If there's any local connection to the NCAA Final Four in basketball, it will have to come from the Stanford women's team this season after Gunn High grad David Riley and his Whitworth men's team missed out last weekend.
Riley, a senior forward at Whitworth, scored 20 points in a 93-77 victory over No. 11-ranked Marietta in an NCAA Division III sectional semifinal last Friday, Riley and the No. 1-ranked Pirates came up one game short of the NCAA Final Four after falling to No. 5 Wooster, 76-66, on the Fighting Scots' home floor in Wooster, Ohio.
Riley scored all 11 of his points in the second half to help get Whitworth to within 69-64 with 41 seconds left, but Wooster made seven of eight shots from the free-throw line down the stretch.
Whitworth came within a game of becoming the first school from the West Coast to reach the NCAA Division III men's Final Four since 1982.
Riley capped his college career by helping the Pirates finish 28-2, the most victories in school history. Riley finished with 1,664 career points, only the fifth player in school history to surpass 1,500 career points. He now ranks No. 4 all-time for the Pirates.
After earning first-team All-Northwest Conference honors this season for the third year in a row, Riley took a 16.5 scoring average into the postseason. He tallied a season-high 33 points on Feb. 11 when he set a school record with 10 three-pointers. Riley's career-high 37 points came in 2008-09.
The Menlo Atherton Youth Lacrosse Club will host its inaugural Youth Lacrosse Day on Sunday at Menlo Atherton High from 2-4:30 p.m. The goal of the event is to introduce local families to the sport of lacrosse through a range of fun interactive activities.
Activities for the day include mini-clinics led by current college lacrosse players from Stanford and San Jose State; contests such as fastest shot (measured with radar gun); a raffle and giveaways; and the day will be capped off with the Menlo Atherton Grizzlies lacrosse team playing a regular season game against the San Francisco Tigers Lacrosse Club.
"This is a wonderful opportunity for us to introduce our new club and the sport of lacrosse to more of the families in our local area," said Menlo-Atherton Youth Lacrosse Club President Jeff Kangas. "We'll have opportunities for kids to try out lacrosse; college players will be on hand to sign autographs; we'll be giving away t-shirts and raffling off lacrosse sticks; and much more. It will also be a great opportunity for local lacrosse fans to see some our local youth in a very competitive lacrosse game against another Bay Area rival."
The Menlo Atherton Youth Lacrosse Club, (mascot is the Grizzlies) is the newest addition to the Northern California Junior Lacrosse Association's roster of Bay Area youth lacrosse clubs. In its first year of operation, the club has over 70 players ranging from ages 5-11 playing on four different boys and girls teams. The club plans to grow its teams next year and is eager to promote the sport of lacrosse to all local families.
Sunday's mini-clinics and instruction will be offered from 2-3:30 p.m. The game against the San Francisco Tigers will be held from 3:30-4:30 p.m. For more information, visit the club's website at www.menloathertonlacrosse.com.
Women's water polo
Gunn High grad Jenny Anderson scored a pair of goals for Santa Clara University in an 8-7 loss to visiting Harvard on Sunday. The Crimson is coached by former Castilleja coach Ted Minnis.
Bob Crowe and Doug Kaufman of the Menlo-Atherton Little League Challenge Team program recently were honored along with 19 other national winners of the 2011 Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) Double-Goal Coach Award, presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance.
The duo launched the league's Challenger team for youth with physical, mental and emotional challenges, such as autism.