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Sports - January 15, 2010

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SOCCER HONOR . . . Senior forward Kelley O'Hara became the first Stanford player in history to the win the Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy, college soccer's highest honor. O'Hara was one of three finalists — North Carolina midfielder Tobin Heath and UCLA forward Lauren Cheney were the others — invited to last weekend's ceremony in St. Louis, Mo., with the award decided by a vote of coaches. O'Hara received the women's honor and Akron's Teal Bunbury received the men's. "It's a great way to end the college season," O'Hara said. "I'm so thankful, and blessed. But the reason I was able to get the award was because of my teammates. I couldn't have done it without them." O'Hara, a native of Fayetteville, Ga., led Stanford (25-1) to its best record and to its first NCAA championship final, shattering school scoring records along the way and leading the nation in goals and points. O'Hara (26 goals, 13 assists, 65 points) had been nominated three times for the award, but had never been a finalist until this year, joining Julie Foudy (1991 and '92) as the only finalists in Stanford history. O'Hara said she wasn't nervous, and never felt as if she was destined to win. "I'm sitting next to Tobin Heath and Lauren Cheney, and they both have Olympic gold medals," she said. "I had a good season, but I don't know if I could have expected it." Stanford and O'Hara had a fairy-tale season that included a Pac-10 title and a perfect record heading into the College Cup final, which ended with a disappointing 1-0 loss to North Carolina and a red card for O'Hara in her final collegiate match. A 2009 NSCAA first-team All-America, O'Hara is the Pacific-10 Conference's Player of the Year and an ESPN The Magazine first team Academic All-American.

SWIM HONOR . . . Stanford senior Julia Smit was named the Pacific 10 Conference's December Athlete of the Month following her two world records at the Duel in the Pool in Manchester, England last month. Smit was also named the conference's November athlete of the month, giving the All-American swimmer four such honors over her career, tying her with Olympic teammate Rebecca Soni of USC (2006-09), for the all-time conference record. Smit over a two-day span in December broke two world record short course records in the individual medleys.

BASEBALL NOTE . . . Registration for Menlo-Atherton Little League, which offers six levels for boys and girls ages 5-16 (as of April 30), will continue online until January 19. Visit the league's web site at to enroll. Play begins in late February and extends through the end of the school year. Applications received after January 19th are subject to a waiting list and a late fee of $25. Scholarships are available; contact Menlo-Atherton Little League boundaries are west of HWY 101 and east of El Camino in Menlo Park (except unincorporated Fair Oaks) and all of Atherton. There are other Little Leagues available for those living outside these boundaries. For information on the other leagues:

HELP WANTED . . . Menlo-Atherton is looking for a new head football coach as well as coaches for track and field, swimming and a head frosh-soph baseball coach. Anyone interested can contact Mary Podesta at or 650-322-5311 ext 5708 . . . Castilleja is looking for an assistant softball coach for this spring. Those interested should contact Athletic Director Jez McIntosh at . . . Pinewood is looking for a head coach for boys' and girls'swimming. Contact Athletic Director Matt Stimson at 941-6044 or at . . . Sacred Heart Prep is seeking an assistant boys' golf coach for the upcoming spring season as well as assistant football coaches for 2010. Interested applicants please contact AD Frank Rodriguez at or at (650) 473-4031.


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