Sport Shorts
Publication Date: Friday May 24, 1996

Sport Shorts

NET NEWS . . . At the Central Coast Section individual tournament at Imperial Courts in Aptos, Palo Alto High's doubles team of David Wermuth and Jason Blue-Smith advanced to the semifinals after winning in the first two rounds. In the singles competition, Pinewood's Scotty Scott reached the semis after ousting Wilcox's Viral Mehta and Homestead's Nick Gerrone in the first round and quarterfinals. Other locals reaching the doubles quarterfinals included Menlo School's Dan Newark and Mark Roberts, and Pinewood's Eliesa Vaka and Jeff Schram.

GPA CHAMPIONS . . . Several local boys and girls teams garnered 1996 Spring Season Scholastic Championship Team Awards, having earned the highest collective grade-point average of all teams in their respective sports. The honorees included Castilleja's badminton team (3.6475), Pinewood's baseball (3.3615), golf (3.5904) and softball (3.8443) teams, and Menlo-Atherton's girls water polo team (3.7630). Sacred Heart Prep was second in baseball (3.2837), third in girls track and field (3.6274) and fourth in softball (3.4657). M-A finished second in swimming and diving (3.5520) and fifth in tennis (3.3870). Gunn was runnerup in golf (3.5294), third in gymnastics (3.2769), third in boys track (3.2708) and fifth in swimming (3.3036). Castilleja came in sixth in girls track (3.4390), and Pinewood was sixth in tennis (3.3802).

FOOTBAG IS BACK . . . Stanford will be the site for the Western Regional Football Championships , which will take place Saturday through Monday at Wilbur Field (off Campus Drive East). Events include intermediate and advanced net and freestyle singles, doubles and mixed doubles, and footbag golf. There will also be a novice doubles competition (free of charge). The cost for professionals is $45, and a pre-registration party will be held at the house of Brent and Jody Welch, 2540 Dell Ave., Mountain View, at 7 p.m. For more information, call the Hotline at 308-KICK or the Welches at 968-6846, or see

COACHING HIRE . . . After 13 seasons as an college basketball assistant coach--the past four years with the Stanford men--Jeff Jackson will be a head coach for the first time next season at the University of New Hampshire. The Wildcats have had only eight winning seasons since 1940, including a 19-9 run two years ago under Glib Chapman. Last season, the team was 6-20. Jackson's departure marks the sixth assistant coach of head coach Mike Montgomery who has been hired by other colleges.

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