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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