Palo Alto Weekly
Sports - July 27, 2012
STANFORD NOTES . . . Tight end Coby Fleener and quarterback Andrew Luck are officially teammates again, this time with the Indianapolis Colts. The former Stanford pass-catch duo hooked up again Wednesday when Fleener signed on. Fleener used his Twitter account to announce resolution of his contract. "I am happy to announce the @NFLColts and I have agreed to a contract! #gocolts," he tweeted. Specific financial details were not immediately available, but the NFL's rookie wage scale had set the parameters for Fleener, the Colts' second-round draft pick who went No. 34 overall. Fleener was slotted to receive a four-year, $5.3 million contract with a signing bonus of approximately $2.3 million.On coming to the Colts and working once again with Luck, Fleener said: "I think anytime you can go into a camp with someone you are familiar with, it's exciting." At Stanford last season, Fleener had 34 catches for 667 yards (a 19.6 average) plus 10 touchdowns. In 51 career games, he had 96 catches for 1,543 yards and 18 touchdowns . . . Former Stanford center Robin Lopez has been traded by Phoenix to New Orleans as part of a multiplayer deal on Wednesday. Lopez was drafted 15th overall by the Suns in 2008. He came off the bench in all 64 of his appearances last season, averaging 54. points and 3.3 rebounds in 14 minutes a game . . . Recent Stanford graduate Amaechi Morton has repeated as the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Outdoor Track Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Morton won the NCAA title in the 400-meter hurdles and graduated with a 3.25 grade-point average. Morton, who will compete in the 400-meter hurdles at the London Olympics, earned his second straight Scholar-Athlete of the Year honor. He also was named to the All-Academic team for the third-straight season.
ROWING MEDALS . . . Sacred Heart Prep senior Danni Struck of Portola Valley will have some interesting stories to tell when she returns to school in the next month. She just won a gold medal in the quadruple sculling (four-person boat) and a bronze in the single at the Canammex International Regatta held at Lake Xochimilco, site of 1968 Mexico City Olympics. Struck was representing US Rowing in the annual event that brings together athletes from Canada, Mexico and the United States. The Americans edged the Canadians in the quad for gold and Struck took a bronze as Canadian rowers prevailed in the single scull event. Struck will go on to represent the USA as a member of the US Junior National Team at the Under-18 World Rowing Championships held in Plovdiv, Bulgaria on Aug. 15-19. She's an alternate on the team, which features eight of the nationals' best female scullers.
PA KNIGHTS . . . The Palo Alto Knights still have some roster spot open heading into the 2012 youth football season. Teams with openings include: Tiny Mites (ages 6-7), Cadets (ages 8-9), Jr. Pee Wee (ages 10-11), Pee Wee (ages 11-12), Jr. Midget (atges 12-13) and Midget (ages 14-15). Signups and equipment handouts will be Sunday at the Palo Alto High tennis courts from 9 a.m. To 2 p.m. For more information, go to www.paknights.com.
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