Local girls lacrosse a champion; PA Pickleball earn medals

Goalie Lauren Hill, a Menlo Park resident, helped Team NorCal record the best goal differential in winning the Bonanza U14 division title. Photo courtesy of Colleen Niklaus.

Menlo Park resident Lauren Hall was named tournament MVP as she helped Team NorCal, based in Palo Alto, go undefeated in wining the Bonanza Girls' Lacrosse 14U Division title in Morgan Hill recently.

Hall and her teammates conspired to allow nine goals in the 14-team division as Team NorCal recorded the largest margin in goal differential.

Monica Williams
"She was the absolute rock of the defense," reported Team NorCal representative Colleen Niklaus. "A brick in the cage with an incredible save percentage."

Menlo Park's Amelia Poirer matched Taylor Santos and Lane Imen for goals scored, each with six. Imen was the top point producer, adding a pair of assists.

Menlo Park's Lilly Cobos added four goals, as did Sofia Niklaus. Shannon Wong led the team with four assists to go with a goal.

Defensive MVP honors went to Sofia Storlazzi and Lillian Casazza. They worked with Alyssa Chai, Siena Wong, Hall and other teammates to repeatedly shut off scoring lanes. Storlazzi and Casazza also each scored three goals.

Team NorCal is hosting the Silicon Valley Shootout on Sunday, Nov. 18 at Palo Alto High. The tournament features boys and girls divisions in high school, U10, U12 and U14.

Palo Alto Pickleball

The Palo Alto Pickleball Club, based at Mitchell Park, earned several medals at the National Pickleball Championships at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

Deana Hunter won a gold medal playing women's doubles 4.0 in the 70-plus division. Natalie Dang won a silver medal in the 4.5 50-plus singles division and club president Monica Williams brought home a pair of silver medals, one for women's doubles and one for singles in the 4.0 75-plus division.

Over 2,200 players, aged 11 to 90, are competing at the event, which runs through Sunday.


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7 people like this
Posted by Lax Dad
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Nov 9, 2018 at 2:00 pm

Awesome job Team NorCal Girls. Their girls program has been growing amazingly fast recently - it appears to be a great program on the rise!

8 people like this
Posted by Peter Diepenbrock
a resident of Menlo Park
on Nov 9, 2018 at 3:05 pm

Come join us for Pickleball at Mitchell Park! We play every day!!!!!

6 people like this
Posted by Andie Reed
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Nov 9, 2018 at 3:08 pm

Palo Alto Pickleball Club members took home 5 medals at the national level! Pretty darn cool, especially considering we have to set up our nets every time we play. There are 400 members of the club, and generally there will be from 8 to 30 or 40 people playing pickleball at Mitchell Park in the mornings and also Mon and Wed nights under the lights. Great sport, anybody can play, and it's easy to take a class or just get some friendly coaching until you catch on. You can learn to play and have fun quickly! Getting good, now that's a whole other story. Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in the US and the competition is stiff, another reason to congratulate our winners!

7 people like this
Posted by Paige
a resident of Mountain View
on Nov 9, 2018 at 3:10 pm

Great job Palo Alto Picklers!

For those of you who have never played, come out to Mitchell Park some time and give it a try! Schedule on Web Link

7 people like this
Posted by Rin Albrecht
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 9, 2018 at 3:16 pm

Been playing Pickleball for two years in my beloved Palo Alto. Now it 's part of my weekly routine. It's the game and the great people - over 400 now - most of whom show up every day of the week. Our tennis player neighbors are always gracious in chasing down and returning our whiffle balls. We do the same for errant tennis balls as we share the courts. This is an international phenomenon that our grandchildren will be waxing poetic about to their children. They'll recall stories about those who started it all right here in our Silicon Valley where so often new enterprises get their start and flourish.

7 people like this
Posted by Monty Frost
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Nov 9, 2018 at 3:59 pm

I just converted from tennis to Pickleball and love it. Every day of the week (from around 10 to 1) there are plenty of Pickleball players at Mitchell Park (in the far back). You can just drop by and play a pickup game. Folks are very friendly and happy to help beginners. It is a great aerobic exercise and great fun.

8 people like this
Posted by kris kuppe
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Nov 9, 2018 at 4:09 pm

Come and play PICKLEBALL at Mitchell Park EVERYDAY or any day. Super friendly group of people and prepare to be addicted! Daily 9ish to 1ish and Monday and Wednesday evenings...I've gained a whole new group of friends through this sport!

7 people like this
Posted by Kathy
a resident of Esther Clark Park
on Nov 9, 2018 at 4:17 pm

So proud of our fellow PA Pickleball club members! It's really amazing that our members did so well, particularly given that we haven't had any dedicated picklebball courts until last week when the paddle tennis courts were re-lined and repaired. So now there are 2 dedicated courts for our more than 400 members, many of whom play daily. I hope more Palo Altans will stop by and give it a try - happy to loan you a paddle and get you on the court the very first time you come. It's easy to learn (although difficult to master) and you'll have fun, exercise and camaraderie from the moment you arrive.

7 people like this
Posted by Yvonne
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Nov 9, 2018 at 4:18 pm

Pickleball is FUN FUN FUN!!! Come play any day of the week The people are the best and are always open to welcome new players. It’s competitive to very competitive yet in a friendly way. It’s so awesome to play with some many different players and personalities too ;)

7 people like this
Posted by J Tseng
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Nov 9, 2018 at 4:28 pm

Wow! The level of pickleball play at Mitchell Park is pretty darn amazing. When I dropped by to try this funny sounding game called pickleball, friendly players lent me equipment and taught me how to play the game, including a national medal winner! Now, I'm hooked and go several times a week to get sunshine, a workout and a dose of friendly camaraderie!

5 people like this
Posted by Bill Glazier
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Nov 9, 2018 at 6:22 pm

Lacrosse and pickleball - my two favorite sports! In one article!

7 people like this
Posted by Bill Glazier
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Nov 9, 2018 at 6:23 pm

Lacrosse and pickleball - my two favorite sports. All in one article! C'mon Palo Alto, get with the program - more dedicated courts for pickleball NOW!

7 people like this
Posted by Jamie Pearson
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Nov 10, 2018 at 6:26 am

Jamie Pearson is a registered user.

I'm so glad to see pickleball gaining local momentum -- it's become a huge part of my family's life. Anyone in the community who's even a little bit curious about the game should put on some court shoes and stop by. We'll loan you a paddle and show you how to play. It's very easy to learn the basics. See you out there!

5 people like this
Posted by Christina
a resident of another community
on Nov 10, 2018 at 10:44 am

Pickleball is such a great sport! People of all ages can play together. Some of my favorite things about the Palo Alto Pickleball Club: it's a great group of people, you can always find people to play with during drop-in times, and evening play under the lights on Monday and Wednesday nights. It's great being able to exercise outdoors and connect with the community, both at the same time.

5 people like this
Posted by Jon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 10, 2018 at 11:54 am

I play pickleball every chance I get down at Mitchell Park. It's such a fun inclusive group!

3 people like this
Posted by JD
a resident of Menlo Park
on Nov 11, 2018 at 12:11 pm

We play at Mitchell Park in Palo Alto every day and we also play Monday and Wednesday evenings.

Just show up with your tennis shoes and someone will be happy to show you how to play. It's highly addictive!!

All ages welcome and all levels.

If you've played tennis (or any racket sport before), you will be playing competitively very quickly. and if you're new, you'll be having fun from day one!!

just follow the noise to the south tennis courts and you'll find us.

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