Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - July 15, 2011

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ALL-STATE HONORS . . . Palo Alto junior pitcher Ben Sneider didn't have the fastest fastball or the curviest curve. While he got his sinkerball to sink and his changeup to change, he rarely overpowered the opposition. But as Paly coach Erick Raich noted of his junkball artist: "Ben Sneider didn't have dominating stuff, but he was a bulldog on the mound." Sneider's best stat, perhaps, was that he was the top pitcher on Palo Alto's 28-9 team that captured the first Central Coast Section championship in school baseball history. Sneider was a starter and he was a reliever. He relied mainly on a curveball that helped him compile a 12-3 record and 1.59 earned-run average with 62 strikeouts. His most important victory likely came in a 5-2 win over Mitty in the CCS Division I semifinals, as the Monarchs came in ranked No. 20 in the state. Sneider's efforts didn't go unnoticed, as he received second-team honors on the Cal-Hi Sports all-state baseball honor squad last week. Sneider was one of nine pitchers named on the second team and only one of three from Northern California. The others were from Lincoln (Stockton) and Marin Catholic in Kentfield. Sneider also was one of only four players from the CCS receiving second-team honors. In addition, Sneider also was named to the All-State Underclass first team, along with Menlo School junior pitcher Freddy Avis. Avis, who started his prep career at Palo Alto High, also was named first team all-state for the small schools. Recent Palo Alto graduate T.J. Braff was named to the overall all-state third team as an infielder. Braff was one of only five players from the CCS named to the third team.

ON THE COURT . . . Men and women at least 18 years of age who want the chance to earn free tickets to one of the premier professional women's tennis tournaments on the West Coast, can become a volunteer at the Bank of the West Classic, July 23-31 at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium at Stanford University. Volunteer positions are currently available in several areas including transportation, ushers, guest services, hospitality, and tournament administration. For more information please go to www.bankofthewestclassic.com and click on "Volunteers" to apply online. Volunteers will receive complimentary tickets to the tournament, a parking pass, and an official tournament shirt. They will be asked to work a minimum of four shifts during the event in order to qualify for these tournament benefits.

COACHING CORNER . . . Palo Alto Knights Youth Football is seeking experienced head and assistant football coaches for the 2011 season. Contact: Mike Piha 269-6100 or mike@in2change.com. . . . Sacred Heart Prep is seeking an assistant cross-country coach. All interested candidates please contact AD Frank Rodriguez at frodriguez@shschools.org or 473.4031.

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