It was just a matter of time before Palo Alto High grad Jeremy Lin made his playing debut with the Golden State Warriors. That time arrived Sunday during a 107-83 loss to the host Los Angeles Lakers as the Warriors fell to 2-1.
Lin, one of the most popular rookies this season who had played only three minutes all season, logged 16 minutes against the Lakers -- including 11 minutes in the third quarter. Lin's first shot of his NBA career was a 12-foot airball, but he followed it up with a steal on a Kobe Bryant pass.
Lin scored his first basket as an NBA player, a layup, and recorded four steals and three assists along with a rebound. He did, however, pick up five fouls. His best play was diving on the floor for a loose ball and feeding it to Brandan Wright for a 3-point play.
Keeping in the spirit of Halloween, Lin was among a handful of Warriors who wore orange shots during the game.
Palo Alto grad Maeve Stewart and her Tufts University teammates will take a No. 1 seed into this week's NESCAC playoffs after defeating Bowdoin, 1-0, last Friday. The Jumbos finished the regular season at 8-2-3 (6-1-2 in league). Stewart had three shots against Bowdoin, one on goal, but came up scoreless. Tufts will open postseason play on Sunday by hosting No. 8 Bates.
Despite the efforts of Palo Alto's Emily Avis and Menlo School grad Aly McKinnon, Williams College dropped a 25-15, 18-25, 25-17, 25-22 decision to Middlebury in NESCAC action on Saturday in Clinton, N.Y.
Avis contributed 36 assists while McKinnon added 11 digs for the Ephs, who afterward received the No. 6 seed for this weekend's league tournament. Williams opens Friday against Bowdoin.
Tufts University showed that it's ready for the postseason by earning a pair of three-game victories on Saturday at the Judges Classic hosted by Brandeis University. In its last action of the regular season Tufts defeated host Brandeis, 25-13, 25-19, 25-8, as Castilleja graduate Audrey Kuan served six aces. Kuan later was named to the all-tournament team. Tufts then swept UMass Boston, 25-16, 25-11, 25-22, to finish 20-9 overall heading into the NESCAC Championship at Amherst College next weekend. The Jumbos are the No. 4 seed and will play No. 5 Connecticut College in the opening round on Friday. The Jumbos will be seeking their first conference title since 1996.
In the Ivy League, Palo Alto High grad Hillary Ford and Gunn grad Michaela Venuti helped Princeton to a 25-18, 25-16, 25-18 victory over Brown on Saturday night. Ford had 19 assists while Venuti added 35 assists and 10 digs for the Tigers (7-2, 12-8), who moved into second place with the triumph.
Elsewhere in the Ivy League:
Despite the efforts of Castilleja grad Taylor Docter, Harvard dropped a 3-2 decision to Columbia on Saturday night. The Crimson fell to 4-6 in league (7-15 overall).
A night earlier, Docter had 12 kills and 13 digs to help Harvard hand Cornell a loss in five games. Docter, a sophomore outside hitter, has played in all 22 matches and produced 158 kills, No. 2 on the team. She also has 144 digs, also second on the team. Freshman Teresa Skelly from Gunn High ranks No. 1 on the team with 77 total blocks.
Men's water polo
With Palo Alto High grad Tim Wenzlau providing the winning goal, 18th-ranked Princeton won the 2010 Ivy League Championships with a 7-6 overtime win over Brown on Sunday. Wenzlau's winning goal came on a counterattack with 52 seconds left in the second overtime.
Menlo School grad Matt Hale led the Tigers with three goals while Wenzlau had two. Menlo grad Mike Merlone had 15 saves in goal.
Princeton (14-7) will be back in action this weekend at the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Southern Championships.
Harvard, coached by former Castilleja coach Ted Minnis, finished third in the Ivy League Championships following a 12-7 victory over Yale. Harvard opened with a 22-5 drubbing of Cornell before losing to Brown, 15-7, while playing without goalie Alexander Popp from Menlo-Atherton High.
Harvard will compete this weekend at the CWPA Northern Division Championships at MIT, hoping to reach the CWPA Eastern Championships Nov. 19-21.