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July 21, 2004

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Palo Alto Online

Publication Date: Wednesday, July 21, 2004

Sports Shorts Sports Shorts (July 21, 2004)

LOCAL BASEBALL . . . The Palo Alto Oaks remained atop the Stan Musial Division of the Western Baseball Association with a pair of victories, 4-2 and 6-2, over the visiting El Cerrito A's at Baylands Park on Sunday. Brian Beres singled home two runs in the sixth to put the Oaks (13-1) ahead to stay. Beres also homered in the game. Sean Scott and Greg Matson each added two hits. Matt Campbell threw a five-hitter with a walk and three strikeouts to earn the pitching victory. Matson earned the win in the second game, tossing a two-hitter. The Oaks scored five runs in the fifth to snap a 1-1 tie. Gabe Duran doubled home two runs. Palo Alto hosts the Tigers on Sunday in a doubleheader at Baylands beginning at 11:30 a.m. . . . The Palo Alto National 9-10-year-olds, the District 52 champs, won their first two games at the Section 3 Tournament in San Lorenzo, beating Tassajara, 8-0, on Saturday and topping Newark, 13-2, on Sunday. Graham Marchant was the winning pitcher in Saturday's victory. Nathan Bills had two hits and drove in two runs. In Sunday's win, four Palo Alto pitchers combined on a one-hitter while Freddy Avis had three hits and Bills drove in three runs. Palo Alto is one win away from advancing to the Division 2 State Tournament in Rancho Murietta (near Sacramento).

CARDINAL CORNER . . . Stanford reached into the recent past and found its new golf coach. Stanford grad Conrad Ray, a member of the 1994 NCAA Championship team, was named men's golf coach on Friday. "I am very excited to have the opportunity to come back to Stanford and be a part of a program and university I hold in high esteem," Ray said. "I look forward to continuing the winning tradition and meeting the future challenges of the Stanford golf program." Ray has played on the Nationwide Tour since 1998 . . . Stanford will open its basketball season at the Pete Newell Challenge against USF on Friday, Nov. 19 at The Arena in Oakland. In the other half of the doubleheader, North Carolina will play Santa Clara. Both games will be nationally televised . . . L.J. Hepp was named an assistant men's basketball coach at Stanford on Thursday, filling the vacancy created when Russell Turner left to become an assistant coach with Mike Montgomery and the Golden State Warriors. Hepp, who attended North Carolina, served as Stanford's Video Coordinator last year.

OF LOCAL NOTE . . . The Palo Alto 10-under All-Star girls' fast pitch softball team travels to San Diego this weekend to participate in the ASA Pacific Coast Region Championship Tournament. Palo Alto qualified for the tournament by finishing third in the Northern California Championships. Team members include Biby Chacon, Becca Dixon, Maddie Dray, Anna Gale, Nicole Grimwood, Julia Howard, Reilly Jackson, Kelly McConnell, Trina Ohms, Sydney Rock, Annie Rosenberg, Pauline Ryan and Amber St. John . . . The Major League Soccer Camp will run its camp programs for boys and girls ages five and older at Cubberly Field between Aug. 16 and 20 from 9 a.m.-noon and 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Cost is between $100-$135. For more information visit or phone 1-800-680-6272 . . . The MVLA CyberRays, a first season CYSA Girls Under-13 Class 1 soccer team, are looking for players from Menlo Park, Palo Alto and Los Altos Hills among other local cities. Coach Simon Weiss played at North Carolina. For information, call 1-650-996-0505 or e-mail

COACHING CORNER . . . Castilleja School is looking for coaches for the upcoming season in varsity cross country, JV water polo, JV tennis, varsity track and field in addition to an assistant coach for swimming. Interested persons should contact Athletic Director Jez McIntosh at . . . Woodside Priory School is looking for a boys' junior varsity and girls' varsity soccer coach. Contact Athletic Director Mark Stogner 851-6107 . . . Menlo-Atherton High is looking for a number of coaches for the 2004-05 season: frosh-soph softball, frosh-soph volleyball, girls' JV lacrosse, girls' varsity lacrosse and cheerleading. Interested persons should contact M-A Athletic Director Pam Wimberly at 322-5311 (ext. 5706).

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