Publication Date: Friday May 29, 1998
MENLO HONORS . . . Menlo College baseball player Duane Ito became the first member of the Oaks to earn All-Region honors in consecutive seasons when he was named to the 1998 American Baseball Coaches Association NCAA Division III All-West Region team. Ito, a shortstop, hit .467 while setting a Menlo season record with 64 hits. He scored 43 runs. Ito finished his career with school career records for games played (136), at-bats (519), hits (180), runs (128) and doubles (44). Menlo, under fifth-year coach Blair Neagle, finished the 1998 season with a 15-20 record. In addition to his baseball honor, Ito was named winner of Menlo's Glen Dorst Award, given to the athlete who best personifies the standard of sportsmanship in each phase of his or her life. In addition to his baseball exploits, Ito carried a 3.25 GPA. Other award winners during Menlo's Spring Awards Ceremony included senior Gary Smith (Don Baer Award); senior Claudia Barajas (F. Philler Curtis Award); and sophomore Kevin August and freshman Alex Malihoudis (Collis Steere Award for highest GPA). Both carried a 4.0 GPA.
SOCCER CHAMPS . . . Team USA, a Palo Alto AYSO Boys 16-Under Division 2 soccer team captured its division championship at the World Cup Soccer Tournament in Davis last weekend. Team USA edged San Bruno, 3-2, in the title match after having lost to San Bruno earlier. Team USA members included Glenn Anderson, Brett Atkinson, Adam Block, Nick Caton, Ben Chi, Andrew Davidson, Joey Durham, Ben Irwin, Jeff Ludvik, Derek Lyon, Ryan McGauley-Caloca, Colin Osiecki, Sergio Reyes, Dan Silberman and Dave Smolin.
GIVING THEM THE BOOT . . . The Palo Alto-based Silicon Valley Ambassadors soccer team improved its ISISL record to 5-1 by toppling the San Gabriel Highlanders, 3-2, in overtime last weekend in a conference match at Foothill College. Ralph Robertson, playing in only his first match since joining the Ambassadors, scored the game-tying and game-winning goals. The Ambassadors will be on the road this weekend before returning home to host the Southern California Chivas on June 5 at Foothill at 8 p.m.
OF LOCAL NOTE . . . A special barbecue fundraiser will be held at Gunn High on Saturday, with proceeds going to purchase weightlifting equipment. The barbecue will be held from noon to 2:30 p.m. in front of the Gunn gym. Cost is $12 for adults and $6 for children under 12. A car wash also will be going on at the same time . . . Palo Alto resident Leah Rosenblum earned her third varsity letter in women's swimming at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn. Rosenblum, a 1995 graduate of Palo Alto High, helped her team to an 8-3 dual-meet record while competing in the 200-yard fly and 200 IM. Wesleyan finished sixth out of 37 teams in the New England Division II-III Women's Swimming and Diving Championships this season . . . The Stanford University Golf Course was the site of a hole in one recently, scored by Christopher Handel of Los Altos. Handel aced the 177-yard par-3 17th hole with a 4-iron . . . Palo Alto's premier dog day event, the Dog's Best Friend 5K Run & Walk, will be held June 7 at the Baylands Athletic Center. The 14th annual event will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the 5K run/walk. Following the race will be a vendor fair featuring local pet food, product and service providers. Pre-registration by May 29 is $17, which includes a T-shirt ($12 without a shirt). Race-day registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Information: 329-2686.
SUMMER CAMPS . . . Menlo College will be the site of the Summer Jack Rabbits Track Club '98, a track and field club for youngsters age 5-13. The camp begins June 24 and runs through Aug. 2. Workouts will be on the Menlo College track on Sunday and Wednesday at 6 p.m. Cost is $150. A special camp for toddlers age 2-4 will be held before the regular camp (5:15-5:45 p.m.). Parents are welcome to attend. Cost is $75. Contact coach Joy Margerum at 367-9849 . . . The first Lady Oaks Basketball Camp will be offered in two sessions by the Menlo College women's basketball coaching staff. Session I is from Aug. 3-7 (grades 5-8), while Session II is from Aug. 10-14 (grades 7-10). Guest speakers include former Stanford standout and current ABL player Kate Paye, as well as other local coaches and players. Information: 688-3770.