Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - December 3, 2010

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ANOTHER CCS FINAL . . . The Sacred Heart Prep football team will play in its second Central Coast Section championship gamed in three years when the No. 2-seeded Gators (10-2) take on No. 1 Carmel (11-1) in the Division IV finals on Saturday at Westmont High at 3 p.m. Carmel's only loss this season came at the hands of Menlo School (34-29), a team the Gators defeated, 28-14, last weekend in the semifinals. The championship game will be a battle of offensive powers, with Carmel averaging 47.3 points a game and SHP averaging 34.1. Carmel won the division title last season, over Menlo, while the Gators lost in the Small School Division finale in 2008 to Sacred Heart Cathedral. Pedro Robinson of SHP was a sophomore that year and played sparingly. This season he has been a big part of a rushing attack that is averaging 298.5 yards per game. Last Saturday against Menlo, Robinson rushed for 177 yards and scored twice, in addition to playing on defense. SHP senior Colin Terndrup added 156 rushing yards as the Gators gained 394 on the ground. Sacred Heart Prep will need to slow down Carmel quarterback Devin Pearson, who is throwing for 206 yards per game and averaging 279.6 yards of offense per outing.

KNIGHTS ON ROAD . . . The Palo Alto Knights' Jr. Pee Wee football team will be departing the Bay Area on Friday for a trip to Orlando, Fla, where the AYF Under Armour National Championships begin this weekend. Palo Alto will begin play on Sunday. The unbeaten Knights qualified for their eighth trip to the nationals in 12 years by toppling the Oak Grove Rattlers, 18-12, in the NorCal Championships two weeks ago. Members of the Knights competing in Florida are: Alton Julian, Josh Brigel, Jack Devine, James Cullen, Ethan Stern, McKinley Kalar, DaVion Cox, Brandon Norman, Mason Corey, Fredrick Alexander, Cole Hechtman, Ryan Mitra, Lee Howard, Sione Latu, Garrett Gavello, Travis Almand, Wes Walters, Colby Cheung, Jake Varner, Mitchell Mertz, Matthew Ozgen, Christopher Kawakami, Max Kelmon, Zeke Coxe, Jordan Schilling, Salvador Ibarra, Jackson Dahl, Louie Marzano and Alexander Daw. The national championships run Sunday through Wednesday.

COACHES NEEDED . . . An adult or a young adult is needed to co-coach a 7th-8th grade girls' NJB basketball team. Those interested need experience as a player or coach.Contact Lisa Mitzel for 2010-11 season: lisa-ca@comcast.net . Practices are twice a week starting in November with games once a week from January through March. This is a volunteer position. . . . 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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