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Jordan Middle School boys finish perfect season with a title

 

The Jordan Middle School 8th grade 'A' boys basketball team recently wrapped up an undefeated season by toppling Bowditch, 60-40, in the playoff finals of the Art David League.

Jordan went 3-0 in the playoffs after compiling a 10-0 mark during the regular season.

"The kids went 13-0 and played hard and old-school basketball," said head coach Pete Colombo. "I was very proud of the way these kids competed . . . We beat a very good and athletic Bowditch team in the final. Close going into fourth and then kids just wore Bowditch down with tough man-to-man defense, and we hit our free throws."

Coaching opening

Palo Alto is looking for a JV softball coach for the upcoming season. Those interested should contract Paly AD Kathi Bowers at kbowers@pausd.org.

Women's basketball

Pinewood grad Hailie Eackles scored 14 points for Pacific in a 68-61 West Coast Conference loss to host Gonzaga on Saturday in Spokane, Wash.

The Tigers led 27-24 at half after Eackles came up with a steal and took it the length of the floor for a layup, but Gonzaga stormed out with a 12-5 run to open the third quarter and force Pacific into playing catch-up.

Pacific falls to 10-10 on the season, 3-6 in WCC play. The Tigers face St. Mary's on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Men's tennis

Menlo School grads Richard Pham ('13) and Victor Pham ('15) delivered clutch victories to lift No. 16 Columbia over No. 18 Stanford in a 4-3 thriller Monday in New York.

The Cardinal held a 3-1 lead, but the Lions charged back with three more singles wins. Richard Pham narrowed the margin with a 6-3, 6-4 win leaving Victor Pham on the court -- facing David Wilczynski in a third set.

"Leading 5-4, I was serving up 40-15 and had two match points, but ended up losing that

game," Victor Pham told Columbia Athletics. "At five-all, the crowd helped me out so much with all the chants and gave me the energy and so much more belief. It was definitely a match to remember."

Pham got to a tiebreaker with Wilczynski and prevailed in a gutsy, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-3) victory. The win for the freshman sent the rest of the team onto the court in jubilation after the 4-3 conquest over the No. 18 team in the country.

Women's water polo

Freshman goalie Sam Acker from Gunn High will help No. 22 Harvard open its season on Saturday with matches against visiting Villanova and Iona.

Harvard posted one of its most memorable seasons in recent history in 2015, posting a 20-13 record, including a 6-3 mark in CWPA play and finished sixth at the CWPA Championship. The 20-win season marked the first time since 2000 the Crimson reached the 20-win mark and was just the third time in program history.

Head coach Ted Minnis, the former Castilleja coach, was named the CWPA Division I/II Coach of the Year, the first such honor obtained by a Harvard women's water polo coach. Minnis also broke the career-wins mark with 87 victories in just five seasons.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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