Palo Alto softball team qualifies for regional tournament


The Palo Alto Girls Softball 14U Summer Heat team has qualified for the ASA C-Regional Championships in San Diego and will begin play Thursday. The tournament concludes on Sunday.

The team qualified based on its performance at the Oakland/Norcal 14U-C ASA Championship Tournament held in Hayward in late June.

The ASA C-Regional Championships will bring together many other top teams from throughout California.

The 14U Heat team has had a successful summer season, including finishing as runner-up in the Fourth Annual Twister Classic Tournament in San Jose.

Team members include Isabel Flores, Madison Wiseman, Emilee Guzman, Xiniya Jenkins, Neive Wellington, Chloe Laursen, Ella Jones, Sophie Reynolds, Zoe Stedman, Jaime Furlong, Claire Berschauer, Fabiana Garcia, Abigail Black and Elizabeth Schnaubelt.

The coaching staff includes head coach Carl Wiseman and assistants Steve Stedman and Jay Furlong.

Palo Alto Girls Softball (PAGS) is a recreational fast-pitch softball league for girls ages 5-14. In Spring 2015, the league fielded 20 teams ranging from the 6U division to the 14U division. PAGS selects from the spring players to form the Palo Alto Summer Heat teams, which compete in tournaments in the 8U, 10U, 12U and 14U divisions.


Menlo-Atherton graduate Matthew McGarry and Sacred Heart Prep senior Andrew Daschbach have been honored by Cal-Hi Sports on its 35th annual all-state baseball honors program.

McGarry, who is headed to Vanderbilt this fall, made the overall first team as an infielder. He ranked among the reported state leaders with 11 homers and also had 32 RBI plus a .424 average. He did some pitching as well with a 1.96 ERA in 11 appearances. Last summer, McGarry was on the 40-man roster for the USA 18-under national team. This summer, he is playing in the Alaska Collegiate Baseball League.

Daschbach was named to the first team as an infielder for Small Schools. He helped lead the Gators compile a 21-12 record and win their first-ever Central Coast Section title (in Division II) this spring, capped by a 4-2 win over Carmel in the title game. Daschbach batted .443 with 23 runs, 31 hits and 23 RBI while playing in 25 games.


Lila Barton of Menlo Park was among eight qualifiers for the 2015 US Women's Amateur Championships out of Monday's qualifier at Cameron Park.

Barton tied for fifth with a 2-over 74 that included four birdies, nine pars four bogeys and one double-bogey. She had all her birdies on the front nine in a four-hole stretch as she finished with a 1-under 35 as the round included her lone double-bogey.

That finish was crucial as she started on the 10th hole and was 3-over before catching fire on her second nine.

Barton will play in the US Women's Amateur at Portland Country Club in Portland, Ore., on Aug. 10-16.

Missing the cut was Palo Alto's Anna Zhou and Jayshree Sarathy, former teammates at Gunn High. Zhou shot a 5-ver 77 with Sarathy recording a 7-over 79.

At a men's US Amateur qualifier at the Santa Rosa Golf & Country Club on Monday, four local players also missed the cut.

Former Sacred Heart Prep standout Derek Ackerman of Half Moon Bay shot 73-70 for a 1-under 143. He missed the final qualifying berth by six shots. Only the top three players advanced.

Henry Hughes of Palo Alto shot 71-73-144 and Kevin Blue of Palo Alto tied him with rounds of 70 and 74. Taylor Oliver of Menlo Park finished with a 147 total after rounds of 75 and 72.

At the US Women's Open that concluded Sunday in Lancaster, Pa., defending champion and Stanford graduate Michelle Wie finished 11th with rounds of 72-68-68-70 for a 2-under total of 278. She shot a 32 on her final nine to finish six shots behind the winner and earn $100,542.


Palo Alto's Daniela Barnea won all six of her events at the National Senior Games recently in Minneapolis, Minn. She improved upon all the National Senior Games records in the 50, 100 and 200 breaststrokes, the 100 and 200 IM plus the 100 fly.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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