Sports Shorts | April 11, 2014 | Palo Alto Weekly | Palo Alto Online |

Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - April 11, 2014

Sports Shorts

SPRING FLING . . . The two-time reigning Pac-12 champion Stanford football team returns to action Saturday in the annual Cardinal & White Spring Game at Stanford Stadium. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. and admission is free. The game also will be televised live by the Pac-12 Networks. Fan activities begin at 12:15 p.m. and include a football toss, photo booths with football gear and props and much more. Kids can see how they "measure up" by comparing their heights to those of Stanford football players. There will also be a large map for fans to match Cardinal players and their hometowns. Throughout the game, trivia contests will be held with football prize packages and gift cards to area businesses. Concessions and merchandise will be sold throughout the game as Stanford spirit groups will perform on the concourse pregame to meet fans and take photos. Fans are invited to enter the stadium through Gates 2 and 11-13 with seating designated on the East and sunny side of the stadium. Free public parking is available in several lots, with the closest being Sunken Diamond and El Camino Grove/Lot #2. In addition, all current members of the Stanford football team will be available to sign autographs for fans of all ages following the game. Also available for autographs throughout the day will be select Stanford football alumni including Cameron Fleming, Tyler Gaffney, Ben Gardner, Ryan Hewitt, Josh Mauro, Trent Murphy, Ed Reynolds, Shayne Skov and David Yankey.

TENNIS HONOR . . . Stanford freshman Carol Zhao has been honored as the 2013 Junior Player of the Year, as announced by Tennis Canada. Zhao was selected for the award along with North Carolina freshman Brayden Schur (Pickering, Ontario). Both players are members of Tennis Canada's full-time National Training Centre in Montreal, making their marks on both the junior and professional circuits in their final year as junior competitors. A native of Richmond Hill, Ontario, Zhao became just the ninth Canadian to win a junior Slam title by clinching the Junior Australian Open doubles crown with Croatian partner Ana Konjuh. Reaching a career-high ITF junior ranking of world No. 9, Zhao also won the doubles title at the prestigious Grade 1 ITF tournament in Roehampton with Czech Barbora Krejcikova. On the professional level, Zhao reached her first singles final at the $10K ITF Pro Circuit event in Santa Margherita Di Pula, Italy in May and later won her first pro doubles trophy at the $25K Granby Challenger in July with American Lena Litvak. At Rogers Cup presented by National Bank in Toronto, Zhao — ranked world No. 536 on the pro circuit at the time received a qualifying wild card and picked up two victories, including over world No. 75 Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania, to play in her first WTA main draw. Zhao has continued that success in her rookie season on The Farm, compiling a 21-3 overall record and 14-0 mark in duals. Holding down the No. 3 spot in the singles lineup and ranked No. 22 nationally, Zhao has been Stanford's hottest player as of late, winning 14 consecutive matches with her last loss coming back in mid-January.


There are no comments yet for this post

Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: * Not sure?

Choose a category: *

Since this is the first comment on this story a new topic will also be started in Town Square! Please choose a category that best describes this story.

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields


Save $5 when you register by Monday, July 31

Registration is now open for the 33rd annual Palo Alto Weekly Moonlight Run and Walk. This family-friendly event which benefits local nonprofits serving kids and families will take place on Friday, Oct. 6 at the Palo Alto Baylands.

Register Here