Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - October 22, 2010

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GOLF HONOR . . . Atherton resident Jonathan Garrick was named a Rolex Junior All-American by the American Junior Golf Association on Wednesday, thus joining an esteemed collection of current and former top-level junior golfers from around the world. Garrick, 16, is a junior at St. Francis High and holds the No. 48 spot in the Polo Golf Rankings following a victory at the 2010 McArthur Towel & Sports Future Legends in July. His 2010 season included three additional top-10 finishes in national junior golf competition. Garrick and the other All-Americans will be honored at the Rolex Junior All-America Awards Banquet, Nov. 21, at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

PLAYOFF BOUND . . . The Palo Alto Knights' Jr. Pee Wee team clinched the AYF NorCal West Division title with a 19-18 victory over the Oakland Dynamites on Sunday at Palo Alto High. The unbeaten Knights were trailing 18-12 entering the fourth quarter before driving 62 yards for the tying touchdown, a six-yard run by Ethan Stern. He accumulated 53 yards on the drive, capping it with the TD and extra point. Stern then joined with teammates Jordan Schilling and Ryan Mitra to sack Oakland's quarterback and preserve the victory after the Dynamites had driven deep into Palo Alto territory. The Knights grabbed a 12-6 halftime lead after Lee Howard scored from 14 yards out and Josh Brigel caught a 15-yard scoring pass from Jack Devine. Also clinching a playoff berth was Palo Alto's Pee Wee team and the Jr. Midgets. The Pee Wees improved to 5-2 after beating Oakland, 28-6, while the Jr. Midgets (4-3) blanked Oakland, 34-0. The Knights will close out their regular season for all five teams against Oak Grove West this Sunday at Palo Alto High.

LOCAL COLLEGIANS . . . Palo Alto High grad Alexandra Groetsema capped a standout freshman fall golf season at Williams by breaking a school record while shooting rounds of 72-73-145 to help the Ephs capture the team title at the 2010 Ann S. Batchelder Invitational this past weekend in Wellesley, Mass. . . . Palo Alto resident Emily Avis and Menlo School grad Aly McKinnon helped Williams hold off Bowdoin, 3-2, in a NESCAC match on Saturday. Avis, a senior setter, had 43 assists and 14 digs while McKinnon, a junior, added 15 digs as the Ephs improved to 16-7 overall. In the Ivy League, Princeton swept Dartmouth on Saturday and beat Harvard, 3-2, on Friday to remain perfect at 5-0 in league play (10-6 overall). Against Dartmouth, Gunn High grad Michaela Venuti had 36 assists and 11 digs while fellow junior Hillary Ford of Palo Alto High had 18 digs. In the win over Harvard, Venuti contributed 60 assists and 14 digs while Ford had a match-high 25 digs. Gunn grad Teresa Skelly had eight blocks for Harvard.

JOB CORNER . . . Sacred Heart Prep has the following coaching opportunities: girls' assistant frosh-soph soccer coach and boys' head and assistant frosh-soph lacrosse coaches. All interested candidates please contact Athletic Director Frank Rodriguez at 473-4031 or frodriguez@shschools.org. "

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