Gunn High grad Graham Fisher ('12) finished out his NCAA Division III career as perhaps the most versatile player in Grinnell College (Iowa) baseball history.
Fisher was named to the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Rawlings All-America second team as a utility player. He is just the third Grinnell Pioneer to collect All-America recognition, joining Jake Chavez ('01) and Mike Nodzenski ('12).
Fisher, a 6-foot-4 pitcher/first baseman/designated hitter was also recently named All-Region by both ABCA/Rawlings (first team) and D3baseball.com (second team.) He was also the Midwest Conference South Division Pitcher of the Year.
Fisher led the league in ERA (1.47), was second in wins (seven), fourth in opposing batting average (.223) and sixth in strikeouts (59). Offensively, he led the league in home runs (10), was second in slugging percentage (.787), third in RBIs (41) and total bases (96) and fourth in batting average (.426) and on-base percentage (.510). His career batting average of .397 is the highest in Grinnell history.
His efforts helped the Pioneers to a record-breaking season in which they claimed the Midwest Conference South Division title for the sixth time in the past seven years and third year in a row and won a school-best 30 games.
He was named the winner of Grinnell's David Theophilus '51 Award for outstanding athlete in more than one sport. Fisher was an eight-time letterwinner, and was voted first team All-MidWest Conference three times in baseball and twice in football. He hopes to continue playing baseball in Australia later this year.
A total of 15 boys from Northern California were chosen to represent the United States on the USBOXLA Pee Wee, Bantam and Midget teams that competed in Canada last weekend.
They were the first USA teams to gain entrance to this elite Box Lacrosse event, the Trevor Wingrove Tournament, one of the most competitive Tournaments being held annually in Canada.
Local players included Eric Bollar and Ashton Axe of Portola Valley on the PeeWee team; plus Lawton Corrigan of Los Altos Hills and Samson Axe of Portola Valley on Bantams.
Box Lacrosse, which originated in Canada, is a very fast-paced version of field lacrosse that is played in a hockey arena and utilizes a 30- second shot clock. Much like ice hockey, it is very physical and demands incredible stick skills.
All 15 of the NorCal boys have played Box Lacrosse for Cali-Lax All Stars, Northern California's premier Box Lacrosse program.
More than 60 boys were selected to play in the three age divisions for USBOXLA. They were selected from over 7,000 players nationally.
Heading to college
Graduation at Palo Alto and Gunn highs last week signaled the end of prep careers and the beginning of college careers for a number of athletes at both schools.
Among those Gunn athletes continuing their athletic careers will be Joao Ama (Arizona State swimming), Calder Hilde-Jones (UC San Diego water polo), Daichi Matsuda (Duke swimming), Gillian Meeks (Harvard track/cross country), Maya Miklos (Harvard track), Amy Watt (Pomona College track), Vivian Zhou (MIT diving), and Emma Wager (Bethany College softball).
Palo Alto athletes continuing their careers will be Andrew Cho (George Washington University swimming), Katie Francis (Santa Clara water polo), Eli Givens (Southern Utah University football), Michael Grandy (San Jose State football), Alexis Harris (San Jose State basketball), Mimi Lin (Princeton diving), Reed Merritt (Texas diving), Jacey Pederson (UCLA soccer), Ansley Queen (Colorado College soccer), Gigi Rojahn (Bucknell water polo), Alessandro Bonomi (Occidental soccer), Kevin Bowers (Occidental water polo), Claire Dennis (Amherst College volleyball), Henry Gordon (Occidental golf), Justin Hull (Claremont McKenna baseball), Owen Plambeck (Haverford College baseball, Matthew Seligson (Williams College lacrosse) and Kayleigh Svensson (Wellesley College swimming).