Local rowers qualify for USRowing National Championships


Youth rowers from the Southwest region of the U.S., including a group from Peninsula-based Norcal Crew, competed at Lake Natoma (near Sacramento) for spots in the USRowing National Championships to be held in Sarasota, Fla., in June.

Norcal Crew, which rows out of Redwood City, came home with their most medals yet -- a gold in Men's Lightweight 8, a silver in Men's Lightweight 4 and a silver in Men's Pair. All three teams qualified for nationals.

In an exciting set of Grand Final races, the Norcal Lightweight 8 won by open water over Long Beach (the defending national champion). In the Lightweight 4 race, Norcal (the defending national champ) came a close second to Long Beach, beating out third-place Marin, while in the Men's Pair, Norcal rowed second to Marin.

The Norcal Crew are coached by Nathan Walker and assisted by Julie Fischer.

The Lightweight 8 team consisted of Thomas Fuller (cox), Misha Hindery, Marcelo Buxton, Christopher Skokowski, Jonathan Cogan, Colley Loum, Jackson Wood, Phoenix Jarrell-Desch and

Ian O'Connor.

The Lightweight 4 team consisted of Samuel St Claire (cox), Skokowski, Buxton, Hindery and Cogan. Clark Harmon and Kurt Songer made up the Men's Pair tandem.


Palo Alto High grad Joc Pederson slammed a leadoff home run against the host Milwaukee Brewers on Monday night, but the Los Angeles Dodgers couldn't hold the early lead and dropped a 4-3 decision in a Major League Baseball game.

Pederson now has seven home runs (No. 2 on the team) along with 16 RBI (No. 2). His 19 walks leads the Dodgers. He also ranks No. 2 in runs scored (16), No. 3 in hits (20) and No. 3 in doubles (five). He is one of only four LA players to have played in 25 games this season.

Men's lacrosse

Kenyon College sophomore Alex Lopez of Portola Valley was named to the 2015 All-North Coast Athletic Conference team. Lopez earned a position among the first-team selections.

Lopez, a midfielder, ranked second on the team with 27 goals. He also served up four assists to give him 31 points on the season. Five of his goals were in man-up situations and, on the defensive end, he contributed 19 ground balls and four caused turnovers. The NCAC award was the second for Lopez, who was named to the All-NCAC second team last season.

Lopez, a 2013 US Lacrosse High School All-American from Woodside High, recently was clocked shooting 108 mph (right handed) and (101 left handed). He has his sights set on Paul Rabil's record of 111 mph set in Major League Lacrosse.

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