Palo Alto's Zhang earns monthly honor in table tennis


Recent Palo Alto High grad Lily Zhang was named the USA Table Tennis Female Athlete of the Month in May after leading Team USA to a 21st-place finish at the 2014 World Championships, held April 28-May 5 in Tokyo.

Zhang, who celebrated her 18th birthday on Monday, competed in her sixth world championships -- winning five out of seven matches the first stage of the championship division. Zhang is now ranked 67th in the world in women's singles.

Palo Alto's Lily Zhang. Photo courtesy of USA Table Tennis.
Zhang, a member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic team, is competing in the GAC Group ITTF World Tour, Japan Open (Super) that started Wednesday and wraps up Sunday in Yokohama. After that, she'll be at the ITTF North America Cup, June 25-26 in Burnaby, Canada.

Also coming up for Zhang, ranked No. 7 in the world for 18-under girls and No. 20 for 21-under, will be the US Open from July 1-5 in Grand Rapids, Mich., and the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, starting Aug. 14.


Palo Alto High grad Joc Pederson is having a solid season for the Albuquerque Isotopes in the Pacific Southern Division of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League.

Prior to Thursday's game, Pederson was batting .320 with 17 home runs and 42 RBI with 19 stolen bases. His slugging percentage was .583 after driving in two runs in a 10-5 win over host Omaha on Wednesday.

Former Stanford standout Michael Taylor, meanwhile, was traded by the Oakland A's to the Chicago White Sox on Saturday.

Taylor was once considered a top prospect, but he played in only 26 games spanning several Major League stints with the A's, hitting just .135 with one home run and one RBI. The 28-year-old has racked up 3,053 Minor League at-bats, hitting .289 with 102 homers.

Track and field

Recent Menlo School graduate Maddy Price will test herself against some of the top 400-meter runners in the nation at the annual Brooks Invitational on Saturday in Seattle, Wash.

Price, who ran a personal best of 53.42 while taking second at the CIF State Championships two weeks ago in Clovis, will face California state champ Kaelin Roberts of Long Beach Poly (52.53) and incoming Stanford freshman Olivia Baker (53.49) of Columbia High in Maplewood, N.J.

Roberts ranks No. 1 in the nation, Price is No. 4 and Baker is No. 6. Also in the field is Kendall Ellis (52.95) of St. Thomas Aquinas High in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Anna Jefferson (53.50) of Oak Park, Mich., and Karrington Winters (53.74) of New Albany High in Ohio. Ellis ranks No. 3 nationally, Jefferson ranks No. 5 and Winters is No. 7.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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