Sports ShortsPLAYOFF TIME . . . Five teams from the Palo Alto Knights' youth football league football program will be in playoff action this Sunday. The Jr. Pee Wee squad (4-4) will take on Oakland at Palo Alto High at 12:30 p.m., followed by the Pee Wees (6-2) against Oakland at 2:30 p.m. The Palo Alto 8th/9th Grade Unlimited team (8-0) will host San Lorenzo Valley at 4:30 p.m. At Oak Grove High in San Jose, the Palo Alto Cadets (5-3) will face Oak Grove West at 3:30 p.m., followed by the Jr. Midgets (5-3) and Oak Grove West at 5:30 p.m. The Knights won four of five regular-season finales last weekend against Oakland teams at Palo Alto High. The Cadets won, 26-6; the Pee Wees won, 24-0, the Jr. Midgets posted a 24-14 victory and the Unlimited squad rolled to a 33-0 victory. The only setback came in the Jr. Pee Wee game as Palo Alto lost, 33-0.
COACH CORNER . . . Gunn High is looking for a boys' JV soccer coach for the winter. Interested candidates should contact athletic director Sarah Stapp at email@example.com.
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The nationally No. 15-ranked Santa Clara men's water polo team wrapped up its own Rodeo Tournament with a pair of wins against Bucknell and Harvard on Sunday. The Broncos finished the tournament with a 4-1 record and goalie Michael Wishart from Sacred Heart Prep set the all-time Santa Clara record for goalkeeper blocks. Wishart had 14 blocks and three assists in a 13-6 win over Bucknell, moving to within three of the school record for career blocks. In a victory over Harvard, Wishart recorded six saves in the first half. With 20 blocks on the day, Wishart became the Santa Clara all-time blocks leader with 1,066. He surpassed Peter Moore's 1,063. Santa Clara (15-12) opened the tournament with a 10-4 loss to Brown, which got three assists from Menlo School grad Toby Espinosa. Brown lost a pair of games on Sunday, including an 18-5 setback to Stanford. That match provided a reunion for Espinosa and Stanford's Alex Avery. The two were co-captains at Menlo in 2007. Avery scored two goals while Espinosa added one . . . On the other side of the country, 14th-ranked Princeton swept Fordham and Iona in North-South crossover games on Saturday at DeNunzio Pool. Princeton defeated Fordham 14-6 and Iona 19-9. Palo Alto High grad Tim Wenzlau scored two goals and added two assists against Fordham. In the win over Iona, Wenzlau had three goals and four assists. Princeton improved to 17-7 overall with the two wins. Princeton is back in action Sunday on the second day of the Ivy Championships at Harvard. Princeton is the event's top seed and will play one of the Ivy club teams in its opening game . . . Gunn High grad Teresa Skelly had 11 kills and hit .579 and Castilleja grad Taylor Docter had nine digs and seven kills, but it wasn't enough as Harvard dropped a 3-1 Ivy League decision to host Dartmouth on Saturday night in Hanover, N.H. Harvard fell to 3-5 in league (10-8 overall). In another Ivy League match, senior libero Hillary Ford from Palo Alto High had 19 digs to help Princeton sweep Penn, 25-22, 25-21, 25-20, and remain atop the league standings at 7-1 (14-6 overall).