Pedersen, Ditto named Pac-10 Scholar-Athletes


Stanford senior Kayla Pedersen (basketbal) and Kelsey Ditto (swimming) have been named Pac-10 Scholar-Athlete for the winter, the conference announced on Monday.

The award was established to honor collegiate student-athletes that are standouts both academically and in their sports discipline.

Pedersen tops all the women's basketball candidates with a 3.53 GPA in communications/psychology. She also helped the nationally No. 2-ranked Cardinal (31-2) reach Monday night's NCAA Spokane Regional final in addition to being named to the All-Pac-10 team again this season.

Pedersen enters Monday's game averaging 13.0 points, 3.5 assists and 7.8 rebounds per game, while shooting 47 percent from the field. She is also a Wade Trophy finalist and four-time Pac-10 selection.

Ditto, who carries a 3.99 GPA as a political science major, was the Pac-10 runnerup in the 1650 freestyle and was fourth in the 500 freestyle, reaching both events at the past two NCAA Championships.

Stanford has won the past two Pac-10 team titles and finished second and fourth in her two seasons at Stanford after transferring from Georgia. She finished her career third all-time in the 1650 and sixth in the 500 freestyles.

"It is always a challenge selecting the Pac-10 Scholar-Athletes of the Year because there are so many remarkable student-athletes in our Conference," Pac-10 Commissioner Larry Scott said. "The Pac-10 is extremely proud of it's heritage of academic and athletic excellence and this group of student-athletes is an example of achieving balance and success at the highest levels."

In order to be eligible for the Pac-10 Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, student-athletes must be a senior (in athletics eligibility) on track to receive a degree, have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher, participate in at least 50 percent of the scheduled contests in the sport and have a minimum of one year in residence at the institution.

Each Pac-10 institution may nominate one individual per sport, and the winners are selected by a committee of Pac-10 staff members at the conclusion of each sport's regular season. The athletic accomplishments of the nominees are a consideration in the voting for the award.


Nationall No. 11-ranked Stanford (10-6) will host St. Mary's on Tuesday in Sunken Diamond at 5:30 p.m.. before opening Pac-10 action on Friday at Washington State (9-10) in the first of a three-game series.

After taking an extended 15 days off due to rain and finals, Stanford went 4-1 last week, taking the weekend series with Long Beach State (2-1) and picking up wins over area foes, UC Davis and Santa Clara earlier in the week.

Stanford head coach Mark Marquess is three wins away from 1,400 in his career. Stanford has won seven of 10 Pac-10 opening series since 2001.

Men's basketball

Stanford juniors Josh Owens, Jack Trotter and Andrew Zimmermann have been named to the Pac-10 All-Academic team, as announced by Commissioner Larry Scott on Monday.

Trotter was named to the First Team, Owens was appointed to the Second Team and Zimmermann earned Honorable Mention accolades.

For the second consecutive season, Stanford had the most selections (three) of any Pac-10 school.

To be eligible for selection to the academic team, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 overall grade-point average and be either a starter or significant contributor.

Trotter is a two-time recipient, also earning Second Team honors last year. Owens and Zimmermann were honored for the first time in their careers.


Ron Crook has been named coach of the tight ends and offensive tackles at Stanford by head coach Davis Shaw.

Crook, who has 22 years of collegiate coaching experience, has spent the past eight seasons as offensive line coach at Harvard in addition to tenures at Illinois, West Liberty State, Glenville State, Clarion, West Virginia Tech and Cincinnati.

While at Harvard, Crook's offensive line helped pave the way for Clifton Dawson (2003-06) to set the Ivy League's all-time career rushing record with 4,841 yards, breaking the former mark held by Cornell's Ed Marinaro. Eight of Crook's players earned first team All-Ivy honors a combined 11 times, including tackle James Williams, who was a three-time All-America and first team All-Ivy selection.

In 2009, four of Harvard's linemen earned all-league honors while Treavor Scales was named the Ivy League's Rookie of the Year. In addition, Crook tutored Frank Fernandez, who was selected to play in the 2007 Hula Bowl.

"I'm very excited about bringing Ron Crook to Stanford University," said Shaw. "He has over 20 years of coaching experience at various levels and is well respected as a teacher and a motivator of young men. He also shares our vision for the physical style of play in which we believe."

Men's golf

Stanford was in third place at the Linger Longer Invitational being held at the Great Waters Golf Course at Reynolds Plantation (Ga.) after the Cardinal shot a second round team score of 286 on Monday.

Stanford's second-round score, which was a three stroke improvement from Sunday's 289, leaves the Cardinal at 1-under 575 for 36 holes of the tournament, 13 strokes behind leader Alabama (14-under 562).

The Crimson Tide blistered the par-72, 7,073 Great Waters Course on Monday, carding a second round team score of 10-under 278 and led second- place Tennessee-Chattanooga by 11 shots heading into Tuesday's final round.

Stanford sophomore Andrew Yun was tied for fourth at 5-under 139 after a 4-under round of 68 on Monday. Yun was even on his round through his first nine holes but collected birdies on holes No. 12, 14, 15 and 18 for a backside score of 32.

He was eight strokes behind 36-hole leader Cory Whitsett of Alabama, who is at 132 after rounds of 64 and 68.

-- Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford SID

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