The Stanford Boys Water Polo Club brought home two medals in four age divisions from the US Club Championships that wrapped up Sunday in Southern California.
"We had a great weekend," said Jon Barnea, whose program got a gold medal from the 12&U team and a silver from the 16&U squad.
"The US Club Championships is the most competitive tournament hosted in the U.S., and our coaching staff did an amazing job leading our teams against the best teams in the country," Barnea said.
Stanford was one of only two programs to bring home more than one medal.
The 12&U team, headed by Gunn coach Matt Johnson, went 6-0 while defeating Riverside (15-1), Northwood (10-8), SoCal (7-2), San Diego Shores (8-4), Lamorinda Water Polo (7-3) and Commerce in the championship match, 6-4.
The Stanford 16s went 3-2-1 and earned the silver, thanks to winning at the right time. After losing to SET, 14-11, Stanford beat Lamorinda WP (11-4), lost to SoCal (11-8), defeated unbeaten Foothill (9-4) and San Diego Shores (12-9), before tying SoCal, 11-11, but losing the shootout (6-4) in the finals.
SoCal went 3-0 in pool play while Stanford, Lamorinda and SET all went 1-2 in the bracket. Stanford earned the No. 2 seed by goal differential. Finishing second in the bracket earned the match with unbeaten Foothill, which hadn't lost to any 16&U team this year.
That win put Stanford into the title match. Brian Kreutzkamp, head coach at Sacred Heart Prep, guided the team's fortunes.
The Stanford 18&U team, meanwhile, finished 10th with a 3-2-1 record while the 14&U squad finished 13th with a 17-16 victory over Rose Bowl.
Next up for the Stanford boys will be the National Junior Olympics, July 27-30 in Orange County.
Palo Alto High grad Joc Pederson had a single, a walk, and scored a run to help U.S. defeat the World team, 4-2, in the annual Major League Baseball Futures Game on Sunday at Citi Field in New York. Pederson, regarded as the No. 2 minor league prospect for the Los Angeles Dodgers, plays for the Chattanooga Lookouts in the Double-A Southern League.
Former Stanford All-American Nneka Ogwumike scored 16 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead the Los Angeles Sparks to an 88-76 win over the Phoenix Mercury in a WNBA game Sunday. It was the fifth straight win for Los Angeles.
Menlo-Atherton High is looking for coaches for varsity and frosh-soph girls' lacrosse as well as a badminton and wrestling coach. Those interested should contact M-A co-Athletic Director Steven Kryger at email@example.com or 766-0345.
Gunn High junior Anna Zhou of Palo Alto is keeping a busy schedule this summer, with her latest stop in Marblehead, Mass., for this week's AJGA Junior at Tedesco Country Club.
Zhou is coming off a fine performance at a qualifying event for the 2013 U.S. Women's Amateur, as she made the cut for the national event with a 3-over 73 at Sequoyah Country Club in Oakland last week. She finished in a two-way tie for third while earning one of eight berths for the women's championships, set for Aug. 5-11 at The Country Club of Charleston in South Carolina.
Zhou shot 34-39 while making three birdies and nine pars to help offset six bogeys.
Failing to make the cut at 76 included Menlo Park's Xin Fang (78), Gunn's Jayshree Sarathy (81), and Laura Arellano of Menlo Park (84).
Before Zhou competes in the U.S. Women's Amateur, she'll play in the PGA Junior Championships at Trump National Golf Club from July 30-Aug. 2 in Potomac Falls, Va. She qualified for that with a 69-70 at Mather Golf Club near Sacramento last week.
At the 2013 Amateur Stroke Play Championships that finished up Sunday at Seaside's Bayonet Golf Course, Sacred Heart Prep's Bradley Knox tied for 17th with a 54-hole score of 219 (72-74-73) while Menlo-Atherton grad Nick Sako of Menlo Park tied for 21st (76-73-71-220). SHP grad Kevin Knox was 31st (76-71-76-223).
Palo Alto's Chesnie Cheung, 11, who'll be attending Jordan Middle School this fall, has a busy summer ahead of her.
After being named to the U.S. National 12 & Under Synchronized Swimming Team in May, Cheung took first place in Team and Trio, and second in Duet a few weeks ago at the 2013 eSynchro U.S. Age Group Synchronized Swimming Championships in Riverside that attracted nearly 1,000 athletes.
Cheung is now training with the rest of the 11/12 age group national team members at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Next up will be the UANA Pan American Championships in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in August.
Cheung, who swims for the Santa Clara Aquamaids, has been competing in synchronized swimming since she was six years old.
Track and field
Menlo School senior Maddy Price saw her hopes of making the Canadian Junior Team disappear as she failed to qualify for the finals in the 200 meters on Sunday at the Canadian Junior Track and Field Championships in Sainte-Therese, Quebec.
Price needed to finish first or second and run 24.20 to make the Canadian team for the Junior Pan American Championships in late August. Instead, she ran 25.20 for 12th place during qualifying. She needed to run 25.08 to make the finals.
Neither of the top two finishers, however, ran the automatic qualifying time as Khamica Bingham won in 24.76 and Amelia Brohman was second in 24.90. Price's best time before the meet was 24.50.
Price's best shot at making the team was in the 400, where she finished third on Saturday -- missing second by .02 of a second.