Paly grad helps Tufts softball win NCAA Division III title


Palo Alto High graduate Gracie Marshall (Class of 2011) helped her Tufts University softball team win a second straight NCAA Division III championship this week with a 6-0 win over Salisbury at the University of Texas-Tyler.

The Jumbos (47-4) became the first NCAA Division III team to win back-to-back national titles since St. Thomas (Minn.) did it in 2004-05.

After losing to Salisbury in the first game of the national finale on Monday, Tufts battled back to win two straight and take the title.

Marshall batted .345 for the season with six home runs and 30 RBI. She drove in a run in the title game, giving her team a 4-0 lead. She was named to the All-NFCA New England Region second team.

Directors' Cup

Stanford continues its lead for the Division I Learfield Sports Directors' Cup after the first spring standings.

The Cardinal leads with 1509.50 total points after winning the national championship in women's water polo and placing second in men's volleyball, third in women's tennis, 17th in women's lacrosse, 18th in women's golf and 33rd in men's tennis.

Duke moves from 10th in the final winter standings into second with 1024.50 points as a result of winning the national championship in both women's golf and men's lacrosse. Duke also finished fifth in both women's lacrosse and women's tennis and 17th in men's tennis.

Penn State is close behind in third place with 1024.25 points. The Nittany Lions finished third in men's volleyball and 17th in both men's tennis and women's lacrosse.

Florida, with 999.50 points, is in fourth place following a third place finish in women's tennis, a fifth place finish in women's lacrosse, a ninth place finish in men's tennis and an 18th place finish in women's golf.

Rounding out the top five is Notre Dame with 989.75 points. The Fighting Irish finished second in men's lacrosse, ninth in men's & women's tennis and women's lacrosse and also scored in women's golf.


It was mentioned in the Menlo School baseball story following the Knights' loss to Branham that head coach Craig Schoof had won 16 league titles and made 23 appearances in the CCS playoffs. Schoof sctually won 17 league crowns and made 22 CCS appearances in his 27 years, which included stints from 1984-92 and again from 1997 to 2014. Schoof coached at Foothill College the four years he was gone from Menlo, two seasons as the pitching coach and two years as head coach.

Current Priory Athletic Director Mark Stogner coached Menlo during Schoof's absence. Stogner won three Private Schools Athletic League titles during his stint and qualified for CCS four times.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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