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Sports - December 23, 2011

Paly's Wade a first team All-American

by Keith Peters

Melanie Wade will be facing Jordan Burgess, Inky Ajanaku and Madison Bugg in Pac-12 women's volleyball action next season when Wade suits up for Washington and Burgess joins with Ajanaku and Bugg at Stanford.

The quartet also has something else in common — all four helped their respective high school teams win state titles and all four have been named to the MaxPreps All-American first team in girls' volleyball, according to Kevin Askeland of MaxPreps.

The 6-foot-5 Wade helped Palo Alto win a second straight CIF Division I state crown earlier this month in a five-set thriller over Marymount. Wade had 27 kills in the title match and was named the Most Valuable Player of the Division I finale.

Wade had 594 kills, 65 aces, 53 blocks, 255 digs and 28 assists while helping the Vikings fashion a 36-3 record this season and a 77-4 mark over two years.

Burgess, a 6-1 outside hitter from Berkeley Prep in Tampa, Fla., led her team to a 30-2 record and third straight state championship. She was a two-time Gatorade State Player of the Year and finished with 553 kills, 366 digs, 48 aces, 38 assists and 32 blocks.

Ajanaku, a 6-4 middle hitter from Bishop Kelley High in Tulsa, Okla., led her team to a 32-3 record and Class 6A state championship while earning MVP honors. She also won state titles as a freshman and junior. She had 537 kills, 127 blocks and 29 digs.

The 6-1 Bugg, from Cardinal Gibbons in Raleigh, N.C., helped her team finish 22-3 and win a third straight North Carolina 3A state crown. She is a two-time Gatorade State Player of the Year (also winning in 2009) and a three-time Class 3A state tournament MVP. She totaled 271 kills, 182 digs, 31 aces, 20 assists and 20 blocks this season.

All four players were named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association All-American first team this season, as well.

Wade, who helped the Vikings to a No. 1 spot in the MaxPreps Freeman computerized national rankings, will be honored along with her teammates early next month when the web site pays a visit to the Paly campus to present the Vikings with its No. 1 National Ranking trophy as presented by the National Guard.

"I'm just in awe of what we were able to accomplish with MaxPreps the past two years," said Paly volleyball coach Dave Winn. "National Team of the Year (across all girls' sports) and now No. 1 team by their Freeman rankings, and Tour of Champions selection. Unreal."

Boys' basketball

With seniors Pat Bruni and Cole McConnell combining for 33 points, Sacred Heart Prep rolled to a 61-50 nonleague victory over visiting St. Mary's (Berkeley) on Wednesday night. Bruni, a wide receiver on the Gators' football team, tossed in a season-high 19 points with McConnell adding 14 as the Gators inproved to 5-2 heading into Friday's preseason finale at Carlmont at 6 p.m.

In Half Moon Bay, Richard Harris tallied 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds to spark Menlo School to a 43-41 nonleague victory over host Half Moon Bay on Tuesday night. The Knights (3-1) trailed by 18 points in the third quarter before chipping away and rallying for the win. Menlo sophomore Bobby Roth tied the game at 41 with a three-pointer in the fourth quarter and Harris sealed it with a basket to wrap up his solid performance. Roth finished with 13 points while senior Freddy Avis added seven points and a crucial block in the fourth quarter.

In East Palo Alto, junior Dae-Von Bishop tossed in 11 points and sophomore Johnnie Morton added nine as Eastside Prep concluded its preseason with a 10-0 mark following a 44-14 romp over visiting June Jordan on Tuesday.

Girls' basketball

Junior center Drew Edelman poured in 25 points and grabbed 17 rebounds to pace Menlo School to a 50-47 victory over Channel Islands in the second round of the Santa Barbara Tournament of Champions on Wednesday. Point guard Lauren Lete contributed 13 points and eight assists while sophomore Donya Dehnad came up big with eight rebounds, many down the stretch, as the Knights improved to 3-2.

Edelman had 20 points and 13 rebounds as Menlo dropped a 46-41 decision to Los Alamitos to open the tourney on Monday.

In Oakland, Pinewood reached the championship game of the Head Royce Classic with a 49-24 triumph over Head Royce. The Panthers (6-3) were led by freshman Monique McDevitt, who was 5-of-8 from three-point range and finished with 15 points. Freshman Marissa Hing added eight points with seven assists while sophomore Leeana Bade contributed eight points and seven rebounds. Pinewood was 11-of-33 from three-point range.

On Tuesday, Kelly Doran tallied 15 points and Hing added 13 as Pinewood cruised to a 61-5 romp over St. Elizabeth in the opening round. Doran made five 3-pointers in addition to providing six assists and five steals. Jenny Hansen added seven points and seven rebounds for Pinewood.

In Atherton, scoring leader Melissa Holland missed another game and her absence was felt as Sacred Heart Prep saw its unbeaten season disappear in a 50-44 nonleague loss to visiting Los Gatos. Helen Gannon and Kelsey Hemm each scored 11 points for SHP, but the Gators fell to 6-1. Sacred Heart Prep was outscored, 28-9, over the second and third periods before putting on a big rally in the fourth quarter.

In East Palo Alto, host Eastside Prep played without standout junior center Hashima Carothers, who is sidelined for undisclosed reasons, and suffered a tough 53-33 nonleague loss to Mitty. Sophomore guard Charmaine Bradford led the Panthers (4-6) with 14 points, but was the only Eastside player in double figures. All of the Eastside scorers were either freshmen or sophomores. The Panthers' roster includes only one senior and one junior.

In Sacramento, Palo Alto came up with another solid defensive performance and captured the championship of the Grant Winterfest Tournament with a 48-46 victory over Grant of Sacramento on Monday night. Despite not playing their best game, the Vikings (5-1) held on as 6-foot-2 Josie Butler blocked a last-second shot to preserve the victory. The Vikings allowed only 33.6 points a game during their three-game sweep of the tourney.

Paly senior Emilee Osagiede was named the tourney's Most Valuable Player and was joined on the all-tournament team by sophomore Danielle Palmer, junior Stephanie Allen and senior Lindsay Black.


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