Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - September 7, 2012

Sports Shorts

ON GRIDIRON . . . The Palo Alto Knights' Jr. Midgets' football team will have this weekend off, a deserved break after opening the season with a pair of victories. The latest came Sunday in a 36-0 triumph over the Oakland Dynamites at Oakland Tech High. The Knights (2-0) wasted little time, scoring on a 64-yard run on the second play from scrimmage. It was the first of two long touchdown runs by running back Jordan Schilling, who also scored on a 57-yard run in the second quarter. He led all rushers with 136 yards. Sione Latu, the Knights' largest player at 155 pounds, moved from tackle to fullback and gained 12 yards on his first-ever carry. He followed with a 52-yard touchdown run for his first touchdown and finished with 64 yards on just two carries. Ethan Stern ran for 74 yards and a touchdown to round out the Knights' rushing attack. Quarterback Jake Rittman threw a 46-yard touchdown pass to Josh Brigel, the Knights' only pass attempt, to round out the scoring. The Knights' defense was stellar as it did not allow Oakland a first down while giving up just 43 yards of total offense. The defense was led by ends Ty Wilcox and Ben Cleasby plus linebackers Schilling, Stern, Jamie Cullen, Alifeleti Malupo and defensive line Latu and Jackson Chryst. The Knights' other four teams suffered their second losses of the season. Palo Alto, minus its Jr. Midget team, will travel to San Jose on Sunday to face Oak Grove. Games start at 11 a.m.

ON THE COURT . . . Two local seniors who will be closing out their college volleyball careers this season earned some time in the spotlight during tournament action over the weekend. Harvard senior Taylor Docter from Castilleja was named to the Hokie Invitational All-Tournament team after getting 17 kills and 13 digs in a loss to host Virginia Teach and 11 kills plus seven digs in a 3-0 setback to Towson on Saturday. In a five-set loss to Middle Tennessee State to open the tourney, Docter produced 14 kills, 11 digs and four blocks. Gunn grad Teresa Skelly had six blocks against Middle Tennessee in addition to hitting .545 wityh seven kills in the Towson match. Docter has 31 kills and 24 digs as the Crimson has gotten off to an 0-3 start, heading into their own Harvard Invitational this weekend. UC Davis senior Allison Whitson, from Palo Alto High, also saw her team swept last weekend during the Aggie Invitational. UC Davis fell to Utah, North Carolina and Santa Clara. Whitson, however, had 32 kills during the three matches to bring her career total to 1,240. That moved her from sixth to No. 3 all-time in the Aggies' history book, trailing only Candy Leach (1,888 from 1989-92) and Kally Gaudino (1,337 from 2000-03). While Whitson likely won't get the all-time kill record, she can become the first player to lead UC Davis in kills for four straight years. Leach was No. 2 her freshman year. Whitson currently has 72 kills for the Aggies (2-4), trailing teammate Devon Damelio's 76. UC Davis will compete in the Fresno State Classic this weekend.

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