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Sports - November 22, 2013

Sports Shorts

OF LOCAL NOTE . . . Fresno State wide receiver Davante Adams from Palo Alto High has been named as one of 10 semifinalists for the 2013 Biletnikoff Award. Adams, a redshirt sophomore, is having a record season with 91 receptions, 967 yards and 15 touchdowns that has played a pivotal role in the team's 9-0 record and No. 15 ranking in the BCS standings. Adams leads the nation in three categories this season — he has hauled in 15 touchdowns, averages a national-best 10.11 receptions per game and leads all wideouts in the FBS with five games with 10-plus receptions. This week, Adams ranks No. 10 in the FBS in receiving yards per game with 107.4. Adams is one of two receivers in the Mountain West to surpass 200 yards plus receiving in a game this year (with teammate Josh Harper) and one of 16 players to do so in the NCAA this season. Adams has 193 catches and 29 touchdowns in just 22 career games, and has already broken the school record for most career touchdowns. Additionally for his career, he is the active career leader in receptions per game (8.8) and receiving yards per game (103.6) . . . University of San Diego senior defensive end Steve Gargiulo from Palo Alto High was named a Pioneer Football League co-defensive player of the week following his outstanding performance in the team's 23-13 season-ending win over the Drake Bulldogs. Gargiulo notched five tackles for loss in the win against Drake, including 2 1/2 sacks as part of an eight-tackle (three solo) outing. Gargiulo also forced a fumble that stalled a Drake drive in the third quarter. His effort helped San Diego limit Drake to 246 offensive yards, its lowest output since Week 2. He shared this week's defensive honor with Landon Moore of Marist. For the season Gargiulo led the Toreros with 8.5 quarterback sacks (minus-48 yards), and tied for team lead with 12 tackles for loss. He tied for sixth on the team in total tackles (46), and also chipped in with 2 forced fumbles and 5 quarterback hurries for the 8-3 Toreros who closed out the 2013 campaign with four straight wins.

HALL OF FAMERS . . . Former Stanford quarterback Frankie Albert and Cardinal women's basketball coach Tara VanDerveer were among four inducted into the San Jose Sports Hall of Fame on Wednesday night at the SAP Center in San Jose. Also inducted were ex-San Jose Earthquakes soccer star Paul Childs, and long-time South Bay high school baseball coach Gary Cunningham. Former Cardinal pitcher Mark Appel and University of Oklahoma softball pitcher Keilani Ricketts were honored as Amateur Athletes of the Year. Albert, who passed away in 2002, was a two-time All-American in 1940-41 and is credited with running the first bootleg play. The crafty lefthander became the first T-formation quarterback in college football and was coached by Clark Shaughnessy. In 1940, Albert led the Stanford "Wow Boys" to a 10-0 record, capped by a 21-13 victory against Nebraska in the 1941 Rose Bowl. VanDerveer, three wins shy of becoming only the fifth women's coach in college basketball history to reach 900 wins, is a 15-time conference coach of the year (13 in the Pac-12, two in the Big Ten), VanDerveer has led Stanford to two NCAA titles, 21 Pac-12 crowns, and has reached the postseason 27 times, including 10 trips to the Final Four.