Polina Edmunds of San Jose is one of two Americans competing Thursday and Friday at figure skating's Junior Grand Prix Final in Fukuoka, Japan.
Edmunds, the reigning U.S. junior national champion, will face four Russians and Angela Wang of Salt Lake City in the competition. Edmunds, 15, is coached by her mother, Nina Edmunds, David Glynn of San Jose and Frank Carroll of Los Angeles.
Stanford (21-5) opens play at the NCAA Men's Water Polo Championship on Thursday at 2:45 p.m. against Whittier at the Avery Aquatic Center. The winner will face Pacific in Saturday's semifinals. UC San Diego faces St. Francis (N.Y.) at 1 p.m. Thursday. Maddie Bauer became the first Stanford freshman in four years to be named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-Pacific Region first team. The central defender was among three Cardinal players named to the first team, joining senior forward Courtney Verloo and junior midfielder Lo'eau LaBonta. Cal senior Emi Lawson was also named to the first team. Santa Clara's Jerry Smith was named the NSCAA West Region Women's Coach of the Year for the first time. Also, Pepperdine senior defender Michelle Pao (Monta Vista High) was named to the region's first team. Back at the Cal women's tennis office, Bears coach Amanda Augustus was basking in the glow of the U.S.'s win at the BNP Paribas in Aix-en-Provence, France. The Americans beat Russia 7-0 in the finals Dec. 1. "It's the highest honor to be asked to represent your country," Augustus said. The collegiate tournament featured coed teams from eight countries. The U.S. squad included USC's Sabrina Santamaria and UCLA's Robin Anderson and Marcos Giron.
Sonoma Raceway will play host to the 24 Hours of LeMons this weekend. All entries must cost no more than $500 to purchase, fix up and prepare. Tickets are $30, but ages 16 and under are admitted free. Racing will be Saturday from noon-5 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Staff writer Elliott Almond contributed to this report.