team, and recruit future talent to USF."
Azzi and Steding were teammates on Stanford's first NCAA championship team and later on the Olympic team that won the gold medal at the 1996 Atlanta Games under Cardinal coach Tara VanDerveer . . . Stanford grad Ryan Garko, currently playing with the Texas Rangers, was voted onto the 28-member College World Series Legends Team as announced Thursday. The team was named as part of the commemoration of the final Series in Omaha's Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium this year. The Legends Team, pared down from an original list of 95 nominees, was selected after more than 100,000 votes were cast by college baseball fans, college baseball writers and Division I head baseball coaches. Garko, a catcher in his college days, played in the CWS in 2001-03. He was the Johnny Bench Award winner in 2003, an honor given to the nation's best collegiate catcher.
OF LOCAL NOTE . . . Two area CYSA teams came away with championships in their respective State Cup competitions last weekend in Morgan Hill. The De Anza Force 91 U-18 girls' team won its third straight State Cup by defeating the San Ramon Shock, 2-1. Current Palo Alto High senior Erika Hoglund scored the winning goal in the second half while Paly teammate (and junior) Alex Kershner preserved the victory with her goalie work. Also playing for the Force was Sacred Heart Prep senior Lizzie Weisman. Hoglund will continue playing soccer at Princeton while Weisman will do the same at Harvard. Kershner has a verbal commitment to play at Duke in 2011. The De Anza Force will compete against 14 other State Cup winners at the Far West Regional at the end of June in Albuquerque, N.M. In the boys' State Cup, Santa Clara Sporting 91, a U-18 squad, won its third title in four years with a 3-0 victory over Santa Rosa Soccer Club. The final goal of the championship match came off a corner kick by Paly senior Jenner Fox. Also playing for Santa Clara Sporting 91 was Chris Fisher of Menlo Park. This was the third time in the past five years that Santa Clara has beaten Santa Rosa in the finals.