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Stanford product Lopez earns player of week honors in NBA

 

Former Stanford standout Brook Lopez of the Brooklyn Nets was named the NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week on Monday for games that wrapped up Sunday.

Lopez led the Nets to a 3-1 week behind team-leading averages of 20.8 points (sixth in the conference), 10.3 rebounds (fourth in the conference) and 2.0 blocks (tied-fifth in the conference).

Lopez shot better than 50 percent in all four contests, and ranked seventh in the East for the week with a field goal percentage of 59.4. He recorded two point-rebound double-doubles, including a 30-point, 17-rebound outing during a 114-109 win over the Toronto Raptors on April 3.

Baseball

Palo Alto High grad Joc Pederson made his first start in Major League Baseball and produced one hit in three at-bats as the host Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the San Diego Padres, 6-3, Monday on Opening Day. Pederson, who started in center field, struck out in his first plate appearance before he doubled. He also had one walk and a stolen base.

At 22 years, 350 days old, Pederson is the youngest Dodgers Opening Day starting center fielder since Willie Crawford (22 years, 212 days old) in 1969.

Pederson hit .303/.435/.582 with 33 home runs, 30 stolen bases, 100 walks and 106 run scored with Triple-A Albuquerque in 2014, winning the Pacific Coast League MVP. Pederson put up the first 30/30 season in the PCL in 80 years, and entered 2015 ranked anywhere from the eighth to 28th-best prospect in baseball on various national lists.

This spring, Pederson hit .338/.377/.692 and led the team in home runs (six), RBI (13) and runs scored (14).

Women's volleyball

Menlo College head coach Atlee (Hubbard) Frechette has announced another member of the 2015 recruiting class with the signing of Kenzie Carpenter, a 5-10 outside hitter hailing from Oregon City, Ore.

A two-time letter winner at Oregon City High School, Carpenter was a team captain and the team's MVP as a senior, netting her Mt. Hood Conference Honorable Mention accolades. In addition to her prep success, Carpenter was the team captain for her travel team, Trailsend Volleyball Club.

"Kenzie is our final commit in the outside hitter position," said Frechette. "She is very athletic and already possesses core strength and vertical abilities that is rare for high school athletes. I'm excited that she chose to be an Oak and I know she will be a tough competitor for us."

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