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Palo Alto Online

Publication Date: Friday, May 13, 2005

Sports Shorts Sports Shorts (May 13, 2005)

WHITE HOUSE VISIT . . . The 2004 national champion Stanford women's volleyball team has accepted an invitation to visit the White House today as part of a four-team championship reception with President George W. Bush. "It's a great honor for the people in our volleyball program to represent our university," said head women's volleyball coach John Dunning. "We are very excited about this opportunity to tour the White House and meet the president." Stanford is one of four intercollegiate national championship teams invited to travel to Washington, D.C. and take part in the recognition ceremony. Because of the trip to the White House, the free Super Spikers Kids Clinic, scheduled at Stanford for Saturday, has been cancelled. The Stanford women's volleyball team won its record sixth national championship on December 18 in Long Beach, as the Cardinal swept Minnesota, 3-0.

DIAMOND NOTES . . . Palo Alto Babe Ruth will open its 2005 baseball season on Saturday at Baylands Baseball Park with it's traditional Opening Day ceremony. The action begins at 9 a.m., with the first game followed by the Opening Day Ceremony at 11 a.m. Four more games will follow the opening ceremony . . . Palo Alto American Legion will hold tryouts for the upcoming season on Sunday, May 22 and Sunday, May 29. Both sessions will be held at Palo Alto High and start at 10 a.m. Tryouts will be for two teams: 17-under and 19-under. The age cutoff date for the 17-under team is before Aug. 1. For more information, contact Tony Brewer at 328-5562.

OF LOCAL NOTE . . . Gunn High student David Light of the Stanford Earthquakes has been selected as a U-16 boys Olympic Development player.

OAK TO CARDINAL . . . Menlo College women's basketball assistant coach Tina Samaniego has accepted a volunteer position on the staff at Stanford, according to Menlo coach Caitlin Collier, who made the announcement on Tuesday. Samaniego will handle all of the film and camp coordination for the Stanford program. "Tina did a great job for us all year," Collier said. "This is a terrific opportunity for her in helping her reach her future goals. We all wish her all the best."

OAKS CORNER . . . Menlo College women's volleyball coach Bill Imwalle announced the commitment of three players who will join the Oaks in the fall. Malia Pires, an outside hitter from San Jose's Leigh High, Abby Wik, an outside hitter from Davis Senior High, and Gloria Magana, a middle blocker from Upper Iowa University, committed to Menlo . . . The Menlo College men's basketball team honored Jay Eitel and Justin Gleitman with the The Mike Watters Award for hard work during games and practice, while senior Kyle Arneson received the Trevor Mates Award for his leadership by example.

COACHING CORNER . . . Menlo-Atherton is looking for coaches for the 2005-06 school year: wrestling, girls' frosh-soph volleyball, track and field assistant, varsity football assistant and cheerleading. Those interested should contact M-A Athletic Director Pam Wimberly at 322-5311 (ext. 57-6) or e-mail resumes to [email protected] . . . Menlo School is looking for a girls' varsity basketball assistant coach and girls' frosh-soph basketball coaches. Call 330-2001 (ext. 2282) or e-mail [email protected]

ON THE FARM . . . Three Cardinal wrestlers earned All-America honors at the FILA Junior National Championships in Las Vegas. Tanner Gardner claimed freestyle honors, while Rafael Chavez and Jared Boyer each placed in the Greco-Roman tournament . . . Stanford Taekwondo is hosting a tournament on Saturday, May 28 in Maples Pavilion for adults and children of all ages and levels. Competition begins at 9 a.m. with a Poomse (forms) competition, followed by sparring in the afternoon. Electronic scoring systems will be available in every ring. Registration for competitors is $50 by mail and $40 if done online. Admission is $5, or $3 with a student ID card and for kids under 18. Stanford students will be admitted free. For more information, call 650-482-9727 or visit . . . Stanford is hosting a Youth Sports Festival and Seminar on Saturday, June 25 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 pm. The event features sports clinics hosted by Stanford University student-athletes and coaches for children ages 8-14, two seminars on the impact of sports participation, a panel discussion with former Stanford student-athletes and numerous interactive exhibits in a festival atmosphere. All events are free and open to the public. The first 1,000 children to register will receive a free Youth Festival t-shirt. For further information, call (650) 724-3910.

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