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Top prep tight end verbally commits to playing at Stanford


How excited was Oaks Christian junior tight end Colby Parkinson to verbally commit to Stanford football?

The top-ranked tight end in the west announced Friday on Twitter at 4:48 p.m. that he received an offer from the Cardinal. Eighteen hours, 19 minutes later, he announced his commitment to Stanford.

"I would like to start off by saying that I am beyond thankful for all the colleges that offered and recruited me," Parkinson wrote Saturday. "I'll always be grateful for their interest in me. I would also like to thank my teammates, my family, and my God for getting me this far. In saying that, I am beyond excited to announce that I am committing to my dream school, Stanford University."

Parkinson has 46 receptions for 700 yards and five touchdowns through his first two seasons with the Lions. He'll be following in the footsteps of Chris Owusu and Francis Owusu, who both attended Oaks Christian.

"Congrats to a brother, a best friend, and a teammate," Brandon LaBrie tweeted. "His life long dream of going to Stanford has come true!"

Women's volleyball

Stanford grad Katie Goldhahn was named to coach at College of San Mateo, which will resurrect its volleyball program in the fall. She was hired in July.

Goldhahn, who also teaches kinesiology at CSM, was a member of Stanford's NCAA championship team in 2004. The setter-defensive specialist averaged 2.18 assists, 0.14 service aces and 1.30 digs for the Cardinal that season.

As a senior, Goldhahn averaged 4.68 assists, 0.25 aces and 2.02 digs. She played with the U.S. national team program from 1998-2001.

"Katie comes to us with a wealth of experience both playing and coaching," CSM Dean of Athletics Andres Wolf said. "Although the program will not start until next fall, Katie has been actively recruiting and preparing for next season."

Women's water polo

Stanford grad Kiley Neushul scored three times and the U.S. beat the Netherlands, 7-3, at the Holiday Cup in Newport Beach on Saturday.

The Americans play their final match of the year Sunday against Spain.

Women's basketball

Menlo College managed to erase a 13-point deficit to take a one point lead in the second half, but the Oaks were unable to pull past NAIA Division II No. 10 Jamestown College on Saturday in Atherton.

The Jimmies recovered to beat Menlo, 79-70, in the nonconference game.

Vanessa D'Amico and Emma Briggs had huge games. Briggs finished with 15 points and D'Amico added a team-high 21 in the first meeting between the teams since Jamestown bounced Menlo from the NAIA National Championships in 2013.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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