Castilleja water polo goalie Cranston heads for Brown


Palo Alto native Evan Cranston, a recent Castilleja graduate, will continue her water polo career at Brown University next spring. Cranston, a goalie, was one of five recruits announced by head coach Felix Mercado this week.

"I'm really excited about this incoming class as they will add a lot of strength and depth to the women's roster," said Mercado. "I am looking forward to the start of the season and working with the team. I am expecting great things for the future of Brown water polo."

The 5-foot-11 Cranston was a four-year varsity goalie for Castilleja and a two-time All-Central Coast Section selection. She was an All-American on the Stanford Water Polo Club's 16U team at the 2009 Junior Olympics and was a 2010 Jr. National Training Team member and a Positive Coaching Alliance Triple-Impact Competitor scholarship winner, as well as a USA Water Polo All-Academic (2009-10 and 2010-11).

Castilleja twice reached the CCS Division II finals during Cranston's career. As a member of the Pacific Zone Team (ODP) and Stanford club team, she won various medals at the Junior Olympics, including a gold at the 2010 Regional Championships, a bronze at the 2009 Youth Championships, a silver at the 2008 Youth Championships and a bronze in the gold flight at the 2008 Junior Olympics.

In other local news:

Stanford graduate Michael Taylor was a triple short of hitting for the cycle as he collected five RBI as host Sacramento topped Reno, 10-1, on Monday night at Raley Field in minor league baseball.

Former Stanford football wide receiver Doug Baldwin, meanwhile, signed with the Seattle Seahawks on Monday.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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