Sports ShortsSMART TEAMS . . . Four local athletic teams were recognized by the California Interscholastic Federation as having the best combined grade point average in the state. The CIF Academic Team champions in 2009-10 included the Menlo School girls' lacrosse team, the Menlo softball squad, the Sacred Heart Prep girls' swim team and the Castilleja water polo team. This season marked the sixth year that all CIF-approved sports were eligible for consideration. A total of 28 teams in 17 sports were eligible to be the best academic teams in the state. The Sacred Heart Prep girls' swim team had a combined 3.86 GPA while the Menlo softball squad was next at 3.383. The Menlo girls' lacrosse team compiled a 3.82 while the Castilleja water polo team checked in with a 3.79.
ON TRACK . . . The Palo Alto Lightning Track and Field Club will be well represented at this weekend's Junior Olympics, which begin Friday at Modesto Junior College. The top three finishers in each age group will advance to the National Junior Olympics, which will be held at Sacramento City College later this summer. Competing this weekend for the Lightning will be Gregor Dairaghi, Elijah Gwin-Kerr, Skyler Haataja, Dennis Mandudzo, Bobby Missirian, Rashid Severain, Andre Shaw, Aqellezra Gabriel, Alexandria Cell. Olivia Cell, Kastania Dahlen, Sion Walls plus the boys' Midget 'A' 4x800 relay team and the girls' Youth 'A' 4x800 relay squad. The Cell sisters of Palo Alto will compete against each other in the Youth division in the 400, 800, 1500 meters and on the 4x800 relay.
ANOTHER HONOR . . . Stanford third baseman Kenny Diekroeger was named a first-team Freshman All-American by Baseball America on Thursday. Diekroeger continues to excel for the Newport Gulls in the New England Collegiate Baseball League. He's second in the league, batting .375 and is tied for fourth in the league with seven doubles. In the Gulls' July 4 victory over Newbedford, Diekroeger went 2-for-3 with one double and an RBI. In June, Diekroeger in June was also named to Collegiate Baseball's Freshman All-America team.
COACH OPENINGS . . . Sacred Heart Prep and Menlo-Atherton are looking for some coaches for the upcoming school year. Sacred Heart needs a girls JV head tennis coach and boys JV head tennis coach. Interested applicants please contact AD Frank Rodriguez at (650) 473-4031 or via email at email@example.com. Menlo-Atherton is looking for a girls' varsity golf coach and a boys'frosh-soph soccer coach. Those interested in the positions should contact Mary Podesta at firstname.lastname@example.org.