Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - December 7, 2012

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KNIGHTS FOURTH . . . The Palo Alto Knights' Jr. Midgets football team will return home from the American Youth Football National Championships with a fourth-place finish in its division following a 44-16 loss to the Detroit Falcons in the third-place game Thursday in Kissimmee, Fla. Palo Alto, which compiled an 11-3 record this season, actually held an 8-0 lead in the first quarter after Ty Cox caught a four-yard TD pass from Jake Rittman. The Knights fell behind by 24-8 at the half before getting a 35-yard scoring play from Rittman to Jordan Schilling. By that time, the game was no longer in doubt. Palo Alto had extended its season with a 16-14 win over the Detroit Dolphins in the consolation semifinals on Tuesday. The Dolphins scored first on a 27-yard run and ran in the extra point for an 8-0 lead. The Knights had a 68-yard drive and scored on a fumble recovery in the end zone by Garret Gavello after Schilling's eight-yard run. The Dolphins scored on a 53-yard pass to go ahead 14-8. In the third quarter, the Knights had a 10-minute drive before scoring on a one-yard dive by Sione Lutu with a second extra point (two points) kicked by Luca Zaharias for a 16-14 lead. The Knights' defense stopped the Dolphins' threats in the fourth quarter to preserve the victory.

SOCCER HONORS . . . Three members of the Menlo College men's and women's soccer teams have received All-American recognition for the 2012 season. Junior Andrew Cota and senior Eric Angell both were tabbed as NAIA All-American Honorable Mention selections after the dynamic duo enjoyed stellar 2012 campaigns for the Oaks. Menlo junior Natalie Ingram received the same honor on the women's side following her first season at Menlo.

SMART TEAMS . . . The Menlo School football team, boys' water polo team and girls' golf team did not bring home Central Coast Section championships this season. Those squads, however, earned something just as impressive by being 2012-13 CCS Fall Scholastic Championship Teams — compiling the highest cumulative grade-point average in the section in their respective sports. Menlo topped all football teams with a combined 3.4914 GPA. CCS Division IV football champ Sacred Heart Prep was third at 3.3119. This marks the fifth scholastic championships for the Knights in football, which also won in 1987, 2004, 2005 and 2009. The Knights also had the No. 1 scholastic team in girls' golf, compiling a cumulative 3.8500. And, in boys' water polo, Menlo was No. 1 with a 3.5800 GPA. The Menlo girls' water polo team ranked No. 5 at 3.513 while trailing No. 1 Castilleja (3.8889) and No. 3 Menlo-Atherton (3.6000). Castilleja's water polo team had the second-high overall GPA among all teams in all sports, trailing only the Branham girls' cross-country team (3.9280). Castilleja excelled in four of its five sports — ranking No. 1 in girls' tennis (3.8605), No. 2 in volleyball (3.7391), and No. 5 in cross country (3.7815) in addition to the No. 1 mark in water polo.

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