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April 08, 2005

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Palo Alto Online

Publication Date: Friday, April 08, 2005

Sports Shorts Sports Shorts (April 08, 2005)

OAKS' CORNER . . . The Menlo College baseball team dropped a 7-1 decision to host San Francisco State on Tuesday in a rain makeup. The Oaks (18-9) took a 1-0 lead in the third when Derek Kinzler singled home Matt Gagliardi . That was about all the offense Menlo would muster against seven Gator pitchers. The Oaks did have two runners on with one out in the seventh, but a double play ended the threat. The Oaks host San Francisco State at 2 p.m. on Tuesday . . . The Menlo College women's wrestling team travels to San Diego for the Body Bar Nationals this weekend. The winners in each weight class qualify for a trip to Lithuania for the Junior World Championships. Menlo 105-pound wrestler Sara Fulp-Allen is ranked first among North American Collegians, and second among national seniors. She's looking for her third junior national title. 130-pound wrestler Laurin Daniels is ranked fourth in US Colleges and 147-pounder Becky Tavera is 7th in US Colleges.

OF LOCAL NOTE . . . In a continuing effort to complete an on campus baseball facility at Menlo-Atherton High, an unnamed donor has stepped forward with an offer to double all donations toward The Bettencourt Field Fund between now and April 20. An estimated $120,000 is needed to complete the project, which is currently in phase one. Donations can be sent to The Bettencourt Field Fund, in care of Menlo-Atherton High, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton, CA 94027. For more information, contact M-A Athletic Director Pam Wimberly at the school. The field is named in honor of former M-A baseball coach Frank Bettencourt. The Bears currently use nearby Flood Park as their home field . . . The Alpine/West Menlo Little League celebrates its Opening Day on Saturday at the newly refurbished La Entrada Field in Menlo Park. School Superintendent MaryAnn Summerville and La Entrada Principal Dee Brummett will throw out the first pitches. Ceremonies begin at 8:30 a.m., and will include a celebration of the 1999 District 52 Little League All Star Champions. The field is located at 2200 Sharon Road in Menlo Park. For more information, visit Alpine's website at

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