Joc Pederson, a 2010 graduate of Palo Alto High who signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers lst spring, spent a successful rookie season playing for the team's Pioneer League affiliate the Ogden Raptors.
While the Raptors lost the league championship to the Great Falls Voyagers, Pederson led the league in RBI and outfield assists. He also was fourth in the league in hitting (.353), second in hits, stolen bases and on-base percentage, and was third in runs scored and walks.
Palo Alto High's Skylar Dorosin, a senior on the girls' water polo team, was one of 10 high school student-athletes from the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento area to win a Positive Coaching Alliance Triple-Impact Competitor Scholarships for exhibiting exemplary character in their sports and beyond.
The only other winner from the immediate area was Cody Bickham of St. Francis High. Charlotte-Marie Popp of Menlo-Atherton was one of the 50 finalists named last Friday.
The scholarship program, sponsored by Deloitte LLP and Thrive Foundation for Youth, honored the students at a ceremony Saturday at Stanford University. The program featured Golden State Warriors assistant Kris Weems as keynote speaker and college basketball TV analyst Bill Herenda as master of ceremonies. The winners earned their $2,000 college scholarships for exemplifying Positive Coaching Alliance's model of the Triple-Impact Competitor -- personal mastery (making oneself better), leadership (making one's teammates better), and honoring the game (making the game better).
In his presentation, Weems emphasized the importance of players helping their teammates, sharing a story of Stanford basketball standout Brevin Knight.
"Brevin was willing to do whatever it took to win, made sure everyone was on the same page and taught me how to take responsibility for my actions on and off the court and how leadership and confidence can make a difference in bringing out the best in your teammates." Weems said.
Positive Coaching Alliance Founder Jim Thompson added: "The power of the Triple-Impact Competitor model is hard to overestimate. Our scholarship winners are the types of student-athletes who will remain leaders throughout their lives and have the potential to greatly impact our society. We look forward to all of our finalists and award winners having great sports seasons in their senior years of high school and continuing their contributions in the future."