Only one local Little League left unbeaten in District 52 all-stars


Only one local Little League baseball team remains unbeaten in District 52 all-star action following games Wednesday at saw Alpine/West Menlo post a victory in 10-11 action and Palo Alto American lose in 11-12s.

Alpine/West Menlo remained unbeaten after two games following a 3-1 victory over Half Moon Bay at the Belmont Sports Complex. Alpine moves on to face San Mateo National on Friday at 10 a.m.

In the consolation bracket of the 10-11 tournament, Palo Alto American faces San Carlos on Thursday at Lakeshore Majors field at 5:30 p.m., with the loser being eliminated. Menlo-Atherton and Palo Alto National already have been ousted.

In the 11-12s at Red Morton Park in Redwood City, Palo Alto American was routed by Belmont/Redwood Shores, 15-3, in four innings. Palo Alto gave up five home runs while falling from the unbeaten ranks.

Palo Alto next will play Saturday at Mitchell Field (12:30 p.m.) against either Menlo-Atherton or Palo Alto National, who meet Thursday at Kiwanis Field at 5:30 p.m. Playing at the same time at Mitchell Field will be Alpine/West Menlo against Foster City. That winner will face San Mateo American on Saturday, also at 12:30 p.m., at Kiwanis Field.

Belmont/Redwood Shores and heavily favored Pacifica American are the only unbeaten teams remaining. They play Saturday at 10 a.m.

In the 9-10 tournament at Ford Field and La Entrada School, Alpine/West Menlo is the only remaining local team. It faces San Carlos on Thursday at La Entrada at 5:30 p.m. Both Palo Alto teams and Menlo-Atherton have been eliminated.


Stanford grad Andi Murez had two runner-up finishes and one third place at the annual Fran Crippen Memorial Swim Meet of Champions held last weekend in Mission Viejo.

Murez was second in the women's 100-meter free in 55.50, took second in the 200 free in 1:59.76 and was third in the 50 free in 25.88.

Incoming Stanford freshman Lindsey Engel was seventh in the 100 fly in 1:02.00.

Elsewhere, Laura Cui of Palo Alto has joined Swim Across America (SAA) to make a splash for pediatric cancer programs at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and MassGeneral Hospital for Children Cancer Center. Cui will swim in the Nantasket Beach one-mile and half-mile swims on July 12th.

"The swims are a great way for people to come together and participate in a sport they love alongside Olympic swimming legends while raising critical funds for pediatric programs at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and at MassGeneral Hospital for Children Cancer Center," says 1988 Olympic silver medalist Janel Jorgensen McArdle, who is also the president of Swim Across America along with being a Stanford graduate.

The SAA - Boston Harbor swim is an all-day event beginning at 7 a.m. from Rowes Wharf behind the Boston Harbor Hotel. A minimum fundraising pledge of $1,500 is required for individuals to participate.

Swim Across America is a non-profit organization that runs events from Boston to San Francisco to support cancer research at the country's finest hospitals and institutions. At SAA, money raised locally, stays local, ensuring that swimmers always know the impact that they are making.

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Water polo

A handful of former local collegiate standouts earned All-America honors at the recent 2014 Masters National Championships held in Irvine.

In the men's 20s division, first-place Olympic Club placed six on the first team, including Stanford grad Sage Wright.

In men's 30s, Olympic Club won again and had Gunn grad Ross Meacham, Stanford grad Brian Heifferon and and Stanford Water Polo Club coach Tim Kates all make first team. Stanford grad Jeff Guyman made second team for Bay Area Masters.

In men's 40s, the Olympic Club finished third and had Menlo-Atherton coach Giovanni Napolitano earn All-America honors. In men's 60s, former Sacred Heart Prep girls coach Ed Samuels earned second-team All-American honors for Santa Barbara Masters.

For the women, former Stanford WPC member Cassie Wyckoff earned first-team honors in the 20s division for Bruin.

In the 30s, four-time U.S. Olympian and Castilleja head coach Brenda Villa was a first-team All-American for the Olympic Club.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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