Local schools place 18 girls on prestigious lacrosse team


Seven Menlo School players were among those comprising the Northern California team at the 85th annual U.S. Lacrosse Women's National Tournament at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA, recently.

Of the 30 players chosen, 18 are from local high schools.

Menlo rising seniors Alena Stern, Indira Varma, and sophomores Abby Doll, Lauren Ferguson, Bella Scola, Sophia Scola, Charlotte Swisher, were all named to the NorCal 1 squad.

In addition, Woodside Priory's Anna Barton and Menlo-Atherton's Elisabeth Carhart, Annie Payne and Grace Tully were also named to the team.

Castilleja placed five players on the NorCal 2 roster: Anika Adzich, Taylor DeGroff, Lindsey Segal, Lauren Traum and Anika Tse.

They were joined by M-A's Emma Eastin and Isabel Regonini.

In one of the most prestigious lacrosse events of the year, the teams represented NorCal at the highest level, and defeated teams from Philadelphia and Orlando.

Men's volleyball

Stanford sophomore Jordan Ewert was named to the 12-player roster for the U.S. Men's Junior National Team that will compete at the U21 NORCECA Continental Championship in July.

The U21 NORCECA Continental Championship will begin with the group-play stage on July 3 in Gatineau, Quebec. The winner of this tournament will earn a berth to the 2017 FIVB U21 World Championship.

The United States won the bronze medal at the 2015 NORCECA Continental Championship.

Women's basketball

Cabrillo College transfer Madison Rocha is the latest player to sign on for the Menlo College 2016-17 season.

Pinole Valley grad Jessica Rogers, a 5-4 point guard, also signed earlier Wednesday. She did it all as a four year starter during her prep career where she served as a three-year team captain.

A 5-10 shooting guard, Rocha played a season at San Francisco State before transferring to Cabrillo College where she was a team captain and averaged an impressive 22.7 points per game, good for third in the state at that level.

Her season at Cabrillo also included a shooting 40 percent from the field and 34 percent from long range, pulling down five boards per game and dishing out three assists.

She led the team in field goals per game and field goal percentage and was third in rebounds, second in assists and second in steals. She finished the season with 500 total points and excelled off the court as well, earning a place on the Student-Athlete Honor Roll.

Rocha played her prep career at Soquel High School where she was a four-year starter and three-year team captain and scored 1,000 career points. She earned All-League honors four times, helped the team to a CCS championship as a junior (the first in school history) and led the team to a 25-3 record as a senior.

"Madison is a great addition to our program," Menlo coach Shannon Osborne said. "She is a proven scorer who can also make plays for others. We are excited about the impact Madison will make for us this season."

Rogers was twice named first team all-league, once was named a second team honoree and earned honorable mention honors as a freshman.

Impressive in all facets of the game, Rogers led her team in points, steals and assists in all four seasons and hit 10 total game-winning shots during that time.

In addition to her successes on the basketball court Rogers was a standout softball player who was a four-year starter and three-year team captain. She stole 20 bases as a freshman and led the team in batting average in her junior and senior seasons and went on to win league MVP as a senior.

"Jessica is a proven winner both on the basketball court and the softball field," Osborne said. "She has a great feel for the game and does a great job putting her teammates in position to get easy baskets. We are excited for her to bring her skills and passion for the game to Menlo."

Track and field

Menlo School juniors Robert Miranda and Electa Narasin, sophomore Alexandra Chan and freshman Kyra Pretre advanced to the USA Track & Field Junior National Championships after top-five performances at regionals over the weekend.

Miranda won the 3,000-meter race and took second in the 1,500 on Saturday at Sacramento State. He ran the 3,000 in 9:19.62 and the 1,500 in 4:15.56, three-hundredths of a second from first.

Narasin placed third in the 400-meter hurdles and qualified in the 17-18 age division. Chan qualified in both the 100-meter hurdles and the 400 hurdles in the 15-16 age division. Freshman Kyra Pretre came in second in the 800 and fourth in the 1500, and will compete in the 13-14 division.

The trio competes in the 50th USATF Junior Olympic National Championships July 25-31 in Sacramento.

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