Senior Games is looking for volunteers for annual event


Volunteers are needed for the upcoming 2016 Bay Area Senior Games. Organizers are looking for high school students from Palo Alto, Gunn, Castilleja, Menlo-Atherton, Menlo School, Sacred Heart Prep, Los Altos, Mountain View, Woodside and Sequoia to help out.

Action begins locally on May 7 with volleyball at Cubberley Center gym. Shifts begin at 8:30 a.m. and again at noon. Volunteers are needed for athlete check in, hospitality and scorekeeping.

On May 21-22, soccer will be held at the Stanford intramural fields with shifts starting at 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Volunteers are needed for athlete hospitality, soccer ball monitoring and runners.

On May 22, swimming will be held at Stanford's Avery Aquatic Center with shifts set for 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Volunteers are needed for athlete hospitality, timing and runners.

Volunteers receive lunch and a T-shirt with time counting toward community service. More than 150 positions are open. Other sports include badminton, table tennis, racquetball, basketball and water polo.

Volunteers can sign up at and click on the yellow box on the home page. For more information: 323-9400.


Mary Hall was one of four Menlo College players who earned all-conference honors Tuesday as announced by the Golden State Athletic Conference.

Hall was joined by Alaina Morgan, Brooke Shigematsu, and Alyssa Seva'aetasi.

Hall earned her third consecutive all-conference honor. The senior center fielder was named all-Cal Pac team the previous two seasons.

Hall hit a career-best .400, fourth in the conference. She set a school single-season record for hits with 68, doubles with 16, and recorded the third-best season with 39 runs and 16 steals. She received the most votes among outfielders.

Morgan was voted to an all-conference team for the first time. She set the Menlo single-season record for home runs with 15, and was third on the team with 37 RBI, third highest in school history.

Shigematsu recorded a breakout season, knocking in a Menlo single-season record 42 runs and scoring a record 41 times.

Her .354 batting average was third best on the team and she tied for second on the team with 8 home runs.

Seva'aetasi put up career best numbers across the board to earn a spot on the All-GSAC team. She tied for second with 8 homers and had 40 RBI.

The RBI totals were second most in a single season. She batted .338 and had a .982 fielding percentage as a third baseman.


Menlo-Atherton High will host its 11th annual fundraising Big Bear Run on Sunday. The 5K race serves as the core fundraiser for M-A's athletic programs. It takes more than $110,000 each year for M-A Athletic Boosters to fund the basic needs for the teams and more than 900 athletes.

Information and registration for the race can be found here .


Sacred Heart Prep sophomore Sara Choy has been ranked the No. 1 girls Under-16 singles tennis player in the United States by the USTA, it was announced last week.

Choy's dominance on the national stage has extended to her first two seasons with the Gators. She currently boasts a 59-0 record against high school competition and is the two-time defending Central Coast Section singles champion.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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