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Of local note: Menlo, SHP grads are water polo All-Americans


Menlo School grad John Wilson and Sacred Heart Prep product Finn Banks were each named second team All-Americans on Tuesday, two of four men's water polo players from John Hopkins to earn a spot on the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches All-America teams.

Wilson earns second team honors after grabbing honorable mention honors last year and second team honors in 2015. He recorded 373 saves, 14 assists and 56 steals as a senior. He graduates as the program’s leader in saves in a game (25), season (373) and career (902).

Finn Banks/Johns Hopkins Athletics

John Wilson/Johns Hopkins Athletics
Wilson is just the third goalie with a 300-save season and is the first to surpass 700, 800 and 900 in career saves. He is also tied for 20th in school history with 20 career assists, the most by a goalie, and 11th in career steals (37). Wilson had 23 games this season with 10 or more saves, including two with 20 or more.

Banks had a breakout sophomore season, posting career highs in goals (63), assists (23), points (86), drawn ejections (39) and steals (26). He led the Blue Jays in goals, ranked second in drawn ejections and ranked third in assists and points.

Banks posted 10 hat tricks and had at least one point in all but one game this season. He scored a career-high five goals at George Washington and followed with a five-goal outing, including the overtime winner, 24 hours later versus Navy. Banks already ranks in the top 25 in JHU history in career points (133, 25th), assists (45. 18th) and drawn ejections (69, 10th).


The Oakland Athletics acquired outfielder Stephen Piscotty from the St. Louis Cardinals for infielder Yairo Muñoz and minor league infielder Max Schrock. The trade became official Thursday.

Piscotty batted .235 with nine home runs and 39 RBI in 107 games with St. Louis last year. He added 52 walks for a .342 on-base percentage in a season interrupted by two stints on the disabled list with a strained hamstring and strained groin.

The 26-year-old right-handed hitter appeared exclusively in right field on defense in 2017. Piscotty has 260 career games in right field, 55 in left field, 12 at first base and 11 in center field.

Piscotty signed a six-year contract through the 2022 season with a club option for 2023 on March 31, 2017.

He batted .273 with 22 home runs and 85 RBI in 153 games in his first full season in 2016 and is a .268 career hitter with 38 home runs and 163 RBI in 323 games.

Piscotty was a supplemental first round choice by St. Louis in the 2012 First Year Player Draft out of Stanford and was the Cardinals Minor League Player of the Year in 2015.

Piscotty made his Major League debut in July of 2015 and hit .305 in 63 games with seven home runs and 39 RBI. He was sixth in the Rookie of the Year balloting.

Piscotty is expected to fill a spot in the A's outfield, though he can also play third and first. He also pitched while at Stanford, where he hit .340 with 12 homers and 132 RBI.

Born and raised in Pleasanton, Piscotty will be closer to his mother, who has been diagnosed with ALS, or Lou Gerhig's disease.

Women's basketball

Destinee Bowie scored 21 points and Celina Pagan added 18 but Menlo College dropped its first game of the season, 74-70, to visiting Holy Names on Wednesday night.

The Oaks rallied to take a lead in the third quarter, outscoring the Hawks, 29-17, and moving ahead by eight points. Menlo was 11-of-15 from the field in the period, taking a 57-51 advantage into the final quarter.

The Oaks (9-1) travel to Hawaii for a pair of games in the Hoop N Surf Classic next Wednesday.

Ironically, Holy Names listed the game as an exhibition, meaning the Hawks remain 0-10 on the season.


Brian Inkster has been named the new head boy's varsity golf coach at Saint Francis High School. He's served as the Director of Golf at Los Altos Golf and Country Club for 37 years. Prior to that, he was the Head Golf Professional at Pasatiempo Golf Course in Santa Cruz.

"I am very excited to be the new head boys golf coach here at Saint Francis" said Inkster. "I have great respect for the school and hope to continue the great tradition of boys golf here at Saint Francis."

Inkster takes over for Tyler Martin who moved out of the area.

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