TOP ATHLETES . . . Senior Mark Appel and junior Chiney Ogwumike were honored as co-recipients of the Al Masters Award at the annual Stanford Athletic Board Awards Luncheon, highlighting Stanford's athletic success during the 2012-13 campaign. It was the first time two student-athletes shared the Al Masters Award since 2008, when Rachel Buehler (soccer) and Arianna Lambie (cross country/track) shared the highest honor. Additionally, Ogwumike became the first female recipient of the award in five years. Overall, 31 varsity programs were represented during the ceremony while 53 student-athletes walked away with awards.
TENNIS CHAMPS . . . Winning tennis titles is nothing new for Palo Alto's David Ball and Atherton's Lane Leschly, who helped the Menlo School boys sweep the Central Coast Section and NorCal crowns once again this spring. Both players continued their successful prep seasons by winning titles at their respective USTA NorCal Junior Sectional tournaments this week. At the NorCal 16s at Harbor Bay Club in Alameda, the No. 6-seeded Leschly upended top-seeded Andrew Gu of El Cerrito, 6-4, 6-2, in Monday's finals. Meanwhile, Ball helped win another title on Sunday as he teamed with Logan Staggs of Tracy to capture the Boys' 18 doubles crown at Sacramento State. The No. 4-seeded tandem of Ball and Staggs defeated Corey Pang (Carlmont) and Eric Spence (Los Gatos) in the finale, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.
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