Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - July 19, 2013

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OAKS PERFECT . . . The Palo Alto Oaks will take a 14-0 record into this weekend's Western Baseball Association doubleheader at Baylands Athletic Center before heading to Sacramento the following week for the West Region tournament. The Oaks will face a field that includes representatives from the Sacramento Rural League, Southern California and the Western Baseball Association. Tournament play begins July 26. Palo Alto kept its perfect season alive with a doublheader sweep of Fontanetti's 'B' team on Sunday at Baylands. In Game 1, the Oaks used the mercy rule and won 11-1 in seven innings as Brian Fleischli went 4-for-4 with a triple, double, and two singles. The second game was much closer with the Oaks prevailing, 6-4. Starter CJ Hillyer tossed the first four and gave up one run while striking out 10. The Oaks will host the Fontanetti's 'A' team on Sunday, starting at 11:30 a.m.

OF LOCAL NOTE . . . Sacred Heart Prep senior Bradley Knox of Menlo Park and Stanford-bound Maverick McNealy of Portola Valley will begin play Monday in the annual U.S. Junior Amateur Championships at Martis Camp in Truckee. The golf championship runs through July 27 . . . The Menlo College community was rocked last week by news of the untimely passing of senior women's basketball player Sasha Brown, who died on July 10. The cause has yet to be determined. Brown, who transferred to Menlo College from Sierra College as a junior in 2012, had recently completed a highly successful junior campaign for the Oaks while playing an integral role in the program's most successful season to date — a 26-4 overall record including a 10-0 mark in regular season California Pacific Conference (Cal Pac) play as well as a season-best 14-game winning streak. "Sasha had a tremendous passion for basketball and played with great energy and enthusiasm," said Menlo head coach Shannon Osborne. "She always gave her best effort and was a focused defender and rebounder. Sasha was really working hard on her game this summer and we were excited for her to have a great senior year, and yet, as much as we will miss her on the floor, we will miss her even more off it.". . . Palo Alto High grad De'Antay Williams caught a four-yard touchdown pass to help the North defeat the South, 17-6, in the annual Charlie Wedemeyer Prep All-Stars Football Game on Wednesday at San Jose City College.

NO TRACK BERTH . . . Menlo School senior Maddy Price saw her hopes of making the Canadian Junior Team disappear as she failed to qualify for the finals in the 200 meters on Sunday at the Canadian Junior Track and Field Championships in Sainte-Therese, Quebec. Price needed to finish first or second and run 24.20 to make the Canadian team for the Junior Pan American Championships in late August. Instead, she ran 25.20 for 12th place during qualifying. She needed to run 25.08 to make the finals. Price's best time before the meet was 24.50. Price's best shot at making the team was in the 400, where she finished third on Saturday — missing second by .02 of a second after running 55.57.

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