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Sports - March 8, 2019

Sports Shorts

OF LOCAL NOTE ...Palo Alto High junior Chloe Japi?, who played soccer for the school in her freshman year, officially committed to attend and play for Baylor. She confirmed the decision on Twitter. Japi? led the Vikings with 14 goals (in the 11 games reported) and three assists in 2016, her only high school season. Palo Alto finished 14-1-4 and lost in the first round of the Central Coast Section Open Division, as the No. 4 seed, to No. 5 Menlo-Atherton. Japi? currently plays with the California Thorns, a professional development team based in the Bay Area . . . Menlo-Atherton's run through the postseason came to an end Tuesday with a 59-46 loss to visiting Oakland Tech in the Northern California girls Division IV championship game. Menlo-Atherton (19-12) won 14 of its previous 16 games to reach the NorCal finals after opening the season 5-8. "I love this program," said M-A senior Oron Estes, who scored 11 points. "I'm proud of our team. I had a great time. The team spirit only got better and better. I love my team." Senior Erica Fischer scored 10 of her team-high 17 points in the final 5:03.

AND THE AWARD GOES TO ...Menlo-Atherton High School student-athlete Lauren McDonnell was selected as the recipient of the prestigious "2018-2019 Winter California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Spirit of Sport Award." For each of the three sport seasons, the CIF chooses one female and one male from over 1,600 California high schools for its annual Spirit of Sport Award. This award recognizes student-athletes who have demonstrated the 16 principles of "Pursuing Victory with Honor" and exemplary sportsmanship, school and community service, and leadership. McDonnell is a co-founder and three-year team captain of Menlo-Atherton High School's first girls wrestling team, growing the team from its inception into a team of 25 girls who recently placed second at the California State Wrestling Tournament and earned its third consecutive Central Coast Section title. Individually, McDonnell has placed 1st in the CCS twice and placed 5th in California in 2018. Outside of wrestling, McDonnell is the two-year M-A Chapter President of buildOn, a global non-profit which builds primary schools in developing countries around the world. Over the past three years, McDonnell and the M-A buildOn team have collectively raised over $100K to fund and travel to build three schools in Senegal and Haiti. In addition, she participates in local volunteer service activities including serving breakfast at LifeMoves, volunteering at the Redwood City Library, and tutoring students in math, science, and English . . . Five Cardinal women's basketball players received recognition from the league's coaches when the All-Pac-12, All-Defensive and All-Freshman teams were announced. DiJonai Carrington, Alanna Smith and Kiana Williams were voted to the 15-person All-Pac-12 squad and Smith was also named to the Pac-12 All-Defensive team. Lacie Hull earned a spot on the Pac-12 All-Freshman team along with Pac-12 All-Defensive honorable mention accolades and Lexie Hull was selected Pac-12 All-Freshman honorable mention.


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