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January 28, 2005

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Palo Alto Online

Publication Date: Friday, January 28, 2005

Sports Shorts Sports Shorts (January 28, 2005)

HOOP SHOWDOWN . . . Getting 19 points from Peter Defilipps and 14 from Max Minowitz, Palo Alto's eighth grade National Junior Basketball All-Net team posted a 69-64 win over Redwood City on Sunday at Palo Alto High. Palo Alto, which also got 12 points from Ryan Miller and nine points and 10 assists from Nick Robinson, is 7-0 in the Silicon Valley League, 10-0 overall. Over the past two seasons, Palo Alto has a 24-0 record in league play. Other members of the team are Stephan Castro, Andrew Gordon, Peter Johnson, Michael Keeth, Nathan Ma, Patrick Osagiede and Kyle Perricone.

Palo Alto Babe Ruth will host an open tryout for the 2005 baseball season on Feb. 5 and Feb. 12 at the Gunn High baseball field. Players 14 and 15 years of age try out at 9:30 a.m., followed by 13 year olds at noon. Residents of Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, Portola Valley, Atherton, Menlo Park, Woodside and Redwood City are eligible to try out. Registration is $250. More information at: Palo Alto Babe Ruth also is looking for a manager for the upcoming season. Those interested should contact Neil McGregor at [email protected] . . . The Stanford Vortex U-15 (in fall) Class 1 boys' soccer team is holding tryouts for the spring and fall seasons on Saturday and again Jan. 29, 1-3 p.m. at JLS. Call Terri at 321-5944 for more info or go to . . . The Palo Alto Soccer Club will hold open tryouts for Class 1 and Class 3 boys and girls U10-U14 (in the fall) teams, weekends Jan. 29-Feb. 13, on the Cubberley Community Center fields. High school teams try out separately, and there is a Youth Development Program for younger players. For tryout times for specific age groups, see For more information: 361-0561.

COACHING CORNER . . . Palo Alto High is searching for a new JV softball coach for this spring and a girls' water polo head coach for the 2005 season. Interested persons should contact Earl Hansen, Palo Alto Athletic Director, at 329-3886 or [email protected] . . . Menlo-Atherton and Woodside highs are looking for coaches for their varsity girls' lacrosse teams this spring. Both are paid positions. For M-A, contact Mary at 854-4920 or [email protected] For Woodside, contact Donna at 365-6404 or [email protected] Menlo-Atherton also needs a girls' JV lacrosse coach and a frosh-soph softball coach. Those interested should contact M-A Athletic Director Pam Wimberly at 322-5311 (ext. 5706) . . . Basketball and soccer coaches (for boys and girls) are needed at St. Elizabeth Seton School in Palo Alto. Interested coaches should contact Pat Foy at 326-9004 . . . Menlo School has openings for girls' softball coaches: a varsity assistant, head frosh-soph and frosh-soph assistant. The season runs from February to May. For more information: 593-3895 . . . Sacred Heart Prep is looking for the following coaches: Varsity softball, varsity baseball and varsity girls' lacrosse. Those interested should contact Anthony Thomas, Athletic Director at 473-4031.

SOFTBALL SIGNUPS . . . Registration continues for the Palo Alto Girls' Softball spring season and is open to all girls, ages 5-14, in Palo Alto and surrounding communities. Practices begin in March and will be followed by an active schedule of games through May. After the spring season, travel teams will be formed for girls who wish to play at a more competitive level. The focus of Palo Alto Girls' Softball is on teamwork sportsmanship, positive values and fun, while developing fundamental softball skills. The youngest players begin with T-ball. All practices are in Palo Alto, as all games for players 10-under. The older divisions (12-under and 14-under) will do some traveling during interleague games. Registration ends Jan. 31. Players can register online at or pick up registration forms at their local schools. For more information: 361-0743.
BASEBALL HONORS . . . Palo Alto High grad David Stringer will be among a handful of local baseball players honored at the annual Santa Clara County Hot Stove Banquet on Feb. 10 at the G.I. Forum, 765 Story Road, in San Jose. Stringer, a right-handed pitcher who led the Vikings into the Central Coast Section Division I finals and now is on the roster at Stanford University, will be honored as the 2004 high school Scholastic Athlete of the Year. Stanford's Jed Lowrie will be honored as last season's Bay Area College Player of the Year while Cardinal graduates Ryan Garko and John Hudgins will be honored as Major League Baseball's Minor League Players of the Year. Also in attendance will be San Francisco Giants' manager Felipe Alou, former St. Francis High and current Oakland A's start Eric Byrnes of Portola Valley and former Stanford star Mike Mussina of the New York Yankees. The banquet gets under way at 5:30 with dinner at 6:45 p.m. and the awards ceremony at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $35. For tickets, make checks payable to Santa Clara County Baseball Fundraiser c/o Al Talboy at 7491 Dumas Drive, Cupertino, 95014.

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