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Gunn's Anderson named water polo All-American

 

Recent Gunn grad Caroline Anderson was named a first team All-American by NIS/Speedo on Sunday. She is one of four local high school athletes so honored.

Two incoming Stanford freshmen were also honored as All-Americans.

Caitlin Stuewe of Sacred Heart Prep was named to the second team, Gators' Morgan McCracken was named to the fifth team and Menlo-Atherton's Jessica Heilman was a sixth team pick.

Incoming Cardinal freshman Katie Dudley, of Okemos High, is a first team selection and future Stanford player Jordan Raney, of Mira Costa High, is honorable mention.

Laguna Beach High's Makenzie Fischer and Aria Fischer, both first team picks, are the daughters of former Stanford star Erich Fischer and Kat Klass is the daughter of former Cardinal great Craig Klass.

Campolindo's Natalie Seidemann is the younger sister of Stanford grad and current USA national team Melissa Seidemann.

Menlo coaching changes

Former Menlo College and Cal State Stanislaus coach Keith Larsen was named the boys' basketball coach at Menlo School.

Longtime player and coach Greg Weigel was named the Knights' boys lacrosse coach.

Larsen, who also spent time as an assistant coach, brings many years of experience in the high School and collegiate ranks in his return to the Peninsula.

Larsen has coached high School basketball, volleyball, softball, track and field, golf and others.

He was tapped to join the Stanford staff in 1992 under coach Mike Montgomery. After five years on The Farm, he beme the athletic director, basketball and golf coach at Menlo College where he directed the Oaks to two berths in the NAIA Basketball Tournament.

Following his tenure at Menlo College, Larsen coached the l State Stanislaus men's team.

"While he has helped develop some of the best players in the Stanford's history, his love for the game and teaching the finer points are what make me feel confident that he'll do a great job," said Menlo Athletic Director Kris Weems, who played under Larsen. "He's a great communitor and really helped me find my way as a student-athlete at Stanford during my playing career."

Most recently, Larsen coached the girls' team at Pitman High in Turlock, and before his collegiate turn, had led teams at Woodside and Mills.

"The players are going to love his style - fast paced, aggressive on offense and defense," Weems said. "More importantly, they are going to have fun learning and competing."

Larsen said he believes that as a coach, his job is to be able to help each player grow while building cohesiveness as a team.

"I teach. I'm a fundamentals guy," Larsen said. "If your son is out there, he is going to get better every week. From the first kid to the 16th kid, my goal is to make each of them better players. I can take a sixth-grader or a 12th-grader, and teach them and do things that are conducive to each of their levels in the same practice."

Weigel is the Northern California Director for 3d Lacrosse, which features teams, mps and clinics and training nationwide. For years, he coached youth club teams in Colorado, and most recently was the boys' team coach at Foothill High in Pleasanton.

At University of Denver, Weigel played attack, midfield and defense, and stands at ninth in career goals-per-game for the Pioneers. He entered Denver as the all-time career leader in assists as an attackman for his high School, St. Mary's Ryken School in Port Republic, Md.

"Greg has great energy and passion for the sport beuse of the life lessons he's learned and the opportunities it has provided," Weems said. "Greg brings character and professionalism … I look forward to seeing him grow as a coach and mentor; he's going to be a valuable part of our community on and off the field. I know our players thrive under great leadership and Greg will have no problem establishing and executing his vision for a successful lacrosse program."

Weigel's focuses on player development, and enhancing technical skills.

"When people talk about Menlo lacrosse, I want them to think of a team with high character first and foremost," Weigel said. "Obviously wins and losses are important. What matters is how you got there, and if you're playing the right way.

"I expect them to make mistakes. I want to encourage the guys to not be afraid to fall, to learn from mistakes, but to have that freedom to do that and learn."

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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