Sports ShortsOAKS' NOTES . . . Gunn High grad Sam Zipperstein has been all-league in both soccer and baseball. Now he can say he's an All-American. Zipperstein, a senior defender at Menlo College, was named an NAIA All-American honorable mention Monday along with Oaks' junior goalkeeper Alex Palomarez. "The coaching staff and program are really happy and proud of the two players," Menlo coach Mike Keller said. "They worked hard all year and were outstanding in all of our games. I'm glad they were recognized on the national level." Both players were instrumental in helping the Oaks win the Cal Pac Conference championship and qualify for the program's first trip to the NAIA national tournament.
Palomarez has been previously honored as the Cal Pac Conference Player of the Year after receiving the conference Defensive Player of the Week recognition on five different occasions. He was also recognized as the NAIA National Defensive Player of the Week award in mid-October. Zipperstein had also earned an All-Conference spot as his 11 assists put him in the top 20 in the nation . . . Menlo College senior Tim Tatum was named Cal Pac Conference Player of the Week for his efforts in helping the Oaks beat Academy of Art last weekend at venerable Kezar Pavilion in San Francisco. Tatum scored 29 points and had seven rebounds against the NCAA Division II team. In women's basketball, Menlo College freshman Laurel Donnenwirth earned Cal Pac Conference Player of the Week honors after averaging 20.5 points and 10.5 rebounds as the Oaks split two games at the Slugs Classic hosted by UC Santa Cruz.
COACHING CORNER . . . The Palo Alto Babe Ruth baseball program has openings for head coaches and team managers for the spring 2012 season. Tryouts will be in late January 2012. Those interested should contact the league at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more details, go to www.pababeruth.org.
VOLLEYBALL HONORS . . . Stanford sophomores Rachel Williams and Carly Wopat have been named to the All-Pacific Region Team by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. The pair was listed among the top 14 players on Tuesday in arguably the nation's most competitive region. It is the first career region honors for both Williams and Wopat. Players listed in the top 14 are now in contention to become 2011 AVCA All-Americans. Eleven of the 14 players selected in the Pacific Region hail from the Pac-12 Conference.