Sacred Heart Prep boys' coach Blake Kim was named high school lacrosse coach of the year by the Northern California Chapter of U.S. Lacrosse. Kim was nominated by fellow league coaches consisting of more than 66 varsity lacrosse teams in Northern California.
In just his first season, Kim guided the Gators to a 16-4 overall record and a 12-0 mark that captured the SCVAL El Camino Division title. The Gators also advanced to the league playoffs for the first time in school history despite starting six freshmen and two sophomores.
Sacred Heart Prep also won the Central Coast Section Scholastic Champion award for lacrosse with the highest overall GPA of 3.448. The team will graduate only two seniors.
"We are extremely proud of the lacrosse programs we are building at Sacred Heart Preparatory," said Doug Appleton, director of lacrosse at Sacred Heart Prep. "It is a great accomplishment for both Blake and SHP to receive this recognition by other coaches and league representatives across Northern California."
The Stanford Lightning U16 girls' field hockey team won its third consecutive Gold medal at the California Cup International Field Hockey Tournament in Moorpark over the Memorial Day weekend.
Representing several area high schools including Los Altos, Mountain View, Palo Alto and St. Francis, among others, the Lightning allowed only two goals in six matches while taking home the top prize.
In addition to the girls' U16 success, the mixed boys/girls U10 team won gold and the girls' U14 won silver in their divisions. A growing mixed boys/girls U12 team took fourth.
The Stanford Lightning, AKA Stanford Select youth Field Hockey Association, is a non-profit organization that was started by a small group of parents in the South Bay to promote the sport of youth field hockey in the Bay Area. Founded six years ago, the club has grown from 10 players to more than 70 ranging from age 6 to 16. The U16 girls' team still includes several of the original 10 players.
The Palo Alto U10 boys AYSO Select soccer team, representing the country of Turkey, won the 25th annual Davis World Cup invitational tournament this past Memorial Day weekend.
Over the three-day competition, the team advanced to the medal round by winning decisive games against Davis, San Bruno and Concord. In the semifinals, Palo Alto beat Paso Robles, 4-0, led by a strong offensive attack that saw Benny Detering score two goals. The offense received strong support from Jasper Wu, Kiran Misner, and Isaiah Schoenberger.
In the finale, team captains Benjamin Civjan and Sawyer Ford helped lead the way to a 4-0 victory over Pleasant Hill.
The defense, which recorded four shutouts during the tournament was anchored by Marvin Zou, Navid Najmabadi, Tilak Misner and Nathan Seto, with exceptional goalie play coming from Eric Aboytes, Benjamin Civjan and Kiran Misner.
Harvard junior Jane Alexander from Castilleja was named to the All-Ivy League first team as shortstop following the 2011 season. Alexander posted a .276 conference batting average, with nine doubles, a triple and four home runs this season while starting in 48 games for the Crimson. Her .984 fielding percentage was one of the best in the league as she made just one error in 57 chances.
Gunn senior Stefan Weidemann and freshman Cadence Lee have qualified to be part of Team California at the ASICS/VAUGHAN Freestyle and Greco-Roman Junior National Wrestling Championships in Fargo, N.D., from July 15-23.
This is one of the most well-known and highly regarded tournaments for young wrestlers in the U.S. In order to qualify and be part of the team representing California, wrestlers had to place in the top three in their weight class at one of the regional qualifying tournaments.
Weidemann qualified for the men's freestyle team by placing second and Lee qualified for the cadet women's freestyle team by taking first. As a freshman, Lee has also exercised her option to participate in the junior division, as well.