Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - November 18, 2011

Award for Menlo's Newton

Menlo School football coach Mark Newton has been named the Charlie Wedemeyer Memorial Coach of the Week by the San Francisco 49ers' Foundation.

Menlo School defeated Sacred Heart Prep, 26-0, on Nov. 11 in the ninth annual Valparaiso Bowl at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills. The victory earned the Knights (7-3) an at-large berth into the Central Coast Section Division IV playoffs.

"I was very proud of our guys and our coaches and felt grateful, Newton said. "There are a lot of different things that go into choosing this honor and I'm just thankful that they all aligned."

According to the 49ers' community relations staff, coaches of the week are those whose team not only had an outstanding game, but also own winning records and are bound for the playoffs.

Newton and the Menlo School football team will receive $1,000 from the 49ers Foundation. Newton was invited to the 49ers' home game against the St. Louis Rams on Dec. 4, during which he will be recognized on the field before the game.

The 49ers also have invited Newton to visit the team facility in Santa Clara to watch a closed practice, and he will receive a certificate from 49ers' head coach Jim Harbaugh. Newton and the other coach of the week winners are eligible to win the 49ers' High School Coach of the Year presented at season's end.

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