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Sports Shorts

NCAA BASEBALL

Stanford makes a pitch for CWS berth

OLYMPIANS . . . Stanford grad Kelley O’Hara has been named to her first U.S. Olympic women’s soccer team, while fellow Stanford grads Rachel Buehler and Nicole Barnhart will be trying for their second Olympic gold medal. Cardinal grad Christen Press was named as a replacement player. The U.S. Women’s National Team has advanced to the gold-medal game of every Olympics thus far, winning the inaugural gold medal in 1996 in Athens, Ga., and silver in 2000 in Sydney, Australia. The Americans are seeking their third straight gold medal after winning in Athens, Greece, in 2004 and Beijing in 2008.

Stanford’s Mark Appel, who was named a first-team All-American by Collegiate Baseball on Thursday, will start the Cardinal’s NCAA regional opener on Friday night against Fresno State.

CCS TRACK & FIELD

It’s a banner year for Palo Alto runners Vikings head to CIF State Meet after winning section title by Keith Peters

Friday College baseball: Fresno St. at Stanford in NCAA regional, 6 p.m.; KZSU (90.1 FM)

Saturday College baseball: Stanford vs. Pepperdine or Michigan St., 1 p.m. Or 6 p.m.; KZSU (90.1 FM)

Sunday College baseball: Stanford in NCAA regional, 1 p.m. Or 6 p.m.; KZSU (90.1 FM)

Monday College baseball: NCAA regional challenge game (if necessary), 6 p.m. (KZSU if Stanford playing)

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ason Fung was sitting in the Palo Alto High gym last Friday with Athletic Director Earl Hansen, staring up into the rafters and noticing the obvious — the lack of a Central Coast Section track and field championship banner. “You have to get one up there,� Hansen said to Fung, the Vikings’ track and field coach. “I told Earl, ‘once I get it, you need to make room for me.’ “ Later that day, as spectators headed for their cars at Gilroy High, Fung was busy on his phone. “As soon as we finished, I texted him (Hansen) it’s banner time,� Fung recalled. Palo Alto will have its longawaited CCS championship banner

hanging in the gym some day soon, thanks to a talented group of eight athletes who combined for 53 points and ran off with the 2012 CCS title. St. Francis was second with 41.5 and early favorite Bellarmine was third with 39. “What a night,� said Paly coach Jason Fung. “Start to finish it was a good track meet. It was our night. All the things that needed to happen, happened.� While the dominoes were falling in Paly’s favor during the meet, the Vikings didn’t wrap up their firstever section crown until the final event — the 1,600-meter relay. Paly’s 4x400 relay squad that wrapped up the title featured Mor(continued on page 37)

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ON THE AIR

by Rick Eymer tanford junior righthander Mark Appel can select from a list of motivating factors as he gets ready for Friday’s opening game of the NCAA Stanford Regional. Revenge, a lack of respect and one final chance to impress Major League scouts are a few of them. Of course, pitching well is the best revenge. Appel (9-1, 2.37) also will get the chance to avenge his only loss of the season since he’ll be the starter in Friday’s game against Fresno State at 6 p.m. “Mark is self-driven,� said teammate Stephen Piscotty. “We don’t have to say anything to him to get him going. If he pitches with a chip on his shoulder, all the better for us.� The Cardinal (38-16) is the top seed of the regional, with the Bulldogs (30-26) getting the No. 4 seed. WCC champion and No. 2 seed Pepperdine (34-21) meets No. 3 seed Michigan State (37-21) at 1 p.m. to open the tournament. Appel, who was named a first team All-American by Collegiate Baseball on Thursday and earned firstteam honors on the All-Pac-12 Conference squad along with Piscotty on Wednesday, was snubbed for Conference Pitcher of the Year honors. That award went to Oregon’s Alex Keudell (10-4). Appel, however, will get plenty of attention this weekend with the MLB First Year Player Draft on Monday. Scouts will be swarming the 16 regional sites for one final look. Fresno State won the WAC tournament title by defeating Sacramento State, 4-3, in 13 innings. The Bulldogs won the national title in 2008, when they were also a No. 4 seed to begin. “That’s a real tough four seed,� Stanford coach

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OF LOCAL NOTE . . . Four freshmen rowers attending Palo Alto High finished third in the men’s freshmen 4x event at the 78th annual Scholastic Rowing Association of America (SRAA.net) national championships held at Cooper River Park on Friday and Saturday in Camden, N.J. A total of 172 U.S. high schools from across the nation participated in the regatta. Palo Alto was the only high school to participate from west of the Mississippi River. The four Paly rowers were Jaisel Sandhu, Louis Barry, John Carter, and Michael Hindery-Nelson. The Palo Alto rowers row at NorCal Rowing Club (www.norcalcrew.org) during the school year in Redwood City. Axel Stelter coached the men’s novice and freshmen program at NorCal and coached the Palo Alto boat for three weeks leading up to the event . . . Castilleja grad Jane Alexander wrapped up a solid career at Harvard where she was the starting shortstop on the Crimson softball team for all four years. She was named a Division I softball Academic All-American (third team; first team District 1), Harvard’s Female Breakout Athlete of the Year, Ivy League Co-Player of the Year, and Harvard softball’s Most Valuable Offensive Player of the Year and Most Valuable Defensive Player of the Year. She finished the season batting .408 and leading the team in average, slugging, on-base percentage, and triples, and second in extra base hits, total bases, stolen bases, and double plays. Harvard competed in an NCAA regional finals this year, eliminating No. 23 Texas Tech and Maryland before losing to No. 16 Washington.

Cardinal needs to win its own regional this weekend against a tough field

Paly’s 400 relay team of (L-R) Jayshawn Gates-Mouton, Tremaine Kirkman, Morris Gates-Mouton and E.J. Floreal won the CCS title in 41.56. ĂœĂœĂœÂ°*>Â?ÂœÂ?ĂŒÂœ"˜Â?ˆ˜i°VÂœÂ“ĂŠUĂŠ*>Â?ÂœĂŠÂ?ĂŒÂœĂŠ7iiÂŽÂ?ÞÊUĂŠĂ•Â˜iĂŠÂŁ]ÊÓä£ÓÊU Page 35

Palo Alto Weekly 06.01.2012 - Section 1  

Section 1 of the June 1, 2012 edition of the Palo Alto Weekly