Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - February 7, 2014

Sports Shorts

ALL-STATE . . . Sacred Heart Prep junior linebacker Ben Burr-Kirven has been named to the 35th annual Cal-Hi Sports All-State Football first team. He is among 30 players selected, regardless of division. Burr-Kirven also was named to the Small Schools first team. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Burr-Kirven was one of three juniors on the all-state team. He had 200 tackles during a 13-2 season, including 16 in the CIF Division III state bowl game against Corona del Mar and 17 in a 42-7 win over El Cerrito in the NorCal finals. He also averaged 9.2 yards per carry as a running back. Palo Alto senior quarterback Keller Chryst was named to the third team for all divisions while SHP senior lineman Patrick Finnigan was named to the Small Schools first team and Menlo School quarterback Jack Heneghan was a Small Schools second-team pick as a multi-purpose players.

HONORS . . . Stanford junior driver Kiley Neushul was named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation women's water polo Player of the Week on Monday for her contribution in helping the second-ranked Cardinal to its fifth straight Stanford Invitational title. Neushul, the Peter Cutino Player of the Year two years ago, scored 11 goals over Stanford's four wins at the event, as the Cardinal (4-0) clinched the crown with an 8-4 win over No. 3 UCLA Sunday afternoon . . . Add another record to Chiney Ogwumike's file as the Stanford forward was named Pac-12 Player of the Week for a benchmark-setting seventh time this season. She eclipses her previous mark of six from 2012-13. For her career it is the 16th time that she has been recognized by the conference. Ogwumike averaged 27.3 points and 10.7 rebounds while shooting 58.9 percent from the field as Stanford went 3-0 last week — beating USC before sweeping California in a Thursday-Sunday home-and-home . . . Menlo School senior David Ball won the USTA Bill Talbert Junior Sportsmanship Award for his honorable tournament play during the season, and three other Menlo students were finalists. Chosen among all junior players nationwide, Ball is one of four winners who will be honored in a ceremony during the International Hall of Fame weekend in Rhode Island, July 11-13. In an unprecedented showing, Menlo had four finalists for the award: Vikram Chari, Lane Leschly and girls' CCS tennis singles champion Elizabeth Yao. The last winner from Menlo was Ball's brother, Andrew (2011), who now plays for Harvard.

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