Pinewood's Eackles receives more state hoop honors


Pinewood senior basketball standout Hailie Eackles has earned another slew of honors, this time from Cal-Hi Sports. Eackles was named the state's Most Valuable Player for Division V girls in addition to being named to the all-state first team for that division.

Eackles also was named third team all-state for all divisions. Earlier, Eackles received Division V MVP honors and second-team all-state accolades from MaxPreps.

Eackles scored 31 points in the CIF Division V state championship game that Pinewood won over St. Bernard of Playa del Rey. She averaged over 25 points a game her senior season. She'll continue her career at University of the Pacific next fall.

Also named to the Division V all-state team were two Pinewood teammates, senior guards Kelsey Morehead and Mirando Seto. They, along with Eackles, led the Panthers to back-to-back state titles.

Senior guard Ahjalee Harvey of Eastside Prep also received Division V all-state honors as did Castilleja senior forward Natasha von Kaeppler, who changed her mind on her college choice and will attend Stanford next season instead of Yale.

Von Kaeppler is hoping to walk on to the Stanford women's basketball team, which has two members of the Cal-Hi Sports all-state team -- Bonnie Samuelson and Erica Payne.

Samuelson, a 6-3 forward out of Edison High in Huntington Beach, is a McDonald's All-American and three-time all-state honoree. She averaged 23.7 points, 8.4 rebounds and 4.2 steals as a senior after scoring 27.2 points a game as a junior. She also carries a 5.0 GPA and scored 2,534 career points.

Payne, a 6-2 forward from Carondelet in Concord, was named to the all-state second team after leading her team to the CIF NorCal regional finals. She averaged 13.9 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game while earning co-MVP honors in the East Bay Athletic League.

Both Samuelson and Payne were named to the Division I all-state first team.


Stanford's nonconference victory over UC Davis actually was a special one as Menlo School grad Jack Mosbacher got to pinch hit for the Cardinal during the 11-4 victory.

Mosbacher became the sixth former Menlo player -- Dave Cornell, Jimmy Noreiga and Ryan Seawell are others -- to play for the Cardinal. He joined Kenny and Danny Diekroeger, who also played in the game and had two RBI each, making three Menlo alums to play in the same game for Stanford.


Menlo Park resident Tim Goode recently received a first-place award for Best Website from the Outdoor Writers Association of California (OWAC). Goode received the award for his site.

OWAC honored outdoor writing, photography, video and radio broadcast work that appeared in 2010. Founded in 1986, OWAC is a non-profit organization of professional outdoor communicators from California and surrounding western states.

The organization began with a strong core of avid anglers and hunters and has grown to include those who communicate about boating, camping, hiking, wildlife, biking, climbing, skiing, travel and other outdoor activities.

OWAC now consists of newspaper and magazine staffers, freelance writers, book authors, radio broadcasters, video producers, editors, photographers and artists. Together, OWAC communicators reach an audience of nearly 20 million readers, listeners and viewers in the largest outdoor market in America.

Goode is also a freelance writer for the Palo Alto Weekly.

Track and field

Last weekend proved to be a big one for the Saxena family of Palo Alto a three members all performed well around the nation.

Vijay Saxena was named to All-Academic Team for the NEWMAC Conference for the triple jump, where he finished his season for Springfield College in Massachusetts. His sister, Tara, finished fifth in the women's 3,000 steeplechase at the SCIAC Championships in Southern California. Not to be outdone, their mother (Karen) finished 12th in her age group at the Duathlon Nationals in Arizona.

Women's water polo

The local area will be well-represented at the NCAA Championships this weekend in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Twelve players from the local area will be competing, the most ever in a national water polo championship.

Top-seeded Stanford has Kim Krueger (Menlo School), Pallavi Menon (Sacred Heart Prep) and Vee Dunlevie (SHP); Cal features Lindsay Dorst (SHP) and Jen Talbot (St. Francis); UCLA has Megan Burmeister (Menlo), KK Clark (SHP) and Becca Dorst (Menlo-Atherton); USC has Constance Hiller (Priory) and Indiana features Lauren and Cassie Wyckoff (Los Altos) and Liza Dernehl (Palo Alto).

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