THE GRADS . . . Two-time Stanford All-American and 2010 FIBA World Championship gold medalist Jayne Appel was among 21 USA Basketball Women's National Team members named as finalists for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team on Monday. Appel, a veteran of the senior national team as well as numerous youth national teams for USA Basketball, joins a group that includes the entire roster of the 2010 FIBA World Championship-winning squad. She currently plays professionally for the San Antonio Silver Stars, which selected her fifth overall in the 2010 WNBA Draft . . . Former Stanford track and field All-American Jillian Camarena-Williams set an American record in the women's indoor shot put at Saturday's USA Track & Field Classic in Fayetteville, Ark. In the very first event of the night, Camarena-Williams picked up where she left off in 2011, breaking her own U.S. record with a toss of 65-3 3/4 . . . Former Stanford standout Sara (Bei) Hall of Flagstaff, Ariz., used a late charge to outrun the competition and win her first career USA Cross Country title on Saturday at Forest Park in St. Louis, Mo. The championships consisted of six races for men's and women's categories, with national titles on the line for junior, masters and open divisions. The nation's premier cross country event, the Championships featured $35,000 in prize money. Hall edged Molly Huddle at the line in a photo finish. Hall and Huddle were both timed in 26:51. In addition to the national titles on the line in St. Louis, open and junior men and women will qualify to represent Team USA at the North American, Central American, Caribbean (NACAC) Cross Country Championships March 17 in Port of Spain, Trinidad.
NATIONAL HONOR . . . Stanford senior Brad Lawson was named conference and national men's volleyball Player of the Week by the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation and the American Volleyball Coaches Association, respectively, for his performance in a pair of road victories over ranked teams last weekend. Lawson, a 6-foot-7 outside hitter from Honolulu, combined for 40 kills, nine digs, five aces, four blocks and a .352 hitting percentage to lead Stanford to a weekend sweep at No. 9 Long Beach State and No. 11 Cal State Northridge. The kill totals of 21 (vs. Long Beach) and 19 (vs. Northridge) were the highest of the season for the two-time first-team All-America and helped No. 4 Stanford improve to 9-2 overall and 6-1 in the MPSF. Lawson received the Sports Imports/AVCA Men's Division I-II National Player of the Week for the fourth time in his career.
YOUTH SPORTS . . . Palo Alto Knights Youth Football is seeking head and assistant coaches for the 2012 football season. Experienced in youth coaching and football knowledge is preferred. Contact: Mike Piha at firstname.lastname@example.org