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Rain or shine, twice a week, women ages 19-61 dive into Burgess Pool to play water polo. The Menlo Mavens is a Masters women’s water polo team that includes players with a wide range of experience and ability levels, from first-time athletes to veteran players.

Practices are fun, diverse, inclusive, and supportive. In addition to skill-building and great exercise, the workouts have fostered a close community of women. When asked why she started the group, Leslie Platshon said: “I grew up as a tomboy without sports. When the opportunity presented itself 40 years later, I started Menlo Mavens so I could finally be part of a team. It’s an experience beyond my wildest dreams from working out to camaraderie to competition — and the opportunity to know so many different athletic women in all stages of life.”

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Added Peggy Prop, who joined the team two years ago:“The coach and players are incredibly supportive of all ability levels. I’ve learned so much about water polo, am inspired to stay fit, and have made new friends from all walks of life.”

In the past year the group has celebrated and supported teammates through marriages, babies, work changes, and family transitions. Along the way, they have won a few tournaments as well. All women are welcome and anyone interested in learning more should visit the Mavens website for more information.

Photos by Irene Searles

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Menlo Park-based USGS installs earthquake sensors at San Jose Earthquakes offices

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Where better to install a new earthquake sensor than in the new home of the San Jose Earthquakes Major League Soccer team? Geophysicists from the Menlo Park-based U.S. Geological Survey installed a seismograph in the offices of the San Jose Earthquakes at their new Avaya Stadium last week, in advance of the home opener today (3/22/15). The goal […]

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Seniors on the M-A Girls’ Basketball team reflect on the terrific season just ended

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By making it to the CCS Championship game, the Menlo-Atherton Bears Girls’ basketball team was one of 32 teams selected for the State Championship Tournament. M-A drew the 11th seed in the Northern Division and traveled to 6th seed, James Logan, last week, ending their great season with a loss, 51-48. The team bids farewell to […]

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Menlo-Atherton Little League kicks off season with opening day festivities

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The Menlo-Atheton Little League held it’s opening day festivities at Burgess Park this morning and InMenlo contributing photographer (and Little League parent) Laura Hamilton was on hand to capture some of the action, particularly those kids who are participating in the coach/pitch division. In all, there are 500 players, 42 teams, 54 coaches, 32 junior umpires […]

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M-A Girls Basketball team faces North Salinas in championship game tonight

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Update: M-A lost to North Salinas 53-60. The team automatically qualifies for the NorCal tournament; the first game will be Wednesday, time and location TBD. The #2 seed Menlo-Atherton Varsity Girls Basketball team is playing #1 seed North Salinas for the CCS Division I Championship tonight (Saturday, March 7) at 6:00 pm at Santa Clara University. A victory […]

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M-A Bears play for Girls Varsity Basketball PAL championship title tonight

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Editor’s note: The M-A girls won tonight 54-42. For the first time since 2008, the Menlo-Atherton Varsity Girls basketball team will be playing tonight for the Peninsula Athletic League (PAL) championship title. Game time is scheduled for 6:00 pm on February 21 at Mills High School in Millbrae. The M-A Bears took the PAL South […]

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Spotted: Friendly (?) rivals court side at Stanford’s Maples Pavilion

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Emailed Menlo Park resident Judy Horst: “Stanford Women’s Basketball team topped Washington State 75-56 yesterday, but the outcome of this [Menlo vs Menlo] matchup is still in question.” Whatever the outcome, we’re hoping they enjoyed their courtside seats.

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Robert Rhodes transforms his passion for trail running into a business, Bay Trailrunners

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Robert Rhodes has been a familiar face behind the bar at the Village Pub in Woodside off and on for a dozen years. Recently, on a just-slow-enough-night, we got a chance to learn about his passion for trail running and vowed to schedule time to hear more, which we did. Rob told us that he first got […]

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Spotted: Seahawks fan comes out of hiding with big front porch banner

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We wonder if this big Seattle Seahawks banner – spotted on Bay Laurel – proclaiming a fan’s season ticket status would have been hung during the regular season, given that Menlo Park is Niners territory. Because Patriots QB Tom Brady has Peninsula ties, we’ll be on the look out for some fan support for him and […]

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Fran Compagno develops the first app for the casual female football viewer just in time for the playoffs

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Meeting Apeville Media founder and Menlo Park resident Fran Compagno earlier this week, it was immediately clear that the time was right — but the setting was wrong. We were in her lovely home when a sports bar would have been better. It’s there she’s hoping the casual female football viewer will take advantage of her new app, […]

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M-A Girls Varsity Basketball wins 19th annual Dragon Classic tourney

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Emails Menlo Park resident Sheri Baer: “Got a few fun photos from this weekend’s basketball tournament in Sonoma. The Menlo-Atherton Girls Varsity Basketball team won the 19th Annual Dragon Classic at Sonoma Valley High School. These two photos show how the girls both compete and play hard.” The scores: – 59-40 vs. Montgomery High School […]

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