Published Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2001, in the San Jose Mercury News


Shannon Rowbury, S. Heart Cathedral

Sport: Cross-country.     Class: Senior.
Accomplishment: Rowbury defended her individual title by setting a course record in the Small Schools division at the Artichoke Invitational in Half Moon Bay to help Sacred Heart Cathedral win the team title for the third time in four years. Rowbury, the state 800-meter champ last spring, ran the 2 1/4-mile course in 13:27 after opening the week by turning in the fastest time in the first league meet of the season last Tuesday.

Comment: ``It was a nice race to win because this is the first place we've returned to that will be where she has run at in all four years,'' Sacred Heart Cathedral Coach Andy Chan said. ``This is where you can really measure what has happened in the last four years. She's gotten stronger each year.''

Honor roll

Cross-country: Michelle Gallagher, Sacred Heart Cathedral; Leah DeMarchena, Notre Dame.
Water polo: Jenn Gerhardt, Mills.
Volleyball: Alex Fischer, Menlo; Jamie Morris, Sequoia; Atlee Hubbard, Menlo-Atherton; Kim Flowers, Burlingame; Stephanie Lashkoff, Hillsdale; Kim Flowers, Burlingame.

Grant Zider, Menlo

Sport: Water polo. Position: Hole set.     Class: Senior.
Accomplishment: Zider scored seven goals, including the winner in the seventh overtime, as Menlo beat Soquel 8-7 in the championship game of the St. Francis tournament on Saturday. Zider, who did not play water polo until his sophomore year, scored 19 goals and had eight steals as Menlo went 4-0 at the tournament. He has scored 51 goals for the 17-1 Knights.
Comment: ``He's very raw in his ability. He doesn't do the typical moves, so he is hard to defend,'' Menlo Coach Jack Bowens said. ``He really has a good sense for getting the ball to the goal.''

Honor roll

Football: Chris Denny-Brown, Serra; Moroni Makasini, Sequoia; Giovani Ortiz, Aragon; Kevin Cook, Palo Alto.
Cross-country: Kyle Shackleton, Carlmont; Tyler Godshall, Half Moon Bay; Chris Ashley, Aragon.
Water polo: Noah Albeson, San Mateo; Jim Habig, Sacred Heart Prep; Brent Bickel, Carlmont.
Coaches and athletic directors are encouraged to make athlete of the week nominations from Friday through 8 p.m. Sunday. Phone Mark Gomez at (408) 920-5814. Please provide statistics and a home telephone number for the coach and/or athlete.