Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - May 4, 2012

Sports Shorts

OF LOCAL NOTE . . . Gunn High sophomore Cadence Lee had herself a busy, and successful, weekend as she captured the 2012 Girls' State Freestyle Championships in both the Cadet (108 lb) and Junior (105 lb) divisions in Fresno on Saturday. Lee recorded three pins, one technical fall, and two decisions en route to a 6-0 record and the two titles. By placing in this state tournament, Lee earned the right to represent California at the Fargo Nationals in July. Lee, however, next will compete at the Body Bar Women's National Freestyle Championship in Florida in May . . . Two former local standouts competed for UCLA on Saturday in the Bruins' annual dual meets with rival USC. Palo Alto High grad Philip MacQuitty finished second in the men's 1,500 meters in 3:54.31 to help UCLA post a 93-70 victory. In the women's meet, Castilleja grad Tori Anthony cleared the same height as the winner (13-0 1/4) but took second on fewer misses for UCLA. The Bruins, however, fell to the Trojans, 89-74 . . . Castilleja grad Evan Cranston has been named the first-team goalie on the 2012 Collegiate Water Polo Association Southern Division team. The Bears just finished their season with a fourth-place finish in the CWPA Eastern Championship held Sunday in Providence, R.I. Cranston had four saves as the host Bears finished up 21-17 following a 10-7 loss to Michigan . . . Sacred Heart Prep grad Alex Navarro earned a bronze medal in the 200-yard freestyle while clocking 1:41.25 at the Community College State Swimming Championships. Navarro swims for College of San Mateo.

NFL DRAFT . . . To no one's surprise, Andrew Luck became the fourth Stanford quarterback selected as the overall No. 1 pick in the NFL draft when the Indianapolis Colts called his name last Thursday on the first day of the draft. Luck joins Stanford quarterback legends John Elway, Jim Plunkett and Bobby Garrett as the overall top pick. Elway was also drafted by the Colts when the team was in Baltimore but forced a trade to the Denver Broncos, where he grew into a Super Bowl winner. Luck completed 71.3 percent of his passes for 3,517 yards and 37 touchdowns while leading Stanford to the Fiesta Bowl this past season. A number of other Stanford players were drafted or signed free-agent contracts. The Pittsburgh Steelers made Stanford offensive lineman David DeCastro their first pick, No. 24 overall. DeCastro becomes the first Stanford lineman drafted in the first round since Kwame Harris was taken by the San Francisco 49ers in 2003. Stanford tight end Coby Fleener joined Luck in Indianapolis, as the Colts used their second-round pick for him. Stanford offensive lineman Jonathan Martin was taken by the Miami Dolphins in the second round. Defensive end Matt Masifilo and wide receiver Chris Owusu signed free-agent contracts with the 49eres while wide receiver Griff Whalen signed a free-agent contract with the Colts following the completion of the 2012 NFL Draft. Stanford safety Delano Howell, meanwhile, signed a free-agent contract with the Buffalo Bills. A three-year starting safety, Howell finished his career with 190 total tackles and seven interceptions in 34 career games in the secondary after beginning his career as a running back.

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