State Athletes of the Week
Boys: T.C. Ostrander
The Stanford recruit hasn't been highlighted much since early in the season but here he is at playoff time when it counts the most. In leading his team to a 31-21 upset of San Jose Silver Creek, T.C. accounted for four TDs, two running and two passing, while completing 26 of 44 passes for 371 yards. The Elite 11 QB camper sometimes gets overlooked with Kyle Wright, Sam Keller and Dennis Dixon also in the Bay Area, but like those three he also is among the top 10 or 15 QBs in the nation. Ostrander also is among the state leaders in TD passes with 39 and in passing yards with 2,732. Menlo-Atherton plays Homestead of Cupertino (10-2) this weekend for the CIF Central Coast Section Div. II title.
Girls: Alli Dillon
(Wilson, Long Beach)
When Dillon gets our own PowerBar National Athlete of the Week honor, it only makes sense that she's the pick for the state as well. The 5-7 senior setter has been on an assist rampage in recent weeks. She had a reported total of 64 in a recent playoff match vs. Arroyo Grande, then set a career high with 81 in the CIF Southern Section Div. I finals in which the Bruins were upset by Los Alamitos. Last week, in a rematch with Los Al in the SoCal Div. I semis, Dillon had 95 assists as Wilson won in five games. National single game records for girls volleyball are spotty, but Dillon's 95 assists would be a new reported record. The current edition of the National Federation record book lists the single game mark as being 76 assists for Heather Hoffmans of Lakewood St. Joseph (Calif.) in a 1991 match. Our own Cal-Hi Sports state record book, though, has a better total than that with 92 assists in a match for Katie French of Santa Ana Calvary Chapel in 1992. Either way, Dillon's 95 assists against Los Al would be the record. Note: Dillon was reported with 98 assists for Wilson early this week as the Bruins outlasted Buchanan of Clovis in the SoCal Div. I final. She's signed a letter of intent with San Jose State.