Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - July 22, 2011

Sports Shorts

IN THE POOL . . . Incoming Stanford freshman Kristian Ipsen narrowly missed out on a medal when he and diving partner Troy Dumais finished fourth in the men's 3-meter synchronized event at the FINA World Championships on Tuesday in Shanghai, China. Ipsen and Dumais scored 429.06 points, missing out of the medals by less than nine points. Qin Kai and Luo Yutong gave China its sixth gold of the Championships with 463.98 points. Russia's Ilya Zakharov and Evgeny Kuznetsov took second at 438.75, and the Mexico team of Yahel Castillo and Julian Sanchez won bronze with 437.61 points. On Thursday, Ipsen finished 31st with a score of 370.60 and did not advance past the preliminaries of the 3-meter springboard competition.

ON THE PITCH . . . San Diego Surf defender Laura Liedle, whose team won the ECNL 17U national title over the PDA Slammers, told TopDrawerSoccer.com that she has changed her commitment from North Carolina to Stanford. Liedle is the soccer web site's No. 3-ranked player in the 2012 Top 100. This is a major move for Liedle, who has long been one of the nation's best prospects and a big part of the U.S. Soccer program. Liedle told TopDrawerSoccer.com that her change of heart "one of the hardest decisions I've had to make."

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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