Palo Alto Weekly
Sports - March 9, 2012
OF LOCAL NOTE . . . When the Stanford men's tennis team plays host to Yale on Saturday at 1 p.m., it will be much more than just a nonconference match. It will be a homecoming for three members of the Yale squad and a reunion for both the Bulldogs and Cardinal. Returning to the Bay Area will be Yale senior Erik Blumenkranz from Sacred Heart Prep plus junior Daniel Hoffman and sophomore Patrick Chase from Menlo School. They'll meet up with Stanford sophomore Jamin Ball, yet another former Menlo School standout. All four competed against each other in high school and will have the opportunity to do so on Saturday at Stanford's Taube Family Tennis Center. All three Yale players are ITA Scholar-Athletes and helped their high school teams win Central Coast Section titles. Blumenkranz helped the Gators win in 2008, Hoffman led the Knights in 2009 in addition to winning the CCS singles title that year. Chase was on the '09 and '10 teams that captured section and NorCal titles and was a two-time CCS doubles champ (with Max Glenn). Ball, meanwhile, played with Chase on the 2010 Menlo team that went 27-0 and played alongside Hoffman for three seasons — helping win three CCS titles during his career while going undefeated in singles in 2009. He was 9-9 in singles and 13-8 in doubles his freshman year at Stanford . . . Priory basketball graduate Reggie Willhite, a senior at Yale, was named Defensive Player of the Year in the Ivy League this week. Willhite led the league with a single-season school record of 63 steals and was named to the All-Ivy League second team. Willhite is Yale's first Defensive Player of the Year. The award was instituted at the start of the 2008-09 season. Willhite has been one of the most versatile players in the Ivy League. In addition to his outstanding defense, he is in the top-10 in the league in four offensive categories — field goal percentage (fifth, .478), assists (sixth, 4.0 per game), scoring (seventh, 12.2 ppg.) and assist/turnover ratio (eighth, 1.4). Willhite's 63 steals broke the school record Alex Zampier set in 2009-10. His 130 career steals are tied for the seventh most in Yale history. In 14 Ivy games, Willhite averaged 11.9 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.2 assists and had 30 steals. The Bulldogs, who finished the regular season 19-9 overall and 9-5 in Ivy play, hope Willhite's career isn't over just yet. Yale is expecting to receive an invitation to either the CBI or CIT post season tournament. The fields are expected to be announced late on Sunday.
SEASON ENDS . . . The Menlo College women's basketball team saw its fine season come to an end as No. 1-ranked Iowa Wesleyan had little trouble busting open a big lead en route to an efficient 65-44 victory on Wednesday in the first round of the State Farm-NAIA Division II Women's Basketball National Championship in Sioux City, Iowa. Erika Garcia made seven of 12 field goals and finished with 16 points for Menlo (16-14) while teammate Laurel Donnenwirth added 10 points and eight rebounds as the Oaks out-rebounded Indiana Wesleyan, 37-32. Menlo, however, got to the free-throw line for only eight attempts, making five, while the Wildcats connected on 17 of 29. The Oaks also turned the ball over 17 times while Indiana Wesleyan had only seven turnovers.
YOUTH SPORTS . . . Palo Alto Knights Youth Football is seeking head and assistant coaches for the 2012 football season. Experienced in youth coaching and football knowledge is preferred. Contact: Mike Piha at firstname.lastname@example.org
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