Palo Alto Weekly
Sports - November 30, 2012
QUITE A CATCH . . . The Palo Alto High football team saw its season end two weeks ago in the Central Coast Section Open Division playoffs, but one former member of the team is still playing into the postseason. Davante Adams, who played on the Vikings' 2010 CIF Division I state championship team, has found himself a home at Fresno State. This past Saturday, Adams helped the Bulldogs romp to a 48-15 victory over visiting Air Force and clinch no worse than a share of the Mountain West Conference championship. Adams, a redshirt freshman, caught nine passes for 141 yards and touchdowns of 64 and 24 yards as Fresno State improved to 9-3 overall and 7-1 in its first season in the Mountain West. The Bulldogs finished tied for first with San Diego State, with Boise State (6-1, 9-2) likely making it a three-way tie with a win over Nevada this weekend. The championship is the first for Adams since his Paly days. In 12 games, Adams has 89 receptions for 1,168 yards and 13 touchdowns. He's averaging 13.1 yards per catch and 97.3 receiving yards per game. Adams is tied for ninth in the nation for catches and ranks No. 11 nationally in receiving yards among Division I players. His longest TD catch of 89 yard ranks No. 2 in the country among the nation's top 40 receivers. And he's not done yet. According to the Fresno Bee, the MAACO Las Vegas Bowl is interested in grabbing Boise State for its game, which leaves Fresno State likely heading to the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl on Dec. 24. Southern Methodist (5-3, 6-6), from the Conference USA, already fills one half of the Hawaii Bowl matchup.
NEW COACH . . . Menlo-Atherton has hired Giovanni Napolitano as its new boys' varsity water polo coach following the retirement of legendary coach Dante Dettamanti. Napolitano was the Bears' junior varsity coach this season and assisted Dettamanti during a fine season that saw M-A reach the Central Coast Section Division I championship match before falling to Bellarmine, 9-8. Napolitano coached locally at Woodside and Palo Alto highs before re-joining the M-A staff in 2012.
FLORIDA BOUND . . . The Palo Alto Knights' Jr. Midgets will depart on Friday for the 75-80 degrees temperatures of Kissimmee, Fla., where the American Youth Football (AYF) National Championships will get under way Sunday. The Knights will begin their quest for the first-ever national title in program history at 10 a.m. First-round matchups won't be released until Saturday night. "We're ready," said Palo Alto coach Mike Piha. "I think we're decent. We're a deeper team than before. One thing for sure, we're not going to be intimidated. It's not new for 22 of these guys who are making their fourth trip." The Knights also will play Tuesday with the title game next Thursday.
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