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Gunn's Jonathan Affeld commits to Stanford swimming

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Palo Alto senior Lou Passarello makes a one-handed catch against Wilcox. Photo by Karen Ambrose Hickey.

It’s a dream come true for Lou Passarello. The Palo Alto High tight end/defensive end announced his verbal commitment to Colorado Sunday night on Twitter.

“I’m excited for the guy, he’s done it the right way,’’ Palo Alto coach Nelson Gifford said. “He’s living the dream.’’

Listed at 6-foot-5 and 250 pounds, Passarello was recruited as a tight end. So down the line he may get the opportunity to catch some passes in Pac-12 competition, maybe even back in the Bay Area against Stanford or Cal.

“Early on he was challenged whether he’d be a high school tight end, never mind a college tight end,’’ Gifford said. “Even last year to this year, he looks different, moves different. It bodes well for where he’ll stand years from now. If anyone is mentally built for the grind it’s Lou.’’

Passarello had an offer from Air Force after his junior year. But getting a chance to play in the Pac-12 certainly got his attention.

His biggest improvement this season has come in terms of the effectiveness of his blocking.

“We talked at the end of last year that for him to be that next-level guy he had to focus on his blocking,’’ Gifford said. “He really worked on that and has been dominant up front.’’

Men's swimming

Central Coast Section 500-yard freestyle champion and Gunn senior Jonathan Affeld announced his verbal commitment to Stanford.

Affeld, who won the 500 free in an All-American and personal best time of 4:25.64, also placed second in the 200 individual medley with an All-American time of 1:46.94, also a personal best, and helped the Titans place fourth in the 200 medley relay.

Affeld made his announcement via Instagram:

"I am extremely honored and excited to announce my verbal commitment to swim and study at Stanford University. I want to thank my teammates, my family, and Coaches Joey, Alec, Dan, and Neil for helping me along the way. I can’t wait to start life on the farm. Sko Card!"

At the Speedo Junior Nationals over the summer Affeld placed second in the 'C' final of the men's 100 fly, going 55.17. Ethan Hu, who beat Affeld in the 200 IM at the CCS meet, was the overall winner with a time of 53.71.

Affeld also swam on the Alto Swim Club's 800 free relay that recorded a time of 7:56.81. The team also included Jackson Picard, Barrett Heritage and Zareck Tello.

Boys wrestling

Menlo-Atherton announced the hiring of Rico Stormer as its boys' wrestling coach.

Stormer wrestled at Harvard for three years before coming to Stanford as a graduate student last season.

He was 18-14 with the Cardinal and finished fourth at the Pac-12 championship in the 174-pound division.

Boys soccer

Gunn High announced the hiring of long-time coach Vava Marques to lead the Titans.

Marques has extensive experience at most every level, including at Foothill College, Los Altos High and at the club level.

He played professionally in his native Brazil.

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