Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - August 26, 2011

Sports Shorts

HILLTOP SPEED . . . Palo Alto High grad Maurice Williams, who finished seventh in the 100 meters at the state track meet in June, will continue his football career at College of San Mateo, joining Menlo-Atherton grads Vaughn Smith and Semi Mataele on the Bulldogs. "He has explosive speed," said CSM defensive coordinator Tim Tulloch, a Menlo College grad. "He will be an impact guy on offense." Smith is the Bulldogs' leading returning rusher from last year, when he gained 431 yards on 70 carries and scored five touchdowns. CSM opens its season on Saturday, Sept. 10 in Fresno at 6 p.m.

OAKS OPENERS. . . Menlo College opens its football season Saturday with a 1 p.m. kickoff against visiting University of British Columbia. The Oaks (4-7 last year) will be counting on Palo Alto High grad Brandon Boyd and Palo Alto resident Mitchell Lum, among others . . . The Menlo College men's soccer team, featuring Gunn High grad Sam Zipperstein, Palo Alto grad Blair Ord and Sacred Heart Prep grad Alex Vukic, continues its season Saturday at San Diego Christian College. The Oaks (8-7-3) host Hope International in their home opener on Wednesday at 4 p.m. . . . The Menlo women's soccer team hosts NAIA powerhouse Fresno Pacific in its home opener on Sept. 9 at 3 p.m. . . . The Menlo women's volleyball team opens its season at home Friday against Azusa Pacific, ranked sixth in NAIA, at 11 a.m. The Oaks (11-17 last year) also host Oregon Tech on Saturday at 6 p.m.

VICTORIOUS VIKINGS . . . Palo Alto High won't be sneaking up on anybody this fall in either football or girls' volleyball. MaxPreps has the defending state champion Vikings' football team ranked second in the Central Coast Section behind Valley Christian, and 20th in the state . . . The same publication had the Paly girls' volleyball team ranked eighth in the state. John Tawa from Prepvolleyball.com ranked the defending Division I state champion Vikings' girls' volleyball team ninth in the nation. "Quite an honor," Palo Alto coach Dave Winn said. "I don't think there is any doubt there is a bull's eye on our backs this season. We're up for the challenge."

A GOOD REASON TO GOLF . . . The Tony Makjavich Memorial Golf Tournament takes place Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Summitpointe Golf Club, with a shotgun start scheduled for 1:30 p. m. The $150 entry fee includes green fees, cart, prizes, range balls, and Tri-tip dinner. An additional $150 sponsorship gets you a tee sign and a spot in the program. For the banquet only, $35 includes dinner and raffle. To receive a copy of the participation form, and for more information, send an email at steve@paoaks.com, phone 650 302-3279, or download it from www.paoaks.com

style:newitem>COACHING CORNER . . . Palo Alto Knights Youth Football is seeking experienced head and assistant football coaches for the 2011 season. Contact: Mike Piha 269-6100 or mike@in2change.com. . . . Sacred Heart Prep is seeking an assistant cross-country coach. All interested candidates please contact AD Frank Rodriguez at frodriguez@shschools.org or 473.4031.

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