Paly grad Joseph Lin earns player of week hoop honors


Palo Alto High grad Joseph Lin of Hamilton College has been named the NESCAC Men's Basketball Player of the Week after a career effort in conference outings.

One day after receiving that honor, Lin was named the Co-Player of the Week in the Eastern College Athletic Conference. The ECAC is an organization that boasts members from NCAA Divisions 1, 2 and 3 located all up and down the East Coast. They break up their player of the week awards into three or four regions (New England, Upstate New York, Metro NY/NJ and South).

Lin, a senior, Lin averaged 21.5 points, 11.0 assists and 2.5 steals in two NESCAC games last week. He set a team record with 16 assists and added 16 points in Friday's 93-86 setback against nationally ranked No. 18 Amherst College. The 16 assists are tied for the highest total by any NCAA Division III player this season.

Lin poured in a career-high 27 points and dished out six assists in Saturday's 60-51 loss to Trinity College. He committed just three turnovers in the two games for an assist-to-turnover ratio of 7.3.

Lin leads the NESCAC and is ranked eighth in Division III with 6.5 assists per game this season. He is ninth in the conference in scoring with 14.6 points per game and is seventh with 1.5 steals per game.

Lin and the Continentals (0-2 NESCAC, 10-4) travel to Colby College for a NESCAC game on Friday and they play another conference game at Bowdoin College on Saturday.

Women's basketball

Pinewood grad Hailie Eackles scored 21 points, including the game-winning 3-pointer, to carry Pacific to an 88-86 overtime win over host St. Mary's in West Coast Conference action Saturday. The Tigers improved to 5-0 (13-3 overall) while the Gaels dropped to 4-1 (11-5). nceu

Eackles canned her sixth 3-pointer of the game with 18.7 seconds left in overtime. Eackles finished 6 of 12 from the field, with all her shots coming from behind the 3-point line.


Palo Alto Girls Softball is now registering players for the 2015 season. For more than 30 years, PAGS has been providing a positive program for girls ages 5 to 16, with the spring recreational league focusing on participation and ample opportunities to play.

There is a very strong emphasis on instruction and safety, including preseason clinics and special programs for beginners.

PAGS has facilities at the Cubberley Community Center, with the youngest players beginning with T-Ball. The program is designed to meet the needs and interests of all the girls who play, from beginner to serious advanced players.

Scholarship assistance is available. For information, go to the PAGS web site at paloaltogirlssoftball or call the PAGS information hot line: 209-0454. The program also has a new Facebook page: paloaltogirlssoftball

Coaching jobs

Menlo-Atherton is looking for a head boys volleyball coach and an assistant badminton coach for this spring. Stipend is $3300. Contact Steven Kryger @

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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