Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - May 6, 2011

Sports Shorts

OF LOCAL NOTE . . .

Former Castilleja softball standout Sammy Albanese will close out her first home season with Northwestern when the Wildcats host Indiana this weekend. Albanese has helped the Wildcats to a 22-17 record this season. She had a team-leading 3.11 earned run average before Wednesday's 4-3 loss to visiting Minnesota. She has started 11 games and made 21 appearances. She has thrown 79 innings with 71 strikeouts while allowing 68hits, 35earned runs and 50 walks . . . Former Menlo School standout Whitney Allen closed out her college career by helping her Santa Clara University women's water polo team post a 7-4 comeback victory over Cal State East Bay in the third-place match at the Western Water Polo Association Championships on Saturday at Chabot College in Hayward. Allen and goalie Wren White were named First Team All-WWPA Tournament players as the Broncos made some big improvement after finishing second in 2009. "This team has come farther than any group I've coached in a season," said Santa Clara head coach Keith Wilbur, who formerly coached the Menlo School boys' team."We have a lot of young players but we had a great senior class and their leadership was key to our development and progress." Seeded-third, Santa Clara finished 10-6 in league and 15-19 overall this season. "This was a great way to finish the season," said Wilbur. "The whole team stepped up. That fourth quarter was the best we've played all year." At the Collegiate Water Polo Association Eastern Championships in Bloomington, Ind., Palo Alto High grad Tanya Wilcox scored two goals to help 20th-ranked Princeton defeat Harvard, 11-8, in the fifth-place game at Indiana University on Sunday. The Tigers never trailed in the game as Wilcox scored back-to-back goals at 4:19 and 3:10 to open the scoring . . . Nick Sako and Adam Sollers, both from Menlo Park, will be in the field next Monday for the U.S. Open Local Qualifying at Ruby Hill Golf Course in Pleasanton . . . After the devastating earthquake and tsunami hit Japan last month, the swimmers at PASA's (Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics) Alpine Hills site decided to take action. Led by Eliza Henderson, the swimmers held a swim-a-thon and raised more than $10,000 for the earthquake victims. Athletes from ages 6 to 18 swam for either 30 or 60 minutes straight and got people to pledge for their effort. The money was donated to the Red Cross.

COACHING CORNER . . . Castilleja is looking for qualified coaches to fill the following positions: Director of Sports Performance, freshman volleyball, JV volleyball and JV basketball. Information on all jobs can be found at http://www.castilleja.org/page.cfm?p=129 . . .

Sacred Heart Prep is seeking frosh-soph and freshman football coaches as well as a girls' junior varsity volleyball coach for next season. All interested applicants should contact SHP Athletic Director Frank Rodriguez via email at frodriguez@shschools.org or by phone at (650) 473-4031 . . . Menlo-Atherton High School is looking for an assistant volleyball coach. Anyone interested should contact Mary Podesta at mpodesta@seq.org.

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