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Paly earns CCS football berth with 17-14 victory

Original post made on Nov 15, 2008

Palo Alto accomplished quite a lot as Will Holder kicked a 20-yard field goal with 11 seconds to play, giving the Vikings a 17-14 football victory over host Los Gatos on Friday to end the SCVAL De Anza Division regular season.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Saturday, November 15, 2008, 8:42 AM

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Posted by Great Game
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 15, 2008 at 6:55 pm

Just a great game by the kids and the coaching staff... It's not easy going into Los Gatos and coming away with a win. Holder's Field Goal would have been good from 40 yards. Great snap, hold, and kick. Line did a great job. To hold Los Gatos scoreless in the 2nd half... wow.

Good luck Vikes.


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Posted by What Are We, Chopped Liver?
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Nov 15, 2008 at 9:53 pm

C'mon guys. Paly's JV *ALSO* beat Los Gatos, 21-20, and completed an undefeated season at 10-0, beating Gilroy, Los Gatos, and Wilcox. Why the complete and utter silence? They outscored their opponents over the season 429-86!!! I think that is worth one single sentence of mention at some point during the season.

Not to take anything away from the Varsity win.


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Posted by Careful reader
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 16, 2008 at 7:38 am

Not Chopped Liver,
The Weekly has a policy not to report on non-varsity high school results. Haven't you noticed that JV results from all sports are NEVER mentioned?


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Posted by What Are We, Chopped Liver?
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Nov 16, 2008 at 9:57 am

So, they report extensively on Little League Baseball and Football - but then when kids turn 15 and 16 they just go silent for two years? I remember Weekly cover stories on Pop Warner and Little League All Star teams - why do they turn a blind eye to kids who accomplish significant things athletically in 9th and 10th grade?


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Posted by Careful reader
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 16, 2008 at 10:29 am

"why do they turn a blind eye to kids who accomplish significant things athletically in 9th and 10th grade? "

They don't, as there are plenty of 9th and 10th graders excelling on high school varsity teams. Ultimately, it's just a space and resource issue and as a result non-varsity high school results are the first to go.


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Posted by Chopped Liver
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Nov 16, 2008 at 10:38 am

Well, if in an on line world, where the cost of paper and ink is essentially zero, the Weekly does not even have the resources to print even the scores, then I think they are doing a disservice to the community.

I can bet you for sure that if the Babe Ruth Baseball 15 year old All Stars win a Local First Round Tournament this coming year, there will be a multi-column article with pictures about their accomplishments. That seems to violate your policy - these will be primarily 9th grade High School kids who do not play Varsity.

Again, I think a single mention in one of your articles about the accomplishments of a team of 10th graders in JV football would not overwhelm you, and may in fact get more kids to come read your wares.




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Posted by Careful reader
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 16, 2008 at 11:54 am

I am not affiliated with the Weekly in any way, sorry if that wasn't clear. In fact, when I was coaching at the high school level I would send in JV and FS results and that's when I was informed that it was the Weekly's policy not to cover non-varsity results. I'm sure the Weekly staff can provide more detailed information.


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Posted by paly parent
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Nov 16, 2008 at 3:36 pm

Congrats to ALL the Paly football players!

Since this is the Palo Alto weekly - I'd much rather hear about the FS and JV palo alto teams then Menlo, MA, Sacred Heart, etc. It is also interesting how baseball at any level receives lots of press (including the team sponsors names over and over and over and over as the "team name") but not other sports with the same age kids.


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Posted by Press Stuff
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 16, 2008 at 9:16 pm

JV Sports don't get any attention in Palo Alto High School's own newspapers. They never have... it's just how it is.

And to score over 400 points while holding your opps to under 100 sounds an awful lot like you're running up the score. There's no reason to beat a team 60-0 these days. Call off the dogs when you're up 40. Put in the 3rd string. That's just not ok.


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Posted by Paly Fan
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Nov 16, 2008 at 10:06 pm

They do put the third string in...they also have freshman team which prevents them from playing those kids on weeks there is a freshman game.

Congrats "chopped liver" on the Frosh-Soph undefeated season, but seriously why do we need to report the scores or cover the games? Frosh-soph is for developing varsity players...stop with the sour grapes...

We'll read about those teams next season and the next and then we'll see by how many league and CCS banners are hanging in that gym. Hopefully many!!

Go Vikes,


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Posted by Chopped Liver
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Nov 16, 2008 at 10:06 pm

You know, if it were true they ran up the score, I would be the first to complain, but the truth is this was a very good team. Take the Milpitas game for example (who won the Division at the Varsity level). Paly JV won 70-0. Paly threw one pass the entire game. They were up 35 - 0 at the end of the first quarter. Halfway through the second quarter, the offensive starters were long gone. Second and third string players were running 50-60 yards at a clip and scoring touchdowns in the second half. Hard to tell a third stringer to take it easy and fall down - they want their moment in the sun just like anyone.

Reasonably similar games happened against Mountain View, Los Altos, Gunn and Burlingame - all 40-0 or more. No run-ups, just a big disparity in talent and some really good running backs. So, at the least something worth recognizing in a small way publically in the Weekly. I am sure the Daily News or the Post would not put up such resistance to a little publicity.


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Posted by paly parent
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Nov 16, 2008 at 10:27 pm

The Post doesn't cover sports at all for goodness sake, and the Daily News doesn't cover JV sports either. You should be thankful the Weekly devotes the space they do to high school sports given how few families are really interested.


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Posted by Paly Fan
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Nov 16, 2008 at 10:56 pm

Chopped I think you give them the publicity they deserve. It is hard enough to get the "Palo Alto" Daily to cover Paly sports, especially football...seems they are too busy following other local schools around. Picture of the Mtn View vs Los Altos, a meaningless game (except to those two teams) and NOT one picture in the Daily of a GREAT game with plenty of meaning - Paly @ LG...I guess it's just too far to drive!? The reward for the FROSH soph team will be the talented players that get to come up a experience varsity in the playoffs next week!!!

BTW...The SJ Mercury was at LG and the picture was front page on the sports section!

Oh and PALY parent, if your not interested in high school sports, then get off the thread!


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Posted by well...
a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Nov 17, 2008 at 11:42 am

if you're up forty points, go to a running clock. Paly didn't.


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Posted by ???
a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Nov 17, 2008 at 11:52 pm



Well Other coach must ask for a running clock...quit hatin..


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