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May 18, 2005

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Palo Alto Online

Publication Date: Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Sports Shorts Sports Shorts (May 18, 2005)

OAKS' CORNER . . . Two Menlo College softball players were named second team all-West Region on Friday: senior third baseman Amanda Colón and senior catcher Jessica Courson. Colón was also honored as team MVP, while Courson was awarded the Coach's award. Colón finished the season with an average of .427, a single-season record 11 home runs and 30 RBI. She is Menlo's all-time leader in home runs (27), and RBI (119). Courson did not commit an error in 171 chances. The Menlo team hustle award was given to senior Sheena Kipu, who returned to the Oaks after two years off. The Most Influential Rookie award was presented to Valerie De Los Santos, who appeared in 26 games for the Oaks, and played flawlessly at second base . . . Menlo College women's volleyball coach P>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.

OF LOCAL NOTE . . . The annual Palo Alto High Sports Boosters Golf Tournament will be May 27 at Sunnyvale Muni. The cost of $125 covers green fee, food and prizes. The first tee time is noon. Interested golfers should contact Palo Alto Athletic Director Earl Hansen at 329-3886. Proceeds from the event benefit Paly athletic programs.

DIAMOND NOTES . . . 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.

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. 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."

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, JV boys' and JV girls' water polo and cheerleading. Those interested should contact M-A Athletic Director Pam Wimberly at 322-5311 (ext. 5706) 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 . . . 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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