Maddy Price had just arrived in Scotland when she learned she would be competing in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, as a member of the Canadian track and field team.
Price, an elite 400-meter runner, had been racing in Europe and had just left Germany for Scotland to visit her younger sister, Nikky, who is pursuing her master's at University of St. Andrew's.
The former Menlo School athletic standouts (Nikky played NCAA Division I lacrosse) were together when her childhood dream became a reality.
"It was so special to be with my sister when I found out I made it," said Price, who shared her and Nikky's overjoyed and tearful response on Instagram while their mother Sarah was in the Bay Area on FaceTime, also bawling. "I think it would have been hard to be in a hotel in Europe, or flying back by myself when I heard, so that was amazing to be with family. In that moment, it really was the people and the process that went along with this journey that came to mind."
Price hadn't seen her sister in over a year due to training, caring for an injured foot, and the travel ban due to the pandemic.
Last year began as a nightmare for Olympic athletes. In March 2020, Team Canada made the bold and difficult decision to withdraw from the Olympics. Days later, the Tokyo Games were canceled.
Price made the most of that time in Olympics limbo, taking care of an injury, rehabilitating, training and coaching.
After undergoing foot surgery in the fall of 2020, Price returned to Duke as a volunteer assistant coach, and the Blue Devils, including some of her former teammates, won the first Atlantic Coast Conference title in program history.
Fast forward to a couple of months ago: Team Canada announced that there would be Olympic Trials. For Price and those that train outside of Canada, the two-week mandatory quarantine was tricky.
Athletes were not obligated to compete at trials, and instead the national team was decided by a committee who looked at who made the time standard, who is the top 48 in the world based on an algorithm of head-to-head races, past performances, and trials among other criteria.
"Because it's invite-only, it does make it a little more complicated, a little more uncertain, but that's just something we've all gotten used to with COVID," Price said in June. "I'm just doing what I can, running as fast as I can and doing all that's in my control."
Price, whose parents are Canadian, began her professional track and field career in 2019, competing in the IAAF World Relays in Japan, World University Games in Italy, and the IAAF World Championships in Qatar.
These days she's preparing to be an athlete on the biggest world stage. Price will compete on the 4x400 relay team.
"It still gives me chills, and makes me emotional just thinking about it," Price said. "It feels like a combination of so many things: dedication and passion and love and support that all went into this goal."
Price remembers watching Allyson Felix, the most decorated female track Olympian, win gold in the 200 in London in 2012. She would later get to race with Felix, but has lasting memories of the veteran sprinter, who will be competing in the 400 in Tokyo.
"She had gotten second in that event and was just searching for that gold, and when she won gold, it was a moment I will remember forever," Price said. "I've had a photo of her on my wall since I was a kid. I remember the first couple of times I ran against her: first when I was at Duke and we raced at the Mount Sac Relays and thinking 'Oh my gosh this is crazy' and later in the world championships lining up against her in the mixed relay. I think that would be one of my favorite Olympic moments growing up."
A two-time Central Coast Section champion in the 200 and 400 at Menlo, and a six-time All-American at Duke, Price has been competing for the Canadian national team for years.
Price's first love was soccer and her ambition ran high before she entered Menlo School. That's when Menlo track and field coach Jorge Chen urged her to run.
"I always wanted to be at the top of sport no matter what sport that was," Price said. "Track was starting to get very interesting but at the time, I had always envisioned myself going to the World Cup in soccer, trying to make it to the Olympics."
Price's parents exposed the sisters to a high level of sports. Their late father Shawn was a professional race car driver and off-road motorcyclist.
"I always dreamed of that," Maddy said. "As I came out of Duke it started to become a reality. My younger self would be so excited right now, and I try to always remember that and enjoy and cherish where I'm at because I wanted this for so long so enjoying this process is the biggest part of it."
Price will continue to work out in North Carolina before departing for Gifu, Japan, where Team Canada will gather to acclimate to the time change and weather while training.
Following a year's absence, the Capital One Cup returned with the Stanford men's and women's athletics programs both finishing first.
Stanford will be awarded $400,000, split evenly between men's and women's sports, donated to the Cardinal's student athlete scholarship funds.
The Cardinal women contributed dominant performances throughout the year, including their third basketball national championship, and recorded 118 points. USC was second with 108, earning $100,000.
The Stanford men's performance was highlighted by a seventh national title in gymnastics. The Cardinal also turned in an impressive baseball season that culminated in a College World Series appearance. Stanford recorded 91 points to Alabama's 82.
The Capital One Cup honors the best Division I men's and women's college athletics program in the country. The winners are determined by a system that grants points to top 10 finishes in NCAA Division I championships and in final official coaches' polls across 21 women's and 20 men's sports.
Capital One is doubling the total amount donated to student athlete scholarship funds from $400,000 to $800,000 this year following last year's COVID-19 related pause. They are also increasing the number of award recipients from the top men's and women's Division I college athletics programs to the top five men's and women's Division I college athletics programs.
The 2020-2021 season is the 10th year the Capital One Cup has been awarded. To date, over $4 million has been donated to the scholarship funds of winning schools, half to men's and half to women's programs.
Meanwhile, while most everyone is familiar by now with the truncated seasons local high schools and four-year colleges played last season due to the coronavirus pandemic, little attention has been focused on the fate of community college sports.
The local 2020-2021 community college athletic season was almost completely wiped out — no teams in any sport from the Foothill-De Anza district played at all — leaving some programs in a state of disarray due to transfers and attrition and many starting over with something of a blank slate this coming school year.
The Foothill College men's basketball program is doing its start-over with a new head coach, Mike Reynoso, who was hired late in June to replace Matt Stanley.
"We only have three guys back from the 2019-2020 team," Reynoso said. "It's almost a good thing that we don't have a ton of guys. It's a blank slate, real nice that I can put together a team the way I want to. We will be a diverse team with players from all different areas and backgrounds."
Reynoso, a Serra graduate, previously was the head coach at Woodside High and at Canada College.
After a 5-20 first season at Canada he went 72-45 over his last four years and made an appearance in the state final four. He served as an assistant on Keith Larsen's staff the last two years at Menlo School.
"We had just had a new baby and Menlo was the perfect fit with its family atmosphere," Reynoso said. "At Foothill we will be a blue-collar team, tough-nosed, very athletic with versatility. I like one through five to all be able to start the break. I want guys who will put it all on the floor, guys who will run through that brick wall. We will get after it on the defensive end, not necessarily with an extended defense, but we will protect the paint and force teams to try to beat us shooting defended 3s."
Reynoso named three individuals as his major influences as a coach: Rich Kelley, Chuck Rapp and Mike Legarza.
Kelley, the former Woodside legend who went on to play at Stanford and for 11 years in the NBA, was on the search committee when Reynoso was hired to replace Darrell Barbour at Woodside.
Reynoso was on Rapp's staff at Serra before becoming a head coach.
"Coach Rapp is one of the best motivators I ever came across," Reynoso said. "He puts his all into everything he does."
Legarza, who played for local legend Bud Presley at Menlo College, coached at Canada before stepping away to start a highly successful group of basketball camps.
"Working his camps helped me a lot to grow as a coach and as a person," Reynoso said.
—Rick Eymer and Glenn Reeves
Coco Vonderhaar collected two hits and drove in two runs in helping Dutch Goose down Old Pro 5-2 in the winner's bracket of the Palo Alto Babe Ruth Tournament on Tuesday night at Baylands Athletic Center.
Shane Timmons and Ashton Chow combined on a seven-hitter. Timmons went the first six innings, giving up a run on five hits. He struck out five and walked five. Chow gave up an unearned run, striking out a batter.
Dutch Goose advances to Saturday's 1 p.m. championship game and needs to be defeated twice. A second game will follow, if necessary.
Old Pro remains in the running after suffering its first loss and will meet Alhouse for a chance to reach the championship game.
Alhouse downed Sundance 8-5 in the loser's bracket to remain alive in the tournament.
Dutch Goose scored single runs in the first, second and fourth to open a 3-0 lead. Henry Harding singled to score Sean Li in the first, Chow singled home Ben Peterson in the second and Vonderhaar singled home Nate Donaker in the fourth.
Old Pro got one run back in the bottom of the fourth. Jonathan Xu tripled and scored on Albert Pellizzari's groundout. Jake Liu and Kyle Cuthill each had two hits for Old Pro.
Jayce Enochs doubled in a pair of runs during Alhouse's four-run rally in the fifth that turned a two-run deficit into a two-run lead. Trent Amoroso doubled in another run and Matthew Weilepp drove in the fourth run with a sacrifice fly.
Alhouse added three runs in the sixth on an RBI double from Patrick Boyd and Mitchell Kiya's two-run single.
Ryan Kim collected four hits and scored three runs for Alhouse, which received a complete game from Boyd, who allowed two earned runs on five hits. He struck out four and walked one.
Kanghee Cho, Octavio Lopez, Josef Schwab and Arther Tran drove in runs for Sundance.
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