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December 24, 2003

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Publication Date: Wednesday, December 24, 2003

Sports Shorts Sports Shorts (December 24, 2003)

CARDINAL CORNER . . . Stanford men's track and field coach Robert Weir was named to the United States coaching staff for the 2005 World Outdoor Championships in Helsinki, Finland. Weir will serve as Team USA's throws coach. "I am very honored to represent my country, the United States," said Weir, who has dual citizenship (United States, Great Britain). "For several years, I have coached many American athletes who have gone on to represent the United States in international competition, including Adam Nelson, and now it is a distinct honor to coach them as a member of the coaching staff for the United States." Weir is a three-time Olympic Games discus thrower for Great Britain, and coached Nelson to the silver medal in the 2000 Olympics. Weir is entering his 11th season on the Cardinal staff, and his first season as head coach. Weir won three NCAA individual titles for Southern Methodist, and set the collegiate record in the hammer throw . . . Stanford baseball players Sam Fuld and Mark Romanczuk were named to the Louisville Slugger Preseason All-American teams on Friday. Fuld earned second team honors, while Romanczuk was a third team selection . . . The Stanford baseball team is ranked No. 6 nationally in Collegiate Baseball's preseason baseball poll released Friday. Defending national champion Rice and Miami will begin the season tied at the top of the poll, marking the first time that two teams have ever started the season tied for the top spot in the poll. Louisiana Tech is third, followed by Georgia Tech and Texas. World Series. Stanford opens the season at Sunken Diamond with a three-game series against preseason No. 8 Cal State Fullerton beginning Jan. 30.

OAKS CORNER . . . The Menlo College men's basketball team traveled to the middle of the Pacific Ocean to play in a tournament hosted by a college in Spokane, Wash. The Oaks (1-6) dropped a pair of games in the Whitworth Hawaiian Classic at Chaminade University in Honolulu, losing to Azusa Pacific, 92-49, on Saturday and losing to Whitman of Walla, Walla, Wash., 84-33, on Sunday. Mike Watters scored 16 points in the loss to Azusa Pacific as Menlo shot just under 27 percent (16-for-60) for the contest. Kyle Arneson and Kevin Jones combined for 14 rebounds. A free throw from Justin Gleitman at 8:17 of the first half gave the Oaks (1-6) their final lead at 21-20. Six minutes later, following a 22-1 run, the Cougars were up by 20 points. Menlo was completely overwhelmed by Whitman (3-4), which led by 24 at halftime and by as many as 54 points late in the game. The Oaks were held scoreless over the final 5:21 of the first half, following a 3-pointer by Tim Coyne, and the first 5:22 of the second half. Nalu Perkins, who played at Kamehameha High School in Honolulu, broke the drought with a short jumper. The Oaks return to action on Friday, Jan. 2 with a nonconference game at Humboldt State.

LOCAL SOCCER NEWS . . . The MVLA CyberRays, a CYSA Girls' U-12 Class 3 (born after 7/31/91) is looking for several fast, skilled and dedicated players to help us move up to the next level. Players can be from Saratoga, Cupertino, Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Menlo Park, Palo Alto, Los Altos, and Los Altos Hills. The team is trained by Simon Weiss (former player for University of North Carolina). Please contact Alberto Martin at 996-0505 or by email at . . . The Stanford Wildfire, a Girls' U-12 Class 3 team moving to Class 1, is holding tryouts for the upcoming spring season. Contact Barbara Zimmer at 424-0736 or

OF LOCAL NOTE . . . Woodside Priory is looking for a girls' swimming coach for the upcoming season. Interested coaches should contact Athletic Director Mark Stogner at 851-6107 . . . Sacred Heart Prep is looking for assistant swim coaches for the spring, to work with the boys' and girls' teams. Interested coaches should contact SHP athletic director Mike Ciardella at 473-4031.

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