State honors for Paly's Boyd, SHP's Kremer


Palo Alto's B.J. Boyd and Sacred Heart Prep's Tom Kremer both concluded their high school careers in June by earning state player of the year honors in their respective sports from Cal-Hi Sports.

Boyd was named Division I Player of the Year for football and baseball.

In baseball, he batted .507 with 32 runs scored and 28 stolen bases for a Paly team that reached the Central Coast Section semifinals. He was among the first outfielders chosen in the recent Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, taken in the fourth round by the Oakland A's.

In football, he caught 36 passes for 1,108 yards and 17 touchdowns. He was a running back his junior year when the Vikings won the 2010 CIF Division I state title.

Kremer was the Division IV state athlete of the year in boys' swimming. The Stanford-bound Kremer had another standout season, capped by CCS titles in the 100 fly and 100 back and helped the Gators win the 400 free relay. He broke a 29-year-old section record in the 100 fly, held by Olympic champion Pablo Morales. Kremer finished with six individual CCS swim titles in his career.

Palo Alto senior Jasmine Tosky was an Honor Roll member in girls' Division I swimming while fellow Paly senior Melanie Wade joined her for volleyball.

Stanford-bound Amy Weissenbach of Harvard-Westlake was the girls' Division III athlete of the year for cross country and track. She set a national record and won the state 800 title as a junior, then defended her title as a senior. She also competed at the U.S. Olympic Trials.

In cross country, was finished third in the CIF Division III championships.


Former Gunn High standout Mehdi Ballouchy has been acquired by the San Jose Earthquakes in a trade with the New York Red Bulls on Monday, in exchange for a 2012 international spot and a conditional draft pick in 2013.

Ballouchy, a mifielder who played collegiately at Santa Clara University, is a seven-year MLS veteran with 13 goals and 24 assists in 174 career matches. He'll make his debut with the Quakes on Tuesday night against Swansea City of the English Premier League at Buck Shaw Stadium at 7:30 p.m.

Track and field

Menlo School's Maddy Price ran consecutive sub-56-second 400-meter races, propelling her to ninth in the country after a red-hot run through the recent USA Track and Field Junior Olympics in Baltimore.

Price, who will be a junior in the fall, ran the 400 in 55.85 seconds to win her heat and take fourth overall in the preliminaries last Thursday at Morgan State. She was fifth coming into the last 100 meters, then sprinted past the field to finish first. Twenty-four hours later in 105-degree heat, she clocked 55.94 to miss the finals by one place -- taking ninth place overall.

"Maddy is not only an amazing athlete, but an extreme competitor," said Menlo iGreyhounds coach Jorge Chen, who is an assistant on Menlo's cross country, track and soccer teams. "Very few kids her age think like her and have such a drive to excel."

Price competed in the Young Women's Division (16-18) and was the youngest in her division at 16. Her 55.85 time would have won CCS this year and gotten her seventh in the CIF State Meet.

— Palo Alto Online Sports


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Posted by Curious
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on Jul 31, 2012 at 11:27 am

Can you post a link to the source for the Cal Hi Sports players of the year announcements?

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Posted by For the curious
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on Jul 31, 2012 at 11:30 am

Found it here: Web Link

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