Castilleja grad Albanese pitching Northwestern to winning season


Former Castilleja softball standout Sammy Albanese will close out her first home season with Northwestern beginning Wednesday when the Wildcats host Minnesota in a doubleheader. Northwestern also will host Indiana this weekend.

Albanese has helped the Wildcats to a 22-15 record this season. She has a team-leading 3.11 earned run average while starting 10 games and making 20 appearances.

She has thrown 74 1/3 innings with 69 strikeouts while allowing 60 hits, 33 earned runs and 47 walks. Opponents are hitting just .213 off her this season, best on the team. She's also batting .286 in 14 at-bats.

Water polo

Former Menlo School standout Whitney Allen closed out her college career by helping her Santa Clara University women's water polo team post a 7-4 comeback victory over Cal State East Bay in the third-place match at the Western Water Polo Association Championships on Saturday at Chabot College in Hayward.

Allen and goalie Wren White were named First Team All-WWPA Tournament players as the Broncos made some big improvement after finishing second in 2009.

"This team has come farther than any group I've coached in a season," said Santa Clara head coach Keith Wilbur, who formerly coached the Menlo School boys' team."We have a lot of young players but we had a great senior class and their leadership was key to our development and progress."

Seeded-third, Santa Clara finished 10-6 in league and 15-19 overall this season.

"This was a great way to finish the season," said Wilbur. "The whole team stepped up. That fourth quarter was the best we've played all year."

All started her college career at Bucknell before transferring to SCU. She started all 33 matches last year and scored 16 goals while assisting on 15.

At the Collegiate Water Polo Association Eastern Championships in Bloomington, Ind., Palo Alto High grad Tanya Wilcox scored two goals to help 20th-ranked Princeton defeat Harvard, 11-8, in the fifth-place game at Indiana University on Sunday. The Tigers never trailed in the game as Wilcox scored back-to-back goals at 4:19 and 3:10 to open the scoring.


Nick Sako and Adam Sollers, both from Menlo Park, will be in the field next Monday for the U.S. Open Local Qualifying at Ruby Hill Golf Course in Pleasanton.

Los Altos Hills resident Andrew Buchanan, a sophomore at Menlo School, has qualified for the 100th California State Amateur Championships at the Olympic Club in San Francisco on June 20-25. He qualified by shooting a 67 at San Jose Country Club last month.


After the devastating earthquake and tsunami hit Japan last month, the swimmers at PASA's (Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics) Alpine Hills site decided to take action. Led by Eliza Henderson, the swimmers held a swim-a-thon and raised more than $10,000 for the earthquake victims. Athletes from ages 6 to 18 swam for either 30 or 60 minutes straight and got people to pledge for their effort. The money was donated to the Red Cross.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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